Aer Lingus seeks joint venture with AA-BA and others
A joint motion has been filed with the U.S. Department of Transportation asking for approval for Aer Lingus to become part of the transatlantic joint venture that already includes American Airlines, British Airways, Finnair and Iberia. The motion highlights the benefits to customers including new travel options through codeshares and lower fares that will be available with the addition of Aer Lingus.
Airport alerts: Detroit, Milan, Manila and San Francisco
Starting Jan. 8, tram service will be temporarily suspended at Detroit Metropolitan Airport’s Concourse A so further renovations can take place. Moving sidewalks located on Level 1 will still be available during the construction. Tram service is expected to be reinstated April 11, 2019.
Milan’s Linate Airport will be completely closed from July 27-Oct. 26 due to runway work. During the closure, airlines that offer service to Milan’s Malpensa Airport will rebook passengers to the Malpensa flights accordingly.
The Department of Homeland Security issued an advisory to notify travelers that security operations at Manila’s Ninoy Aquino Airport currently do not meet international standards. In response, Delta said in a statement that it works alongside the TSA to constantly asses security practices and has established a multi-layered security program in Manila to mitigate potential risks to its operation.
British Airways is renovating its elite flyers lounge in San Francisco. During construction, Club World or First travelers along with eligible Executive Club or oneworld members are invited to use the China Airlines Dynasty Lounge instead. The Dynasty Lounge is located on the second floor of the Terminal A.
Hyatt unveils new Milestone Rewards for its loyalty program
Hyatt will introduce a new series of Milestone Rewards for its World of Hyatt loyalty members. The new options, which will become available for redemption on March 1, 2019, will kick in at specific levels giving members additional choices at more frequent benchmarks. The company has announced other tweaks for its 2019 program. For more information please see www.worldofhyatt.com
United lets volunteers bid for bump compensation
United Airlines recently unveiled new options for customers who would like to volunteer to be bumped during an oversold situation. Interested customers can use the United app, website or self-service kiosk to bid on potential compensation and secure alternate flight arrangements in addition to talking to the airline representative at the counter. Passengers can enter a bid up to 24 hours prior to departure and can also choose as to whether compensation will be offered in miles or travel credit.