SkyTeam Is Forcing American & China Southern To Scale Back Their Codeshares

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In early 2017, American Airlines bought a $200 million stake in Guangzhou-based China Southern Airlines. On some level this was surprising, given that prior to this the two airlines didn’t cooperate in any way. They had no codeshare agreements, and American doesn’t even fly to to Guangzhou. American said that this investment “creates a strong foundation for a long-term relationship between two of the world’s biggest carriers.”

It didn’t seem to me like they had huge plans overnight, though rather this seemed somewhat reactionary, as Delta bought a stake in China Eastern a few years back, while American doesn’t have a single partner airline based in mainland China.

When this partnership first launched, American and China Southern announced their intentions to begin codesharing, with the ability to earn and redeem miles, through-check bags, and book travel on both carriers on a single ticket, but only on codeshare routes.

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LifeMiles Is Adjusting Their Mileage Expiration Policy

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Avianca’s LifeMiles program is one of the most useful programs for premium cabin Star Alliance redemptions. They often sell miles at a discount, so buying miles from them is a great way to book discounted first & business class tickets on some Star Alliance carriers.

The program has just announced an adjustment to their mileage expiration policy, which is worth being aware of. As if April 15, 2018, Avianca LifeMiles is modifying their mileage expiration policy:

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Buy Choice Privileges Points With A 40% Bonus

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Through February 5, 2018, Choice Privileges is offering a 40% bonus on the purchase of points.

The promotion is valid as long as you buy at least 5,000 points in one transaction, and you can buy at most 50,000 points through this promotion. Points should post to your account within 24 hours. If you buy 50,000 points then you’d receive a total of 70,000 points for $550, which is a cost of ~0.79 cents per point.

Lately Choice seems to be offering discounts on purchased points more frequently, and when they do, typically we see either 30% off or a 40% bonus. While the 30% discount gives you a slightly better cent per point cost, the 40% bonus is more useful if you want to buy more points, since you’re capped at buying 50,000 points per year, pre-bonus.

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Earn Up To 10x Chase Ultimate Rewards Points For Best Buy Purchases

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Chase has brought back a similar promotion to what they offered last November, which has the potential to be lucrative. Specifically, those with the Chase Freedom can earn up to 10x points for purchases at Best Buy through February 4, 2018. This promotion is intended to promote use of their Chase Pay mobile payment option, so you have to use Chase Pay to earn the bonus points.

With this promotion you can earn 10x points for up to $400 of in-store spend. There’s no need to register, and the points should automatically post to your statement within a week of the purchase. Just make sure you’re set-up with Chase Pay and make your purchase in-store by scanning your QR code at the register.

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Houston, We Have A Problem: Angry Buzz Aldrin Misses Delta Flight

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Well this is quite a video. TMZ has the footage of Buzz Aldrin missing his flight at LAX this morning:

It’s not entirely clear what happened, but at 9:20AM he’s still at the check-in counter for his 9:25AM flight. When he’s told that he’ll be rebooked on the next flight he isn’t happy at all, and gets up from his wheelchair to approach the Delta employees.

We’re not sure what exactly caused this, though Buzz tells the Delta employees that “I’m telling you guys, you’re going to be in a little bit of trouble, because we’ve been sitting here now 20 minutes for somebody to come and fix a two minute problem.” We don’t know what that two minute problem was.

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14 Amazing Things To Do In Crete, Greece

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Out of all the Greek islands like; Corfu, Samos, Santorini or Mykonos, Crete is (without a doubt) the largest. It’s a place filled with everything from historic forts, plates of yummy Greek food and oodles of beautiful scenery. There’s a whole heap of amazing things to do in Crete. I promise you’ll be spoilt for choice. Now, as I said, … Continue Reading

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My Mom Says This Blog is Boring

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Last month, my mom told me she thought this blog was boring. “Where’s all the fun stuff? I want to see more photos of you traveling. I don’t care about these other updates.” “Mom, I live in Austin now. You know I’m not on the road that much,” I replied. “I know but still….I want […]

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How To See The Most Beautiful Ice Castle In Alberta, Canada

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Embracing the snow, icicles and the chilly weather is something that’s amazing during a Canadian winter, especially within beautiful spots in Alberta. Now, if you’re anything like me you’ll be hankering to see some of this picturesque side of winter, with the Edmonton Ice Castle being one of the prettiest. I mean, there’s not too many … Continue Reading

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Emirates’ New “Upgrade Your Airline” Ad Campaign

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Emirates has long taken a unique approach when it comes to their marketing campaigns. For example, a couple of years back Jennifer Aniston starred in a pretty hilarious ad in which she has a “nightmare” that she’s on another airline. She was reportedly paid 5 million USD for being part of that campaign.

Emirates has just unveiled their latest ad campaign, which instead chooses to highlight Emirates’ advantage in economy, rather than in premium cabins. The campaign has the tagline “don’t upgrade your seat, upgrade your airline.” What makes the ad different is that it doesn’t showcase Emirates’ onboard product, or even make mention of the airline until the very end.

The airline features a bunch of people asking for upgrades on an unnamed airline. Presumably these are largely similar to the requests that ground agents at many airlines receive on a daily basis. Per Emirates’ press release:

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Hilton Honors’ Status Challenge Extended For 2018

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Since mid-2016, Hilton Honors has been offering a status challenge program (prior to that they offered outright status matches). As noted by Live from a Lounge, it looks like Hilton Honors recently extended the expiration date for their status challenge program, as you’d expect. In light of that, I figured it made sense to recap the basics of this program.

Through Hilton Honors’ status challenge program:

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