When a hotel or airline loyalty program puts introduces an apparently unnecessary devaluation I can't help but wonder if they truly understand how they're helping to make the competition look better...and that's how I feel about Star Alliance right now.
American Airlines is selling its currency at a discount once again and, while that should surprise absolutely no one, the slightly odd thing about this sale is that it looks as if the deals on offer vary (slightly) from person to person and there doesn't appear to be a published end date for the sale either.
Alaska MileagePlan has launched its first sale of 2020 and is offering members bonuses of up to 40% when they buy miles through 16 February 2020.
In recent years American Airlines has been increasingly aggressive in its attempt to sell elite status to AAdvantage members who fell short of earning status during the qualification year and, based what I've seen, heard and read this time around, this year is no different.
We've used to seeing Amex Membership Rewards offering frequent transfer bonuses to some of the loyalty programs it partners with but transfer bonuses offered by Citi's ThankYou program don't appear all that often...so it's always nice when one turns up.
Flying Blue (the Air France/KLM loyalty program) has launched a new promotion for members based in the UK in which it's offering triple miles on select routes to Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, the Middle East, and South America.
Singapore Airlines has just announced its first set of Spontaneous Escapes offers for 2020 as there are some fantastic deals on offer. To celebrate the 21st 'birthday' of the KrisFlyer loyalty program the airline is offering an extra 21% off select award bookings to take the total available discount to an incredible 51%...and select routes to/from the US, Europe, and Australia are all included!
Today is the last day of the Flying Blue mileage sale which has been running for a little over a month. The maximum bonus on offer is 75% (which is just about as good as Flying Blue bonuses have been in recent times) and, although Flying Blue awards attract surcharges, this is a currency that when used in the right circumstances can be a great money saver.
I haven't really paid much notice to Rocketmiles over the years because bookings made through the site aren't eligible for elite status recognition nor do they earn guests points in any hotel programs but a recent tweet caught my eye and taught me something I didn't know - Rocketmiles also partners with the American Airlines Business Extra program.
At the beginning of March last year American Airlines and Hyatt announced a partnership that has seen reciprocal elite status offered to select AAdvantage and World of Hyatt members and which allows travelers to earn Hyatt points when they book American Airlines flights and AAdvantage miles when they book Hyatt stays.