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A New Route and A New Plane For British Airways

In 2016 British Airways will start flying from Mineta San José International Airport to London Heathrow, and is the first time there has been nonstop service to the UK from this airport. Along with the news of the new route, they will also be bringing on the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, the newest aircraft in their fleet, and it has been outfitted with a re-designed first cabin. The route and the Dreamliner are slated to take off on May 4th, 2016, and tickets are now on sale.

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Japan Airlines Is Adding Nonstop Flights Between DFW and Tokyo

Japan Airlines is returning to Dallas, starting with four weekly flights between Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and Tokyo Narita (NRT) Airport. Service will resume in November, with the possibility of daily flights in the spring of 2016.

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Houston to Be Home to Newest Centurion Lounge

American Express is opening another branch of its popular Centurion Lounge, this time in Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Slated to open during the first half of 2016, the 8,500-square-foot traveler respite will be the seventh Centurion Lounge location.

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Palm Springs Gets A New Carrier: JetBlue

New Yorkers looking for some fun in the sun during the cold winter can now jump on a nonstop flight from John F. Kennedy International Airport and Palm Springs International Airport courtesy of JetBlue. Tickets are on sale now, with one-way introductory fares starting at $99.

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How to Transfer Citi ThankYou Points to Partner Airlines

Citi ThankYou Rewards is a flexible reward program that competes with American Express Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards and Diners Club Rewards. Citi ThankYou points can be redeemed in a variety of ways.

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Alaska Airlines and Icelandair Partner Up

Big things are underway with the new partnership between Alaska Airlines and Icelandair. This deal is good news: It gives members of Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan a way to earn miles when flying to Iceland. And to celebrate, you can earn double Mileage Plan miles on any Icelandair flight until December 15.

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Middle East Airlines Cedar Miles Program Review

Middle East Airlines, or MEA, is the flag carrier of Lebanon. It flies to 39 destinations in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa out of BeirutRafic Hariri International Airport. MEA does not fly to the United States.

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Qatar Airways Announces Flights Between Los Angeles and Doha

Qatar Airways will be flying from Los Angeles to its hub in Doha starting January 1, 2016. This new route is part of the expansion that the airline announced earlier this year, which also includes service from Atlanta and Boston to Doha, and more flights out of JFK airport in New York.

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British Airways Adds Flights to Las Vegas, Seattle and San Jose

If you’re a frequent flyer who’s on the lookout for the best values in travel, you should watch for new service from all the airlines. Why? Award availability is usually quite good during the first few weeks a new route or flight is added to any airline’s reservation system. That’s why you should take a look at British Airways’ new flights between London and Las Vegas; London and Seattle; and London and San Jose.

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Virgin America Elevate and Citi ThankYou Rewards Are Now Transfer Partners

Citi ThankYou Rewards members can now transfer their points to Virgin America Elevate at a rate of two-to-one. There are a number of lucrative aspects to this partnership, including the fact that until October 21, cardholders get a 25 percent bonus when they transfer points.

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How to Book Sun Country Airlines Ufly Awards

Sun Country Airlines is based at the Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport. Its regularly scheduled flights go to 22 domestic locations and 11 international destinations in Mexico and the Caribbean. The airline also operates a number of charter flights, including to Cuba. Charter flights cannot be booked as awards.

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Upgrades for Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport

With the tenth anniversary celebration of the opening of International Terminal D at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport comes the announcement that more upgrades are in the works. The airport will be adding a spa, more retail shops, expanded dinning choices and a much larger duty free shopping area. Top luxury retailers, like Gucci and Dior, will be setting up shop in the terminal.

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Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus Program Review

Thai Airways, the flag carrier of Thailand, is based at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport. The airline flies to 78 destinations in 35 countries. In the United States, it only flies to Los Angeles, but that route will be eliminated in October 2015.

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American Airlines Heads to Havana

Cuban rum and hand-rolled cigars may be closer than you think with new nonstop charters flying from Los Angeles International Airport to José Martí International Airport in Havana. The new route, offered by American Airlines and charter flight operator Cuba Travel Services, is slated to start on December 12, with Saturday flights to Havana.

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The American Way Road Warrior Contest is Back

Have you ever wished that you had an extra 100,000 miles on hand so you could get out of town? If you’re one of the five winners of American Airlines’ American Way magazine’s Road Warrior Contest, that’s exactly what you’ll get, along with a vacation in Belize and lots of other prizes.

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How to Book TAM Airlines Fidelidade Awards

TAM Airlines, the biggest airline in Brazil, operates out of three hubs: Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia. The carrier flies to 67 destinations in 18 countries, including Miami, New York and Orlando in the United States.

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Vietnam Airlines Lotusmiles Program Review

Vietnam Airlines, the flag carrier of Vietnam, is based in Hanoi. The airline flies to 52 destinations in 17 countries throughout Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Australia. It doesn’t offer flights to North America.

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Korean Air is Now a Starwood Preferred Guest Transfer Partner

Partner number 34 for the Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) loyalty program is SkyTeam member Korean Air. You can now transfer your SPG Starpoints into Korean Air SKYPASS miles at a ratio of 1 to 1.

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Travelers On Board with Premium Economy Perks

Premium economy is more expensive than coach, less expensive than business and far cheaper than first class. It’s becoming a popular choice among airline travelers.

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How to Book LAN Airlines LANPASS Awards

LAN Airlines is the flag carrier of Chile. Its main hub is Santiago National Airport. In 2012, LAN Airlines merged with the Brazilian TAM Airlines, creating the largest airline holding company in South America. The two carriers are slated to be fully integrated in 2018.

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