Delta Status Match, JAL Crash Fireproofing, Using Miles for Space Flights

Japan Airlines 737-8
Boeing 737-8. Photo courtesy of Japan Airlines.
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8 Mysterious Places Scientists Still Can’t Explain.

I love visiting unique attractions while traveling. Visiting one of these spots provides fun stories when you return home, and it gives you something to do beyond the normal tourist spots. Have you ever visited one of these locations?

Delta status match challenge: How you can earn elite status until 2026.

Are you in a Delta hub, or do you just prefer to fly Delta? If so, check out this Delta status match challenge to get elite status through January 2026. With elite status on any other airline, you can receive equivalent status with Delta for three months. And, if you meet certain qualifications, you can extend the status for almost two more years!

Delta A350 soaring above the clouds
A350 soaring above the clouds. Photo courtesy of Delta.

Japan Airlines crash: How the Airbus’ new fireproofing helped all 379 passengers survive.

With all of the recent focus on the 737 Max-9 “plug” issues, the JAL crash was quickly forgotten. One of the interesting things about this crash is the “new lightweight carbon-fiber fuselage may have protected passengers from fire long enough for everyone to evacuate.” Not only do design advances like this save money on fuel for the airline, but they can also increase safety. Thankfully, crashes like this are rare today, but it’s good to know that planes are becoming safer at every touchpoint.

How to Get Your Luggage to Arrive First at Baggage Claim.

I generally avoid checking bags because I hate waiting for them to arrive at baggage claim. If you’re a traveler who prefers to check your luggage, here are several tips to ensure that your luggage arrives first. And, if your luggage is late, don’t forget to claim your free miles from Delta and Alaska thanks to their 20-minute guarantees.

How about Redeeming Points for Space Travel? Yes!

Have you ever wanted to travel to space but know that you’ll never be rich enough to afford it? I feel the same way. While we normally focus our miles & points on international travel, the possibility of redeeming miles for space travel is closer than ever. Japan Airlines (JAL) announced a partnership with SpaceX to develop its own fleet of space shuttles.

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