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Tuesday morning, American Airlines announced nine new European routes. While some of these are incremental additions to AA’s existing routes to London, Munich and Dublin, this announcement unveils two brand new destinations in Italy and Croatia (both of which will become the only US flights to those destinations), a nonstop that many in Chicago have been longing for and the...

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The back-and-forth between Air Canada and Aeroplan has finally come to an end. On Tuesday, a consortium led by Air Canada reached an agreement in principle for the acquisition of the mileage program. Officially, Air Canada, TD, CIBC, Visa and Aimia reached an agreement for the acquisition of one of Aimia’s loyalty programs, Aeroplan, for CAD450 million (~$345 million) in...

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“Reader Questions” are answered twice a week by TPG Associate Editor Brendan Dorsey. Marriott has now officially combined the Starwood Preferred Guest and Marriott Rewards programs, and with that, it’s implemented a new award chart and elite benefits. The co-branded credit card changes have also gone into effect, so TPG reader Vik wrote in asking if he can stack one of the...

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In Daraa, Syria, Tarek al Shbli was a teacher. “We were just honest and poor people,” he said in a recent interview. But when the Syrian conflict, then in its second year, came to al Shbli’s doorstep in 2013, there was no question about whether he and his wife and three children could stay. “It’s a crazy war in Syria,...

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Beijing’s notoriously smoggy atmosphere is the bluest it’s been in a decade, following a decisive push by the government to combat air pollution. @cingy5984 Peaceful. #TempleOfHeaven #Sky #History A post shared by Beijing Insta (@beijing_insta) on Aug 18, 2018 at 6:43pm PDT Data from July 2018 showed that pollution levels averaged 44 micrograms of airborne particles per cubic meter, the...

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Africa’s largest airline continues to build its dominance in the region. Ethiopian Airlines has signed on to back a new airline in Zambia. The venture will relaunch Zambia’s flag carrier, Zambia Airways, which has been dormant for more than 23 years. Ethiopian injected $30 million into the project, which expects to operate 12 aircraft by 2028. Reuters reports that the inaugural...

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JetBlue flyers, be prepared to pay more in fees. In a memo sent to employees, JetBlue detailed that fees will be increased for several categories — from checked baggage to change fees. According to a source familiar with the changes, the new fee information was sent out to all employees in the August monthly bulletin. The new fees will likely...

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One of the biggest brands in the world is going to its own loyalty program. Virgin Group, the parent company behind the Virgin brand is launching its own rewards program. The new company, dubbed the Virgin Group Loyalty Company (VGLC), is being established to reward customer loyalty across Virgin branded companies, think Virgin Mobile and Virgin Megastores, and will be...

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