More leisure travelers than expected, plus some gardening tips. Oh, and lots of airline news, too.

Some terribly dorky jokes get us started this week, but eventually we manage to transition to terribly dorky conversations about airplanes, so that’s mostly a win.

Lots of news in the Transatlantic market this week, with high hopes for Summer 2022. Lawsuits, and new elite status and maskholes, too.

Welcome to 2018, where hotel loyalty programs are updating their rules and one is starting over completely. A late 2017 bankruptcy is finally getting resolved and new seats are coming (yes, slimlines) to a major European airline. And somehow we’re still relatively optimistic about the whole thing.

Are alliances dead? How many gates is too many to give up to consummate a merger? And just why would Emirates be interested in flying to Buffalo, New York? Listen to the show to find out the answers to these questions and more!