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Oneworld Woos Airlines to Connect With Less Than Full Membership

Oneworld Woos Airlines to Connect With Less Than Full Membership

Grant Martin, Skift

There's much to expect from Oneworld in its 20th year of service, but partners joining with Connect status may be the most interesting development to watch for.

1 week ago

Oneworld Stays Cool on China Southern Joining Alliance

Oneworld Stays Cool on China Southern Joining Alliance

Grant Martin, Skift

Oneworld executives don't seem too keen on China Southern joining the alliance any time soon, but as an alternative, the Chinese carrier may be able to join as a Connect partner. For Oneworld passengers, that will at least extend loyalty benefits to connecting flights.

2 weeks ago

In-Flight Pandering Erodes Airline Passenger Loyalty

In-Flight Pandering Erodes Airline Passenger Loyalty

Grant Martin, Skift

Between credit card pitches and requests for tips, the process of monetizing the airline cabin is starting to wear on frequent flyers.

2 weeks ago

AAdvantage Launches International Premium Economy Redemption

AAdvantage Launches International Premium Economy Redemption

Grant Martin, Skift

It's now possible to book international premium economy award seats on American, Delta, and United. Only one carrier, however, has published a table indicating how much the seats should cost.

3 weeks ago

American Airlines Opens Premium Economy Award Booking to Fill a Gap

American Airlines Opens Premium Economy Award Booking to Fill a Gap

Grant Martin, Skift

American Airlines wasn't first to the party when it launched award seat availability for its international premium economy product. But it was the most transparent.

4 weeks ago

Marriott Loyalty Rebrand Enables Everyone to Move On With the Merger

Marriott Loyalty Rebrand Enables Everyone to Move On With the Merger

Grant Martin, Skift

In February, Marriott will unite its former three loyalty programs under a new flagship brand called Marriott Bonvoy.

1 month ago

Air Canada Completes Bringing Aeroplan Loyalty Program Into Its Fold

Air Canada Completes Bringing Aeroplan Loyalty Program Into Its Fold

Grant Martin, Skift

After a year of uncertainty, frequent flyers on Air Canada ended up almost right where they started at the beginning of the century: with the airline independently owning and operating Aeroplan.

1 month ago

Marriott Shares New Details About Hacked Starwood Accounts

Marriott Shares New Details About Hacked Starwood Accounts

Grant Martin, Skift

Data from Marriott suggest that its 2018 breach wasn't as massive as originally feared — but the hack still affected over 300 million records.

2 months ago

20 Percent of Top-Tier Airline Elites Could Lose Status in 2019

20 Percent of Top-Tier Airline Elites Could Lose Status in 2019

Grant Martin, Skift

Thanks to new program changes, 20 percent of top-tier American and United frequent flyers could face losing their status this year if their travel habits don't change.

2 months ago

World of Hyatt Loyalty Adds New Milestone Rewards to Attract Wider Audience

World of Hyatt Loyalty Adds New Milestone Rewards to Attract Wider Audience

Grant Martin, Skift

More perks are coming to lower-level elites in Hyatt's World of Hyatt loyalty program next year thanks to its new Milestone Rewards program.

2 months ago

Frequent Flyers Brush Off Tougher Criteria for Airline Elite Status

Frequent Flyers Brush Off Tougher Criteria for Airline Elite Status

Grant Martin, Skift

Despite the cost of entry getting markedly higher next year, many business travelers don't seem too worried about new qualification standards that American and United have set for next year.

2 months ago

Higher Standards for Airline Elite Status Don’t Bother Elite Travelers

Higher Standards for Airline Elite Status Don’t Bother Elite Travelers

Grant Martin, Skift

New qualification standards for elite status at American and Delta seem to be working as intended: Business travelers are looking forward to better exclusivity while budget travelers are giving up.

2 months ago