Emirates has launched a new Skywards miles sale with a valid discount for purchases made until March 27, 2021.
Skywards members can buy miles at a 45% discount. However, there can be various targeted offers.
After the recent decision to fleet out all of their A380, Etihad Airways CEO Tony Douglas now revealed that the carrier is going to stop operating all Boeing 777-300ER before the end of 2021.
This is yet another bombshell announcement together with the elimination of the A380 as both plane type were pretty much the backbone of the Etihad fleet until they were replaced by more model twin engine place types (B787 & A350).
Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), with its Discovery-guest “loyalty” program without any reasonable redemption options (no free nights), is going through a dramatic change,
Omni Hotels has decided to exit the program as of June 30, 2021, while NH Hotels will join GHA Discover sometime in early 2022. GHA also hints that they plan to come up with a “digital” currently likely to be used for awards nights.
Cathay Pacific is reported to shut its pilot base in Canada, while those in Australia and New Zealand are also under review for closure amid a traffic slump and route cuts.
The closure of these bases will affect several hundred pilot jobs and comes on the heels of Cathay already closing their four North American cabin crew bases last year, axing 450 jobs.
Nordic Choice has modified the promotion it ran for hotel passes last year and has moved away from an unlimited number of nights (some must have ended up living at hotels).
The hotel chain now offers two different passes, each for 5 or 10 nights. You must use the nights between June 1 – August 31, 2021.
Southwest Airlines has launched its first Rapid Rewards points sale of 2021 that is valid for purchases made until January 27.
You can buy 60,000 Rapid Rewards points in a transaction before any possible bonuses, which is also the daily maximum. Southwest doesn’t limit the number of points you can purchase in a calendar year.
Capital One Venture, VentureOne, Spark Miles, and Spark Miles Select credit cardholders now have one additional airline to convert their points.
You can convert from the credit cards above to TAP at a 1:1 ratio, and Miles&Go offers a 5,000 miles bonus for the first conversion made through May 31, 2021.
British Airways Executive Club just sent out a Gold Guest List-renewal package to my address in Helsinki for a membership year, during which I had credited ZERO Tier Points to the program just a couple of LATAM flights (no longer qualifying).
This is per BA’s status extension policy that I believe that they need to roll out for at least an additional year due to all the travel bans in place and a limited network of BA flights.
Marriott Bonvoy has released its latest Escapes available for stays in the United States, Canada, Caribbean, and Latin America through May 23, 2021. You must book by Sunday.
Members can save 25%, and the non-member discount is capped at 20%. The offer is valid seven days a week at resorts and weekends (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights) at urban hotels.