Not April Fools: Airbus creating cargo hold sleeping berths

I'd seen this on a few sites and honestly just assumed it was lingering re-shares of an April Fool's joke. Apparently Airbus is looking at replacing some of the cargo hold modules with sleeping berths. The A330 will be the first to get them, since it already has a staircase going down to the crew rest area. The one big downer here is that the ceiling height in the proposed module is 5'4" (162 cm). Hopefully the ceiling will be padded!
.@Airbus and @ZodiacAerospace enter into a partnership for new lower-deck sleeping facilities 🛌 — Safran (@SAFRAN) April 10, 2018 There's lots more info and pictures over at TPG, but if they can manage to get this past all of the various safety agencies, it might make for some interesting new options. I wouldn't mind an Economy seat on a long flight if, for example, I had a 6 hour nap downstairs in the middle of it. But it does raise a few questions:
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Heads-up: report of SPG program changes coming April 16th

(Last update 9 April 2018)

According to a couple of sources, the coming details of the merged Starwood + Marriot points plan are being announced on April 16th. Lucky is reporting that some phone reps are saying the current Starwood-to-airline mile transfers will end that day.

In recent years, airlines and credit cards have been providing ever less notice for big changes like this, so it wouldn't surprise me if this were true. One way or the other I'm going to make a plan for where to transfer my Starwood points and move 'em quick if I get word that the changes are negative (and I'd guess there's a 99% chance that they will be). I'm not much of a hotel person, so I wouldn't consider keeping the points to use for hotel rooms.

They have a long list of transfer partners, but it's a tough call… Here's my current thinking (I'll update this page as I learn more):
YesInitially, Alaska was my top pick. They've got some great, unique partnerships an…

JetBlue's Lion King on Broadway party for Mosaic members

As I mentioned earlier, JetBlue has a new-to-us perk for it's Mosaic elites with their co-branded Mastercard – VIP tickets to the Lion King on Broadway. As a properly jaded New Yorker I'll admit I was a bit dubious about what "VIP" meant, but we had Saturday afternoon open and figured we'd check it out. Given my age and the fact that I don't have children, I'd actually never seen the Lion King before. A friend who works on Broadway told me that the amazing puppetry and costumes  made it definitely worth checking out.

We booked our date online and paid the $50 deposit (which is refunded to you as a Mastercard gift card at the show). When we arrived at the theater, there was a separate entrance for JetBlue ticket-holders which let us bypass all of the lines. The welcome envelope included a generous stack of drink tickets.

Our seats were on the main floor, maybe a dozen rows from the stage. The VIP tickets included a Q&A with some of the cast members af…

Getting home from Jordan

We aren't normally the type of travelers who do whirlwind trips, but given that my husband is basically getting one week off between January and Thanksgiving 😡 we're going to, uh, "whirl" a bit with this upcoming trip. We scored those sub-$2000 tickets from NYC to Frankfurt, we're taking a cheap Lufthansa flight from there to Poland for our friend's 50th, then we're taking Wizzair direct to Tel-Aviv. Once we started looking into the top sights in the area, I realized how close we'd be to Petra so we decided this is the time to cross that off the bucket list.

Petra is happening at the tail end of our trip, so we have to find a way back to Frankfurt to connect to our flight home. There are only three border crossing points between Israel and Jordan, and crossing the border is not a trivial matter. The bus ride to Amman from Petra is 4-ish hours long. So I started poking around looking for other options and lo and behold there's a well-timed Royal J…

Trip Report: Aeromexico 787 JFK - MEX in Business Class

As a food-loving aviation nerd with bad sinuses, I've been really excited about the 787 ever since I first heard about its groundbreaking cabin humidity and air pressure levels. We've made a bit of extra effort to get flights on the 787 whenever (reasonably) possible and I definitely find myself less fatigued from the journey and the food does seem to taste a bit better.

Most of the direct flights from the US to Mexico are 38" domestic First recliner seats with limited food and alcohol choices. When we heard that Aeromexico's 787 was going to have an international configuration with lie-flat seats we were excited to give it a try. We changed up our normal routine of flying direct for our annual New York to Puerto Vallarta trip and routed through Mexico City instead.

(FYI, nearly all of the United PS/Mint/Flagship routings via LAX or SFO require an overnight stay… Though I've personally confirmed that it's do-able if you get up realllly early!)