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Cathay Pacific Eliminates Two Award Types & Introduces A Miles Plus Cash Option

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.
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How To Check If British Airways Has Extended Your Elite Status

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.
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HUGE: British Airways Extends Some Elite Statuses By A Further Year

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.
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Time For Oneworld Airlines To Limit Lounge Access For Qatar Airways Elites

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.
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Excellent News: Delta Extends Upgrade Certificates & Makes Them Much Easier To Use

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
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QUICK: Alaska Airlines Targets California Flyers With New Promotions

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.
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Virgin Atlantic Status Matches Are Appearing In Accounts

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.
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Alaska Airlines Is Matching Delta, Southwest & United Airlines Elite Status (No Challenge!)

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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Alaska Mileage Plan’s New Earnings Chart & New Fare Classes

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ENDING: Virgin Atlantic’s Excellent Status Match Promotion For British Airways Elites

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.
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End Of 2021 British Airways Tier Point Run: 880 Tier Points For $1,668 (£1,200)

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.
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How To Upgrade British Airways Bookings Using Avios

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.
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2021 Could Finally Mark The End Of My Top-Tier Oneworld Status

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.
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Flying Blue Offers New Elite Status Extensions

As the fallout from the pandemic continues to wreak havoc with international travel, we're starting to see more airlines and hotels introducing new sets of measures to keep their elite guests and flyers happy. Flying Blue is the latest airline loyalty program to recognize that additional steps are needed as it announces more status extensions for its elite flyers.
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How United Airlines has made earning/retaining status easier in 2021

A recent email from United Airlines reminded me of a promotion that the airline is currently running (and that I'd forgotten about) which can make earning/retaining MileagePlus status a little easier, so I thought I'd post a quick reminder of all the ways in which United has made earning/elite status easier in 2021 in case any readers have been as forgetful as me.
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Lufthansa Miles & More Is Offering Double Status Miles Through 2021

Miles & More, the loyalty program of Lufthansa Group airlines, has announced a couple of promotions that are aimed at keeping flyers happy and on track to earn/retain status for another year.
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Cathay Pacific Extends Elite Statuses & Benefits (Again!)

This is interesting. We're only into January and we're already seeing a number of airlines offering status extensions for the second time. Emirates and Qatar Airways are just two of the airlines that have recently announced status extensions for their elite flyers and now Cathay Pacific has joined in.
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Earn Up To 5,000 Miles When You Join Alaska Mileage Plan

While we occasionally see a hotel loyalty program offer bonus points to new members (Marriott Bonvoy leads the way with this) it's an unusual thing for an airline's loyalty program to do, but that's exactly what Alaska's Mileage Plan program is offering right now.
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Emirates Skywards Extends Elite Statuses By A Further Year

Emirates has announced that even though we're not through January yet, it is already taking steps to keep its elite flyers happy for another year. With the UAE awash with new cases of COVID-19 and with the nation now imposing stricter entry rules for visitors, the airline has decided to extend the tier statuses of its elite members into 2022.
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Flying Blue Updates Its Rebooking Policy For Reward Flights

Air France and KLM are both currently offering free date and/or destination changes on all bookings made before 31 March and vouchers for voluntary cancellations for travel through 30 September, and now Flying Blue (the loyalty program for both airlines) has announced an update to its rebooking policy for reward flights.
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How To Earn Airline Miles & Points Through Airbnb [2021 Edition]

If you're in the ever-growing group of travelers who are choosing to book vacation rentals over hotels, it's important you realize that you don't have to pass up on earning miles and points just because your chosen accommodation isn't part of a major corporation. Sometimes it may take a bit of effort to maximize your earnings, but the earning opportunities are still there. You just have to know where to look.
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Alaska Mileage Plan Will Create A New Top-Tier Elite Level In 2022

To earn top-tier status with Alaska Airlines a flyer is currently required to credit just 75,000 elite qualifying miles to their account. From 2022 that will no longer be the case as, in a move that was reasonably easy to predict, Alaska Airlines has just told members that it will be creating a new elite tier level next year.
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Virgin Atlantic Isn’t Devaluing Delta Awards As Badly As First Suggested

On 1 January, Virgin Atlantic published a new award chart for all Delta award bookings that did not include non-stop travel between the US and UK. Shortly after publication, it became clear that the people in charge of the award chart had no idea what they were doing and that the information being supplied was wrong. Those mistakes have now, finally, been corrected.
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Virgin Atlantic Promo: 50% More Virgin Points & Tier Points For Travel In 2021

Virgin Atlantic has been doing a serious amount of tinkering with its Flying Club loyalty program in the past few months (there's been good news and bad news) and today sees the airline launching a bonus Virgin Points & Tier Points promotion that's designed to tempt the Flying Club membership back into the skies and to get people buying tickets for travel in 2021.
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Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Introduces Milestone Rewards

The Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer program has launched a milestone rewards program that sees members earning bonuses as they earn more and more Elite Miles in a calendar year. At the lower levels the bonuses aren't particularly exciting, but once you earn 20,000 Elite Miles things start to look a lot more interesting and the bonuses start to have some actual value.
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(Extended Again) Earn 50% More Elite Qualifying Miles With Alaska Mileage Plan

At the beginning of March last year, Alaska Airlines was the first airline to introduce any kind of incentive with regards to elite status earning when it announced that it would reward flyers with 50% more elite qualifying miles on travel taken through 11 April 2020. Since then, the qualification period was extended to cover flights taken by the end of May 2020 and then extended once again to cover all flights taken by 31 December 2020. Now this promotion has been extended for the third time. 
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Standby For More Points Confusion From Virgin Atlantic

Virgin Atlantic used the cover of New Year's day (a day when a lot of people aren't paying attention to the miles & points world) to cynically increase the cost of a significant number of awards for travel with Delta without any notice whatsoever. Now, it would appear as if Virgin may be about to backtrack on some of the changes and that we may see entirely different award costs (for some routes) appear at some point this week.
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Alaska Airlines Changes How Elite Status Is Earned & Announces Oneworld Status Levels For...

Alaska Airlines is set to join the oneworld alliance from 31 March 2021 (it had originally hoped to join in 2020) and today has seen the airline confirm the oneworld status levels that each of Mileage Plan’s elite tiers will be receiving once the airline’s membership of oneworld is complete. Today has also seen the airline make a small (and positive) change to how elite status is earned.
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American Airlines Unveils New Benefits For Executive Platinum & Platinum Pro Elites

In the middle of October American Airlines announced a series of changes to the AAdvantage program with a view to keeping its elite flyers happy. Among other things, the changes announced included the introduction of new rewards for flyers who earn AAdvantage Executive Platinum and Platinum Pro status but further details surrounding these rewards weren't forthcoming. Now, American has told us more and there's some very good news for Platinum Pro elites.
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British Airways Is Targeting Select Executive Club Members For An Upgrade Challenge

Are you a British Airways Gold or Gold Guest List elite member? If you are, you may have been targeted by British Airways for a reasonably easy opportunity to earn a Gold upgrade for up to two passengers.
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Virgin Atlantic Is Considering Introducing Household Accounts For All

Earlier this year Virgin Atlantic gave its Flying Club members an early Christmas present when it announced a series of positive changes to its loyalty program. Between awarding elite credits on award bookings to making its vouchers considerably more useable, Virgin Atlantic has already used 2020 to improve the Flying Club's offering significantly. Now it may be about to improve it again.
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[Promo Now Live] American Airlines Is Sending Gifts To All AAdvantage Members

American Airlines has announced that it will be sending each and every member of the AAdvantage program a gift this festive season and members of the program who are based in the United States will be entered into a draw to win six mega prizes.
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LAST DAY: United Black Friday Mileage Sale – Get 100% Bonus With An Increased...

United has been running its Black Friday mileage sale since Wednesday and, as a lot of us expected, it's a slightly better promotion than the sale it was offering up until last week. The sale ends tonight so you have just a few hours left to make the most of the 100% bonus and a re-increased annual cap if you need to top up a MileagePlus account.
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Buy American Airlines AAdvantage Miles from just 1.75 cents each

American Airlines has followed up its Black Friday flight promotion with a new mileage sale in which it's selling its currency at one of the lowest rates we've seen. At 1.75 cents/mile, this may actually be an AAdvantage sale that's worth considering.
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Virgin Atlantic Black Friday Sale (2) – 50% Off Award Bookings & 50% Bonus...

Not only is Virgin Atlantic currently offering some truly fantastic fares to destinations across its network, but the airline is also offering an impressive 50% discount on award bookings (across all cabins) as well as a 50% bonus on points purchases made by 30 November.
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Surprising: American & Alaska Airlines Will Offer Reciprocal Upgrades

With Alaska Airlines expected to join the oneworld alliance at the end of the first quarter of 2021, it's not a major surprise to find out that the two airlines plan to offer reciprocal elite benefits next year. What is surprising, however, is that both airlines say that they will go as far as offering select elite flyers from the other airline's loyalty program complimentary domestic upgrades on the flights they operate.
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Earn 1,000 AAdvantage Miles/Night At Select World Of Hyatt Resorts

I'm not sure what's going on at Hyatt HQ but we're seeing promotion after promotion coming out of Chicago right now. This latest promotion is offering guests 1,000 bonus American Airlines AAdvantage Miles for every qualifying night spent at select Hyatt resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean.
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Get A 30% Bonus When You Transfer Select Hotel Points To Avios

It appears to be the season for 30% Avios bonuses. First we have Chase offering a 30% bonus on Ultimate Rewards Point transfers to various Avios-issuing airlines and now we have British Airways offering a 30% bonus on transfers from IHG Rewards Club and Radisson Rewards. But is this promotion any good?
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United Announces Reduced Elite Thresholds For 2021 & Extends PlusPoints Expirations

United Airlines has today announced that it is making it easier to earn status in 2021. Technically, we already knew that United was going to do this because the airline mentioned that it was considering this earlier this year, but now it's official and we know what the reduced thresholds will look like.
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30% More Avios When You Transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards

Chase Ultimate Rewards has recently launched a promotion in which it's offering a bonus on points transfers to the three key Avios-issuing airlines - British Airways, Iberia, and Aer Lingus. With Avios being one of the best currencies to use for short-haul flights and with relatively few people flying anything but short-haul right now, this could be a promotion that's worth considering.
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American Airlines Is Eliminating More Award Fees & Extending Mileage Expiration Dates

American Airlines has just announced some good, positive changes to its AAdvantage program which will come into effect from tomorrow, 11 November 2020. Two fees are being eliminated and mileage expirations are being extended so, although for most people this year will almost certainly be remembered for the terrible toll that Covid-19 has taken, a small crumb of comfort may be that it's also the year that has seen airlines roll back a swathe of fees that most of us have resented for years. 
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Avoid The New American Airlines Mileage Sale – It’s Abysmal

American Airlines has now launched a new mileage sale for November and it's a sale that absolutely nobody should be participating in. Considering the levels at which we've seen AAdvantage Miles sold in the past (and not just during a pandemic), you would have to have taken leave of your senses before thinking that buying miles in this sale is a good idea.
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Qantas Offering Bonuses Of Up To 25% On Points Transfers [Targeted]

Ok, this is a very niche deal. With Australia essentially shut to incoming and outgoing travel, there probably won't be very many readers looking to convert their flexible currencies into Qantas points but, just in case this is of help to someone (and because Qantas is promoting the fact that you can now earn elite status points from points transfers), I thought I'd write about this promotion nonetheless.
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Ending tomorow: Buy Alaska Airlines Miles with a 70% bonus (Targeted)

Back in August, Alaska ran a promotion in which it promised members the chance to buy miles with a bonus of up to 70% if they purchased miles in the promotion that was running at the time and, since the first week of this month, Alaska Airlines has been keeping its word. Now, however, you have less than 48 hours to buy Alaska Miles at the cheapest rate we have ever seen.
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Delta Devalues SkyMiles Again – Partner Award Costs Increase Significantly

It's not like Delta isn't known for devaluing its currency as frequently as possible, but at a time when the airline industry claims to be on its knees and very few people are flying out of choice, Delta's decision to quietly increase the cost of partner awards by 25% (and more) is very hard to understand.
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American Airlines Rolls Back A Negative Program Change For Select Oneworld Elites

At the beginning of this month, American Airlines quietly removed a valuable benefit that had made available to all oneworld Sapphire and Emerald elites. There was no notice given for this move nor was any announcement made, but now it looks like American has had a change of least in part.
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Avianca LifeMiles Offering 2021 Elite Status Credits In 2020

For most readers, Avianca is an airline whose primary purpose is one of an airline whose loyalty program offers a currency that can be used to book Star Alliance premium cabin awards at a reasonable cost. However, just in case you happen to be looking to earn status in Avianca's LifeMiles program, the latest news being emailed out to members may be of interest.
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Big News: American Airlines Lowers Elite Status Requirements In 2021, Introduces New Rewards &...

American Airlines has today announced a series of steps its AAdvantage program is taking in an effort to keep flyers happy and to keep them engaged with the program as the current travel crisis continues. Elite status will be easier to earn in 2021 (as long as you are prepared to fly!), new rewards are being introduced, a promised improvement to Basic Economy bookings is now here, and there's more good news too.
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Ending: Book British Airways rewards flights with 50% fewer Avios

Last Wednesday, British Airways launched one of the very best Avios promotions we have ever seen when it announced that British Airways Executive Club members could book long-haul Rewards Flights with 50% fewer Avios than normal. Sadly and as with all good things, this promotion is about to end so you have under 36 hours in which to make the most of this deal.
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Iberia Plus: Elite Statuses Extended & Double Elite Points Offered

Unlike a lot of loyalty programs, Iberia Plus ignores the calendar year and operates its membership qualification year between April and March (I have no idea why). With six months still left of the current elite status qualification year, Iberia Plus has decided to extend the elite statues of all its members and it has launched a promotion offering double elite points.
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These Are The Two Best Etihad Transfer Deals Right Now (And A Reason To...

Earlier this week, Etihad announced that it's offering bonuses of up to 30% on points transferred into the Etihad Guest program from (mostly) various hotel and credit card programs. There are a lot of familiar names on the list of bonused transfer partners but for most readers of this blog two, in particular, stand out and one should be avoided.
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DEAL: Book British Airways Reward Flights For 25% – 50% Fewer Avios

British Airways has published a limited-time promotion in which it's offering substantial discounts on the Avios cost of the Reward Flights that it offers. Short-haul bookings are reduced by 25% but it's on long-haul flights where the biggest savings are to be found with the airline offering a huge 50% discount on peak and off-peak fares.
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American Airlines Removes A Valuable Benefit For Oneworld Elites

American Airlines has made some good customer-friendly moves of late and it has been great at telling everyone about them via social media, press releases, and email blasts. What the airline has been less good at doing is letting flyers know when it makes a negative change and at some point in the last few days, the airline has eliminated a key benefit it has been offering to select oneworld elites.
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EXTENDED: Virgin Atlantic Is Offering Double Points On All Bookings

Back on 24 September, Virgin Atlantic announced that as well as renaming its currency "Virgin Points". it would be offering double points on all bookings made by 1 October 2020. Well, today is 1 October and Virgin Atlantic has just extended the booking period by a couple of weeks.
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Ends Today: British Airways Avios Sale (This Could Be Very Useful)

British Airways has been running an Avios sale since the end of August but today is the last day to participate and to buy Avios with the best bonus British Airways generally offers. As usual, if you have no plans to travel with BA in the near future this shouldn't be a sale you consider, for everyone else buying Avios in this sale could make a lot of sense.
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American Airlines Extends Business Extra Points Expirations

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Ends tomorrow: Alaska Miles on sale from just 1.83 cents each

Eight days ago, Alaska's Mileage Plan program launched a flash sale that was scheduled to end three days ago...but it didn't. The sale was extended to 24 September (tomorrow) so there's still time to to buy miles with a bonus of up to 50% thrown in. Although this isn't the biggest bonus we've seen Alaska Airlines offer this year, the relatively low cost of miles in this sale means that there are still some fantastic deals to be had if you know where to look.
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Delta Eliminates Change Fees On Most Domestic Award Bookings

Delta Platinum and Medallion members have long been able to change award bookings without incurring a penalty but now, with immediate effect, everyone else can feel a little bit more like an elite flyer with Delta after the airline announced that change fees on domestic award bookings are now (mostly) a thing of the past.
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Delta Extends Sky Club Memberships & Benefits For Amex Credit Card Holders

At the beginning of April, Delta was the first of the major US carriers to announce status extensions and, among other things, extensions to select benefits offered by the Delta SkyMiles credit cards issued by American Express. Now, with the travel crisis not looking like it's going to get better any time soon, Delta has announced a second round of extensions to select benefits that accompany its co-branded credit cards.
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Amazing Deals: British Airways 160 Tier Point Fares From Just £146 Roundtrip

British Airways operates a number of short-haul routes on which Business Class fares earn an impressive 160 Tier Points for roundtrip travel. For the next ten days, British Airways has lowered the cost of Business Class fares on some of these routes to levels that I don't recall having ever seen before so some of the deals on offer are nothing short of fantastic.
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Earn 3x AAdvantage Miles with World of Hyatt [Targeted]

The World of Hyatt is currently sending out emails to targeted members with an offer of three AAdvantage Miles per dollar on all Hyatt stays through the end of the year. Considering this offer will stack (very nicely) with the upcoming promotion in which WoH members can earn up to four times the usual number of base points, this is an incredibly generous offer to receive.
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Southwest Award Sale: Save 20% When Booking Through 17 September

Southwest Airlines is blocking middle seats through the end of October and has been selling some nicely discounted fares for at least a couple of weeks, and now the airline is targeting Rapid Rewards members for savings with an offer of 20% off award bookings made by 17 September (Tomorrow).
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Earn Triple Emirates Skyward Miles At IHG Properties Worldwide

IHG partners with 22 air travel loyalty programs to allow guests to earn miles in the place of IHG Rewards Club points and while the earnings rates aren't always particularly tempting, a limited-time promotion that's being offered in partnership with Emirates makes things a lot more interesting and may be of interest to anyone looking to top off a Skywards account.
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American Airlines Adds Japan Airlines To Its Business Extra Program

The American Airlines Business Extra program has just added Japan Airlines its first new partner in quite a few years. Program members can earn and burn Business Extra Points on Japan Airlines flights with immediate effect although, with transpacific travel not exactly blossoming right now, it may not be until next year until the full benefits of this partnership can be reaped.
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Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer/PPS Club Makes Retaining Status Easier

A few months ago, Singapore Airlines announced that it was offering 1-year elite status extensions to all its KrisFlyer and PPS Club elites whose membership year ends between March 2020 and February 2021. Now the airline has gone further and announced that it is bringing in a measure to help its elites retain their status for a further year.
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British Airways Sale: Short-Haul Sweet Spots For Tier Points

British Airways launched its Autumn sale a few days ago and although at the time I only focused on the excellent long-haul First Class and Business Class fares that are available, it would be remiss of me not to point out the fantastic short-haul Business Class fares that are available and that will earn an Executive Club member an incredible 160 Tier Points in just one trip.
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Buy American Airlines AAdvantage Miles from 1.82 cents each

American Airlines has come up with another promotion for anyone interesting in buying its currency and in this promotion the airline is selling miles at approximately 1.82 cents each. The promotion runs through the end of the month so there's no big hurry to dive in (do your research) but it's worth noting this is one of the cheaper rates at which the airline offers AAdvantage Miles.
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Should You Be Transferring Points To Airline Programs Right Now?

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.
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Wow! Virgin Atlantic’s Companion Voucher Can Now Be Used Alongside Cash Fares

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.
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Virgin Atlantic Announces Some Seriously Good News For Flying Club Members

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.
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Get 30% Off All Etihad Saver Awards (Travel Through 31 May 2021)

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.
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Iberia Is Selling Avios At Just 1.4 Cents Each (Potentially A Great Deal)

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.
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New Aeroplan Program Announced – Here Are The Key Headlines

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.
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Earn 2x lifetime elite miles with American Airlines [targeted]

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. 
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You Can Now Earn Avios On Lounge Pass Bookings

British Airways has partnered with the Lounge Pass program to allow customers to earn Avios when they purchase lounge access through a dedicated page. British Airways doesn't sell access to its own lounges but if you're considering purchasing access to a third party lounge,  earning some Avios from your booking could be a good way to offset some of the cost.
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British Airways Is Offering Double Avios On Flights & Vacations

British Airways is in the process of emailing out a new promotion to Executive Club members in which it's offering double the usual number of Avios on flights and vacations booked by 31 August 2020. Registration is required.
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DEALS: Air Canada Offering Bonus Miles & Rebates On Award Bookings

Air Canada has been the airline that seems to have been doing the most to keep its frequent flyers engaged and to keep its loyalty currency relevant throughout the current crisis, and now it's back with a few good offers that will probably look tempting to those lucky enough to still be able to fly within, to or from Canada.
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New Aeroplan Program Details Will Start To Emerge On 28 July

Executive Traveller has reported that it has received an invitation to a 'sneak peek' online presentation on 28 July in which Mark Nasr, Air Canada's VP for Loyalty and eCommerce, will outline details of "Air Canada's transformed loyalty program" to select members of the international media.
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Flying Blue Promo: Double Elite Credits & Double Miles

Flying Blue, the loyalty program for Air France/KLM, has just launched a new promotion as it attempts to tempt customers back on board. All flights marketed by Air France or KLM will now earn double miles and double elite status credits though the end of the year.
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How to generate even a low number of United Miles at just 1.86 cents...

Right now, United Airlines isn't running a mileage sale but that doesn't mean that you can't buy miles at a big discount to what the airline is currently charging. In fact, it's currently possible to generate up to 72,000 United Miles at a cost of just 1.86 cents each and, possibly more importantly, you can generate as few as 4,000 miles at the same cost/mile.
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Etihad Guest Is Changing Its Mileage Expiration Policy

In a move that will please a lot of its members, the Etihad Guest program has announced that it will be changing its mileage expiration policy from the end of this month. On the way out is the policy under which miles expire regardless of account activity and in comes a policy where miles can be kept alive indefinitely.
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How To Check If British Airways Has Extended Your Elite Status

A number of people have emailed me to say that their British Airways status hasn't been extended despite hearing about other flyers seeing their status extensions post. This seemed odd as I know for a fact that most statuses have now been extended and, following a little bit of investigation, it was revealed that for once the fault doesn't actually lie with British Airways - a lot of people have been looking for their status extension in the wrong place!
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Buy Up To 300,000 Avios At Just 1.35 Cents Each

Iberia is the latest IAG airline to launch an Avios sale and it's offering travelers a bonus of up to 50% on Avios purchases made by 30 June 2020. If you're careful which Iberia website you purchase Avios from, this sale can offer an excellent opportunity to significantly reduce the cost of what may otherwise be a very expensive trip.
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Last Week’s Announcements From British Airways May Change My Plans Considerably

Back in April, I said that the argument that airlines shouldn't extend elite statuses because it will encourage flyers to defect to other airlines is nonsensical because people look to earn status to enjoy the joys of that status. Generally speaking, they don't earn status only to then fly with airlines with which they have no standing. I also said that if British Airways extended my status I wouldn't be seeing what other airlines I can fly. Well, it turns out that this isn't entirely true.
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One $1,555 Trip Will Get Me 78% Of The Way To British Airways Gold...

At the beginning of last month, I highlighted a pretty amazing Tier Point run that was available for travel between London and the West Coast and, at the time, I said that I was tempted to make a booking for 2021. Well, a few weeks passed by, the fares for the trip didn't disappear (this trip is still bookable), and the temptation to jump on such a fantastic deal grew to such an extent that I couldn't hold out any more - the deal was too good to miss so I had to book.
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FLASH SALE: Buy Etihad Miles From Just 1.25 Cents Each

Etihad Guest is back with a new mileage sale and, thanks to Etihad's partnership with American Airlines and generous award pricing, it represents a very good opportunity to purchase cheap miles that can be redeemed for great value awards on American Airlines...but you have just 4 days to make the most of this deal.
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British Airways Announces 12-Month Elite Status Extensions…And More

The headline says it all. British Airways has finally followed most other global airlines in announcing that it is extending elite status for its frequent flyers by a period of 12 months.
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Here’s What Select Major Airlines Are Doing With Elite Statuses [UPDATED]

As the current travel crisis continues and as it becomes increasingly obvious that most of us are not going to be able to travel for a significant portion of this year, airlines around the world have been taking measures to keep their frequent flyers happy. In this post, you'll find brief details of what some of the major airlines around the world are doing for their frequent flyers together with links to further information where possible.
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JetBlue Extends Mosaic Status, Reduces Elite Targets & More

JetBlue has finally caved to the inevitable and become the final major US airline to announce that it will be extending elite status for all members of its Mosaic program. The airline has also made changes to this year's Mosaic status threshold as well as launching a promotion to encourage travelers back into the air and introducing a very nice bonus too.
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American Airlines Business Extra Makes Two Good Changes (Temporarily)

Business Extra is the American Airlines loyalty program for SMEs that rewards businesses for booking employee travel with the airline while employees still earn AAdvantage Miles and elite status credits in the usual way. It's a nice win-win situation for businesses and employees alike and the program has just introduced a couple of temporary measures to help businesses out in the current crisis. One measure, in particular, is great.
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The one essential rule to follow when buying miles or points

Whether they're scrabbling around for money during a worldwide crisis or whether they just want to make some quick and easy cash during more normal times, a lot of loyalty programs like to run sales on the points and miles they issue. Some of these sales can offer a very economical way to travel in comfort and are well worth investigating but, regardless of how good a sale is, all of them should come with a health warning that everyone should heed.
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Incredible Tier Point Runs Available From London (Travel In 2021)

British Airways is far from a perfect airline but it's still one of the airlines with a loyalty program that allows travelers to earn valuable elite status relatively cheaply if they're prepared to take circuitous routings on some of their trips. In this post I'll show you how you can earn British Airways Silver status for £1,200/$1,500 and how you can earn over half the points needed for British Airways Gold status for only marginally more. In both cases only one trip is needed.
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AAdvantage credit cards now earn miles towards Million Miler status

Up until 2011, all miles earned through credit card spending counted towards American Airlines Million Miler status while the miles earned from the Citi AAdvantage Executive Card counted through 2012. Since then, only miles earned by flying (better known as "butt-in-seat" miles) have qualified to move the needle in the Million Miler program...until now.
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Niche Play: Get a 25% bonus when you convert Hyatt points to AAdvantage Miles

Every now and again American Airlines offers a bonus for converting hotel points into AAdvantage Miles, and right now there's a promotion running in which anyone with a World of Hyatt balance can transfer their points into the AAdvantage program and receive a 25% bonus on top of the points that are normally on offer. For most people, this remains a less than tempting proposition but it may still be useful for some.
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British Airways Is Testing A New Avios Redemption Option On Its New York Route

One of the major issues with British Airways long-haul awards is the high surcharges that accompany all such bookings. While the number of Avios needed to book a flight can often be reasonable, the cash co-pay that British Airways charges can make bookings highly uneconomical...especially in Economy Class. Now British Airways is testing out a new redemption option on its New York - London route.
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United Devalues MileagePlus (Again) When It Thinks No One Is Looking

United appears to have chosen a moment in time where it thinks that its customers aren't watching to push through a subtle (yet very real) devaluation to its MileagePlus loyalty program - a program that had already been significantly devalued since the beginning of this year. 
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Will Booking Partner Awards Save Your Miles If An Airline Goes Under?

With the current crisis not showing much sign of being over any time soon and with airlines all over the world struggling to stay afloat (some more than others) the one question that I seem to be getting more is one about the preservation of award balances. A lot of people would like to know if booking an award on a partner airline will protect their miles/points if the airline that issues the miles goes under.
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Here’s How To Earn Air Canada Altitude Status From Home

A number of airlines have been offering their frequent flyers elite status extensions in the past few weeks but I was particularly impressed with the innovative ideas Air Canada announced a couple of weeks ago...and now the airline is back with more good news for Altitude members.
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The Latest AAdvantage Miles Sale Is A Hard Pass

Around the beginning of this month, American Airlines launched the best mileage sale I've ever seen the airline offer and I was sorely tempted to dive in and load up (I didn't). Now, just days after the last sale ended, American is back with another sale and I'm here to suggest you stay well away.
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Avianca Extends Statuses & Says LifeMiles Will Not Expire In 2020

Avianca's LifeMiles loyalty program is probably only interesting to most readers in so much as it's currency is a useful one if you're looking to book good-value Star Alliance Premium cabin awards but, for the sake of completeness, I thought I'd briefly round up all the latest LifeMiles news that Avianca has announced.

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