While I've had some very positive recent experiences with British Airways cabin crew I'm continually frustrated by some of the limitations of BA.com, the incompetence of BA's IT department and the inability of BA call centre staff to carry out simple tasks.
American Airlines is selling miles at a discount again and this time it's selling them at the lowest rate we normally see. If you follow the AAdvantage miles sales closely you won't be surprised to know that miles are now on sale at 1.72 cents each because this is exactly the same offer that came around last June.
United Airlines has come out with a limited offer/limited time miles sale in which MileagePlus members can buy miles from 1.88 cents each....if they're quick. United is selling miles in bundles and when the first bundle sells out the next bundle is introduced at a more expensive price point.
Thanks to the ongoing issues surrounding the Rolls Royce engines on BA's 787-9 Dreamliners the airline has had to wetlease a number of Airbus A330 aircraft from Qatar Airways. These aircraft are covering some of BA's flights between London and Delhi, Muscat and Kuwait this summer and, if you're booked to fly on one of these routes, you have some choices to make.
There was a time when all American Airlines status levels offered genuine benefits to flyers but, as the airline has slowly devalued the AAdvantage program over recent years, the actual value that some status levels offer has become questionable. Now the airline may have put the final nail in the coffin of its lowest status tier.
Fiji Airways has just joined the oneworld alliance as a "oneworld connect" partner and British Airways has now announced that flyers can earn and burn Avios on Fiji Airways with immediate effect.
British Airways has brought back a promotion it has run in the past and it's slashing the cost of long-haul Economy Class Avios redemptions in half for travel commencing later this year.
Alaska Airlines has announced that it has expanded its existing arrangement with Rocketmiles to allow Mileage Plan members to book hotel nights using their Alaska Miles. Travelers have been able to earn Alaska Miles on their Rocketmiles bookings for as long as I can remember but this is the first time that travelers have been able to use Alaska Miles in lieu of cash when making a reservation.
This year I'm crediting most of my flights to the British Airways Executive Club because I've worked out that it's cheaper for me to earn top-tier status with BA than it is with American Airlines.....but what if you don't care about status? Where should you credit your flights? But what if you didn't care about earning status?
American Airlines has unleashed its latest miles promotion in which it is offering discounts of up to 35% when you buy AAdvantage miles. A 35% discount may sound reasonable and may even sound tempting but I'm here to tell you that you should definitely NOT be buying miles in this promotion.