Weekly Recap #2

25 May 2020: Airlines Deals, Car Rental Dead, Europe Reopens

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What's Going on in the Airlines Space

Pandemic update: which airlines are going down under?

  • Icelandic Air allows for free cancellation until Sept 30 and get a travel voucher (x)

  • Airlines must offer a cash refund for your cancelled flights, says the EU (x)

Also, the new EU guidelines as Europe Reopens

  1. Europe citizens can return to flying within European Union in the coming weeks.

  2. Europe opens the tourism industry in July & August, so you can get ready to travel Europe.

  3. Things that are still unsure about: quarantine period

Check here and here for travel restrictions in Europe.

Other Travel Headlines

  • [Car Rental] Hertz is filing for bankruptcy

  • [Social] State of facial recognition in the world; some countries are using this pandemic to increase mass surveillance

  • [Economy] Here's an infographic of countries most reliant on tourism.

  • [Food & Drinks] World's best restaurant, Noma, is now a cheeseburger joint.

  • [Accommodations] Couchsurfing is now being paywall, perhaps suggesting an end of the community as most community use it as a hookup app these days.

Some Deals at the Moment

Book them at your own risk

  • Ryanair is having a deal and new destinations from July (x)

  • Volotea is launching new destinations too, and having deals (x)

  • Delta Air Lines is providing four times the usual number of miles for purchases with American Express cards at US supermarkets

  • Etihad Airways is offering up to US$400 (S$565) and 5,000 miles for passengers who postpone flights scheduled before July 31 and has points deals for online shopping and cashback offers with brands such as KFC and Pizza Hut

  • Cathay Pacific Airways is extending Marco Polo memberships and unused mid-tier benefits by 12 months.

  • United Airlines Holdings has extended Premier memberships through 2022.

  • Emirates is letting elite Skywards members maintain their statuses by fulfilling just 70% of their tier travel requirements.

Just a heads up, here's what happens to your miles when the airline is bankrupt.

What to Watch Out for

Southwest (USA) has more bookings than cancellations, perhaps recovery is back in order. Other airlines like Delta and United also see less cancellations and some leisure bookings.2 We probably have to go to airports 5h earlier now, with more checks, social distancing and other safety measures. Due to the China-US trade war, this will also be affecting international flights flying between these countries.