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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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>>Yes, a lot of people have ditched their airline-branded credit cards. But even people who have snazzy new cards, including the Chase Sapphire Reserve, like to redeem points for free travel on United and other airlines. For that reason, United MileagePlus miles are still valuable to Chase: Chase Sapphire Reserve Card Buzz Could Be a Problem for United Airlines
>>What we learned from this story: Jessica Alba is one reason airlines improved pajama quality, and passengers steal pillows and blankets from airplanes. Plus, not everyone is sure why airlines give premium passengers amenity kits on every long-haul flight: Business of Pajamas, Pillows and Bragging Rights on Airplanes
>>Unbundling has been one of the biggest buzzwords in the airline industry in recent years, and for good reason. Full-service carriers like Delta think it is a great way to hit a broader range of consumers, but it doesn’t come without its risks: Video: Delta CEO Sees Basic Economy as Way to Show Passengers They Aren’t Getting Ripped Off
>>On its own, this is no big deal. Not many people book JetBlue tickets on Vegas.com or whatscheaper.com. But JetBlue called this phase one, so we’ll be watching closely to see the airline’s next step: JetBlue Airways Drops a Dozen Online Travel Agencies in Cost-Cutting Move
>>Sadly, whatever resolution was agreed upon will remain a secret between Ryanair, Google, and eDreams. We’ll have to keep an eye on the Google search results to see if anything changes: Ryanair Settles Legal Dispute Over Misleading Ads With Google and eDreams
>>Did United Airlines promote its new Polaris cabin faster than was prudent? The answer is probably yes. But remember, in 2016, United was losing high-value customers to competitors. It likely wanted to make a splash by highlighting its future plans: United Airlines Struggles to Keep Its Polaris Promises