Frequent Flyer Programs

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 …

US Airways, Finnair Begin Transatlantic Codeshare

US Airways, Finnair Begin Transatlantic Codeshare

US Airways, a subsidiary of American Airlines Group, announced a codeshare agreement with Finnair for select transatlantic and European flights.
Under the agreement, US Airways will place its code on Finnair-operated flights from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Toronto Pearson International Airport to Helsinki, Finland, as well as on Finnair flights between Helsinki and 11 cities in Europe, including Brussels, Oslo, Stockholm, and Zurich.
In addition, members of both …

Lobby Bar – July 11: The Doctor is In, Surprise Flights, a Friendly Reminder, and Data Collection at its Finest

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US Airways, Iberia Launch Codeshare Agreement

US Airways, Iberia Launch Codeshare Agreement

US Airways announced a codeshare with Spanish carrier Iberia.  The codeshare will initially apply to all transatlantic flights operated by the two carriers, with additional intra-European flights expected to be added to the agreement later this year.
Under the agreement, US Airways is able to place its code on all flights operated by Iberia between Madrid and Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. In …