Southwest Rapid Rewards has announced a quick-fire promotion in which it's offering all members a 20% saving on awards booked by 25 March for travel through 30 April 2021. As the value of Rapid Rewards is more or less fixed and as points can be used if a cash fare is available, this could be a great time to use some points.
American Airlines has launched a new mileage sale in which it is offering a discount of 40% on the regular price of miles. There's nothing majorly complicated about this sale as for once, this is an AAdvantage sale in which it doesn't matter how many or how few miles you buy, the cost per miles doesn't vary.
Etihad is back with a new mileage sale and it's a similar sale to the one we saw the airline offer in September of last year. That's good news because September's sale was very good and with Etihad offering a flyer-friendly award chart for redemptions on American Airlines, this could be a good chance to buy miles cheaply with a view to booking American's saver awards (if you can find them).
In a move that's very true-to-form, British Airways has quietly and without any notice to Executive Club members, increased the cost of some of its short-haul awards. The increases are already in effect (so there's no way to avoid them) and they affect most of the routes that British Airways operates within Europe.
Cathay Pacific has started emailing out members of its Asia Miles program to let them know that two of the three award options they have grown accustomed to having are being eliminated and that the option to use Miles Plus Cash is being introduced and is being brought to the Cathay Pacific website.
United has launched a new flash sale in which it's offering MileagePlus members the opportunity to buy miles with a 100% bonus thrown in. The sale only runs through 19 March so as United's 100% bonus sales are the best deals that we see the airline offering, today may be a good time to top up your account.
Yesterday, British Airways announced that it would be extending the elite status of a significant number of its Executive Club members and as these status extensions have now posted and as they caused some confusion the last time they were offered, I thought I'd resurrect a post showing exactly how to check if your status has been extended.
Alaska Airlines is back with a new mileage sale but unusually for the airline, this sale will be over within the week. This latest sale sees the airline go back to offering what was, pre-pandemic, its best-ever deal - a 50% bonus - and with the vaccine rollout now gathering momentum, this is likely to be the best deal we see going forward.
In a move that goes further than I ever thought the airline would go, British Airways has announced that a significant proportion of its Executive Club members will be given a further one-year extension to their elite status to see them into 2022 and in some cases, through to the end of 2022.
The whole point of airline alliances is that they encourage people to stay loyal to a group of airlines because those airlines all offer them reciprocal miles/points earnings and reciprocal benefits. As soon as any part of that reciprocity stops, the shine is taken off an alliance, and that's why airlines should take action when cracks start to appear.