Frequent Flyer Programs

Alaska to Offer University of Washington Students Free Miles and Elite Status

Alaska to Offer University of Washington Students Free Miles and Elite Status

Alaska Airlines said it would grant students at the University of Washington elite status in its Mileage Plan frequent flyer program based on the student’s grade point average.
Proclaiming “good grades mean sweet upgrades,” the airline will also give University of Washington students 5,000 bonus miles to those who register by the end of October with a valid school e-mail address regardless of whether they are new or existing Mileage Plan …

United Airlines to Award Miles to its Customers Who Support Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

United Airlines to Award Miles to its Customers Who Support Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

United Airlines, which employs some 11,000 workers in the area currently under siege by Hurricane Harvey, announced a plan to reward members of its frequent flyer program who donate to charities that support relief efforts in Texas.
The Chicago-based airline will match the first $100,000 raised and award up to three million miles to members of its MileagePlus program who donate to the American Red Cross, AmeriCares, Airlink, or Operation USA …

Alaska Airlines to Offer New Upgrade Possibilities to Mileage Plan Members

Alaska Airlines to Offer New Upgrade Possibilities to Mileage Plan Members

Alaska Airlines said Wednesday it plans to offer its Mileage Plan members several new benefits.
Starting December 5, Mileage Plan members with elite status who book coach award tickets will be eligible for complimentary upgrades to first class. Full-fare coach awards, those booked in fare class Z, will be eligible for instant upgrades provided that upgrade inventory is available.
In addition, starting in January, elite members will be eligible for complimentary upgrades …

Virgin America Launches New Flights with Bennies Promotion

Virgin America Launches New Flights with Bennies Promotion

Virgin America announced the launch of its new Flights with Bennies promotion. The airline wants to encourage travelers to “break up” with their current loyalty programs and enjoy what it termed a better, or more “beneficial,” relationship with Virgin America.  Virgin also wants new members to use social media to announce their “break-up” with their former airline.
The program gives Elevate members the chance to refer up to five friends to …

Hacker Arrested in BA Avios Theft

Hacker Arrested in BA Avios Theft

One person is under arrest in New Delhi and two others are being sought in conjunction with the theft of millions of Avios, the British Airways Executive Club frequent flyer program currency.
Earlier this year, the British flag carrier said that tens of thousand of BA Executive Club accounts had been accessed by hackers.  “’British Airways has become aware of some unauthorised activity in relation to a small number of frequent …

United Frequent Flyer Program to Move to Fare-Based Model March 1

United Frequent Flyer Program to Move to Fare-Based Model March 1

Starting March 1, United Airlines will change how members of its frequent flyer program earn miles.
Following Delta Air Lines’ lead, which has already made a similar change, United flyers will no longer earn points based on mileage flown.  Instead, the award points will be calculated based on the fare paid.
Ordinary or general members of United’s MileagePlus program will earn five points per dollar spent on airfare.  Those with elite status …

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 …