Weekend update: United meals, Cathay in Boston, JetBlue silliness

United Meals: In a rare enhancement (the good kind) of in-flight services, United announced that it is replacing its snack box meals in First with food that you may actually want to eat, including wraps, entree salads and hot sandwiches.  And while they were, in fact, designed by airline chefs, they look pretty good, anyway.

Airline food: It tastes terrible and there’s never enough of it. Photo from Wall Street Journal

I guess that beats American, which recently announced a reduction in its food service.

Cathay meets Boston

Speculation had been running for a while that Cathay would enter the Boston market, but the Boston Globe confirmed it yesterday, breaking the news that CX would enter Boston-Hong Kong with a 777 starting next year.  That’s an awfully big plane for the flight, but Cathay is one of the best experiences in the sky and an excellent use of your miles.  This flight will open up all of Southeast Asia to Boston on an easy one-stop.

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It actually looks like this

Oh, be sure to book for two:

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“We really wanted Kevin Love, but a non-stop to Hong Kong is almost as good.”

JetBlue silliness:

For those of you who like your JetBlue, you know that the airline offers “badges,” which are virtual, well, “badges,” for certain tasks, such as flying to a particular destination or getting the credit card.  Some of the badges actually earn you TrueBlue points, so it’s worth keeping an eye on them.

Recently, however, JetBlue announced the jackpot of badges: Destination Domination.  Once you’ve flown to every one of JetBlue’s destinations, they will give you 500,000 TrueBlue points.  Of course, JetBlue flies to more than 80 locations and connections don’t count (only your final destination counts), so I don’t exactly recommend a mileage run for it, but I have no doubt that somebody is out there plotting a way to pull it off (Okay, it’s me.).  Keep in mind that TrueBlue points are worth no more than about 1.5c each, so you’re getting $7,500 of flying, at most, out of what could be an expensive badge.

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“Yes, I did fly to 80 destinations, and man are my arms tired!”


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