Travel News: May 17-23

Here is a round-up of this week’s travel news – from American Airlines’ new frequent flier program and making onboard purchases, to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague and the new wave airport lounges. Enjoy!

Frequent Fliers Should Hurry to Redeem AAdvantage Miles

According to Forbes, now is the time for loyal American Airlines passengers to redeem their AAdvantage Miles. Starting June 1st, a new, less favorable, frequent flier program will begin following the recent merger of American Airlines and US Airways. For domestic flights this could mean AAnytime fliers will have to use an additional 10,000 miles if flights are busy.

Watch Your Wallet if you are Heading West

New research has revealed that travelers make more in-flight purchases when they fly to Seattle, San Francisco and Las Vegas, versus other parts of the country. They are also more likely to buy something if they are flying on a Sunday. And GuestLogix has more good news for  airlines: the number of passengers purchasing food, beverages and comfort items is on the rise (up from 7% to 12% in just four years).

Video of the Week: Turkish Airlines Euroleague

Forget the weird and unusual airline safety videos that have been doing the rounds lately. Turkish Airlines has created a pool dunk video in support of its Euroleague basketball sponsorship that is nothing short of “epic.” The one-shot 30-second advertisement took 22 takes to pull off.

Airport Lounges that Don’t Require a First Class Ticket

The days of airport lounge exclusivity, where access is only granted via membership or a first class ticket, are about to come a thing of the past. There is a new breed of lounge infiltrating U.S. airports and it is completely independent of those offered by large airline carriers. Travelers receive the same amenities as airline lounges (showers, free appetizers, drinks, business facilities, personalized customer service and comfortable seating) – but at a reduced price. Updates

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