It’s been quite the month for Alaska Airlines as they have found themselves on the front page of the travel blog-o-sphere several times for various reasons, including the merger with Virgin America, the divorce with Delta, and even for some program and in-flight enhancements. Here’s a consolidated summary of all the updates from Alaska Airlines over the past month to help get you up to speed.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past week, you may have heard a thing or two about the new Chase Sapphire Reserve credit card that will officially be released tomorrow. There are a number of good comparisons already out there, and the consensus is that this beefed up Sapphire Preferred card is essentially positioned as the equivalent to the American Express Platinum card within the Chase portfolio.
Usain Bolt won his third straight gold in his 100M race tonight in Rio, and apparently he was so fast that he may have had factored into the evacuation at JFK tonight.
These days, it’s pretty easy to build up a huge balance of Singapore Airlines miles. Most people will earn miles by flying with Singapore Airlines or any number of their Star Alliance or other partners, like JetBlue. Or you could also transfer credit card rewards points via American Express, Chase Ultimate Rewards, Citi ThankYou, and even Starwood’s Preferred Guest program.
Alaska Airlines had recently announced new routes between San Jose, CA and both Orange County and San Diego, and before those flights have even started, they are back at it again with even more new routes to Southern California. Today, they announced that 3x daily service between Sacramento and San Diego, as well as San Jose and Burbank, will begin March 16, 2017.
Where have the tallest buildings been? A visual history of the world’s skyscrapers.
While I don’t have any personal experience, I hear that traveling with young children can be difficult, and at a minimum, requires a great deal of advance planning. But no matter how much planning you do, there’s not much you can do when babies cry. In advance of Mother’s Day, JetBlue released a cute video highlighting a promotion that ran on a recent flight from New York to Long Beach. During the flight, for each baby that cried, passengers received a 25% discount on an upcoming flight. In other words, four babies crying equals free flights for all.
Take advantage of the Chipotle deal – eat on the cheap and earn lots of points!
Within the luxury bespoke tour industry, it appears the the latest offerings from hotel groups like Four Seasons and Aman Resorts are picking up steam, evidenced by the fact that they are consistently selling out. Four Seasons just released its three 2017 itineraries and one of them in particular, the “Culinary Discoveries” tour, caught my attention. This particular tour was put together in conjunction with Noma, consistently ranked as one of the top restaurants in the world, and pretty much includes everything I could ever want in a trip. In other words, this would be my ultimate dream foodie vacation.
For Silicon Valley Alaska Airlines frequent flyers, right now there aren’t really any good options when traveling to Orange County or San Diego. Starting June 8, 2016, that will change as Alaska Airlines begins 3x daily non-stop service to both destinations from San Jose.