Thursday, December 17, 2009

Continental announces new OnePass Elite benefits

This was received this an email from Continental last week. The following new benefits are being offered for Elite levels in Continental's OnePass program:

System-wide Upgrades
Platinum Elite members who earn at least 100,000 Elite Qualification Miles (EQMs) or 120 Elite Qualification Points (EQPs) will earn four, one-way electronic System-wide Upgrade certificates. These certificates can be used in conjunction with any published fare on Continental, Continental Micronesia or Copa Airlines flights and are not subject to additional fees.

New Elite level — OnePass Presidential Platinum Elite
Presidential Platinum is a new invitation-only Elite tier designed to reward Continental’s top Platinum Elite members with some exciting new benefits. Members who achieve this level will be given all the benefits of a Platinum Elite member, plus top priority in Elite Upgrade recognition and flight standby, a dedicated VIP phone line and 25,000 bonus miles.

The initial spending qualification will be $30,000*, and Elite members will be able to track their eligible spending at starting mid-year 2010.

*$30,000 is the inaugural spend threshold for 2010. In subsequent years, this threshold may change in order to preserve the exclusivity of this program.

Friday, December 11, 2009

US Airways: Earn up to 25,000 Bonus Dividend Miles

Taken straight from the US Airways site:

"Join now and you could get 25,000 miles.

Now's the time to join Dividend Miles. Every time you fly in your first 90 days, you're one step closer to award travel. All you have to do is join.

Fly at least one segment and you'll get an extra 500 miles in your Dividend Miles account. If you fly 8, we'll fast forward you to 25,000 miles, and that equals an award ticket.

Take 2 roundtrip flights, each with a connection, and you'll have 8 segments – it's that easy.
Here's how:

* Join Dividend Miles between October 19, 2009 and January 15, 2010.
* Fly between 1 and 7 segments during your first 90 days and you’ll get 500 bonus miles.
* Fly 8 or more segments during your first 90 days and we'll ‘round-up your miles' to 25,000 miles, enough for a domestic roundtrip award ticket."

Full details can be found here

Monday, December 7, 2009

Priority Club Quarter 1 2010 Promo, you saw it here first! Earn up 20,000 bonus points or 4,000 miles

Earn 1,000 Bonus Priority Club points or 200 Bonus Airlines Miles will be awarded on every qualifying night at InterContinental®, Crowne Plaza®, Hotel Indigo®, Holiday Inn®, Holiday Inn Express®, Express by Holiday Inn™, Staybridge Suites® and Candlewood Suites® hotels worldwide. Earn up to a maximum of 20,000 points or 4,000 miles.
Full Details, Online Registration and Booking (Registration is required)

Valid Feb 1 - Apr 30, 10

Friday, December 4, 2009

Asiana targets the Infant Flyer market

I found this move by Asiana quite interesting, in October of this year they launched their Happy Mom Service to passengers flying on long haul flight (10+ hours) with an infant 24 months or younger. The new service has 4 features designed exclusively to make Moms (or dads) happy:

1. Exclusive Check-In Counters for Infants: These have been set up at Asiana check in areas in Korea, Europe and the U.S. . This also includes priority tags on luggage to reduce wait times at the destination

2. Provide Breast Feeding Covers: Asiana will provide these covers free of charge at check in if asked for.

3. Free Sling Services: Due to the limited availability of bassinets on flights and the size of baby regulations for them, Asiana has decided they will provide free use of slings

4. Cabin Baby Seat installation and rental: Customers bringing their own car seats can have them installed in the plane by Asiana or can avoid lugging their own seat around by renting one from Asiana.

I am curious to see how this new venture works out and if other airlines will adopt similar practices.

For full details visit the Asiana site