News Roundup: SWISS Adds New US Destinations For Its Boeing 777, A New SkyTeam Web Tool & Qantas Partners With AirBnB

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A round up of some of the recent news stories from the airlines: News of the routes to/from the US that SWISS will operate using its new 777 aircraft, Qantas partnering with AirBnB, and SkyTeam launching a cool new online tool.

SWISS to operate more Boeing 777 flights to/from the US

The premium cabins in the SWISS Boeing 777 look fantastic so the news that the airline will be adding its flagship aircraft to two more of its US routes should come as good news to a lot of travelers.

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From 30 October 2016 SWISS will fly the 777-300ER between Zurich and Miami for the winter season.

SWISS currently operates 10 flights/week on this route and the flagship 777-300ER will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays & Sundays.

From 16 February 2017 the 777 will begin operating on the airline’s Zurich – San Francisco route on Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays.

SkyTeam launches a “retro-crediting” online tool

Instead of re-wording a perfectly good press release here’s what SkyTeam has announced:

SkyTeam, the global airline alliance, has introduced an online, retroactive credit tool to make it easier for frequent flyers to keep their account balances up-to-date. Already available across most of SkyTeam’s 20 members, the tool works in real-time to validate retroactive requests for eligible flights in a matter of clicks.

The new tool eliminates the need for manual processing of post-travel claims such as when a Frequent Flyer Program (FFP) number has not been entered into a reservation. Customers simply log into their FFP account, enter their flight details and the system validates the request in seconds. Eligible flights are credited to their account automatically and retroactive requests can be made as little as one week after the date of travel – the shortest time frame in the industry.

I love this idea but I’d have loved it that little bit more if the press release (which was on Delta’s media page) actually linked to the tool on delta.com.

Still, I’ve looked around the Delta website and this appears to be the page for the retroactive claim – the input fields couldn’t be simpler:screen-shot-2016-10-08-at-18-46-18

Earn Qantas Points Through AirBnB

I’ve never understood out why AirBnB has the word “air” in its name as the company has absolutely nothing to do with anything in the air – when it first launched I thought it was another low-cost airline start-up!

Now, however, AirBnB has teamed up with Qantas so at least there’s some link to the aviation industry…albeit a tenuous one 🙂

With immediate effect flyers can credit their AirBnB spending to their Qantas frequent flyer accounts and earn one Qantas Point for every AU$1 ($0.76) spent with AirBnB through the Qantas website.

To earn Qantas Points, Frequent Flyer members should visit qantas.com/stay choose the Airbnb option then enter their Frequent Flyer details when prompted. The member is then redirected to airbnb.com.au to complete their booking.

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In addition, the new partners are launching the new points earning opportunity by giving Qantas frequent flyers the chance to “win the ultimate Qantas Airbnb experience for members who book an Airbnb via qantas.com by the end of October 2016.”

The prize includes four return Business class tickets on Qantas to San Francisco for the winner and three guests from the winner’s closest Qantas port in Australia; Qantas First Lounge access in Sydney prior to departure; five nights’ Airbnb accommodation in San Francisco using an Airbnb voucher to the value of $5000; $4000 spending money loaded onto a Qantas Cash card; and return transfers from/to San Francisco airport.