Zach Wichter, The Points Guy

Zach Wichter

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Past articles by Zach:

TSA screenings spiked over Independence Day weekend

July 4 weekend saw a new travel record for 2020 in the U.S. Over the course of the holiday weekend, Transportation Security Administration screenings rose above 700,000 for the first time since the COVID-19 outbreak took root in the states. → Read More

American will use fewer flight attendants on widebody services

If you take a long-haul flight with American Airlines after Oct. 1, there will be fewer flight attendants on-hand to respond to your call button. → Read More

Boeing's 737 MAX completes recertification flights

The Federal Aviation Administration announced Wednesday that Boeing's 737 MAX completed a crucial phase of its recertification process — namely, test flights. → Read More

Lufthansa, Austrian and Qatar announce more flights

German carrier Lufthansa, its sister Austrian Airlines and Doha-based Qatar Airways all announced service increases for July. → Read More

Global Entry enrollment delayed again, until August 10

As the latest a sign of how quickly things can change in the COVID-19 era, Customs and Border Protection announced Wednesday that Trusted Traveler enrollment centers will remain closed until at least Aug. 10. → Read More

El Al grounded until further notice

Israeli media reported Wednesday that talks between the airline's management and its pilots unions had stalled, leading the company's executives to recall all airplanes to their bases. → Read More

Health officials criticize American Airlines for not blocking middle seats

Beginning Wednesday, American Airlines will sell its flights to full capacity. Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Institute of Health said they thought that was a bad plan. → Read More

Boeing 737 MAX is one step closer to passenger flights

The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed that the first in a series of recertification flights successfully took off on Monday. → Read More

Airline complaints soared 1,500% in April as flyers vented about refunds

According to data released by the Department of Transportation on Friday, passengers filed 19,856 complaints about airline service in April, up from 5,064 in March and from 1,206 in April 2019 — a whopping 1,546.4% year-over-year increase. → Read More

American removes capacity caps, increases health safety measures

American Airlines will begin fully booking its flights again as demand allows next month, and introduces a health advisory panel. → Read More

China-US aviation spat ratchets down as Washington OKs more flights

The back-and-forth aviation battle between the United States and China appears to be letting up. → Read More

United Airlines: Wear your mask or risk being banned from flying

Any passenger who does not wear a mask while traveling on United will be placed on the airline's restriction list, and may not be allowed to fly with the carrier again for a set amount of time. → Read More

St. Barths prepares to reopen to visitors on June 22

If you want to visit the Caribbean vacation spot, you'll need to prove that you have tested negative for COVID-19 72 hours or less before you arrive. → Read More

DOT will distribute almost 100 million face masks across the transportation sector

The U.S. Department of Transportation will distribute around 100 million cloth face masks to travelers and employees across the aviation, transit and passenger rail industries. → Read More

Sanitizer with your Stroopwafel? Many airlines are now providing cleaning supplies to passengers

As stay at home orders slowly lift around the country, airlines are looking for ways to woo passengers back to the skies, and most carriers seem to be doing so with personal cleaning supplies. → Read More

Airline unions: Government is failing flyers by failing to implement coronavirus rules

Without an official government policy, airlines and airports have instituted a patchwork of rules and guidelines in response to coronavirus. It's left travelers confused and companies struggling to keep everyone compliant. → Read More

American Airlines is shrinking, but trying to avoid furloughs

American Airlines CEO Doug Parker said the company is doing its best to avoid furloughs even as it shrinks its workforce. → Read More

Americans are flying again; when will we see 1 million daily travelers again?

After hitting rock bottom in April, passenger traffic might be poised for a summer comeback as travelers increasingly take to the skies as coronavirus-related stay-at-home restrictions begin to ease across much of the nation. → Read More

Dallas/Fort Worth was America's busiest airport in May

Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), American's fortress hub in Texas, saw the most commercial service of any airport in the nation in May, the Dallas Morning News reported. → Read More

US backs off ban of Chinese airlines, but limits them to just 2 total flights per week

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced Friday that Chinese carriers will have to immediately scale back their schedule of U.S. flights, with Chinese airlines now only permitted to operate a combined total of two weekly flights. → Read More