ICYMI: Travel News Roundup for Saturday, May 13, 2017

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Here’s all the news that caught my eye this week – let me know in the comments if I missed something important or helped you find something new!

Airlines + Miles

Air Canada announced they plan to end their contract with Aimia, the company that runs Aeroplan, and launch their own in-house loyalty program in 2020. Many questions remain, including what happens to existing Aeroplan balances and whether the miles will be worth anything after the transition. Aimia’s stock dropped 57% after the announcement. [Toronto Star]

Alaska Airlines lounges now offer access to Virgin America passengers traveling on paid or award (not upgraded) first class tickets. [Travel Codex]

Alaska also announced that they will extend elite status for a year for Alaska Airlines and Virgin America elite members who take time off of work for a new child. [Skift]

Air India is launching nonstop service from New Delhi to Los Angeles, Dallas-Fort Worth, and Washington Dulles. [Travel Codex]

Delta has partnered with LSTN Sound Co. to offer sleek, socially conscious noise cancelling headphones in its Delta One suites this summer. [Runway Girl Network]

Flying Blue miles can get you from the US to Hawaii on Delta for just 15,000 miles one way. [Travel with Grant]

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is going to spend $38 million to create temporary bus gates in Terminal D while it works on a permanent airport expansion. [Travel Codex]

United is increasing its domestic presence out of SFO with more flights and bigger planes in response to Alaska’s expansion. [Travel Codex]

Credit Cards

Discover seems to have reconsidered some of its cashback denials from 2015’s Apple Pay promotion – Grant is getting an extra $326. [Travel with Grant]

Hotels + Points

Airbnb will now refund their service fees if you cancel a reservation, up to 3 times per year. They’ve also clarified the way they describe cancellation policies, and will show you the exact cutoff dates for a full or partial refund before you book. [At Airbnb]

Promotions + Deals

If you’re planning a trip to Europe this summer, Eurostar is offering a ten-day flash sale with a limited number of half-price tickets from London to Paris, Brussels, Calais, and Lille. [The Forward Cabin]

T-Mobile’s free hour of Gogo in-flight internet no longer works on international flights. [Travel with Grant]

Trip Reports

Mexico is phasing out customs forms and random bag checks in favor of an x-ray screening before sending bags out to baggage claim. [Travel with Grant]

Check out Premium Class on Alaska Airlines’ E175 regional jet. [Travel Codex]

Shelli shares her travel hack for hotel rooms with no towel hooks. [Travel with Grant]

Visit Air France’s Priority Pass lounge at SFO (one of my favorites). [Travel Codex]

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