Loyalty Program News for Frequent Flyers

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Book Delta Comfort+ Starting in the Spring

Comfort and space is a premium perk on airplanesevery 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Kicking and Screaming Tops List of Travel Frustrations

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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.

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A New Airport Lounge in Orlando

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Free WiFi on JetBlue Flights

Who hasn’t been in the air and wished they could connect to WiFi and stream a movie, play music, surf the web or send an email? JetBlue is gearing up to make that a reality by offering free high- peed internet on all their flights. The airline has already outfitted over 150 Airbus A320 and A321 aircraft with Fly-Fi.

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AirGrub Comes to New York and Boston Airports

When you’re home you can order food from GrubHub or Seamless, but have you ever wished you could do the same thing at the airport? If you’re in Kennedy Airport in New York or Logan Airport in Boston, you can. AirGrub has opened up shop in both airports.

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SAS Now Flies From Boston to Copenhagen

SAS, the largest airline in Scandinavia, is introducing new daily nonstop service between Boston and Copenhagen. This route begins March 2016, but tickets are available now.

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Baltimore to Orlando From Spirit Airlines

There’s nothing better than a sunny holiday during the winter, and Spirit Airlines is offering just that with its new route between Baltimore and Orlando. These daily flights take off on January 7, 2016.

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Delta Adds Five Daily Flights Between Denver and Los Angeles

Starting on June 1, 2016, Delta will fly five times a day between Denver and Los Angeles. Although this is an important nonstop route for Delta’s corporate clients, it’s also a great addition for those traveling for pleasure. Denver’s ski slopes and Los Angeles’ sunny beaches are enough to entice visitors from either city.

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JetBlue Is Heading to the Turks and Caicos Islands

JetBlue has recently added a new route to the sunny Caribbean destination of the Turks and Caicos Islands. Flights leave daily from Fort Lauderdale.

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Spirit Airlines Will Fly From Seattle to Los Angeles

Spirit Airlines is adding another route to its lineup with two daily flights between Seattle and Los Angeles starting on March 24, 2016. That will bring the carrier’s total number of cities served from Los Angeles up to fourteen.

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