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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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>>Even if they buy first class pajamas, an upgraded meal, and an amenity kit, coach passengers still won’t feel like they’re in a premium cabin. But at least some airlines are giving travelers the chance to buy up to a better experience. It’s cheaper than an upgrade: Coach Passengers Can Get Premium Amenities — For a Price

>>There’s much to look forward to with Air Canada’s new loyalty program — as long as it doesn’t copy too much from American carriers: What to Expect From Air Canada’s New Loyalty Program

>>Airports are the shopping malls of modern times and one of the most effective ways for luxury brands to engage target markets worldwide: Luxury Brands Invest in Airport Pop-Ups to Reach Coveted Customer Base

>>If you’re an investor, it’s not clear Spirit’s model is the right one. But if you’re a passenger, you should love the airline, even if you never fly it. Spirit is responsible for many of the U.S. fare wars we’ve seen in recent years: Spirit Airlines Is Doing Just Fine With Its Contrarian Approach

>>Airports are paying much more attention to their retail offering with pop-up shops becoming a popular way to generate buzz and attract new customers: Luxury Retail Brands Love Airport Pop-Ups

>>Many airlines sell premium amenities to customers in coach. But is it worth it? Yes, these are high-margin items, but airlines don’t sell that many of them. Most coach customers want only the basics and don’t want to pay extra for anything: Should Airlines Sell Business Class-Style Products in Economy Class?

>>Most experts say airlines should board aircraft randomly if they seek maximum efficiency. But that’s a problem since most carriers want to reward their best customers with early boarding. Under the circumstances, airlines do the best they can: United Airlines May Change Its Boarding Procedures

Photo Credit: A Spirit Airlines plane at the Montego Bay airport on September 20, 2015. Spirit is responsible for many of the U.S. fare wars we've seen in recent years. Ian Gratton / Flickr