While I understand the thinking behind the introduction of minimum spend criteria (customers may take more flights/book more hotel nights just to spend enough to reach the next elite status level) my own circumstances show that, for some people, the minimum spend requirements are causing airlines/hotels to miss out on bookings that would otherwise have been made.
There's a new British Airways Avios sale out today and in it the airline is offering a 50% bonus for purchases made by 24 February 2019. As well as offering a similar bonus to the one we saw in December BA has also kept in place the increased 200,000 annual limit for Avios purchases that was introduced last year.
During the week of 21 January BA was offering £200 roundtrip long-haul fares to select destinations (2 destinations per day for 4 days), on 1 February the airline revealed its latest promotional video (in the form of a love letter to Britain) and now, for a limited time, British Airways is offering £100 off select long-haul fares for 5,000 Avios.
United Airlines has just launched a pretty fantastic set of discounts for anyone looking to use their MileagePlus miles to get to Tahiti. For today only (February 8 2019) MileagePlus members can book roundtrip Economy Class travel to Tahiti from just 42,000 miles.
Etihad and Royal Jordanian have just announced a new codeshare partnership which will see the airlines place their respective codes on select routes out of Amman and Abu Dhabi. With Royal Jordanian being a member of the oneworld alliance a reader has written in to ask if he can earn American Airlines miles and credit towards elite status if he books an Etihad flight though Royal Jordanian.
Paying attention to small details sometimes pays off and the fact that I write this blog means that I have to keep a reasonably close eye on what the various mileage sales look like....and that helps me spot trends. Whoever is in charge of releasing American Airlines mileage deals is clearly too busy with other matters to put any effort into these sales as they've become incredibly predictable.
At the beginning of every month Flying Blue (the loyalty program for Air France/KLM) releases discounted mileage awards for Economy, Premium Economy and Business Class travel on Air France and KLM. These "Promo Awards" are advertised as offering "up to 50% off" award travel but, while some awards may be discounted by 50%, generally speaking we're more used to seeing discounts of between 20 and 25% on the awards most of us would like to book.
I'm a big fan of airline shopping portals because they can be a great way to boost your miles and points balances without spending any more that you would anyway (as long as you’re disciplined!). By clicking through any one of a myriad of shopping portals (most major airlines have them as do some of the more popular credit card issuers) users can earn bonus points/miles on everyday spend without having to leave the comfort of their own homes.
Citibank has launched a 25% transfer bonus for anyone converting its ThankYou Points to Turkish Airlines' Miles & Smiles program through 20 February 2019. Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles may not come up in conversation all that often but the combination of a friendly award chart, a friendly companion rule and a very good Business Class offering onboard make this Citi transfer bonus once that's well worth a closer look.
It has been a long time coming considering how many months we have been able to book Premium Economy cash fares but American Airlines has finally got around to publishing its Premium Economy award charts.