Huge News: Qatar Airways will adopt Avios as its loyalty currency

In an announcement that's nothing short of stunning, Qatar Airways has confirmed that it will be adopting Avios as the currency for its Privilege Club loyalty program from late next month. Qmiles are going to be history and going forward, Privilege Club program members will earn the same currency as members of the British Airways Executive Club, Iberia Plus, and Aer Club.

Why you shouldn’t book Aer Lingus awards through British Airways

Over the weekend, British Airways finally updated its booking engines to allow customers to book Aer Lingus awards through ba.com using Avios. Unfortunately, while the ability to see and book more awards on ba.com is always welcome, anyone booking Aer Lingus awards this way may end up paying considerably more than they should be.

Alaska’s Mileage Plan adds Malaysia Airlines awards…but it may as well not have bothered!

In the past 24 hours, Alaska Airlines has added another oneworld partner to its Mileage Plan program - Malaysia Airlines - but now that I've seen the levels at which the awards have been set, I can't help but wonder why the airline bothered.

Ignore this terrible advice from a Twitter travel chat

Yesterday, I happened upon a scheduled Twitter chat that was covering the miles and points world and I watched as various contributors answered questions that were designed to give less experienced miles & points enthusiasts some ideas on how to get good value out of their balances. Usually, I ignore these kinds of chats but on this occasion, I watched this chat long enough to see a truly terrible bit of advice being handed out.

Buy Flying Blue Miles from just 1.56 cents each (new 100% bonus)

Flying Blue is running another mileage sale and the program appears to be keeping with its recent policy of offering a bonus of up to 100%. Before last year, the better points sales that we saw Flying Blue running only offered bonuses of up to 75% so this continues to be a good time to buy Flying Blue miles if you have an economical use for them.

British Airways increases surcharges on most Business Class long-haul award bookings (ex. UK)

If you're a British Airways flyer based in the United States, the airline showed its disdain for your loyalty a little while ago when it increased the surcharges for award travel originating on this side of the pond without any notice. Now, in what appears to be BA's version of 'leveling up', the surcharges for Business Class award travel originating in the UK have also been increased without warning.
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Buy Virgin Atlantic Points with a 60% or 70% bonus (potentially a great deal)

Virgin Atlantic's has brought back the same points sale that we saw it running in December and for once, a lack of innovation is a good thing as this is one of the best deals that we've ever seen the airline offer. All Virgin Atlantic Flying Club members can buy points with a 60% bonus while Gold members are being offered a 70% bonus so, with points available from 0.89 pence each for UK accounts and from 1.60 cents each for US accounts, there's a lot of scope to book some great deals courtesy of points purchased in this sale.

Highly unexpected efficiency from ITA Airways (a status match success + what to expect)

ITA is still offering a status match to its new loyalty/rewards program and despite the fact that this offer has been available for at least a couple of months, it's one that I hadn't remembered to act upon until recently. When I finally got around to submitting my details, I fully expected to have to wait weeks (possibly months) before I heard back but much to my surprise, it looks like ITA is taking this promotion seriously.

British Airways extends elite status for some & extends lower tier targets for all

British Airways has just unwrapped a couple of early Christmas presents for members of its Executive Club - some members will now have their elite status extended by a further 12 months while all members will now have a reduced tier point target to requalify for elite status this year. 

American Airlines ends Award Wallet access

For a little over 8 years, Award Wallet has had an agreement in place with American Airlines which has allowed it to access flyer data via an API that, in turn, allowed it to keep members informed of any changes to their flights and AAdvantage account balances. As of today, that access has been revoked and Award Wallet members can no longer use the application to track their American Airlines flights or AAdvantage accounts.

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