Monday, March 23, 2015

FFB News Round Up: COPA Airlines new frequent flyer program, OK Plus increases mileage earning, United returns to PointsHound

Aeroflot has added Best Western as a new hotel earning partner. Members will earn 500 miles per stay Worldwide. Find out more here.

Azul Tudo Azul members can now earn points for stays at hotels around the world that participate in Voila Hotel Rewards. Find out more here.

COPA Airlines has released the details of their new standalone frequent flyer program, ConnectMiles. Find all the details here

Czech Airlines OK Plus members will earn more miles and more segments towards status starting on March 29th when they fly on Czech Airlines flights! Nice to see the lowest Economy fares earning miles and segments again even if it is only a small amount.  Find out more here 

You can no longer register for the US Airways Dividend Miles program as integration into AAdvantage nears. (Source View from the Wing)

Virgin America is eliminating fuel surcharges on Elevate award tickets for travel on Virgin Australia! Nice to see the reduction or elimination of fuel surcharges continuing throughout the industry. (Source One Mile at a Time)

Hilton HHonors
security flaw exposed with the 1,000 Free Points offer for updating your password! (Source Krebs on Security via our Twitter follower JayHawkNJ), the third party booking site that originally launched with United MileagePlus only to lose UA as a partner when Rocketmiles launched now has that airline program back in the earning mix! (Source PointsHound


has launched elite tier status levels to their Avis Preferred Program in Europe. (Source View from the Wing)


American Express
in the U.S. is launching a new coalition program called Plenti. It will be similar to Canada's Air Miles program, the U.K.'s Nectar program, Brazil's Dotz and so on. Companies have tried coalition programs in the U.S. before and they have failed (Air Miles was one of them) however having a big backer like American Express may just change the streak of coalition programs in the U.S..

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