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TSA PreCheck to Add 6 Foreign Airlines including British Airways and SAS

TSA PreCheck to Add 6 Foreign Airlines including British Airways and SAS

The Transportation Security Administration announced on Wednesday the addition of six non-U.S. airlines to the PreCheck trusted traveler program.
The list of new airlines includes British Airways, Condor, Porter, and SAS, as well as Thomas Cook Airlines and Air Serbia.
In February, the TSA added four airlines, namely Air France, Brussels Airlines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, and Philippine Airlines.
The PreCheck program first launched in October of 2011 and over 115 airports in …

British Airways to Offer 35% Bonus for Points Transfers from Hotel Loyalty Programs

British Airways to Offer 35% Bonus for Points Transfers from Hotel Loyalty Programs

British Airways Executive Club, the airline’s frequent flyer program, announced a 35% bonus for members converting hotel points into Avios.
Members of six guest loyalty programs – Club Carlson, Hilton Honors, IHG Rewards Club, Marriott Rewards, Shangri-La Golden Circle, and World of Hyatt – are eligible. The Starwood Preferred Guest program is not participating but members of that program may transfer points to the Marriott Rewards program.
A minimum transfer of 10,000 points …

American Airlines and British Airways to Offer Basic Economy Fares on Transatlantic Routes

American Airlines and British Airways to Offer Basic Economy Fares on Transatlantic Routes

American Airlines and its oneworld alliance partners British Airways, Iberia, and Finnair, announced plans to offer Basic Economy fares on transatlantic flights starting in April.
The fares will have similar options and restrictions as the airline’s current Basic Economy fares for domestic and transborder routes, albeit with a few differences.
Transatlantic Basic Economy passengers, with the exception of customers with elite status or an eligible airline credit card, will board in Group …

British Airways’ Parent Loses Control of Austrian Airline Niki After Court Ruling

British Airways’ Parent Loses Control of Austrian Airline Niki After Court Ruling

British Airways’ parent IAG won’t be assuming control over Austrian airline Niki after all. An Austrian court ruled that former owner Niki Lauda had put forward the best bid.
Lauda will assume ownership via a private company, Laudamotion GmbH.
“Niki was always my heart and soul,” the former Formula One champion told reporters, after the news was announced.
The move came only after only a German court had awarded IAG control and two …

Shades of Ada Quonsett: Stowaway Flies on BA from Chicago to London

While Ada Quonsett merely tried to fly from Chicago to Rome on the fictitious Trans Global Airlines in the movie “Airport,” her real-life counterpart, Marilyn Hartman, made it from Chicago to London last week.
Like Mrs. Quonsett, Ms. Hartman was a habitual stowaway and trespasser who has flown from San Jose to Los Angeles and from the Twin Cities to Jacksonville. She was apparently a regular at Chicago O’Hare International Airport …

British Airways to Introduce Group Boarding Process in January

British Airways to Introduce Group Boarding Process in January

British Airways will implement a new boarding process later this month, the airline said.
The change was announced in November 2017 with a planned start date of mid December but BA postpone the change to lessen the likelihood of confusion during the busy holiday travel period.
Passengers will be assigned one of five groups, although there will be variances based on whether the flight is long-haul or short-haul.
“This method has been used …

IAG to Acquire Austrian Airline Niki for €20 Million

IAG to Acquire Austrian Airline Niki for €20 Million

British Airways parent International Airline Group said late Friday it plans to acquire Austrian carrier Niki for €20 million ($24 million) and provide as much as €16.5 million in liquidity.
The purchase will be made by a newly formed Austrian subsidiary of IAG’s Spanish low-cost carrier, Vueling, and the reconstituted Niki will operate separately from Vueling, at least at the beginning. IAG plans to rehire approximately 740 former Niki employees as …