Delta Commits to Blocking Middle Seats
- Delta is bucking an industry trend by committing to blocking middle seats on all flights through Sept. 30. It will maintain its capacity caps, too: 60% of economy and 50% in first class. The carrier also is requiring passengers and crew to wear face coverings inflight and is installing plexiglass shields at its ticketing counters. Inflight food and beverage service will be limited. JetBlue has committed to blocking middle seats until July and will reassess then. But other carriers, notably United, are not blocking all middle seats but are endeavoring to leave the seats empty.
- Alaska Airlines is adding a frequent-flier bonus for its Mileage Plan members who fly between now and the end of the year. The carrier will add a 50% bonus of its elite miles to any itinerary, allowing passengers to accrue points more quickly. The carrier also is upping its credit card benefits, including awarding two miles for every dollar spent at restaurants and takeouts from now till the end of July.
- Meanwhile, Frontier has instituted touchless temperature checks for passengers and crew at all the airports it serves. Anyone with a temperature above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit will be denied boarding. Face masks or coverings are required onboard. Passengers booking tickets online will have to attest that they have not been ill or in contact with a sick person for 14 days and that they will heed the company’s temperature screening and facial covering policies, among other measures.