With American making premium cabin saver awards harder and harder to find it has definitely become a lot more challenging to find great uses for AAdvantage miles in recent years (especially if you're based in the US), but the lack of saver award space doesn't have to mean that an AAdvantage balance is worthless or near-impossible to use effectively.
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American Express added Qantas Frequent Flyer as a transfer partner for the Membership Rewards program back in June last year and we’ve seen it offer a few transfer bonuses in the intervening months…and now we have another one.
Alaska Mileage Plan has been running its first points sale of the year since the last week of January but all good things have to come to an end and the discounted pricing will end this coming Sunday. For the next 3 days, Mileage Plan members can lock-in a bonus of 40% when they buy 30,000 miles (or more) by 11:59 PM PST on Sunday 16 February.
Alaska Airlines and American Airlines have issued a joint statement in which they have announced a new "West Coast International Alliance" under which Alaska's West Coast network will connect up to (and feed) American's long-haul network, which will see Alaska Airlines becoming a member of the oneworld alliance in 2021 and which will see American Airlines launching a new route to Asia and a new route out of Alaska's hub in Seattle.
Virgin Atlantic has been partnering with Air France/KLM for a number of months with all three airlines codesharing on multiple routes while allowing members of their respective loyalty programs to earn miles when booking flights on all three carriers. So far, however, it hasn't been possible to redeem Virgin's Flying Club miles on Air France or KLM....but that has just changed.
American Airlines has launched a flash sale on AAdvantage Miles in which it's offering a 10% discount and bonus miles to flyers buying 15,000 miles or more through 16 February 2020. The offers that American Airlines AAdvantage members will see in their accounts are targeted and will vary from person to person.
Virgin Atlantic is selling miles through the end of the week and in this sale it's offering the highest bonus that we generally see the airline offer and it has raised the limit on the number of miles that Flying Club members can buy during a calendar year. If you need to top up your account or if you want to book one of the best deals in the miles and points world (more on that later) this is probably the time to do it.
The American Airlines AAdvantage program is emailing members to let them know that it will be ending its partnership with three significant hotel chains from later this year and, although members are being given 2 months' notice of the changes, some will still find this a disappointing move by the airline.
The Flying Blue Promo Awards for February are now live and, although they're even more disappointing than the Promo Awards we saw announced at the beginning of January, there are still a couple of good deals to be had for travel between North America and Europe and one good deal for travel between Europe and the Middle East.