American Airlines Instructs Customers To Do Impossible Tasks While Booking Tickets [Roundup]

News and notes from around the interweb:

  • American Airlines has eliminated the ability to hold paid ticket reservations on its website for many customers, yet continues to tell those customers to put reservations on hold. If that isn’t the most American Airlines thing ever…

  • Another reason checked bags are bag, you find yourself in a different terminal than baggage claim.

  • Iberia couldn’t get parts for business class seats, but had to take delivery of new A350s anyway, so they’re mostly flying around Europe.

    — Avios Adventurer 🇬🇧🇿🇦🇹🇷🇰🇭 (@aviosAdventurer) October 29, 2022

  • New Qatar Airways ‘Al Mourjan North’ business class lounge will be a massive 97,000 square feet Executive Traveller calls it the world’s largest airport lounge, but I don’t think that’s quite right, since I believe the Emirates A concourse lounges are over 100,000 square feet (remember that the business and first class lounges are each an entire level of the terminal).

    This new lounge will be for Qatar Airways business class (paid or points) passengers, and not for upgrades or oneworld partner airline passengers or oneworld elites flying economy.

  • The Biden Department of Justice is doing Delta’s bidding, suing to break up the American Airlines-JetBlue alliance, but the real limit on competition in New York is imposed by the government: slot controls. The government gives a huge subsidy to incumbent airlines, limiting how many flights operate and who can operate them. And Delta is squatting on slots rather than using them to fly passengers where they want to go.

  • Quadruple TAP Air Portugal status miles

  • DC metro to ‘almost Dulles’ finally set to open November 15

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