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The Delta Amex Deal is Up to $3 Billion This Year. Here’s Why

When Delta re-upped its co-brand card agreement it set a bar that other airlines have tried to chase with their own bank issuer arrangements. American Express was willing to back the truck up to Virginia Avenue since it was set to lose its Costco cobrand and desperately needed to lock in its next-largest co-brand deal. Show More Summary

American’s WestJet Partnership Ends July 31, Delta Plays Them for Fool Again

American lost its India reach when Delta outfoxed American and blocked its Jet Airways relationship. Now Delta is outmaneuvering American again with a WestJet joint venture and now American is losing its reach into Canada too. Continue reading American’s WestJet Partnership Ends July 31, Delta Plays Them for Fool Again...

Homeless Man Found $354,000 at Paris Airport

A homeless man stumbled onto 300,000 Euros worth $354,786 at current exchange rates in the Paris Charles de Gaulle airport last Friday. He ‘leaned on a door’ in terminal 2F which generally serves Air France’s partners like KLM and Alitalia. It was left unlocked and it opened. Continue reading Homeless Man Found $354,000 at Paris Airport...

United is Giving Someone Named Sydney (and Houston) Free Tickets to Australia

To celebrate the launch of United’s new Houston – Sydney service they’re looking for 5 people with the first or last name Sydney to shower with gifts and prizes. Do you know someone named Sydney (or Sidney or Cydni or...)? Continue reading United is Giving Someone Named Sydney (and Houston) Free Tickets to Australia...

Today An Airbus A380 Drew a Christmas Tree in the Sky

Over the summer Boeing pulled off some spectacular art with a 787 -- drawing a 787 in the sky with the route that it flew. And other pilots have gotten even more creative. Continue reading Today An Airbus A380 Drew a Christmas Tree in the Sky...

Flying Singapore Airlines Airbus A380 Suites as My Own Private Jet, Sydney – Paris

My wife and I booked first class awards in Singapore's Suites from Sydney to Paris, with a stopover for a couple of days in Singapore. And we were fortunate to experience the ultimate in luxury -- a Singapore airlines Suites cabin to...Show More Summary

Review: American Airlines Flagship First Dining Miami

The exclusive experience is unquestionably nice. Flagship First Dining gives American one of the best lounge experiences in the U.S. You have to compare it to the Qantas first class lounge in LAX, for instance. A leisurely and serene...Show More Summary

United Will Fly to Tahiti!

French Polynesia is one of the toughest frequent flyer awards to book. That may be about to change, or at least we may expect a big drop in price. Continue reading United Will Fly to Tahiti!...

Cathay Pacific Launching New Longest Flight to Washington DC

Cathay Pacific is expected to announce new service from Hong Kong to Washington Dulles next week operated by an Airbus A350. This clocks in at around the 12th longest flight in the world, as well as Cathay Pacific’s longest, the longest from Hong Kong, and the longest from Washington Dulles. Continue reading Cathay Pacific Launching New Longest Flight to Washington DC...

How George Clooney Deals With Crying Babies on a Plane

George and Amal Clooney have six month old twins. They were flying to the U.K. with the kids (their kids were born in London in June, and Amal is from the UK). And they pro-actively “passed out noise-canceling headphones” to other first...Show More Summary

Hilton Introduces Points Reinstatement – You Can Get Back Expired Points

Hilton added a section on points reinstatement to its terms and conditions. While Hilton Honors points currently expire after 12 months of inactivity, they’ll let you restore a million points within 18 months of expiration. Yet the way they've made this change is a problem. Continue reading Hilton Introduces Points Reinstatement – You Can Get Back Expired Points...

Why Sapphire Preferred is Easier to Get Approved for Than Sapphire Reserve

Chase has backed off of the big marketing push they made for Sapphire Reserve when it first launched. It no longer has the huge signup bonus that was so expensive for Chase, where there was talk of 6 or 7 year paybacks (it would take...Show More Summary

How Airport Lounge Economics and Priority Pass Work, Plus Richard Branson Won Big Bet

A roundup of the most important stories of the day. I keep you up to date on the most interesting writings I find on other sites – the latest news and tips. Continue reading How Airport Lounge Economics and Priority Pass Work, Plus Richard Branson Won Big Bet...

Delta Europe Business Class Award Sale 30% Off

If you book can by Thursday December 14th and travel between February 1 and May 21, 2018 Delta is offering saver awards ‘from’ 98,000 miles roundtrip in business class. Delta’s normal saver award business class price between the US and Europe is 70,000 miles each way. Continue reading Delta Europe Business Class Award Sale 30% Off...

US Will Take UAE and Qatar to Task Over Subsidies

The U.S. is going to enter talks with the UAE and Qatar about airline subsidies but it doesn’t sound like they’ll amount to much. The irony of complaining that other airlines were too intertwined with governments always seemed lost on United, who lost a CEO over a scandal involving the airline bribing a government official. Show More Summary

American Airlines Opened One of the World’s Biggest Lounges and It’s Fantastic

With the introduction of the American Airlines Flagship Lounge and Flagship First Dining I think it's fair to say that Miami goes from a terrible place to connect to a positive place to transit for elites and premium cabin passengers. Continue reading American Airlines Opened One of the World’s Biggest Lounges and It’s Fantastic...

Fairmont Presidents Club Gets Folded into Le Club Accorhotels July 2nd

Two years after it was announced that Accor would be buying Fairmont, we have details on the demise of the Fairmont Presidents Club program. If you want to familiarize yourself with Accor, three years ago I uploaded the chain's secret loyalty manual. Continue reading Fairmont Presidents Club Gets Folded into Le Club Accorhotels July 2nd...

Why the Era of Spinning Off Frequent Flyer Programs Should Be Over

To be sure there's a case for spinoffs: if an airline needs to raise cash, selling assets is one way to do that. And frequent flyer programs are in many cases among the most valuable assets an airline has. It's just not a free lunch, selling even a part of the program creates frictions that can reduce value. Show More Summary

Four Interesting Things We Learn From Delta’s Search for a New SkyMiles Strategy Manager

Delta is looking for a new Manager of Program Strategy for SkyMiles. They'll be in charge of 'enhanc[ing]' the program. Continue reading Four Interesting Things We Learn From Delta’s Search for a New SkyMiles Strategy Manager...

American Diverts to Denver So Passengers Can Use Bathroom While Pit Crew Blasts Out Poop

This morning's American Airlines flight AA662 from Charlotte to San Francisco had to divert to Denver so that passengers could use the bathroom. It's not the first time a flight has had to do that this month. The American flight makes for a crazy story, though. Show More Summary

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