In a move that will please a lot of its members, the Etihad Guest program has announced that it will be changing its mileage expiration policy from the end of this month. On the way out is the policy under which miles expire regardless of account activity and in comes a policy where miles can be kept alive indefinitely.
American Airlines has launched a new mileage sale for July in which it is offering discounts of between 10% and 45%. There's nothing majorly complicated about this sale as for once, this is an AAdvantage sale in which the more miles you buy the cheaper the cost per mile becomes.
Towards the middle of April, Alaska's Mileage Plan program announced a sale in which it was offering targeted members the chance to buy miles with a 60% bonus. That sale saw the airline selling its miles at the cheapest rate we've seen and, three weeks after that sale ended, Alaska brought back the same offer. That deal was supposed to end yesterday but, for reasons best known to the airline, the offer has been extended through tomorrow, 30 June. It's still a targeted sale, but if you missed out last time you may have better luck this time around.
A number of people have emailed me to say that their British Airways status hasn't been extended despite hearing about other flyers seeing their status extensions post. This seemed odd as I know for a fact that most statuses have now been extended and, following a little bit of investigation, it was revealed that for once the fault doesn't actually lie with British Airways - a lot of people have been looking for their status extension in the wrong place!
Iberia is the latest IAG airline to launch an Avios sale and it's offering travelers a bonus of up to 50% on Avios purchases made by 30 June 2020. If you're careful which Iberia website you purchase Avios from, this sale can offer an excellent opportunity to significantly reduce the cost of what may otherwise be a very expensive trip.
Back in April, I said that the argument that airlines shouldn't extend elite statuses because it will encourage flyers to defect to other airlines is nonsensical because people look to earn status to enjoy the joys of that status. Generally speaking, they don't earn status only to then fly with airlines with which they have no standing. I also said that if British Airways extended my status I wouldn't be seeing what other airlines I can fly. Well, it turns out that this isn't entirely true.
At the beginning of March, Alaska Airlines was the first airline to introduce any kind of change or incentive with regards to elite status earning when it announced that it would reward flyers with 50% more elite qualifying miles on travel taken through 11 April 2020. Since then, the qualification period was extended to cover flights taken by the end of May and, now that's it's increasingly obvious that people won't be returning to the skies in big numbers for some time, Alsaka Airline has extended the qualification period for its promotion once again.
At the beginning of last month, I highlighted a pretty amazing Tier Point run that was available for travel between London and the West Coast and, at the time, I said that I was tempted to make a booking for 2021. Well, a few weeks passed by, the fares for the trip didn't disappear (this trip is still bookable), and the temptation to jump on such a fantastic deal grew to such an extent that I couldn't hold out any more - the deal was too good to miss so I had to book.
Etihad Guest is back with a new mileage sale and, thanks to Etihad's partnership with American Airlines and generous award pricing, it represents a very good opportunity to purchase cheap miles that can be redeemed for great value awards on American Airlines...but you have just 4 days to make the most of this deal.
The headline says it all. British Airways has finally followed most other global airlines in announcing that it is extending elite status for its frequent flyers by a period of 12 months.