Euro Trip 2019: Selecting transatlantic flights

Euro Trip 2019: Selecting transatlantic flights

This is the time of year, when it’s cold and gray, that my thoughts turn toward Europe and warm strolls along the Seine or dining at a sidewalk café in a charming Italian town. Thanks to points and miles, my wife and I have been blessed to take an annual trip to Europe, something we plan to continue in 2019. I have written previously about my approach to travel planning, but this year’s trip is different in a few ways which makes the planning process different as well. However, the first step was booking our transatlantic flights.

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Why I prefer trains to airplanes in Europe

For many, if not most, people, a transportation method is a choice borne primarily of expediency: which options is cheapest, easiest and fits a schedule. For others, getting there is part of the overall travel experience. Personally, I love European trains and I wanted to discuss how they enhance my travel experience.

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New international flights coming to Atlanta

Recently, two interesting new international flights for Atlanta have been announced. As you might expect, one involves Delta Air Lines. The other involves a SkyTeam partner that would generally be similarly unsurprising. What was unexpected was the destination and aircraft for that flight.

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American Airlines introduces basic economy fares

Following the lead of Delta Air Lines and United Airlines, American Airlines yesterday announced a new Basic Economy fare on select flights starting no earlier than February 2017. The new fare class will be the lowest available on the American flights where it is available. However, it will also be the most restrictive.

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News Bits: Bonus Avios on Chase BA card, Delta considering lower transatlantic fares

Holders of the Chase British Airways Visa Card can earn an additional Avios per dollar on purchases of $1,000 until the end of the year. Also, competition from low-cost carriers is prompting Delta Air Lines to explore how it can reduce transatlantic fares.

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Delta fare sale on First Class

This move is not going to sit well with some of the bloggers that appear to think that premium seats on an airplane should not be sold so they are available as awards and upgrades. Yesterday, Delta Air Lines announced a sale on First Class within the continental U.S. and Canada. 

Delta Air Lines has a sale on First Class until November 1, 2016 (click to enlarge)

Book by November 1, 2016, and purchase First Class for an additional $39-$149* each way (based on a required round-trip Main Cabin ticket purchase). Then fly anytime from November 19, 2016, through January 2, 2017.
— "First Class Deals, Now Through Nov. 1" - Delta Air Lines email

Generally, I would not pay for domestic First Class simply because the prices are usually too high to justify the relatively small incremental value I receive on what are typically fairly short flights. As part of my recent European Gridiron Adventure trip, I had two segments in domestic First Class on American Airlines. That included preferred boarding, a bigger seat near the front of the aircraft, a drink before take-off, and a bag of chips. That's what I call small incremental value. 

The extra seat width was nice but that is the probably the only significant perk that would tempt me to upgrade to First. Legroom is typically not a factor as I usually get Comfort+. I get preferred boarding on Delta - though behind First Class and Diamond Medallions - thanks to my American Express Delta Sky Miles Platinum Card. That being said, upgrading to First for less than $100 might be worthwhile depending on the specifics of a flight.

I don't have any fly-away trips planned for the rest of the year, but if that changes before November 1, I will definitely consider whether an upgrade to First is worthwhile.

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United Airlines has announced a redesign of its business class and airport lounges. The product will be called "United Polaris" and will debut later this year. United Polaris looks enticing but, whether it can challenge the premium services of international competitors remains to be seen.

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Delta picking up its toys and going home - WAAH!

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SEAT Act could bring government meddling to airline cabins

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