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Air France and KLM’s joint mileage program Flying Blue just underwent a transformation from a region-based chart to one based on a city-by-city award calculator. And, initial test results show that it’s completely illogical — mostly for the worse. That said, there are two promotions that can be combined now to book round-trip economy flights to Europe starting at 18,000 Membership Rewards...

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Want to see the latest flight deals as soon as they’re published? Follow The Points Guy on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to text message alerts from our deals feed, @tpg_alerts. Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend that you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency, such...

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If you’re looking for an Airbnb in Japan, you may have a bit more trouble finding one. Last weekend, Airbnb removed over 40,000 Japenese listings from the homesharing site. According to Japanese newspaper Nikkei Asian Review, the number of Airbnbs “plummeted nearly 80% to about 13,800.” Before the drastic measure, there were more than 62,000 listings in the country. In...

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You probably would have never expected that Norwegian, the low-cost carrier that only flies two types of aircraft, would be operating a double-decker 747 with first class in the nose. Due to engine problems with the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Norwegian, and a handful of other airlines, have had to suspend their 787 operations. Since Norwegian needs to get passengers to...

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Silvercar is expanding yet again. This time, though, it’s not adding a new city where the service will be offered. Instead, the car rental company is adding a new car to its fleet — the Audi A5 Cabriolet, a convertible. The silver Cabriolets can be booked beginning Tuesday and will be available to drive in select cities beginning in late...

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We follow airline websites pretty closely. That’s how we know when to share weather/volcano flight change fee waivers, when United cuts meals and drinks without notice or when American Airlines slashes award earnings on 180 partner fare classes. That’s how we saw a new notice that posted on United’s travel notice page last week: Additional TSA screening of perishable items at San...

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El Al is making some announcements and changes to its schedule — especially worth noting for those to fly on the newest aircraft in its fleet, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Since taking delivery of its first 787-9 in August 2017, the carrier now operates a total of four of the modern aircraft in its otherwise-aging widebody fleet. By 2020, the...

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Amid cuts to its premium offerings, temporary cuts to US routes and even permanent cuts to US routes (San Francisco and Dallas), Etihad has been trying to combat its financial hardships in the form of… cuts. And on Tuesday, the United Arab Emirates-based airline detailed plans that it will cut one of its two daily frequencies on its route between Abu...

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