U.S. Airlines Make It Easier to Redeem Frequent Flyer Miles: New Study


Seats on a commercial airplane. The six largest U.S. carriers grew more generous from 2013 to 2018 as they sought to encourage mileage redemption, said a new study from IdeaWorksCompany and CarTrawler. Bloomberg

Skift Take: The six largest U.S. airlines have lowered how many frequent-flier miles they require for some domestic flight awards, a study says. But the prices to redeem miles have tended to decline in tandem with airfares. In many cases, that means airline miles aren’t as valuable as before. Plus, international redemptions have generally gotten worse.

— Sean O’Neill

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Malaysia’s Sovereign Fund Considers Selling Legoland

Joyce Koh and Elffie Chew, ©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

Have a “brick-tastic challenge at Malaysia Legoland. Joyce Koh and Elffie Chew, ©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

Skift Take: Malaysia‘s new government is building blocks to reduce the deficit left by the previous administration. Legoland Malaysia, owned by the national sovereign fund, Khazanah, could be sold if the price is right.

— Raini Hamdi

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Overtourism Has Travel Advisors Telling Their Customers to Please Go Somewhere Else


Travel agencies have been giving their customers suggestions on where to go to avoid overtourism. Bloomberg

Skift Take: While everyone has heard horror stories of lining up for hours for a glimpse of a tourist attraction, overcrowded destinations and hostile locals, travel advisors are still faced with requests to visit the world’s most popular places. They have a dilemma: Do they make the booking or risk losing the business by recommending alternatives?

— Allan Leibowitz

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