Frequent Flyer Programs

GOL, TAP to Begin Codeshare

GOL, TAP to Begin Codeshare

Brazilian airline GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes announced that it plans to enter into a codeshare agreement with Portuguese carrier TAP Portugal.  The agreement is subject to pending government approval.
Under the planned agreement, TAP will be allowed to place its code on GOL-operated flights. Additionally, members of both GOL’s Smiles and TAP’s Victoria loyalty programs will be able to earn and redeem miles on all eligible flights operated by both airlines.
GOL …

Alaska Airlines to Offer Double Miles on British Airways Flights Between Seattle and London

Alaska Airlines to Offer Double Miles on British Airways Flights Between Seattle and London

Alaska Airlines announced that members of its Mileage Plan frequent flyer program can now earn double points on British Airways-operated flights between Seattle and London Heathrow through June 24 of this year.  British Airways offers 10 flights a week between the two cities.
In order to qualify for the double points, passengers must be enrolled in Alaska’s Mileage Plan program, and must also register for the promotion through Alaska Airlines’ website …

JetBlue to Offer Status Challenge and Match for Frequent Flyers

JetBlue to Offer Status Challenge and Match for Frequent Flyers

JetBlue Airways announced two new ways in which frequent flyers can obtain status with the airline. The first of these is a status challenge, which is open to new and existing members of the airline’s TrueBlue loyalty program who register by April 18.
Under the rules of the challenge, passengers who earn at least 3,750 base points in 90 days will be rewarded with Mosaic status for the rest of this …

American, JetBlue End Frequent Flyer Partnership, Interline Agreement

American, JetBlue End Frequent Flyer Partnership, Interline Agreement

American Airlines and JetBlue Airways announced that the two airlines plan to terminate their partnership, which dates back to 2010 and covered select routes from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Boston’s Logan Airport.
The change ends the carriers’ interline traffic reciprocal frequent flyer miles agreements.
The move follows the December 2013 merger of American with US Airways.
As of Monday, March 10, passengers can no longer purchase tickets through one …

Travel and Points Q&A with Blogger Brian Kelly

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If one person were to be crowned king of points and miles strategies, it could very well be Brian Kelly.
Only three and a half years ago, while a recruiter for Morgan Stanley, he started his blog, the Points Guy, and recently began blogging full time.
Brian sat down with us and let us in on some of his rituals, strategies, tips, and peeves about points and traveling, as well as his …

Delta Announces Changes to 2015 SkyMiles Program Award Earning, Redemption

Delta Announces Changes to 2015 SkyMiles Program Award Earning, Redemption

Delta announced on Wednesday significant changes in how miles for awards will be earned and redeemed starting in 2015.
The manner in which members will earn Medallion status will not, however, change. Status will continue to be earned using the same dual-tier system introduced for 2014, namely through a combination of Medallion Qualification Miles or Medallion Qualification Segments plus the new Medallion Qualification Dollars.
Delta said that award travel miles will be …

Lobby Bar – February 21: Learning Spanish, Trips to the Sun, and Ulysses Approaches

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The Lobby Bar – A Weekly Summary of Frequent Business Traveler News and Views
While you’re out.  Boeing and Airbus have borrowed Jesse’s time machine to take a glimpse into the future of the Asia-Pacific aviation market.  Would it be too much to ask for next week’s winning lottery numbers?
Together at last.  Jonathan Spira salivates over his long-awaited 2014 BMW 535d.  The Beatles were wrong; money can indeed buy love.
Red makes …