Daily Points: Dubai Airshow; Southwest Changes; JetBlue Points on Qatar Airways

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Here’s your miles, points, travel, and deals news for November 14, 2023.

I’m flying today from Chicago to Capetown via Doha on Qatar Airways business class for a two-week vacation, but I’ll still be posting on here.

Deals and Points News

  • Southwest announced they will devalue Rapid Rewards points by 4% starting on January 1, 2024, but any bookings made before January 1 will be at the old rates.
  • Southwest is also increasing the cost of its alcoholic drinks starting on November 15th. Liquor and ready-to-drink cocktails increase from $7 to $9, wine increase from $6 to $8, and beer increases from $6-7 to $7. [HT: VFTW]
  • You can now redeem JetBlue TrueBlue points on Qatar Airways. The U.S. to Doha in business class is 70,000 points and beyond Doha is about 106,000 to 140,000 points.
  • Shake Shack has a deal for free Chicken Shack Sandwich with $10+ purchase with code CHICKENDANCE.

Amex Offers:

  • Cathay Pacific for $175 back on $1,000+ in spending by December 31, 2023.
  • Virgin Atlantic for $300 back on $2,000+ in spending by January 12, 2024.
  • JetBlue for $50 back on $200+ in spending by December 31, 2023.
  • OfficeMax/Office Depot for $15 back on $100+ in spending by February 14, 2024.
  • American Express Gift card for $50 back on $1,000+ in spending by December 31, 2024.

Travel News

  • JetBlue applied for slots to fly to Lisbon (LIS) for two daily flights, most likely from New York (JFK) and Boston (BOS)
  • Turkish Airlines is adding a flight from Detroit (DTW) to their global hub in Istanbul (IST).
  • American Airlines is launching flights to Tulum’s new airport (TQO) from Charlotte (CLT), Dallas (DFW), and Miami (MIA), with service to start on March 28, 2024.
  • Breeze Airways added many new routes: 
    • Orlando to Burlington VT, Evansville, Madison, New York-Stewart, and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
    • Tampa to Burlington VT, Madison, Myrtle Beach, and Plattsburgh.
    • Myrtle Beach to Charleston WV and Providence.
    • Grand Junction to Orange County and San Francisco.
    • Charleston SC to New York-Stewart.
  •  Aeromexico added a daily flight from Raleigh-Durham (RDU) to Mexico City (RDU). 

Dubai Airshow News:

  •  FlyDubai ordered 30 Boeing 787-9s with the first deliveries in 2026.
  •  airBaltic ordered up to 50 additional Airbus A220-300s to add to their 44 current A220s.
  • Ethopian Airlines placed an order for 20 Boeing 737 Max 8s with an option for 21 more, and 11 Boeing 787-9s with an option for 15 more.
  • Emirates increased their order of the new Boeing 777X to 205 aircraft, plus Emirates ordered additional Boeing Dreamliners, 20 787-8s and 15 787-10s aircraft.
  • EgyptAir ordered 10 Airbus A350-900s.
  • Royal Jordanian ordered 6 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners.
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