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New Singapore Airlines Spontaneous escapes deals are live (for August 2024 travel)

It's the middle of the month and that means that Singapore Airlines has published its latest set of KrisFlyer Spontaneous Escapes deals. As usual, the airline is offering KrisFlyer members 30% off award bookings on select routes (in its Economy, Premium Economy, and Business class cabins) and as usual, the value on offer will vary from route to route.
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New Flying Blue May Promo Awards are live (travel through 31 October 2024)

Flying Blue has released its Promo Awards for May which cover travel through 31 October 2024 and as usual, you can now book select Air France and KLM awards with a 25% discount.
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Qatar Airways is offering a 30% Avios bonus on transfers from select banking currencies...

Qatar Airways has launched a month-long promotion in which its offering Privilege Club members a 30% bonus when they convert various banking currencies into Avios. For US readers this means that Citi ThankYou points can now be converted to Avios at a rate of 1 point to 1.3 Avios.
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Another sale: Buy United MileagePlus miles from 1.88 cents each (possibly targeted)

Just 6 days after pulling the last discount that it offered on its currency, United Airlines is back with another promotion in which it's offering a bonus of up to 100% when members buy MileagePlus miles by the end of the month.
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How American Airlines & Alaska Airlines reciprocal upgrades work (includes details of a new...

Reciprocal upgrades have been available to American Airlines AAdvantage and Alaska Mileage Plan elites since 2021, and as a very recent change to the upgrade rules has improved the upgrade benefit for Alaska's flyers, this seems like a good time to recap how these upgrades work.
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This Virgin Atlantic 30% transfer bonus is about to end (and this may be...

The Citi ThankYou program is offering cardholders a 30% bonus on transfers to the Virgin Atlantic Flying Club though 16 March 2024 (TOMORROW), and while ordinarily this would be an offer that would only work for a relatively small number of people, right now, this transfer bonus could be a lot more useful than normal.
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Save 50% on Virgin Atlantic transatlantic awards through the end of June (surcharges not...

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Big Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan award chart changes now in progress

Last week, we covered the changes that Alaska Airlines has made (and is still to make) to how Mileage Plan elite status is earned and the benefits that elite status offers, but the really big changes that the airline is making to its frequent flyer program come in the form of the changes to its partner award charts.
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Save up to 20% on Qatar Airways flights from Europe to select destinations (excl....

Qatar Airways is launching a new promotion (tomorrow) in which it's offering members of its Privilege Club (free to join) up to 20% off fares between various European countries and the airline's destinations in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Oceania (this is a similar promotion to one that appeared around this time last year).
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Buy Virgin Atlantic Points with a 70% bonus (0.89p or 1.48¢ each)

Virgin Atlantic's has brought back the best points sale that we've ever seen it run and that means that for the rest of this month, Virgin Atlantic Flying Club members can buy points from 0.89 pence each (UK accounts) or from 1.48 cents each (US accounts).
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United Airlines adds two minor (but useful) benefits for Silver Elite members

Today, United has announced a couple of very minor extra status benefits for those of us who sit towards the bottom of the MileagePlus food chain, and if you have Silver status and fly with a few of United's Star Alliance partners, these may turn out to be benefits that have genuine value.
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British Airways says it’s bringing Texas BBQ to its Austin route (for a month)

Come Sunday (3 March), British Airways will have operated its Heathrow to Austin route for 10 years (with the occasional break for a pandemic) and to celebrate the occasion, the airline has adapted the menu on the Austin route for the month of March and has partnered with a famous Texas barbecue institution to produce limited edition bottles of their BBQ sauce.
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The Etihad Guest program devaluation in summary

Etihad has announced a number of significant changes to its Etihad Guest loyalty program and on the whole, the news is bad. Most of the changes that have been announced will kick in later this year and these include things like adjustments to mileage expiry rules, increased award booking cancellation fees, and a devaluation in the lounge access benefit for elite members.
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Status Match: Get SkyTeam Elite or Elite Plus status with just one premium cabin...

Yesterday, Virgin Atlantic launched a very generous status match promotion targeted at British Airways flyers, but overnight, a slight change to the airline's usual status match rules may have made Virgin's status match for other airline elites a little bit more interesting.
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Generous Virgin Atlantic status match for British Airways elites

It's probably not a coincidence that just a few days after British Airways made a mess of announcing how it plans to align all BAEC members' elite status years, that Virgin Atlantic has published one of the more generous status matches that I've seen. Unfortunately, however, if you've status marched to Virgin Atlantic in the past, you're not invited to the party.
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Buy Flying Blue Miles with a 100% bonus or a 50% discount

Flying Blue is running another mileage sale and depending on where you're based (or possibly how Flying Blue is targeting this), your deal may vary. Some accounts appear to be targeted for a 100% bonus while others are seeing a 50% discount on offer.
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Decoding the British Airways move to align Tier Point earning years

Yesterday, British Airways announced that it would be changing the timeframe in which members of its Executive Club program earn Tier Points (elite qualifying points) and to say that the messaging coming from the airline has been poor would be a gross understatement. It has been a mess.
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British Airways aligns elite status years and the results are as clear as mud

One of the stranger things about the British Airways Executive Club has long been the fact that a member's elite status year has been based on when they joined the program and not on a standard program year shared by all other members. My elite status year, for example, ends in December, while Joanna's ends in March and that can make things awkward. Apparently, this won't be how things work for much longer.
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How to earn Delta Lifetime Medallion Elite status [2024 edition]

Back in 2021, Delta made a positive update to its Million Miler elite status program by giving flyers the chance to lock in its top-tier SkyMiles Diamond Medallion status for life (albeit for the life of the program, not the life of the traveler) and that was a surprisingly positive move for Delta to make. From the start of 2024, however, Delta has made lifetime elite status harder to earn, so this is what you need to know about its Million Miler program:
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Promotion: Earn 50% more miles on select Singapore Airlines bookings (+ more)

Singapore Airlines is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its KrisFlyer program with a series of promotions that include bonus miles on flights, extra ways of earning elite status credits, and discounts on shopping purchases made with miles.
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Two big Alaska Airlines promotions: up to 30% off flights and up to 3x...

Alaska Airlines seems to be working hard to shake of the latest bit of Boeing-induced drama by offering two promotions to tempt flyers back into the skies in February. The first promotion is offering up to 30% off select bookings made by tomorrow while the second, is offering double or triple elite qualifying miles on all February flights.
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Earn 1,000 Etihad miles on each Hyatt stay through March

Hyatt and Etihad have announced a new promotion in which members of the Etihad Guest program can now earn 1,000 bonus miles on Hyatt stays made by the end of March. Award stays count in the same way as revenue stays, so this could represent an easy way to top up and Etihad account or to simply keep and Etihad balance alive.
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Ignore the Qatar Airways Avios sale – there’s a better deal available

Over the weekend, Qatar Airways launched a new Avios sale in which it's offering a bonus of up to 40% on Avios purchases completer by the end of 1 February. One the face of things, this is offering a reasonable deal, but if you're prepared to buy Avios today, a better deal is available.
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Reminder: RewardsPlus is currently running a special promo for United & Marriott top-tier elites

As we covered the Marriott/United partnership yesterday, now seems like a good time to for a reminder that top-tier Marriott Bonvoy and with United MileagePlus elites are being offered a limited-time promotion which allows them to earn upgrades in the other's  loyalty program. 
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Delta is launching a new elite status match promotion [Update: now live]

It’s possible that Delta may be seeing (or is predicting) a significant decrease in the number of SkyMiles elite members, and that its 2023 devaluation may (finally) be the straw that broke the camel’s back for a lot of its frequent flyers. I say this because it looks like Delta is going fishing for new SkyMiles elites in 2024 with a promotion that's coming at some point this month.
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This is how much top-tier airline status costs me each year

I gave up on the AAdvantage program and Executive Platinum status as soon as American Airlines introduced Elite Qualifying Dollars and the concept of a minimum spend requirement, and since then, I've been using the British Airways Executive Club as my primary airline program.
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How the Marriott Bonvoy & United Airlines partnership works

In recent weeks we have highlighted Marriott's recently enhanced partnership with Singapore Airlines and its partnership with Emirates, so it makes sense to now cover the more major of Marriott's airline partnerships - it's partnership with United Airlines MileagePlus.
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How the Marriott and Emirates partnership works

Marriott's partnership with Singapore Airlines was making news a couple of weeks ago, but that's not the only airline partnership that the hotel giant has. There's Marriott's strong partnership with United Airlines and as I'm about to discuss, there the partnership with Emirates as well.
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Save 20% on most Virgin Atlantic award bookings for travel through the end of...

Virgin Atlantic has launched a new promotion in which it is discounting the points cost of most award bookings by 20%. The cost of surcharges is not being discounted and the sale is only applicable to flights taken on Virgin Atlantic (partner bookings are not included) but there may still be a few good deals to be found here.
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Cash upgrades are not affecting British Airways Avios earnings on pre-devaluation bookings

Back in October last year, British Airways changed the way that Avios are earned as it moved from a model where the number of Avios awarded is based on a combination of the fare class and the distance flown, to a model where the number of Avios awarded is based entirely on the cost of a fare.
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The one key change to earning United MileagePlus elite status in 2024

Over the past couple of weeks, we have gone over some of the changes that have been brought in (or announced) for 2024 by Alaska Airlines, Southwest, and American Airlines, so it's only fair that we also look at the one key change that United's MileagePlus program has introduced for the 2024 elite year.
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Flash deal: Boost your 2023 Avios earnings by up to 3x (buy Avios from...

One of the many ways that British Airways allows its Executive Club members to increase their Avios balances is through its 'Avios Balance Boost' program and for a very limited time, this program is running a special deal that may be of use to anyone who needs a few more Avios at a relatively inexpensive rate.
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The Marriott Bonvoy & Singapore KrisFlyer status match offer

When you look into the Bonvoy program closely, you'll find that Marriott has relationships with considerably more airlines that any other hotel loyalty program and that with some airlines, like Emirates and United Airlines, it even has a reciprocal benefits agreement (of sorts).
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The four changes to Southwest Rapid Rewards for 2024

Back in October 2023, Southwest announced three ways in which it would be changing the elite status experience for its flyers in 2024 and one new option that it's introducing for all Rapid Rewards members, so before we get any further into the new year, here's a look at what those four changes are.
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New: Spend Avios on experiences with Qatar Airways (shows, concerts, sporting events, etc…)

Marriott Bonvoy and a few other programs have been giving allowing members to spend their points/miles on experiences (tickets to concerts, sporting events, etc...) for some time, and now Qatar Airways has joined in with the unveiling of its 'Privilege Club Collection'.
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American Airlines announces positive changes to the AAdvantage program

American Airlines has put out a press release addressing its plans for the AAdvantage program in 2024 and surprisingly, the news is actually good. Benefits are not being enhanced away, elite status is not being made harder to earn, award charts aren't being decimated, and there's no suggestion that the airline plans to hold the members of its frequent flyer program in the same contempt as Delta holds SkyMiles members.
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Generate up to 10,000 Avios, Miles, Points from just 0.49 cents each [Targeted]

Outside of credit card welcome bonuses, one of the easiest ways to boost a miles and points balance without going to much effort and without spending any money that you wouldn't have otherwise spent is to make use of the various shopping portals which are operated on behalf of the major loyalty programs.
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Another reason to join Qatar Airways Privilege Club (birthday discount!)

Most of the year, Qatar Airways runs promotions that offer travelers one or more incentives to join its Privilege Club program and if you're US-based, the fact that Qatar Airways is a Citi Thank You program transfer partner is another good reason to get signed up if you aren't already.
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Changes to Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan elite status for 2024

In late 2023, Alaska Airlines announced several changes to its loyalty program that would take effect this year, so as we're now just five days into the new elite qualification year, here's a quick look at what changes have been made (and what further changes are coming) to Mileage Plan elite status in 2024 and beyond.
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Reminder: You can currently cross the Atlantic in Business Class for 37,500 points +...

It has been a long time since we saw a truly great set of Promo Awards from Flying Blue (the loyalty program dedicated to KLM and Air France), but it's worth flagging that this month, there are actually a couple of good transatlantic Business Class deals on offer.
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2024: Another year in travel, miles & points coming up

So, here we go again. Another year has past and another begins and that means that, for a lot of us, the the quest for the miles and points that make that our travels more comfortable and more affordable begins all over again.
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Etihad is very deliberately suppressing partner award availability (take a look)

Some of the better value flight awards that are still available in the miles and points world are Etihad premium cabin awards booked with Aeroplan or American Airlines AAdvantage miles. Right now, however, it looks like Etihad is working hard to make sure that these awards aren't available to be booked and it's not even being subtle with how it's doing this.
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Qatar Airways Black Friday sale & up to 10,000 bonus Avios offer (Europe)

Qatar Airways has now launched its Black Friday sales for departures from various European countries (see here for the Americas promotions) and this year it's also throwing an offer of up to 10,000 bonus Avios into the mix.
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Deal: Get 50% off all Avios + cash fares with Aer Lingus this weekend

Aer Lingus has announced a new promotion in which it's offering members of its AerClub  (free to join) a 50% discount on the number of Avios needed to offset the cash element of any fare they book before the end of this weekend. Surprisingly, this may be a reasonable deal.
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Just 7 days to book before the British Airways devaluation

For flights booked from 18 October 2023 onwards, British Airways will be offering members of its Executive Club program considerably fewer Avios that it currently does as it transitions part of its rewards program to a spending-based model.
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British Airways unveils more ‘Avios Only’ flights for 2024 (1,250+ reward seats released)

Today, British Airways has unveiled a new set of 'Avios Only' flights which sees over 1,250 Reward Seats released across five of the airline's routes for travel in August 2024. The Avios Only flights are very limited but include travel to a number of very popular destinations, so with demand for these seats likely to be high, anyone interested booking should do so asap.
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Two less well known British Airways Gold benefits that I have come to love

Since my move away from AAdvantage, British Airways Gold status has been good to me and I've come to appreciate it for more than just the oneworld Emerald benefits that it gives me. In particular, it's two of the less well known benefits of British Airways Gold status that I have come to appreciate more and more.
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Earn 30% bonus United Airlines miles when you convert select hotel currencies

Throughout the month of October, United's MileagePlus program is offering members a 30% bonus when they convert select hotel currencies into MileagePlus miles. For members with Marriott Bonvoy points, this could be a good deal. For people with orphaned hotel points that qualify for this promotion, this could be a good deal. For most others, this is a promotion to avoid.
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It may make more sense than normal to use this Virgin Atlantic transfer bonus...

Chase Ultimate Rewards is currently offering cardholders a limited time 30% bonus on transfers to the Virgin Atlanic Flying Club and, ordinarily, this would be an offer that would only work for a relatively small number of people. This time, however, and for a very limited time, this transfer bonus may come in useful for more people than normal.
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Save 25% on Virgin Atlantic awards through the end of the year (TATL Business...

Virgin Atlantic has launched a good award sale for travel taken through the end of the year across its entire network. Surcharges on Virgin awards continue to be disappointingly high as they're not discounted, but some of the options that this sale opens up are still pretty good.
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Ending: Earn 50% more Avios and 2x elite status points with Qatar Airways (ex-Europe...

Since the beginning of September, Qatar Airways has been running a good premium cabin promotion for Privilege Club members looking to boost their Avios balances and/or their progress to elite status, but with the end of the month looming, there are a few days left to participate.
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Now JetBlue is courting disgruntled Delta SkyMiles members

The radical changes to Delta's SkyMiles program were only made public a couple of weeks ago, but already the vultures are circling. On Monday, Alaska Airlines was the first to offer SkyMiles members an alternative home and now JetBlue has joined the fray with what appears to be a very generous status match offer to Delta flyers looking for a more appropriate frequent flyer program.
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United Airlines announces a flash award sale to Europe

United Airlines is running a 4 day Economy Class award sale for travel on its routes between the US and Europe. The sale ends on 29 September and travel has to be complete by mid December.
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Alaska Airlines is tempting Delta flyers with a new route & a generous status...

The dust may not have yet settled on the remains of the old Delta Skymiles program, but with details of the new Skymiles program already angering, upsetting or annoying what appears to be a significant number of people, Alaska Airlines is making moves to capitalize on Delta's disenchanted flyers.
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Big changes coming to Delta Sky Club access rules

Delta has had a problem with overcrowding in its Sky Clubs for some time and in the past couple of years, it has brought in various measures to try and sort the problem out. Unfortunately, none of these measures have made much of a difference so far.
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Delta does what Delta does best… devalue its loyalty program (this time, in a...

Delta has announced that it will be moving down the path that American Airline's forged back in 2022 by revamping its frequent flyer program and using just a single metric to decide what elite status (if any) members of the program should have.
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Virgin Atlantic Flying Club is changing its Silver Tier seating benefits

Virgin Atlantic has announced that in a little under a week's time, the seating benefits associated with its Flying Club's Silver Tier will be changing, and while the reaction to this news will depend heavily on what fares people normally book, I suspect most people will see this as bad news.
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Emirates will offer an ‘all A380’ service to/from Sydney

In the past few hours, Emirates has announced that it will be moving to offer an all-A380 service on its route between Dubai and Sydney before the end of the year. It has also confirmed that it is in talks with Adelaide airport with the aim of restarting service to South Australia once the airline's new Airbus A350s begin to arrive.
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British Airways announces five more ‘Avios only’ flights for 2023/24

In recent times, Qantas is probably the best known airline to publish flights on which all seats can only be purchased using miles or points (rather than cash), but in April this year, British Airways joined in the fun when it announced 'Avios only' flights to/from Sharm El Sheikh and Geneva.
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How to earn Avios on JetBlue’s transatlantic flights

As JetBlue has a partnership with American Airlines, most people who fly with the airline probably credit their flights to either JetBlue's TrueBlue program or to the American Airlines AAdvantage program. For JetBlue's transatlantic flights, however, the AAdvantage program isn't an option and that's where another of the airline's partnerships can suddenly become useful.
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I tried out the British Airways ‘Best Price Guarantee’ earlier today

The fact that most large hotel chains offer some sort of guarantee that the price a customer will pay when they book directly through them is the lowest price available is pretty well known. What appears to be less well known is that a number of airlines offer a similar policy and earlier, I finally had a chance to see how well (or badly!) BA's best price guarantee policy can work.
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United Airlines is hawking a truly terrible monthly mileage deal

I'm going to have to hold my hands up and admit that I had no idea that United Airlines had a program that allows MileagePlus members to subscribe to a monthly purchase of miles. Now, however, I'm all caught up, as United has been emailing the various accounts that I control to see if anyone behind them is uninformed enough to think that what's on offer is anything but terrible value for money.
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Buy British Airways Avios with a 50% bonus (best bonus offered)

British Airways is running another Avios sale and as we have seen in the past, it's offering a bonus of up to 50% on Avios purchases as long as they're completed by the end of the day on 19 December 2022.
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Significant changes coming to the American Airlines AAdvantage program

The AAdvantage program's current incarnation is still very new (it only came into being earlier this year) but American Airlines is already pushing through new changes which, on the whole, are probably going to be unpopular.
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Get a 30% discount on select Turkish Airlines award bookings (Business Class included)

Miles & Smiles is the loyalty program of Turkish Airlines and as another year draws to a close, it has brought back a very popular promotion that, if I'm remembering correctly, it ran around the same time in 2021.
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[Updated] Did British Airways just slash award surcharges for US departures? (Yes & No)

British Airways appears to be pushing through some big changes to its loyalty program today and because we haven't yet had a public announcement from the airline, it's not yet clear what all the changes will look like.
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Accor ALL points now convert to Flying Blue in a ratio of 1:1

Flying Blue, the loyalty program for Air France and KLM, has had a partnership with Accor's ALL program for some time and in the past few hours, that partnership has got a little bit more interesting as the ratio in which Accor points transfer across to Flying Blue was improved significantly.
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DEAL: Buy Flying Blue Miles for 1.39 cents or 1.01 pence (US/UK) – Targeted

Flying Blue is running a new mileage sale in which it has brought back the very best bonus that we have ever seen the program offer when selling miles. A lot of Flying Blue members appear to have been targeted for a 100% bonus, but a fortunate few, a bonus of 120% awaits.
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Alaska Airlines is offering California residents a fast track to elite status

Alaska Airlines is predominantly a west coast airline and as such, we often see it targeting some of its better offers at the California market. The airline's latest offer is no different as it is specifically targeting California-based flyers for a fast track to elite status when they fly select coast-to-coast routes.
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Got Hyatt status? You may be able to get free American Airlines status too

As we enter the last couple of days of the registration period for a promotion that gives AAdvantage elite flyers free World of Hyatt status (see here), a new promotion seems to be appearing in select American Airlines accounts that's offering World of Hyatt elites free (but temporary) American Airlines elite status.
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Flash Sale: Save up to 50% on select United Airlines awards to Europe, Asia...

United Airlines has launched a Cyber Monday award sale in which it's offering up to 50% off Economy Class awards to Europe, Asia and Australia for holders of its co-branded credit cards and its premier elite members.
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Reminder: Easy World of Hyatt status for American Airlines elites (2 days left to...

Since the end of August, Hyatt has been running a pretty good promotion for American Airlines flyers in which it's offering automatic (limited-time) elite status in the World of Hyatt program and a chance for flyers then to boost that status through stays. The promotion still has over 3 months to run, but registration closes in just 2 days' time.
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Another Alaska Mileage Plan sale that you should probably avoid (50% bonus)

Alaska's Mileage Plan program has launched a new mileage sale in which it's offering members the chance to buy miles with a bonus of up to 50% thrown in. Sadly, not only is this no longer one of the best mileage sales that we see Alaska Airlines publish, but there's also at least one further reason why most people should probably be avoiding this sale.
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Flash Sale: Aer Lingus is selling Avios with a 50% bonus (a good deal...

Aer Lingus is running a flash Avios sale in which it's offering bonuses of up to 50% for Avios purchases made through 14 November (Monday). The price you'll pay per Avios will vary depending on how many Avios you buy and where your Aer Lingus Aer Club account is based but that doesn't take away from the fact that for some people, there could be a good deal here.
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ENDING: Chase is offering a 30% bonus for transfers to Virgin Atlantic

For those who weren't able to make the most of Amex's September Virgin Atlantic transfer bonus, Chase has been offering its own transfer bonus since early October. There are, however, less than 4 days left to get in on this deal so if a 30% bonus for transfers between Ultimate Rewards and Virgin Atlantic makes sense for you, you're running out of time to get this locked in.
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Reminder: Double Alaska Miles on select Fiji Airways flights ends 15 November

I seem to have been speaking to a lot of Alaska Mileage Plan members recently so just for them, here's a reminder that there's a promotion running that allows flyers to earn double miles on eligible Fiji Airways flights that are credited to the Mileage Plan program.
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United announces changes coming to MileagePlus in 2023

As of next year, United's MileagePlus program will be bringing in the elite qualification criteria that it had promised to introduce before the pandemic put a halt to the program's plans. Unfortunately, that means that the lower elite status thresholds that flyers have been enjoying for the past few years will soon be nothing more than a pleasant memory but on the upside, there is at least a little bit of good news coming out of MileagePlus today.
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The British Airways Avios calculator appears to be returning some odd results

The British Airways Avios calculator can be a very useful tool for anyone wanting to see how many Avios and Tier Points they'll earn from whatever bookings they're making or planning but right now, I'm not convinced that it's showing the correct information.
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Last day to book Virgin Atlantic awards with a 50% rebate

Today is the last day on which you can book select Virgin Atlantic awards and get back 50% of the points that you use in the form of a rebate. I've made no secret of the fact that I'm not a big fan of this promotion but just in case anyone reading this can make the most of it, here are all the details that you need to know.
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Coming soon: Earn Avios on Uber rides taken in the UK

British Airways has announced that at some point later this month, members of its Executive Club loyalty program will be able to collect Avios every time they make a booking through the Uber app in the UK.
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British Airways has announced a less than stellar “Double Avios” promotion

Shortly after letting the cat out of the bag and letting us know that we will all soon be earning a lot fewer Avios when we fly, British Airways has, without irony, launched a new Double Avios promotion. For some, this will be a nice bonus. For most, this will be a big disappointment.
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I’m finding it very hard to get excited about Virgin Atlantic’s latest “amazing” promotion

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The inevitable British Airways Executive Club devaluation is on its way

It has been rumored for some time and now, thanks to a press release from Iberia, we know that the British Airways Executive Club will take its first step towards being a revenue-based program at some point in 2023.
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Flash Sale: 50% off Aer Lingus “Pay With Avios” fares

Aer Lingus allows customers to pay for cash fares using Avios and for the next 72 hours, the number of Avios that Aer Lingus will charge you has been cut by 50%. Ordinarily, these "Pay with Avios" deals aren't worth considering but with a 50% discount, things start to look interesting.
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Delta announces a new tie-up with Starbucks (earn miles & stars)

Delta and Starbucks have announced a new partnership that allows customers with SkyMiles and Starbucks accounts to earn miles and stars when they buy their morning coffee and when they fly.
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Delta makes earning elite status more expensive & adds new choice benefits

In the miles & points world, it's often a bad sign when you read of a loyalty program announcing that it is "enhancing" benefits, as no one running any of the major loyalty programs appears to know what that word means.
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British Airways introduces a new Avios subscription service (buy Avios from 1.53 cents or...

In what may be a world-first for a major airline loyalty program, the British Airways Executive Club has introduced a subscription service that permits its members to purchase its currency at a highly discounted rate. As usual, those with US-based Executive Accounts get a worse deal than those with a UK-based account but for some, this new program may offer an easy (if a little risky) way to save some cash.
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You can now use points to pay for your whole JetBlue Vacations booking

Historically, members of JetBlue's loyalty program have only been able to use points to save money on the flight portion of a vacation deal but as of today, TrueBlue points can be used to save on the cost of a whole vacation package.
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50% more Alaska elite-qualifying miles on flights to, from and within California

Alaska Airlines flyers looking to shore up their elite status for next year (or to lock in status for the first time) can now boost their progress thanks to a double elite-qualifying miles promotion that the airline is running through November 10th.
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Worrying – Alaska Mileage Plan says it’s bringing in a “simplified award chart”

At some point in the past 24 hours, a new message has been uploaded to the Alaska Airlines airlines award chart page and miles & points fans of a nervous disposition are not going to like it. The wording seems innocuous but those of us who have been around this hobby for some time will recognize that something bad may be heading our way.
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American Airlines handled my self-inflicted 500-mile upgrade issue very well

As I'm usually more than happy to call out airlines when they're acting poorly (or like imbeciles) it's only fair that I give credit where credit is due when an airline does something well. In that spirit, I'd like to point out how helpful the agents at AAdvantage customer services were when I caused a minor issue for myself that need never have arisen.
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Double dip Avios & ALL points with the new Qatar Airways/Accor partnership (but be...

The Qatar Airways Privilege Club and Accor Live Limitless (ALL) have announced an expansion of their partnership that will allow travelers to earn the currencies of both loyalty programs on just a single booking.
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A tier point run to get me home – 930 tier points in a...

When it comes to my travel plans, I like to be organized and I like to plan ahead and that's why even though we're not yet into October, I've already spent a couple of months contemplating my travel options for 2023. It's also why I've already made a number of bookings for travel deep into next year. One of those bookings is a tier point run and in this post, I'll explain what a tier point run is, why I've decided that a tier point run is necessary, and what I've booked.
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Big news: Virgin Atlantic will join SkyTeam in 2023

Big news in the world of airline loyalty - Virgin Atlantic has announced that it will join the SkyTeam Alliance next year and this means that Virgin Atlantic Flying Club members will soon have access to more routes and more elite benefits when flying with other SkyTeam airlines.
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Southwest just made it a lot easier to earn elite status through 2023

If your travel schedule has been less busy than normal and you're struggling to requalify for elite status with Southwest, the airline has some good news for you. In two different ways, it has just made earning A-List and A-List Preferred elite status in 2022 (which will last through 2023) considerably easier.
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Quick tip: You may be able to book British Airways awards further out than...

British Airways opens up award space further out that a lot of other airlines but even if you know that BA will start opening awards up to 24 days before the likes of American Airlines and Delta start to do the same, you may not find that award space if you're not being careful with your searches.
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Remember: You can earn Avios when you fly with United Airlines

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.
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How to use Citi ThankYou Points to book great value American Airlines awards

One of the oddities in the miles and points world has long been the fact that Citi's ThankYou points don't transfer over to the American Airlines AAdvantage program. For years, Citi had a monopoly on the issuance of American Airlines co-branded credit cards (it still issues four of the airline's six available credit cards) but apart from a brief period in 2021, AAdvantage has never been a full-time ThankYou transfer partner.
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Indirectly, British Airways is now a Citi ThankYou transfer partner

An important change that took place in the miles and points world earlier this year had the knock-on effect of making Citi's ThankYou points a little more valuable and it's that knock-on effect that I'll discuss in this article.
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2,500 bonus miles for checking in early with Etihad

In anticipation of a very busy July, Etihad has been trying to improve the check-in facilities that it offers at Abu Dhabi International airport and it has brought back a check-in option that we last saw back in December. This time, however, that check-in option also comes with a bonus offer.

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