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Marriott Rewards has various Travel Packages redemption options where for instance you get a 7 night hotel award + a variable number of airline miles in your chosen airline for a set number of points.

Marriott Rewards Travel Package

In my opinion, this is the best way to use Marriott Rewards points. You get a 7 night hotel award and then can “purchase” airlines miles at ONE Marriott Rewards point per ONE mile with Package 1 airlines. [click to continue…]

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No wonder why British Airways has recently been dumping it’s Club World product ex-Europe trying to compete with the likes of Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways on price (cannot do such on their hard/soft product).

Whine Wednesdays British Airways Club World (Bloody Awful) A380

Last week, I found myself taking the British Airways A380 in Club World “Business” class (more like Premium Economy really) to Singapore and was extremely disappointed with the cabin. [click to continue…]

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Here are five seven reader questions from the past week (so many good questions coming in!) that I have decided to reply to publicly. You can always email me, leave a note or private message on Facebook, or Tweet me with your questions.

READER QUESTIONS April 25 2015

Note that I can shorten the emails and edit them for clarity. I always remove the personal information of both the reader and front line employees. If there are managers involved, I may leave their names intact, however. [click to continue…]

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Seems that the loyalty program hackers have jumped over the pond and have now targeted thousands of British Airways Executive Club members that have found their accounts frozen as a precaution.

British Airways Avios Hack

Members are not able to use their Avios before British Airways unfreezes their accounts. It is unclear if hackers on this British Airways case were able to use Avios in an unauthorized way like on the Hilton HHonors case. [click to continue…]

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Here are five reader questions from the past week that I have decided to reply to publicly. You can always email me, leave a note or private message on Facebook, or Tweet me with your questions.

Reader Questions March 14

Note that I can shorten the emails and edit them for clarity. I always remove the personal information of both the reader and front line employees. If there are managers involved, I may leave their names intact, however. [click to continue…]

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Conrad Hilton, the great-grandson of the Conrad Hilton that founded the Hilton chain and Paris Hilton’s brother, severely misbehaved on a British Airways flight from London to Los Angeles and was arrested upon arrival.

Conrad Hilton British Airways Flights

Hilton agreed to plead guilty to a one count of simple assault that has maximum sentence of 6 months in the jail (couldn’t find the arraignment details). [click to continue…]

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British Airways emailed an account update yesterday that had interesting update about HBO (Hand Baggage Only) fares that had allowed elite members to choose their seats without charge.

British Airways HBO Update

This all is changing for bookings made from March 26, 2015. British Airways will allocate seats when the check in opens unless the passengers wishes to pay for the privilege of selecting a seat. [click to continue…]

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When I was reading Financial Times on an Etihad flight this past week, I came across a letter to the editor that was referencing an Avios article on the same paper earlier.

Financial Times British Airways backlash misses real point of air miles schemes

British Airways (an Iberia too) announced some drastic changes to its Executive Club program that would severely lower the number of miles earned on economy class and make redeeming for business and first class awards and upgrades more expensive (read my piece here). [click to continue…]

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Here are five reader questions from the past week that I have decided to reply to publicly. You can always email me, leave a note or private message on Facebook, or Tweet me with your questions.

Reader Questions February 7

Note that I can shorten the emails and edit them for clarity. I always remove the personal information of both the reader and front line employees. If there are managers involved, I may leave their names intact, however.

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British Airways today announced changes to its Executive Club program for tickets issued on or after April 28, 2015.

British Airways Executive Club Changes

The change that will hit most Executive Club members is the cut of Avios that one earns for economy class flights. These are cut from 100% to 25% of the flown miles on deeply discounted fares. The price of business and first class awards are going up as is the price of upgrades. [click to continue…]