British Airways has launched its first Avios sale for a while and, as it has done in the past, it's offering bonuses of 50% on Avios purchases made through 30 September 2020. This represents the best bonus we generally see British Airways offer (even during a pandemic!), if you need to top up an Avios account this is may be a sale to consider.
Towards the last week of June, Alaska Airlines launched a mileage sale with an interesting twist: Buy miles with a bonus now and earn the chance to buy more miles down the line with a much bigger bonus on offer. A few weeks ago, the bigger bonus received a very nice boost from 60% to 70% (the biggest bonus we've ever seen Alaska Airlines offer) but the offer ends today so you have just hours left to participate.
A few days ago, and for the first time in quite some time, one of the big credit card currencies launched a bonus offer on points transfers to an international airline loyalty program. I was surprised to see the offer appear because most of us still don't have all that many destinations we're allowed to fly to (at least not without having to go into quarantine upon our return) but it got me wondering about the merits of such transfers at a time like this.
Virgin Atlantic took time out yesterday to announce some very positive changes to how its companion voucher will now work but amidst the excitement of all the good news we were being fed at the time, one very important change to how the Virgin Atlantic companion voucher now works doesn't appear to have been given the publicity it deserves - the companion voucher can now be used in conjunction with a cash fare.
If you're a fan of Virgin Atlantic's Flying Club program you're probably going to be very pleased with the news the airline released earlier today. Elite statuses have been extended, voucher expirations have been extended, vouchers have been made considerably easier to use and the path to elite status has just been made easier by a change that no other airline has thought to introduce.
Etihad offers some of the best Business and First Class cabins in the skies and for a limited time, the airline's latest promotion allows travelers to book those cabins for 30% less than they usually cost. With Amex and Citi both offering a currency that can be transferred into the Etihad Guest program, this could be a good opportunity to book on of Etihad's premium cabins at a cost we don't usually see.
Iberia is back with a new Avios sale and by most measures, this is very definitely a sale to consider if you're happy booking travel between now and mid-2021. The cost per mile is good, award availability looks healthy and with Iberia offering a few good low-surcharge award options there could be some good deals to be had here.
Flyers have been waiting to hear the details of Air Canada's new Aeroplan program for months, but the waiting is now finally over as the airline outlined the headline features of the program earlier today. The new Aeroplan will launch on 8 November 2020 and the key headlines you need to know are in the post below.
United is back with another mileage sale in which it's offering MileagePlus members a "mystery bonus". The last such sale ran through the middle of July and offered targeted bonuses of up to 100% and, a little surprisingly, this latest sale appears to be offering MileagePlus members the same kind of deal. For the second month running, I've been targeted for a 100% bonus and I can't remember the last time that happened. There's a strong chance that it has never happened before.
American Airlines is currently running a targeted promotion in which it's offering a very specific kind of elite bonus - the airline will give targeted flyers double the usual number of miles towards lifetime elite status for flights taken by the end of the year.