Hello from LA. I’m back from Hawaii after a wonderful, albeit brief, getaway with my wife.
In terms of top news for the week, we’ve now learned more about the new Marriott-SPG loyalty program. It looks good (for the most part) but I’m still skeptical (so was Kyle, see his commentary below). We also saw a tragedy in the air when an engine blew on a Southwest Airlines flight.
I’ll have more thoughts on my Hawaii trip tomorrow. In the meantime, here’s a review of the week’s top stories and a link to every story from the last seven days on Live and Let’s Fly.
TOP STORY: What Are You Hiding SPG/Marriott?
Kyle wonders what Marriott and Starwood are hiding about the merger.
Why Lufthansa is bringing back its old business class product to one U.S. route this summer.
A detailed A380 Lufthansa review from my beautiful LAX-MUC flight. Another great trip!
United’s new 787-10 will have a pleasantly surprising premium-heavy configuration.
ITALY ROAD TRIP
Introduction: Road Trip Though Italy
Italy Road Trip Day 1: Roaming Around Rome
Italy Road Trip Day 2: A Lunch to Remember
Italy Road Trip Day 3: Italian Happy Hour
Italy Road Trip Day 4: Weekend Respite in Milano
Italy Road Trip Day 5: Exploring Milan By Foot
Italy Road Trip Day 6: No Room at the Inn
Italy Road Trip Day 7: The Beauty of the Dolomites
REPORTS & REVIEWS
I’m Taking a Break in Hawaii
Introduction: A First Class Business Trip
Review: A380 Lufthansa Review First Class Los Angeles to Munich
Lounge Review: Lufthansa First Class Lounge Munich (MUC)
Review: Helvetic Airways Fokker 100 Business Class Munich to Zurich
Resort or City: Conrad Cartagena Makes You Choose
Review: Conrad Cartagena – Ocean View Suite
NEWS & COMMENTARY
Damning Allegiant Air Safety Exposé
Leaked Seat Map for New United Airlines 787-10
Shameful Sun Country Strands Sundry Sun Searchers
What Are You Hiding SPG/Marriott?
Lufthansa Returns Old Business Class Product on U.S. Route
Senators Threaten Sun Country Over Flight Cancellations
The One Way Lufthansa First Class Lounge in Munich Beats Frankfurt
How Would You Handle a Brat Playing Loud Video Games on Airplane?
Southwest Gives $5,000 to Each Passenger on Flight 1380
Accessing Lufthansa or SWISS First Class Lounge With a Double Connection
Hyatt Offering Quasi-Variable Priced Awards – Good and Bad
Free Apple on Delta Ends Up Costing $500