This Week in Travel: Air Travel Is Great(?) + Air Canada to Ditch Aeroplan + JetBlue’s New Partner + IHG’s New Promo

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In case you missed something, following are the biggest travel stories and best deals covered this past week. Check ’em out!

Air Canada Will Have All-New Loyalty Program in 2020

Beginning in June 2020, Air Canada will sever its ties with Aeroplan and launch an all-new mileage program of its own design. Stay tuned for details.

J.D. Power: ‘Air Travel Is Better than Ever’

Flying in the face of much evidence to the contrary, yet another study suggests that air travel has never been better. Whence the disconnect?

World’s Largest Airline Will Add Seats, Reduce Legroom

American, the world’s largest airline, plans to add more coach seats to some planes, reducing legroom to as little as 29 inches. Ouch!

New Alaska Air Benefit: Elite Extension for New Parents

Elite members of Alaska Airlines’ mileage program will now have their status extended after periods of pregnancy or parental leave. Well played, Alaska.

JetBlue Has a New Points Partner: Icelandair

Members of JetBlue’s TrueBlue program now have another points-earning option: Icelandair flights.

Earn Up to 10,000 AAdvantage Miles with Program Partners

Through June 15, American AAdvantage members can earn up to 10,000 bonus miles for completing mileage-earning transactions with four AAdvantage partners.

New InterContinental Promotion: ‘Earn at Least 30,000 Bonus Points’

Between May 15 and August 31, IHG Rewards Club members can earn “at least 30,000 bonus points” for completing a series of targeted tasks.

Here’s Your Chance to Win a 15-Day Cruise to 8 Countries

Here’s your chance to win a 15-day cruise for two between Stockholm, Sweden, and Bergen, Norway, including roundtrip air between the U.S. and cruise ports.

Somebody has to win this trip, right? Might as well be you.

After 20 years working in the travel industry, and almost that long writing about it, Tim Winship knows a thing or two about travel. Follow him on Twitter @twinship.

This article first appeared on, where Tim is Editor-at-Large.