Category: SkyTeam

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…)

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…)

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…)

Changes to Alaska-Delta partnership coming soon

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Alaska Airlines and Delta Air Lines are downshifting their partnership.

In terms of the medium and large frequent flyer programs, Alaska Airlines has one of the best ones out there.  It’s been a refuge for mileage junkies like me who have watched in dismay this year as United and Delta announced radical changes to their programs, greatly devaluing each in turn. (more…)