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Air Berlin continues to float in their economic woes and German newspapers now report details about the massive restructuring that could see the airlines to be halved in size very soon.


As per news reports the airline is planning for 1000 jobs to be cut in a first wave and aircraft being wet-leased to Lufthansa and TuiFly. [click to continue…]

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Marriott’s purchase of Starwood closed yesterday and the merging of the loyalty programs begun. I covered the deal on three separate pieces that you can access here, here, and here.


Starwood could have been clearer on the email they sent to members that also hold Gold or Platinum lifetime status on their programs and how this will map to Marriott’s one. [click to continue…]

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Hawaiian Airlines, the rather small carrier from the Islands, is in negotiations with Airbus about the delivery of their new aircraft and is reportedly considering ordering models of the A380 as well.

airbus_a380Management of the airline is evaluating if the Mega-Aircraft could play a role in their network of flights before deciding on orders which would need to be adjusted against standings orders of other models. [click to continue…]

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Marriott Rewards & Starwood Preferred Guest programs now match each others status after linking the accounts due to Starwood now being part of Marriott.


The way how status match is handled between Marriott and SPG status levels opens up opportunities for both loyalty program members. If you have elite status with either or both chains, you should link the accounts immediately. [click to continue…]