Category: Alliances

Delta SkyMiles devaluations continue

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Delta recently announced a new twist on redeeming its SkyMiles, and you’re not going to like it.

SkyMiles are notoriously difficult to redeem at the “saver” level as it is. Sure, you can spend 360,000 miles for a roundtrip ticket to Europe in business class, but you could spend less than half that on American/Oneworld or United/Star Alliance. I don’t have a scientific study to back me up on this, but I do spend a lot of time helping clients redeem their frequent flyer miles for the best value, and finding saver level awards on Delta is usually a challenge. (more…)

Airlines, data and booking the cheapest ticket

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Typically I try to avoid going “into the weeds” with extraneous details about how the travel industry works, and keep my advice as high-level and relevant as possible. While I wouldn’t provide you with advice that wasn’t relevant, this issue will take a little background and understanding. (more…)

British Airways devalues Executive Club

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There’s a trend among airline frequent flyer programs, and it’s not to the benefit of most travelers. Last year we saw major changes at Delta and United as they greatly reduced mileage earning on discount economy tickets.

American has not joined that club, and won’t in 2015. But the devaluation trend has now spread across the pond to AA’s Oneworld partner, British Airways. (more…)

The 2015 American Airlines AAdvantage program

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2014 saw substantive (and mostly negative) changes to the frequent flyer programs of two of American’s main competitors: Delta Air Lines and United Airlines. These changes took two primary forms: (more…)