How To Book QantasLink Flights With Avios

June 30, 2024 at 13:04 EDT By Spencer Howard

Head for Points flagged that QantasLink flights are bookable with Avios, but not online. To find award space, you can use the American Airlines site then call British Airways to book.

Additionally, they noted,"If the British Airways agent initially says there’s no availability for a return flight, ask them to check as one way flights each way rather than return – they will often then appear."

QantasLink is a subsidiary of Qantas that operates regional flights within Australia.

Marriott Property Plays Games With Elite Benefits

June 30, 2024 at 12:54 EDT By Spencer Howard

View From The Wing: "An Autograph Collection hotel in Detroit – the Hotel David Whitney – is playing an interesting game with denying elite breakfast benefits to guests, and it underscores just how confusing and messy the Marriott Bonvoy program has become."

"The Marriott Bonvoy program is too complicated, with too many asterisks, and hotels don’t always understand it. Marriott customer service associates don’t understand it, and they’re trained to follow the lead of the hotel. The hotel explains they’re in compliance, that seems to be enough for front line customer service (and even managers) and it takes real corporate escalation to get anything beyond that fixed."

Hyatt Buys "me and all hotels" From Lindner

June 30, 2024 at 12:25 EDT By Spencer Howard

Loyalty Lobby: "Hyatt and Lindner made a deal back in 2022 (read more here) that this German hotelier’s properties would become World of Hyatt participating properties, including me and all hotels, as part of JdV in 2023."

"Now, Hyatt has acquired this conversion-friendly brand from Lindner and plans to launch it as its own brand, separate from JvD, and use it for various reflags in Europe."

Trouble Booking Air France-KLM With Virgin Points, Try This!

June 30, 2024 at 12:18 EDT By Spencer Howard

Frequent Miler flagged a nifty solution to problems booking Air France and KLM award tickets via Virgin Atlantic Flying Blue.

If you get an error when you submit your credit card details, use Virgin Atlantic's online chat function.

"Virgin Atlantic offers an online chat function. You might not see it on their home page, but if you click through on a desktop browser from their home page to “My booking… Manage booking” (or browse directly to: you should see a red box in the bottom right corner that says “Need Help? Chat to us.” Click that. If you have any trouble with it not popping up after clicking, try another browser instance."

Follow the prompts and select the following options to get to an agent:

  1. Flying Club
  2. Spending Points
  3. Our Partners
  4. Partner airlines
  5. No
  6. Speak with an advisory

Hopefully, the chat agent will be able to get you sorted!

Fiji Airways To Become Part Of American AAdvantage

June 30, 2024 at 12:11 EDT By Spencer Howard

Forbes: "Within the next year, the South Pacific carrier will adopt the American AAdvantage program as its own giving its passengers the opportunity to earn and redeem AAdvantage miles and Loyalty Points on all flights within its network as well as on Oneworld partner airlines. A specific start date has not yet been announced."

Cathay Pacific To Open Lounge At JFK In Early 2026

June 28, 2024 at 16:14 EDT By Spencer Howard

View From The Wing: "Cathay Pacific will leave the American Airlines terminal 8 at New York JFK airport and relocate to the new terminal 6 once the first 5 gates open there, projected for “early 2026.”

"Cathay will open its own roughly 10,000 square foot lounge there, its second in the U.S. after San Francisco. The airline says this move will give customers 'a signature Cathay Pacific airport experience' suggesting that they do not have one now in the American terminal."

Get 20% Off Southwest Flights

June 28, 2024 at 10:52 EDT By Spencer Howard

My friend Max Miles Points has partnered with Southwest Airlines to offer a 20% discount on flights.

Important Details

  • Promo Code: MAX20
  • Book by 11:59pm CST on June 30, 204
  • Travel between August 20 and November 20, 2024
  • 20% discount applies to the base fare
  • There are blackout dates

Lufthansa Adds Environmental Surcharge To Tickets

June 26, 2024 at 08:49 EDT By Spencer Howard

Reuters: "Lufthansa (LHAG.DE), opens new tab will add an environmental charge of up to 72 euros ($77) to its fares, the airline group said on Tuesday, joining at least one European rival in doing so as the industry battles to cover the cost of new EU rules on reducing emissions."

"Fares will go up between 1 euro and 72 euros, depending on the type of ticket, on all flights departing from European Union countries, Britain, Norway and Switzerland, the German airline group said. Some of the increases are effective from June 26 for departures starting from Jan. 1, 2025 onwards."

Points Wire Note:

The surcharge starts at $1 for short-haul economy flights and reaches $72 for long-haul first class flights. We'll see how this affects award bookings with programs that don't pass on carrier-imposed surcharges. Hopefully, they won't pass on this new cost onto customers.

American Economy Class Award Sale, Flights From 5K Miles

June 25, 2024 at 11:18 EDT By Spencer Howard

American Airlines is running a flash sale for economy award tickets on select routes. For short domestic routes, you can find flights for as few as 5,000 American miles. The eligible dates for the sale also depends on the destination. You must book by July 2, 2024.

The eligible dates and routes include:

  • Domestic, Caribbean, Mexico, Latin America: Travel between August 19 and November 20, 2024
  • Asia Pacific and Europe: Travel between August 19 and December 13, 2024

Blackout dates are as follows:

  • September 2 and November 21 through December 1, 2024

Direct link to offer

Air Canada Aeroplan Extends Points Expiration Pause

June 25, 2024 at 11:13 EDT By Spencer Howard

Prince of Travel: "Aeroplan has now announced that this non-expiry policy will be once again extended, this time through November 30, 2025. Before that date, any Aeroplan points which should have expired will not expire."

Typically, Aeroplan points would expire after 18 months if you don't earn or redeem points.

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