DLD 166: The Suite Life

November 16, 2017

What happens when Emirates and Singapore Airlines try to one-up each other with their first class suites products? Arguably passengers win, though we’re somewhat skeptical of the value of that victory.

Also in this week’s show:

  • The FlyingBlue program is going revenue-based for both earning and redemption in 2018. We all know why, but WHY??
  • United Airlines is no longer an operator of the 747. The company ran its final service with the 747-400 after 47 years flying various versions of the aircraft. It was a helluva party.
  • Emirates went shopping at the Dubai Air Show, though it wasn’t for the planes many expected.
  • World Airways is making a comeback, hoping to restart the brand with a new long-haul LCC focus that is definitely different. But will it work?
  • Smog can cause lots of problems but this may be the first time United Airlines has ever cancelled flights because of it.
  • Seth is in Chengdu, China this week and has some interesting observations on the relative price and quality of hotels there
  • Finally, if you’re interested in talking more about travel, loyalty, casinos and other ridiculous fun in person check out ZorkFest in Atlantic City on 2 December 2017. Seth is one of the people presenting and some registration discounts are still available.


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