Keep those miles and points balances full with these latest and greatest mileage promotions and travel news.
Air Serbia Lands at JFK
Last month a new airline arrived at JFK Airport giving you another means of crossing the Atlantic from New York and possibly using your miles. The new airline is Air Serbia currently operating five times a week except Sundays and Wednesdays.
New Opportunities from Flying Blue and Ultimate Rewards Partnership
Chase Ultimate Rewards is one of the most valuable bank rewards programs. Points can be redeemed for almost any flight booked through the Ultimate Rewards travel portal at a value of 1.2 cents each, or you can transfer them to a variety of airline and hotel loyalty programs. Most third party programs restricted the amount of award availability, but they have the advantage that you could get much more value for your points.
JetBlue Airways Expands Its Popular Transcontinental “Mint” Service
Days after losing an intense bidding war to buy Californian-based Virgin America, JetBlue Airways has upped the ante in the battle for high-paying fliers from the Golden State.
How Will the New Chase Credit Card Rules Affect Frequent Flyers?
Chase is tightening restrictions on credit card applications. They are limiting the number of new cards a customer can get to five within a 24-month period. So if you apply for a sixth new card in a two-year period, Chase is very likely to turn you down.
Alaska Air and Virgin America Vow Frequent Flyers’ Experience Will Remain Intact Following Merger
On April 4, Alaska Air Group Inc. announced it will purchase Virgin America Inc. in a $2.6 billion deal that vaults the combined company to the top carrier on America’s West Coast.
Two New Airlines Enter the A350 Space
Singapore Airlines and TAM became the newest airlines to join the A350 flying family, taking delivery of their aircraft on March 2, 2016 and December 17, 2015 respectively. Singapore Airlines is the second airline to fly the planes in Asia and TAM is the first in South America.
Extra Bonus Points With Virgin America’s Flights With Bennies Campaign
If you’re a member of Virgin America’s Elevate loyalty program you can get up to 2,500 points when you refer your friends, and if you’ve been thinking of joining, its a good time to get started because you’ll get 500 Elevate Points as a sign-up bonus.
U.S. Bank and Avianca to Break Ties?
It looks like U.S. Bank is no longer taking applications or has at least temporarily suspended taking them for the Avianca LifeMiles Visa credit card, a lucrative credit card. This could mean that the issuer and Avianca are ending their partnership. If so, a new provider has not yet been announced.
Frontier’s Foray Into Overpriced Routes
Frontier Airlines has some ambitious expansion plans for 2016.
Starting this spring, the discount carrier will add a plethora of new routes to cities where it sees unrivaled potential to undercut the industry’s biggest players.
Qantas Crowned Safest Airline for Third Straight Year
For the third consecutive year, Qantas has been named the world’s safest airline. On January 5, 2016, safety and product rating website AirlineRatings.com announced its top 20 safest airlines using a star rating system. Some 407 airlines were reviewed, with 148 receiving the top seven-star rating. Almost 50 earned a paltry three stars or less.
Book Delta Comfort+ Starting in the Spring
Comfort and space is a premium perk on airplanes–every little bit helps–and some travelers are willing to pay for it. Something Delta knows all too well having rolled out Delta Comfort+ earlier this year, giving passengers more legroom and some upgrades in terms of extras and service, including Sky Priority boarding.
Qatar Airways Brings Booking.com and Rentalcars.com On Board
Qatar Airways is well known for their luxury amenities, and has been called by some a four-star carrier, especially those who have passed through the Al Mourjan Business Lounge lounge in Doha, their hub, which features multiple restaurants and a rather amazing design.
The SkyTeam Lounge Takes Hong Kong By Storm
Elite Skyteam members looking to unwind at Hong Kong International Airport can now head on over to the new SkyTeam Exclusive Lounge, where they can eat, drink and be merry, whether they are on a short layover or an all-nighter.
Frequent Flyers Getting More From Expedia
Expedia has developed some new tools designed to shed light on hidden fees. The new technology also lets Expedia quickly relay peoples frequent flyer account information directly to the airline before the sale is complete.
Hawaiian Airlines Upgrades Business Class
Hawaiian Airlines is making the premium cabin aboard its A330 aircraft more luxurious. The carrier has teaming up with designers PaulWylde and Optimares to create a comfortable and modern business class cabin that includes lie-flat seats.
Kicking and Screaming Tops List of Travel Frustrations
While traveling can be fun, it can also be frustrating. It’s not just delays, lost luggage and bad weather that can ruin your flight, but also etiquette-challenged passengers. In a new study by Expedia, seat kickers, screaming kids and passengers that smell bad top the list of in-flight annoyances.
A New Airport Lounge in Orlando
If your delayed or have a layover in Orlando, you might want to check out the airport’s new lounge, The Club at MCO. It comes with all the travel musts, including space to relax, dinner, cocktails, WiFi and a place for the kids play.
Virgin America Offers Spotify and The New York Times
Boredom will not be an issue for travelers flying on Virgin America’s new ViaSat WiFi-equipped aircraft. The carrier will also offer Spotify and The New York Times on board for free through March 2, 2016.
Fine Dining in the Air With United Airlines
Looking for better food options when flying? United Airlines is rolling out new premium cabin and economy menu options this season. Flavor and presentation are getting an upgrade with chef-inspired options, such as peppered goat cheese with pumpernickel bread and seafood cioppino.