Qatar & British Airways Frequent Flier Partnership Starting On September 2

Qatar Airways that is expected to officially join the Oneworld Alliance in October (read more here) sent an email to their Privilege Club members about the ability to earn Qmiles on British Airways flights starting on September 2, 2013.

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The ability to use miles for British Airways flights will begin on October 1, 2013. You can read more about this partnership here. There is nothing available on BA’s website about this new partnership with Qatar.

British Airways Avios Offer: 15K to 30K Bonus Per Round Trip (Every Two Segments)

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British Airways has just released a new offer for bonus Avios this fall for transatlantic travel on British Airways, American Airlines, Iberia, and OpenSkies in World Traveller Plus, Business and First Class between September 1 and December 19, 2013. British Airways long-haul flights worldwide are eligible for this offer.

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You will earn 15,000 bonus Avios for every two sectors in World Traveller Plus or 30,000 bonus for every two sectors in business or first class.

Hyatt Gold Passport British Airways Avios Offer: Double Avios For Stays July 1 – September 30

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Hyatt Gold Passport has a bonus offer for British Airways Executive Club member for double Avios (500 base + 500 bonus) for stays between July 1 and September 30, 2013.

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There is no need to register for this promotion before your stay, but you need to use an offer code AVIOS2 at the time of booking.

Le Club Acccorhotels British Airways Promotion For Triple Avios

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Le Club Accorhotels has a promotion for triple Avios for British Airways frequent fliers. This offer is valid for stays between June 1 and September 30, 2013.

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You don’t have to register for this promotions, but you need to have the auto conversion of points to miles enabled and British Airways chosen as the partner airline.

British Airways Reward Flight Savers Becoming Less Rewarding – Fees Rising Again & Totally Gone On Iberia

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British Airways made an update to its website today about the rising fees of its Reward Flight Savers and that the discontinuance of them altogether on Iberia flights starting on July 11, 2013. The fees on Comair operated flights within South Africa will rise on July 1, 2013.

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Iberia made the same change on awards on its own metal last ween totally unannounced (you can read more here). I was asking at that time, how long can it take for BA to follow? You can read this fee announcement on BA’s website here.

Iberia Plus Says Adios To Reward Flight Savers

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British Airways and Iberia have both had Reward Flight Savers, where the taxes and fees are capped for European award tickets. If the airlines would charge the full YQ’s on award tickets, they would be sometimes higher than paid tickets on the very same routes.

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Iberia Plus sent out very innocent sounding email yesterday with a headline “Coja aire, respire y vuele lejos estas vacaciones”. Note that this was only sent to those that have Spanish as their preferred form of language.

British Airways Buy Avios Campaign: Get Up To 29% Bonus

British Airways has a new campaign for buying Avios between May 17 and June 13, 2013. You can get maximum of 7000 bonus Avios for buying 24,000 Avios. You can access this offer on BA’s website here.

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If you buy the maximum number of Avios allowed per year, the price of 31,000 Avios is $685. The price of Avios under this offer is 2.2 cents.

IAG Buys Vueling, Etihad Invests To Jet & Singapore Airlines Ups Its Share Of Virgin Australia

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It has been quite a 24 hours in the airline acquisition market; IAG ups its share of Vueling to 91% (read more here), Etihad buys 24% share of Jet Airways of India (read more here), and Singapore Airlines doubles its stake on Virgin Australia to 19.9% (read more here).

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IAG’s Purchase Of Vueling

Marriott Rewards’ Newest Partner Iberia Avios

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Marriott Rewards just announced their latest airline partner Iberia. You can now earn Iberia Avios for your Marriott stays, although this makes very little sense.

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Iberia is part of IAG (International Airlines Group), as is British Airways. You have been able to earn BA Avios for your Marriott stays for a long time. You can freely transfer Avios between Avios, BA Avios and Iberia Avios, so there has been a way to earn Iberia Avios for your stays for a long time.

Bonus American Airlines Miles Or British Airways Avios For Transatlantic Travel This Spring

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American Airlines and British Airways (and likely Iberia as well) have new bonus offers for transatlantic travel between March 18 and May 31, 2013. You can access AA’s offer here and BA’s offer here.

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You will get 20K bonus miles per round trip that is ticketed in first/business/high economy on American Airlines, British Airways, Iberia or OpenSkies between United States or Canada and Europe. The American’s offer is also valid for Mexico. Note that you AAdvantage account needs to be in United States, Canada or Mexico to be eligible for this offer. BA’s offer is only valid for Executive Club members whose address is in the United States or Canada.

British Airways Introduces Fares Without Checked Bag – Becoming No Frills Airline?

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British Airways has introduced fares out from London Gatwick to Amsterdam, Jersey, Dubrovnik, Turin and Tunis on a “trial” bases starting on travel from February 26, 2013. Previously, the airline has advertised being a full service airline with no add ons required for checked bags and on board refreshments even on short haul routes.

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Thing to note that this only affects the above five routes from London Gatwick on a trial base. If this trial is successful, I wouldn’t be surprised this to spread to all shorthaul destinations server from Gatwick and eventually from London Heathrow as well. There is very little information that you can find about this trial on BA.com. Here’s link to a PDF that is aimed for travel agents that tries to explain the rationale behind this decision.

Oneworld Alliance Carrier Bonuses for Malaysia Airlines Flights Feb 15 to Apr 15

Most of the Oneworld alliance airlines are offering double award miles on Malaysia Airlines flights between February 15 to April 15, 2013. Some of the programs require you to register for this promotion in advance while others have enrolled all their members.

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Malaysia Airlines joined the Oneworld Alliance on February 1, 2013. You can take advantage of alliance wide status benefits that you may have with one of the members when flying on Malaysia.

Buying Avios And Getting 25% Bonus?

British Airways has just sent out an offer email for Executive Club members and offering up to 25% bonus on purchased Avios through March 28, 2013. You can access this offer here.

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You need to purchase the maximum allowed per calendar year (24K) to be eligible for the 25% bonus.

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The price of an Avios under this offer is 2.28 US cents each. The transaction is handled by Points.com.

Financial Times Article About Problematic Airline Rebrands

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There was an interesting piece about some recent airline rebrands in the Financial Times. You can access the article here.

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People have very strong opinions about the recent AA’s rebranding and about United’s attempt to mix and match part Continental’s & United’s former branding. This is a very good and short read. You should check it out.

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