United Is Switching Frequent Flyer Program to Demand Pricing
A United Airlines 737
Skift Take: United will move to a dynamic-pricing model and remove its award chart on November 15. For flexible and thrifty travelers, this may help some score a bargain-basement award seat. Others used to predictable award tiers may find the news distressing.
A British Airways captain at Heathrow Airport. The airline is hoping to stave off the threat of strikes. Nick Morrish / British AirwaysSkift Take: British Airways will be desperate to avoid any kind of walkout during the summer. Whatever the details, passengers will likely direct their anger at the airline if their flight is canceled. — Patrick WhyteRead the Complete Story On Skift
A passenger aircraft operated by Norwegian at London Gatwick airport. IAG has once again been linked with a takeover. Simon Dawson / BloombergSkift Take: The deal that just won't die comes back to life – albeit with a pretty firm denial. IAG CEO Willie Walsh, however, is an admirer of Norwegian and if the stars align — and more importantly the price is right — another bid isn't out of the question. — Patrick WhyteRead the Complete Story On Skift
Corey Culbertson is Southwest's senior manager of airframe field services and handles the airline's airplane painting schedule. Stephen M. Keller / Southwest AirlinesSkift Take: Peeling paint is a fact of life at an airline. But most carriers try their best to keep aircraft looking sharp. They view an airplane's livery as free advertising. That's why jobs like Corey Culbertson's are so important. — Brian SumersRead the Complete Story On Skift
An Air India jet arrives at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport Dhiraj Singh / BloombergSkift Take: Air India is hemorrhaging cash and needs a buyer — but Modi's government will be lucky to find anyone willing to take over the troubled flag carrier. — Rosie SpinksRead the Complete Story On Skift
Riyadh, capital of Saudi Arabia. The global Muslim travel market will soon be worth more than $200 billion. Edward Musiak / FlickrSkift Take: The global Muslim travel market, which will soon be worth more than $200 billion, is fast becoming an ever more attractive sector, especially for travel technology players. Here's why. — Raini HamdiRead the Complete Story On Skift
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In this file photo, a man tries to hug a tree in Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park. Brand USA faces a funding crisis if Congress doesn't renew its mandate. Faungg Photo / Flickr.comSkift Take: Brand USA, the country's official tourism marketing arm, could go under if Congress doesn't act to secure its funding. The recent decline in international visitors to the U.S. would only get worse if marketing support is eliminated. — Maria LenhartRead the Complete Story On Skift
This undated photo shows Virgin Galactic's first SpaceShipTwo. Travel advisors are poised for the advent of suborbital flights. Virgin Galactic via Associated PressSkift Take: After many years of setbacks and anticipation, Virgin Galactic's suborbital flights are expected to launch at last. Is a whole new era of space tourism, with rewards for travel advisors, about to take off, as well? — Maria LenhartRead the Complete Story On Skift
Virgin Galactic suborbital flights may be starting soon. Pictured is a Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo vehicle in December 2018. BloombergSkift Take: With Virgin Galactic's suborbital flights expected to begin at long last, space tourism could soon take off as a niche for travel advisors. Those already involved caution that it takes patience, training, and commitment. — Maria LenhartRead the Complete Story On Skift
Travel Leaders Group CEO Ninan Chacko thinks overtourism may lead travel advisors to create more complex itineraries to out-of-the way places. Travel Leaders GroupSkift Take: Travel Leaders is one of the first travel giants to turn overtourism into an opportunity. It's teaming up with industry partners and academia to raise awareness, seek solutions, and push for sustainable business practices. — Allan LeibowitzRead the Complete Story On Skift