Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Competetive Trans-Atlantic Flights

Today Delta and Air France announced a joint venture. London, here we come! Up until now, Heathrow has been in lock down.
    The join venture, to be detailed at a news conference in Paris, would help break the exclusive hold that British Airways, American Airlines, United Airlines and Virgin Atlantic Airways have on U.S. flights to Heathrow, Europe's busiest airport.

This past spring the EU and the US signed the Open Skies Agreement, which allows US carries to fly to any European Union city, and a European airline to fly to any US city. What it means for those with PiggyBankBlues is that Heathrow is now a free for all, and trans-Atlantic flights in general should start to go down in price within a year.

As a side note, I just got an Amex Delta card. At the time I was thinking of closing my Amex Rewards card and rolling over the points to the Delta card. Some of M's family lives in Spain, and so far I have enough points/miles for one ticket. Now I have more flight availability, but I'm also paying for a card whose reward just might go down in price. Is it worth the cost?


Ms. M&P said...

SWEET! That is so exciting. There are already some great deals to London in the winter, so this will be awesome!

I love spain. I studied there for 6 mos in school and had the time of my life. Any place that eats chocolate and churros in the morning and takes naps in the afternoon is my kind of spot. I hope you get to go soon! As far as the cost, I think you should try to save as much as you can (however that is) on the flight since the dollar is so weak. Hopefully you could stay with M's family to save $$.

PiggyBankBlues said...

i know, now if only the euro/pound would drop!

we would stay with her family, but i have to figure out how much the amex delta costs per year, and how long it would take me to get another ticket. i'm thinking it would still be worth it, but we'll see how much fares drop.