by John Ollila -

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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American Airlines and British Airways have both launched up to 115,000 miles/Avios campaign for transatlantic travel between May 7 – August 7, 2015.

British Airways American Airlines Up To 115,000 Avios AAdvantage Miles Transatlantic Travel Summer 2015

The offer is valid for travel between United States, Canada or Mexico and Europe on American Airlines, British Airways, Finnair, Iberia, OpenSkies and US Airways marketed and operated flights. [click to continue…]

by John Ollila -

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 21

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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It was widely reported over the weekend that the IAG (International Consolidated Airline Group), which is the parent of British Airways, Iberia and Vueling, had made a new bid worth 1.34B to purchase the Irish flag carrier Aer Lingus.

IAG Aer Lingus

This time the board of Aer Lingus is set to recommend the deal that needs to be approved by both the Irish government that owns quarter of the airline and Ryanair that holds a 29.9% share of it. Etihad Airways of Abu Dhabi also has an ownership interest in Aer Lingus. [click to continue…]

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Iberia Plus has now launched their version of the transatlantic fall bonus in business and first class. American Airlines (read more here) and British Airways (read more here) have already launched theirs.

Iberia Plus Transatlantic Bonus Miles Offer Fall 2014

You can get 30,000 bonus Avios per two segments flown between Europe and United States, Canada, Mexico or Puerto Rico between October 1 and December 19, 2014. [click to continue…]