United Airlines is a prominent member of the Star Alliance so it will come as no shock to most readers that flights booked with United can be credited to loyalty programs such as KrisFlyer (Singapore Airlines), Miles & More (Lufthansa Group), and Aeroplan (Air Canada) as well as to United’s own MileagePlus program. It may, however, be a little surprising to find out that United Airlines flights can also be used to earn Avios – a major currency used by airlines in the oneworld alliance.
At the end of April, United Airlines offered its customers three different promotions which all gave flyers a chance to boost their progress along the path to elite status, and now American Airlines appears to have followed suit. The key difference here, however, is that flyers can sign up to all three of American's promotions while United asked flyers to choose one from three.
Last year, American Airlines and Alaska Airlines announced that they would be taking their relationship to the next level by offering each other's elite flyers reciprocal upgrades. These upgrades have now been available to AAdvantage and Mileage Plan members for a couple of months so this is a roundup of what is currently being offered, what we're told will be on the way, and how the upgrades work.
American Airlines has published a new offer which we last saw in October 2020 and which sees the airline offering a 25% bonus to AAdvantage members who choose to convert IHG Rewards points or World of Hyatt points into miles.
If the last British Airways status extension wasn't as generous as you would have liked or if you're hoping to earn British Airways elite status, the news that the airline is now offering double Tier Points for select bookings covering an upcoming three and half month period may be something that brightens up your day.
American Airlines and JetBlue have today announced that they are now offering near-universal reciprocal mileage earning and elite status credit accrual for members of the AAdvantage and TrueBlue programs. Flyers from both airline programs can now choose whether to earn AAdvantage Miles or TrueBlue points when they book with either airline and depending on which they choose, they'll also earn credits towards elite status too.
Virgin Atlantic has taken another look at the travel landscape and decided that the time is right to offer frequent flyers yet another helping hand. Following on from the two 6-month elite status extensions that Virgin Atlantic offered Flying Club members in 2020 and the 3-month extension announced in February, the airline is now extending elite statuses for the fourth time.
Over the weekend, it looks as if Iberia Plus took a leaf straight out of the IHG playbook and made a number of changes to the cost of select awards without giving members any notice at all. While it's always disappointing to see the cost of awards increasing, in this case it's especially disappointing as the changes see Iberia eliminating a number of especially good sweet spots.
United has announced that it has launched three new promotions and that it's giving MileagePlus elites the choice of which one promotion they'd like to participate in. Two of the promotions give flyers a chance to boost their Premier Qualifying Points (PQP) balances while the third promotion offers an opportunity to earn bonus redeemable miles through MileagePlus X.
Every year we seem to hear of new ways for people to earn miles and points from sources that have absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with travel, and while I have no idea how long this source of miles has been around, I've just discovered that you can earn a substantial number of American Airlines miles when you buy or sell a home.