With air travel still potentially months away from showing any real signs of recovery, Delta has announced that it will be extending the validity of all existing upgrade certificates and that it will be offering an amnesty to Medallion members whose certificates had recently expired. In further good news, Delta flyers now also have more ways in which to use their upgrade certificates
Alaska Airlines has launched a new limited-time promotion that it's targeting at the residents of California as well as a sale that features California. The promotion is offering new Mileage Plan members a discount on a flight to anywhere that Alaska Airlines flys within California for just the cost of the flight's taxes and fees while the sale is offering discounts on travel to/from the Golden State.
Up until yesterday, Virgin Atlantic was offering one of the more generous staus matches seen on the European side of the Atlantic (Alaska Airlines has a great match on offer in the US right now) and based on my own experience, it looks like the status matches are being processed as promised.
Virgin Atlantic has taken a look at the travel landscape and decided that the time is right to offer frequent flyers another helping hand. Following on from the two 6-month elite status extensions that Virgin Atlantic offered Flying Club members in 2020, the airline is now extending elite statuses for the third time.
Alaska Airlines has launched a new opportunity for flyers holding elite status with either Delta, Southwest, or United Airlines to add "no strings attached" Alaska Mileage Plan elite status to their portfolio.
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Towards the beginning of January, Virgin Atlantic launched a promotion with a view to persuading BA's Executive Club elites to test the water on the other side of the fence. Since then, the airline has been offering status matches to anyone with British Airways Executive Cub status and it has even improved its original offer. Sadly, all good things must come to an end and there are under 5 days left to make the most of this promotion.
I haven't searched for Business Class fares between continental Europe and the United States for months, so when I finally allowed myself to dream of traveling for fun later on this year and I started to check fares, I was amazed to discover that a fantastic Business Class deal that I first saw in May last year is bookable in the final months of 2021.
Avios are often a much-maligned currency due to the high surcharges that are usually added to most long-haul awards by British Airways. Using Avios to upgrade a cash fare, however, can be an excellent way to get great value out of the currency so I've put together a brief post showing just how easy it is to upgrade a British Airways booking using Avios.
My chosen airline loyalty program, the British Airways Executive Club, has extended elite statuses by a year and cut the targets for elite status in 2021 but it still looks like I may have to accept that I'll have to give up my top-tier status when it runs out at the end of the year.