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In a rather shameless way British Airways has launched a new Avios sale today less than 48 hours after it announced a devaluation to its Avios partner awards.In its latest Avios promotion British Airways is offering a 50% bonus for purchases made by 21 May 2019 just as it did in its February and December promotions. Also BA has also kept in place the increased 200,000 annual limit for Avios purchases that was introduced last year so this looks to be the new norm.
Right now American Express is offering a 30% bonus when you transfer its currency (Membership Rewards) over to the Virgin Atlantic Flying Club through 1 July 2019 (no hurry!) and, if you know where to look, this can be a very good deal to jump on.
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 and the latest deals are now live.
I'm going to start off by admitting that I'm not a massive fan of the American Airlines AAdvantage Aviator Red Mastercard despite the fact that it happens to be a credit card that I currently hold (for now).The recent changes to the card that Barclays has pushed through has made the card's long-term usefulness questionable but the current sign-up bonus (which ends tonight) is so good that it's almost certainly worth taking out the card for that alone.
British Airways has announced that it will be changing the to cost of Avios awards on partner airlines from 30 May 2019 but, for some unfathomable reason, the airline has declined to provide any clues as to what those changes will look like.
Last night the Freddie Awards were held at the CR Smith Aviation Museum in Dallas Fort Worth and it was a night on which we got to find out how 7.1 million frequent travelers feel about the various loyalty programs they belong to, the airlines they fly and the hotel chains they stay with.
American has slowly been sending out emails letting Business Extra members know about a new booking tool (American Airlines for Business) which allows users to view award availability, book award flights and apply upgrade certificates all without having to interact with an American Airlines employee.
United is back with another mileage sale and this time it's a targeted promotion with different bonus offers for different Mileage Plus members. My promotional offer was a 60% bonus and the other accounts I control all got the 60% bonus offer too but the nature of the promotion suggests that there are better (and possibly worse) deals out there too.
In a move that we haven't seen before, Chase has just introduced a 30% bonus for Ultimate Rewards Point transfers across to the British Airways Executive Club.Historically Chase hasn't offered transfer bonuses to any of its Ultimate Rewards partners so this is a significant moment in the history of transferable points and, with a bit of luck, it may signal the start of Chase offering transfer bonuses to other partners too.