United Airlines Suspends All India Service Until September 1st

United Airlines is extending the suspension of both of its India routes until at least September 1st.

First it was the Pakistani airspace closure. Then it was saber-rattling over Iran. Then the Federal Aviation Administration banned flying in Iranian airspace. Now United is suspending its service between Newark and both New Delhi and Mumbai until September.

Star Alliance Gives Up on a New Top Elite Tier as Alliances Lose Relevance

A year ago Star Alliance was talking about introducing a new higher top elite tier above Gold and building out dynamic award pricing on Star airlines, spending your miles as money towards award seats.

The alliance, which includes airlines like United, Lufthansa, and Singapore, now says the new top tier status plan is on ice but that they’ll focus on new benefits for existing alliance Silver and Gold elite levels, including building out “Star Alliance Gold Track” expedited airport formalities.