New Tool Searches for Widebody Airline Flights in USA

No, a “widebody” does not refer to an overweight person…it means a commercial aircraft with 2 aisles instead of 1. Widebody airliners always seem more comfortable to me than single-aisle aircraft.

A Boeing 777 is an example of a widebody airliner.

The Wandering Aramean has created a tool to show which routes in the United States will be flown by widebody aircraft. Only about 35 airports in the US are served by widebody airliners.

Where the Widebodies Fly

Because they are “fatter” than narrowbody aircraft, widebodies cause more air turbulence when they take off and land. This turbulence has the possibility of disturbing the aircraft that follows the widebody down the runway, so air traffic controllers have to allow extra time after a widebody takes off or lands.

The air traffic controller term for a widebody aircraft is “heavy.”

A Widebody Squirrel. Photo by James Marvin Phelps / Flickr

Airline Miles and Hotel Points, What Are They Worth?

There is no universal answer, because the value of a point/mile depends strongly upon whether you prefer to fly Coach, Business or First Class; whether you prefer upscale or downmarket hotels; and whether you have status in a particular program.

Given all that, here is the updated list of values from The Points Guy:

Airliner, Photo by shyb / Flickr

55,000 United Airlines Miles for Credit Card

This is a pretty nice offer.


Airlines Letting Passengers Cancel Flights to Zika Virus Areas

As the Zika virus spreads from South America into Caribbean island nations (including the U.S. Virgin Islands), airlines have begun letting passengers cancel flights without penalty.

If you or your partner are or could be pregnant, call the airline to learn if you can cancel for a full refund. The airlines are changing their policies on this daily, so Hang Up / Call Again (“HUCA”) tomorrow if you do not get a good answer today.

You can see a map from the Center for Disease Control showing areas of the United States where Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes capable of spreading Zika virus are found.

Nations where the Zika virus have been found, according to the CDC:
Cape Verde
El Salvador
French Guiana
Puerto Rico
S. Martin

Mosquito, Photo by edans / Flickr