Category: Alliances

The Cathay Pacific First Class experience

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You know me – I’m all about getting the most value possible when redeeming frequent flyer miles. And when I say “value” I mean both the key metric, cents per mile, but also having an amazing travel experience. One of the most important aspects of frequent flyer miles is that they enable average travelers to have extraordinary experiences, ones they wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford. How many of us can pay $10,000 or more for an international first class ticket? (more…)

Etihad announces a new airline alliance (sort of)

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Do we finally have a fourth global airline alliance? Only in an embryonic state. This will take a little background and explanation to make sense.

Over the last 15-20 years, many of the world’s major airlines have partnered into three global airline alliances: Oneworld, SkyTeam and Star Alliance. (more…)

An open letter to American Airlines

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Dear American Airlines:

You were the first airline to introduce a frequent flyer program, in 1981.  As the innovator in this area, customer loyalty is something you understand better than most other airlines.  Your program has been (and remains) among the best available in terms of rewarding loyal frequent flyers for their business.  Personally I miss having Executive Platinum status – no other airline has made me feel as valued and appreciated as AA. (more…)

Frequent flyer alliances: What do they mean for you?

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I’ve encountered a lot of confusion recently about frequent flyer program partnerships and alliances, specifically how these benefit travelers, and how they don’t.  Let’s take a moment and clear a few key issues up for quick and easy reference. (more…)