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Alaska and Virgin America Merger Updates for 2018 and Beyond

When airlines merge there are many, many different steps that happen along the way until the airlines are truly one entity. This process literally takes years, and if you don’t regularly fly the airlines at hand, it can be very easy to lose track of where they are in the process. With that in mind, let’s look at where Alaska and Virgin America are in their merger since this month marked some pretty big milestones in their journey. January 2018…

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American Airlines Sending Out Free Elite Status Trials

Today lots of lucky folks received free American Airlines elite status trials in their inboxes. The free American Airlines elite status is good for five months and there is a way to extend it by flying American Airlines enough during that time frame. While there is no way to know exactly what triggered the targeted offers, perhaps it was related to the relationship with Alaska Airlines changing effective January 1st…

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Join Alaska Mileage Plan and Buy One Flight, Get Miles for a Free Flight (California Only)

Those who live in California have all the fun – first they could get a Southwest Companion Pass just by getting a new credit card and making one purchase and now they can get 5,000 bonus Alaska Airlines miles by joining Mileage Plan by December 31, 2017, and taking a Virgin America or Alaska Airlines flight between now and June 30, 2018! To be eligible for this promo, the flight needs to be a paid flight that is eligible to…

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Discounted Flights to Hawaii Available from the Middle of the Country

Hawaii fare sales from the West Coast happen with some regularity, but once you head East of Nevada the chance to score a good fare to Hawaii becomes about as likely as hitting a royal flush on video poker. I’ve done both, but only very, very rarely. However, for those looking to fly on Alaska or Virgin America to Hawaii, today could be the day you put together a trip to Hawaii for a very good price.   Using a flexible…

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The Somewhat Surprising Future of the Virgin America Credit Card

When Alaska Airlines acquired Virgin America we all knew it was just a matter of time before the Virgin America credit card underwent significant changes, but I’ll admit that I am a little surprised at exactly how the Virgin America credit card portfolio will be handled. Beginning 1/1/18, Alaska’s Mileage Plan program will become the sole loyalty program for the airline(s) and the Virgin America Elevate program will no longer exist. As a result, the decision was made that all Virgin…

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Fly to Hawaii and More for Fewer Miles With New Award Chart!

It was recently announced that Singapore Airlines and Alaska Airlines were becoming partners. This means that, among other things, you will be able to use Alaska miles to fly Singapore Airlines operated flights and Singapore Airlines miles to fly Alaska operated flights. More options redemption are always good, but what really matters are the award charts prices and we can take a look at the just released Singapore Airlines award chart for Alaska Airlines operated flights. This is super relevant…

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Fly from Just 3,000 Points Using Amex Transfer Bonus to British Airways

Periodic transfer bonuses are part of the stable of miles and points tools that my family uses to really stretch what we have for travel that we otherwise couldn’t afford. You can’t predict most transfer bonuses, but you can choose to utilize them when they become available. Along those lines, through September 17, 2017, there is a 40% transfer bonus from the Amex Membership Rewards program to British Airways Avios that increases the transfer ratio from a one to one ratio to 250…

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Now Earn 1,000 Bonus Alaska Miles for First Groupon Purchase

A couple of months ago I teamed up with Groupon to help get the word out that you could now earn Alaska Airlines miles for your Groupon purchases! At the time they were testing out an offer that awarded 500 bonus Alaska miles to new Groupon customers on a Groupon Local purchase of $30+ and 4 miles per dollar for existing Groupon members for their Local, Getaways, and Goods purchases.   That was good, but I just got word yesterday that they…

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New Offer: How to Earn 500 Bonus Alaska Miles via Groupon Purchase!

One of the things that we frequently did before the little ones came along was use some killer Groupon deals to go out to eat at restaurants all across Austin for a fraction of the regular prices. Without Groupon we could have never afforded all of the fancy meals out, so I quickly became a Groupon fan. As the years went on I used them a little less in my daily life, but I have never stopped taking a peek…

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New Parents Can Now Extend Their Alaska Elite Status for a Year!

This last month hasn’t been one of the best ones in terms of air travel news, but there are a few exceptions to that trend; one is that a US frequent flyer program has finally come out with a formalized elite status extension program for parents welcoming new babies. It is no surprise that it is one of the very best airline frequent flyer programs that is leading this charge, the Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan program.   Alaska totally gets the joy and…

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