Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Cathay Pacific launches a slew of new flight bonus offers

Just released on the Asia Miles website, Cathay Pacific has launched a bunch of new bonus Asia Miles offers for taking certain flights with Cathay Pacific. These are on top of the 100,000 bonus mile offer for flying out of the U.K. that was launched at the start of the year. The newest promos are as follows:

Earn Double Asia Miles between San Francisco and Hong Kong in First or Business Class. Valid Feb 1 - Mar 31, 10

Earn Double Asia Miles between Toronto or Vancouver and Hong Kong in First or Business Class. Valid Feb 15 - May 31, 10

Earn Double Asia Miles between Milan or Rome and Hong Kong. This offer is only available to residents of Italy, Hong Kong and Macau for flights in First, Business and most Economy class fares.

To see more on these offers including links to register for them please visit our Asia Miles Bonus Mile Opportunities page.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Three U.S. Majors raise luggage fees....again!

Continental, Delta and United have all followed US Airways lead and raised their checked luggage fees once again. This is at least the second time in the past twelve months that they have done this. As U.S. airlines continue to struggle financially they are finding that ancillary revenue streams such as checked luggage fees are lucrative and what help them keep afloat. The question is how much and how far are the airlines willing to push the customers to pay for these services that used to be free in the past and are still free on some airlines like Southwest and WestJet. Of course the airlines charging the fees hope that the customers become accustomed to the fees and in some ways many have, they want to travel, they need to travel and although they are not happy about it they pay the fees so that they can conduct their business or go on that much needed vacation.

By the way, the latest round of increases see the CO, DL and UA fees go to $25 for the first checked bag and $35 for the second. Discounts are available for those who prepay online. Elite Members of each airlines frequent flyer programs continue to be exempt from the checked luggage fees.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Czech Airlines OK Plus Status match for non-SkyTeam members

Czech Airlines OK Plus is the latest FFP to offer a status match. Much like some of their other SkyTeam partners, CSA's status match is for elite members of frequent flyer programs that are not part of SkyTeam. To receive the status match all you have to do is take one flight on CSA and they will match your Silver/Gold status or equivalent with OK Plus Silver or Gold. If you are a Platinum level member in another FFP you will receive OK Plus Gold.

To receive your status match, purchase your CSA ticket and complete the form (see below) along with a scan of your non-SkyTeam Elite membership card to or fax to +420 220 104 165

Full details can be found on the OK Plus Website

PDF Form to fill out

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

TAROM to adopt Flying Blue FFP as part of SkyTeam Membership

When TAROM, Romania's national carrier joins SkyTeam this June they will cease to operate their in house Frequent Flyer Program (FFP) called Smart Miles and bring in Air France KLM's Flying Blue as their main loyalty program.

I do not know too much about the Smart Miles program but from a quick glance at the program it looks like the biggest drawback of moving to Flying Blue is that certain redemption levels will require more miles in Flying Blue over Smart Miles. On the other hand with Flying Blue there will be a lot more earning opportunities with partner airlines, hotels, car rental companies etc. then with the current Smart Miles program.

Source: TAROM

Friday, January 8, 2010

SPG Quarter 1 Promo is now live - Earn up to Quadruple Starpoints

We've had this up on our site since before Christmas sometime but the registration and eligibility period went live on Jan 5. The promo is as follows:

Earn up to Quadruple Starpoints on all eligible stays at over 850 participating properties worldwide.
- Earn double Starpoints for stays of 1 or 2 nights
- Earn triple Starpoints for stays of 3 nights
- Earn quadruple Starpoints for stays of 4 nights or more

Full Details, Registration & Online Booking
Register by Mar 31 for stays Jan 5 - Apr 15, 10