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Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) and Emirates launched Your World Rewards partnership past November (read more here and here).

SPG Emirates Your World Rewards 1,000 Bonus Points For Linking Accounts

This partnership allows SPG Gold and Platinum members to earn one Starpoint for every USD spend on Emirates flights and Platinum members get some benefits at the airport such as priority check in and boarding. [click to continue…]

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WSJ yesterday had a piece about the European airlines of Lufthansa and Air France-KLM trying to upgrade their cabins and in-flight service to better match those of the Middle Eastern rivals to whom they have lost a lot of traffic to Asia over the past few years.

WSJ Europe’s Top Airlines to Spend Billions in Battle to Win Back Passengers

After years of cost cutting (and cutting corners when it comes to the service provided), the airlines are trying to offer upgraded cabins and amenities especially to those that travel in premium cabins. [click to continue…]

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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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Now, even the Foreign Policy magazine has decided to tackle the issue between the US airlines against the Middle Eastern three of Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways.

Foreign Policy The Arab Battle for U.S. Skies

The article on the Foreign Policy that is available on their website is a nice read that tries to go deeper than the other pieces that I have seen written on this topic and is a must read for those that are interested in on this topic. [click to continue…]

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Despite the current rift between the American Airlines, Delta and United and the Middle Eastern three (Emirates, Etihad, and Qatar), Emirates continues to expand its US network.

Emirates Dubai Orlando

The airline announced yesterday that it would launch its 10th US destination on September 1, 2015, and that it would be Orlando. The airline will offer daily 15 hour flight in three class 777-200LR aircraft. [click to continue…]

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The Airlines of America (American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines) made the 55 page white paper public on Thursday accusing of Gulf airlines of Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways of unfair trade practices.

Financial Times US airlines seek action against Gulf carriers

If these airlines are found to be receiving government subsidies, the United States can null the open skies agreement it has with United Arab Emirates and Qatar that was probably negotiated at times when nobody knew that the airlines from these countries would become global heavyweights. [click to continue…]

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While the three legacies are current battling with the Middle Easter airlines, Alaska Airlines has launched triple miles promotion for first class and double miles for business and economy on Emirates flights between March 1 – May 31, 2015.

Alaska Ailines MileagePlan Emirates Double Triple Miles March 1 May 31 2015

There is a separate offer for $1000 off of first class, $500 off of business class and $50 off of economy fares from the US for travel between March 1 – May 31, 2015. [click to continue…]

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Delta’s CEO was on Quest Means Business last night on the CNN and seems that the US airlines are gearing up the rhetoric against the Gulf airlines of Emirates and Etihad (both from the UAE) and Qatar Airways.


Source: CNN

Now, Delta’s CEO is blaming the countries (all) on the Arabian peninsula for the September 11 attacks that lead the restructuring of the airlines in the United States and implying that UAE has something to do with them. [click to continue…]

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American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and United Airlines have started to lobby the US government to restrict the expansion of the gulf airlines namely Emirates, Etihad and Qatar due to alleged “subsidies”.

WSJ Big U.S. Airlines Fault Persian Gulf Carriers

The United States and the gulf states have an Open Skies agreement that allows the airlines from these countries to freely operate flights in-between, as long as they don’t receive government subsidies. [click to continue…]

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Here are three 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 January 3 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…]