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The Justice Department today approved the Alaska Air’s purchase of Virgin America that was announced back in April (JetBlue was the other bidder that lost).

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Alaska must scale back its codesharing with American Airlines for the deal to be approved. This will reduce American Airlines coded pasengers on Alaska’s flights by half. The deal doesn’t have affect on Alaska’s partnership with Delta. [click to continue…]

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A LoyaltyLobby reader sent me a question regarding award availability at the DoubleTree hotel in Jiaxing China where award rooms are supposed to go for 5,000 HHonors points per night.

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Remember that you can always email me, send a message via Facebook or use Twitter and include photos too. I’ll try to cover Reader Questions & Comments here several times a week. [click to continue…]

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Air Berlin has sent out emails to their customers and Topbonus members announcing details of the ongoing company restructuring which apparently won’t leave much behind of the airline as we know it.

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Apart from the already announced transfer of aircraft to competitors Etihad will purchase the entire Air Niki and take over the very popular mid-haul tourist destination traffic to Southern Europe and North Africa. [click to continue…]

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Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) and Emirates launched reciprocal elite benefits back in 2014 (read more here) where members can earn bonus Skywards miles and Starpoints among other benefits after linking accounts.

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When I had a look at my SPG account this morning, there was a deposit of 500 Starpoints made yesterday implying that it was thank you points for having merely linked the accounts at some points in time (I have not taken advantage of the partnership). [click to continue…]

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Hilton HHonors has extended their global promotion called Double Up that was supposed to end on December 31 to January 31, 2017.

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The promotion is for double points for the duration of the campaign, triple points from October 1 if booked using the Hilton app + targeted Plus-Up bonus for select members based on their historical stay patterns to drive incremental business. [click to continue…]

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United Airlines has launched a new campaign for buying MileagePlus miles at an account specific 25% to 100% “mystery” bonus between December 6 – 19, 2016.

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United Airlines has promotions pretty much every month for buying miles, but they all max at a 100% bonus or a 50% discount (exactly the same offer because United limits the number of miles one can purchase per year including any possible bonuses to 150K). [click to continue…]

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Le Club AccorHotels has launched a regional promotion for members in Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and the Philippines.

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Ten members that register for the promotion and stay during the promotional period between December 1 – February 28, 2017, will win $2,017 hotel credit to be used at any (few exceptions) Accor hotels worldwide. [click to continue…]