weekly_trend_roundup.jpgEvery week we post hundreds of stories across various sectors in travel, connecting the dots across various global trends, and in these weekend posts we highlight the stories that tackle these trends. This one looks at top aviation trends.

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>>Those who fly on partner carriers and accrue miles with AAdvantage won’t be happy with American’s new unannounced changes to its loyalty program: American Airlines Slashes Partner Mileage Benefits

>>There’s no doubt the airlines could sell a lot of tickets on these undeveloped routes: Why Airlines Should Look to Asia and the Middle East for Growth

>>The planning for the expansion of the international terminal at Chicago O’Hare isn’t slated to be completed before 2017 but at least change is under way: Chicago O’Hare Airport Gets a Badly Needed Upgrade — Skift Business Traveler

>>Considering the United States was the only major country to bar flights from Turkey’s airlines, it makes sense that that ban could be lifted relatively quickly: Updated: FAA Lifts Turkish Air Flight Ban

>>Sometimes generosity and taking care of your most loyal customers can end up saving your skin: U.S. Carriers Should Re-Think Gutting Benefits for Their Most Loyal Flyers

>>United made a lot of money last quarter. But there are some signs that business is not as strong as it was a year ago: United Will Trim UK and Domestic Flights Slightly

>>Turkish Airlines has had a terrible month, but the airline could bounce back faster than some passengers might expect: How Turkish Air Will Recover After Airport Attacks and Coup Plot

>>Alaska Airlines continues to play it coy when asked about its plans for the Virgin America brand: Alaska Airlines Still Plays It Coy About Fate of Virgin America Brand

>>Other airlines are cutting short-term capacity, but Southwest Airlines has no desire to follow the pack: Maverick Southwest Will Stick With What Works While Competitors Trim Schedules

Photo Credit: Rendering of sitting area with bar at American Airlines new Admirals Club lounges. Lounges are often still a perk for high-tier loyalty members. American Airlines