See what major airlines are doing to protect miles and elite statuses

It’s the question on the minds of elite fliers the world over: What’s to become of my airline miles and elite status if I can’t fly for a portion of 2020? Frequent fliers — many who exercise extreme loyalty to their chosen airline — are now finding out if the love affair is a reciprocal relationship. While some airlines have chosen to remain mum, many major carriers are making moves to protect their best customers. But there are definite winners and losers in the 2020 mileage game. The fine print…

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Airlines urge passengers to wear masks on board

A member of a ground crew walks past American Airlines planes parked at the gate during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak at Ronald Reagan National Airport in Washington, April 5, 2020. Joshua Roberts | Reuters Airlines stepped up policies Monday to ensure passengers and employees wear face masks on board amid concerns about the spread of coronavirus. Starting May 4, all JetBlue Airways passengers will be required to wear a face covering, the strictest policy so far in the U.S. and one that follows the New York-based airline’s requirement that flight attendants…

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Southwest Airlines (LUV) earnings Q1 2020 results in loss and revenue plunge

A number of grounded Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft are shown parked at Victorville Airport in Victorville, California, March 26, 2019. Mike Blake | Reuters Southwest Airlines on Tuesday posted its first quarterly loss since 2011 and predicted “no material improvement in air travel trends” this spring as coronavirus devastates demand. The Dallas-based airline lost $94 million in the quarter on revenue of $4.23 billion, an 18% decline in sales compared with a year earlier, slightly lower than analyst estimates. The airline said it expects its operating revenues next…

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Airlines urge Congress for grants to fight impact

Airplanes sit on the tarmac at John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK) on January 31, 2020 in New York City. Spencer Platt | Getty Images U.S. airlines on Saturday warned they will have to furlough workers unless Congress approves a $58 billion aid package that includes grants, not only loans, as the industry reels from the impact of coronavirus. Senate Republicans last week proposed legislation that included a $58 billion in aid for passenger and cargo carriers, but in the form of loans airlines would later have to repay. “Time is…

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JetBlue cuts schedule to essential flights as coronavirus spreads

JetBlue Airways Airbus A320-200 aircraft as seen on final approach landing at New York John F. Kennedy International Airport in USA. Nicola Economou | NurPhoto | Getty Images JetBlue Airways told employees Sunday that it plans to cancel hundreds of flights and operate less than half of its normal schedule this week, as it shrinks its operation to match diminished demand: passengers who “are flying because they must.” U.S. airlines have been slashing their schedules as the coronavirus, and efforts to contain it, continue to sap travel demand. Passenger and cargo…

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Carrier will go ‘fully carbon neutral’ next month

Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian told CNBC on Friday the company is going “fully carbon neutral” starting March 1. “It’s a big challenge and it’s a big commitment,” Bastian said on “Squawk Box.” Delta is committing at least $1 billion over the next decade to reduce environmental impact, focusing on clean technological investments for engines and carbon removal, he added. “There’s no greater challenge that I know of that we need to be investing in and innovating in as environmental sustainability,” he said. The company, which has made environmentally…

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‘It was all life and no work’

Barry Diller speaks during the CNBC Next 25 Gala in New York on Nov. 6, 2014. David A. Grogan | CNBC Expedia Chairman Barry Diller told analysts he’s determined to reset the travel company’s “all life and no work” corporate culture, since he took over the company following an executive shakeup last December. On Expedia’s fourth-quarter earnings call Thursday, Diller compared Expedia’s work-life balance to fellow Seattle-based tech company Amazon, which he said was the opposite. By comparison, Expedia has become “sclerotic and bloated” as the company lacked focus and…

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What to do in Tampa if you’re not a beach person

Mural in Tampa, Fla. Courtesy of Visit Tampa. Miami and Orlando may be the tourist destinations that come to mind when travelers think of Florida, but Tampa is becoming a rival. It’s also a popular convention destination, so you may find yourself there on business. If that’s the case, and you don’t have the time or the inclination to make it to the beaches that the area is known for, you aren’t out of options: The city has its own appeal beyond water activities, with Cuban cuisine, craft beer, sports and…

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Canberra’s National Zoo & Aquarium gets rave reviews despite $1,000 cost

How much are you willing to pay for a ticket to the local zoo? Say $25, maybe $35? A one-day pass to the San Diego Zoo, the most expensive — and largely considered the best zoo in the U.S. — charges $58 (before discounts). So how does Canberra, Australia’s National Zoo & Aquarium get visitors through the door with a four-figure fee? For starters, the cost of admission comes with an invitation to stay the night. Sleeping alongside lions, cheetahs and sun bears Travelers willing to part with nearly U.S.…

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Airlines’ Seattle turf war heats up with American, Alaska partnership

An American Airlines plane at left, leaves a gate area near an Alaska Airlines plane, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle. Ted S. Warren | AP Airlines are stepping up their battle over Seattle, where the spoils are high-spending corporate travelers from technology giants like Amazon and Microsoft and millions of other passengers at one of the country’s fastest-growing airports. The latest shot fired in the turf war came last week when American Airlines and Alaska Airlines announced a plan to expand their partnership to include…

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