Frequent Flyer Programs

American Airlines Announces 2015 AAdvantage Frequent Flyer Program Changes

American Airlines Announces 2015 AAdvantage Frequent Flyer Program Changes

American Airlines, which merged with US Airways late last year, announced it will combine the two airlines’ frequent flyer programs in the second quarter of 2015. The combined program will retain the AAdvantage name, as had been previously announced.
The program will have three elite levels, Gold, Platinum, and Executive Platinum, which are carried over from American’s current program. Silver Preferred members of US Airways’ Dividend Miles program will be given …

Delta to Limit American Express Membership Reward Points Transfer

Delta to Limit American Express Membership Reward Points Transfer

Delta Air Lines announced it will begin to limit the number of points that can be transferred into a SkyMiles frequent flyer account from partners such as American Express Membership Rewards, Diners Club Club Rewards, Hertz Gold Plus Rewards, and Hilton HHonors.
American Express announced this week how the change will impact its program.  Starting on January 1, 2015, Delta will limit the total number of points that can be transferred …

Lufthansa Spins Off Miles & More Frequent Flyer Program

Lufthansa Spins Off Miles & More Frequent Flyer Program

German flag carrier Lufthansa announced the formation of a separate company to manage the Miles & More frequent flyer program.  The move was originally approved by shareholders at the company’s annual meeting in April of this year.
The new subsidiary, Miles & More GmbH, took over responsibility for managing award miles this week.  Lufthansa, however, continues to be the responsible party for issues relating to status miles at the present time.  …

Frontier Revamps EarlyReturns Frequent Flyer Program

Frontier Revamps EarlyReturns Frequent Flyer Program

Frontier Airlines announced multiple changes to its EarlyReturns frequent flyer program.
The airline is doing away with its Ascent and Summit elite tiers and creating one single elite status, Frontier Elite.  The change goes into effect February 20, 2015.
Frontier Elite benefits include priority check-in, boarding, and security lanes, the ability to select a seat in advance of checking in, access to Stretch extra-legroom seating at check-in time, one carry-on bag without …

American Airlines Provides Update on Single Operating Certificate and Reservations System Integration

American Airlines Provides Update on Single Operating Certificate and Reservations System Integration

American Airlines Group provided an update on its integration of American Airlines and US Airways.
The carrier harmonized “most of our fees and our frequent flyer award structure” in the second quarter, according to Scott Kirby, the airline’s president.  In addition, it added day of departure reciprocal upgrade programs for members of the airlines’ two frequent flyer programs, AAdvantage and Dividend Miles, he said.
In the second quarter, the two airlines co-located …

Delta Introduces Changes to SkyBonus Rewards Program

Delta Introduces Changes to SkyBonus Rewards Program

Delta Air Lines announced that it has made changes to SkyBonus, its rewards program for businesses and corporate customers.  The airline said that the new upgrades are expected to increase reward opportunities and make the reward redemption process easier for SkyBonus members.
As part of the changes, the carrier replaced its 16 region-specific rewards with a new system-wide reward that offers greater flexibility in award selection.  The airline also reduced the …

US Airways Ends Partnerships with Turkish and Singapore

US Airways Ends Partnerships with Turkish and Singapore

US Airways, now a subsidiary of American Airlines Group, said it will drop several airline partners next month.
Members of the airline’s Dividend Miles frequent flyer program will no longer be able to earn and redeem miles with Turkish and Singapore Airlines, effective August 1.  Both are Star Alliance members.
US Airways left Star Alliance earlier this year following its merger with American and joined oneworld.  At the time, it kept numerous …