Some happy airline news to start:
- Alaska has a paid and award fare sale with serious teeth through tomorrow evening, including West Coast to and from Hawaii, flights to and from Mexico, and transcons for 6,500-7,500 miles each way
- Southwest also has fare sale for Spring break travel, though this one has baby teeth at best. Repricing my upcoming Southwest flights showed nothing I’ve booked on sale
- Southwest credit cards include a companion pass in the sign-up bonus, but it’s only good through February 2025 (vs through February 2026 if you earn some other way)
Balanced by sad airline news:
- Turkish Airways may have a stealth devaluation in-progress, because they’ve updated the prices on their award charts and prices are going up between about 20% and 70%. The booking engine is still showing lower prices though, so book now but prolly not through Frankfurt or Munich for this week (Thanks to Bart)
- Lufthansa strikes mean most flights including Frankfurt or Munich are cancelled over the next couple of days. If you’re affected, call your ticketing carrier as soon as possible
And completed by a bit of 🤨:
- Alaska’s 737-MAX9 door plug issue was caused by missing bolts after the Boeing factory reworked portions of the door mechanism before delivery to Alaska
- Southwest is swapping out their current interior seats for slimline Recaro seats next year. Recaro’s slimline seats are terribly uncomfortable for divas like us, and it’s going to make me actively avoid Southwest on longer flights (err, more than I already do)
Happy Wednesday friends!
In other airline news, “The Chicago Executive” men’s only flight was literally once a thing at United.