Throughout the week we post dozens of original stories, connecting the dots across the travel industry, and every weekend we sum it all up. This weekend roundup examines aviation.

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>>With Lufthansa and the Star Alliance ramping up transatlantic low-cost carrier service via Eurowings, competition for budget flights to Europe is about to get hot: Lufthansa’s Plans for Low-Cost Expansion Into North America — Skift Business Traveler

>>It’s rarely a great deal to buy miles directly from an airline. But several carriers in the Americas are offering big discounts. Just remember: Miles almost always lose value with time: Airlines Offer Deals as They Try to Sell More Miles to Consumers

>>Did you think Basic Economy fares would be good for consumers? Ha. Airlines are in the business to make money: American’s Basic Economy Fares Are Working for the Airline So Far

>>The to-be-delivered Delta One cabin eked out a victory over United’s Polaris product in this year’s crystal cabin awards. United’s team must be fuming: Delta Air Lines Wins Crystal Cabin Award for Best International Business Class Design

>>Given some of the misplaced comments made by UK ministers tasked with leading the country’s exit from the European Union, Ryanair’s comments might be a touch optimistic. Still, the importance of aviation to both sides means that some form of deal will likely be done by March 2019 to avoid a worst-case scenario of grounded aircraft: Ryanair Thinks Politicians Are Starting to Listen To Brexit Threat

Photo Credit: Eurowings, the low-cost arm of Lufthansa, will soon be used for budget transatlantic flights. Eurowings