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Summaries and links for all the posts which appeared on Traveling For Miles this week. This week United Airlines announced the first international routes it will fly using its new 787-10 Dreamliners, Alaska announced a sale and double miles for its new flights out of Paine Field, Qatar Airways gave a hint as to what it will do if it leaves oneworld, I suggested that you hold off buying British Airways fares and Priority Pass memberships, a targeted Amex transfer bonus was launched, TFM got huge news and there was a lot more going on too….
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Qatar Airways has partnered with Discover Qatar and is offering up to four free nights at the Ritz-Carlton Doha when you book roundtrip travel to Doha by 2 December 2018.
Priority Pass is the world’s largest independent airport lounge program that gives members access to a large worldwide network of airport lounges for a fee. Priority Pass memberships are pretty popular but you probably shouldn’t be buying on right now.
ANA first started to introduce a Premium Economy cabin to its fleet in 2015 and the cabin is now fitted to 59 of its aircraft flying 30 international routes. Up until now it hasn’t been possible to use miles to book ANA’s Premium Economy product but that’s about to change.
Delta is an airline I’m starting to pay a lot more attention to as I consider my options going forward. As someone who splits his time between LA and London Delta isn’t the most convenient airline for me to fly but it’s starting to feel like an airline that at least cares about offering service at a level I want (unlike United and American who appear fixated on their race to the bottom).
If you’ve had your morning cup of coffee before visiting Traveling For Miles this morning you may have noticed a small new floating link on the bottom right of every page. It’s a link with a logo that I’m very proud to have on the site because it shows that Traveling For Miles is now part of the BoardingArea family of blogs.
Long time readers may remember that I’ve blown hot and cold about the Citi Prestige card for quite some time. I defended the value of the credit card following the devaluations which saw Admirals Club membership withdrawn as a benefit but, by the beginning of this year, I was set to swap my Citi Prestige card for the cheaper Citi Premier ThankYou card….but that downgrade never actually happened.
Radisson Rewards has launched a promotion offering members double elite qualifying nights and double redeemable points though the end of the year. The offer is available on “premium” rooms only so guess will not be able to book the very cheapest rates if they want to accelerate their progress to elite status.
As of today British Airways has released an extra 50,000 Club World (Business Class) seats across a variety of routes to/from London. Bookings must be made by 2 December and Travel must be taken by 31 March 2019.
Just last week I wrote a post detailing the more important aspects you may need to know about United’s new Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner and now we know what the airline has planned for its new aircraft’s first long-haul routes.
The oneworld alliance is probably the most dysfunctional of the three major alliances as a good number of its airlines simply do not get on with one another. So far Qatar Airways has just been making suggestions that it may leave the oneworld alliance but now its CEO has also said what Qatar Airways may do if it exits oneworld.
If you’re a Hilton loyalist who has been awaiting the opening of the new Conrad in Washington DC your patience will soon be rewarded.
Alaska Airlines has announced that it has opened bookings for 18 daily non-stop flights between Paine Field and eight cities on the West Coast. As long as the government gives the go-ahead (which it will) the flights will launch on 11 February 2019.
According to the Daily Mail the Russian team who successfully hacked British Airways earlier this year may have made around $12m (£9.4m) selling the credit card information it obtained courtesy of BA’s ineptitude.
There are plenty of reasons I can think of for warning people against buying British Airways fares (your credit card details could appear on the dark web, international Business Class is outdated, short-haul Business Class is a joke etc….) but none of those are the reason I’m suggesting you hold off buying British Airways fares today.
These are tumultuous times for the oneworld alliance with more infighting than ever before and with at least one member already openly saying that it’s considering exiting as soon as next year. Now there may be a reason for Cathay Pacific to consider its position in the alliance.
I hold absolutely no status with Delta or Virgin Atlantic but as I look to possibly change my airline allegiances going forward I’m paying a lot more attention to what the like of Delta and Virgin Atlantic offer….and that’s why an update posted today caught my eye.
A friend of mine is currently planning his first visit to Dubai and he recently pointed out something to me on the British Foreign Office’s website that made me stop and wonder what the UAE is thinking.
No sooner has Amex’s 40% transfer bonus to British Airways and Iberia ended and we get a new transfer bonus to Virgin Atlantic….only this bonus isn’t nearly as friendly.
Today is going to be a bit of an IHG day on Traveling For Miles as I catch up with the latest offers from the chain that brings us the likes of InterContinental, Crowne Plaza and Kimpton.
First up is the latest points sale from IHG Rewards which is offering members the chance to buy up to 200,000 points from $0.005 each.
Since the middle of September IHG has been running a watered down version of its usual Accelerate promotion in which all IHG Rewards members can earn double points on stays (starting with their second stay) up to a variable pre-set maximum. Just recently IHG has made a couple of changes to the promotion rules and they could be good news for you.
Kimpton, the boutique hotel chain bought by IHG back in 2015, has launched a “Cyber Monday + Giving Tuesday” sale which can be used with immediate effect….so it’s not really a Cyber Monday sale at all. Still, semantics aside this is a sale that could be worth checking out as there are discounts of up to 40% are on offer.