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Priority Reservation

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Priority Check In

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Business Counter

Priority Waitlist

Yes (low)

Yes (high)

Yes (low)

Yes (middle)

Yes (high)

Yes (low)

Yes (high)

Excess baggage allowance

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Yes

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Yes

Lounge Access

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Yes

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Yes

Yes

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Yes

Priority Boarding

Yes

Yes

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Yes

Yes

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Yes

Priority Baggage

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Yes

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Specials

Alaska Airlines

May 14,2017 to July 01, 2017

Alaska Airlines offers a bonus of up to 40% if you buy miles prior to July 01, 2017. The bonus is staggered and kicks in you buy more than 10,000 Miles.
If you buy

  • less than 10,000 Miles, there is no bonus
  • between 10,000 and 19,000 you will receive a bonus of 20% bonus
  • between 20,000 and 39,000 you will receive a bonus of 30% bonus
  • between 40,000 and 60,000 you will receive a bonus of 40% bonus

1000 Miles will pe charged at USD 27.50 (excl. a 7.5% sales tax which is added to the amount for the miles) and there is no bonus the more miles you buy. You should take into account, that Alaska Airlines has a wide range of partner airlines among those are Emirates, Cathay Pacific, British Airways, American Airlines to name just a few.
Alaska Airlines partners with Points.com, if you buy miles.


It has been recenlty announced that Alaska Airlines takes over Virgin America. this means, Virgin America Elevate Members have received an offer of 10000 Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Miles if you activate the prepared account. You could also move Elevate points with a bonus of 30% into your Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Account which might be worth to consider given the larger number of partners of Alaska comparted to Virgin America.

British Airways

British Airways has cunrrently some good fares in World Traveller Plus loaded with origin in Germany, Italy, Sweden or Switzerland to destination at the East Coast and the West Coast of the USA: Travel starts around 600 EUR for East Coast and 690 EUR for West Coast. This is a good way to earn some miles in addition with the aforementioned tripls Avios Promotion.

For example (Sweden is the cheapest starting point):
Feb 23: ARN - LHR - NYC / Feb. 26 NYC - LHR - ARN in World Traveller Plus on the longhaul flights: 605 EUR

Feb 23: ARN - LHR - LAX / Feb. 26 LAX - LHR - ARN in World Traveller Plus on the longhaul flights: 630 EUR
Mar 14: ARN - LHR - LAX / Mar. 21 LAX - LHR - ARN in World Traveller Plus on the longhaul flights: 570 EUR
Mar 14: ARN - LHR - SFO / Mar. 21 SFO - LHR - ARN in World Traveller Plus on the longhaul flights: 572 EUR

Book on British Airways; and you could use AVious to further discount your flight.


Delta Airlines

If you need Delta SkyMiles to reach the necessary amount of miles for your award flight, you can simply buy or share them via Points.com. It is also possible to gift miles: Buy, Gift or Share miles on your Delta SkyMiles Program

Finnair

Currently no sale

KLM / AF Flying Blue

As an elite member you can buy an unlimited amount of miles in units of 2000 miles; as an Flying Blue Ivory Member you can buy a maximum of 40000 miles in a year in units of 2000 miles. KLM Buy and Gift Miles

Lufthansa

Lufthansa and its partner airlines offer very competitive fares in First Class from Germany to selected destinations in the US. Those fares are bookable till May 29, 2017 on the homepage of Lufhansa. It is also valid in cooperation with codeshare flights on United and Air Canada (only for travel within North America). Travel has to be between June 30, 2017 and September 10, 2017. The First Class (long haul) flights book into A (earning 300% in the Miles & More Frequent Flyer Program) and European feeder flights book into J.

Germay to

  • Atlanta 3330 EUR
  • Boston 3025 EUR
  • Chicago 3321 EUR
  • Dallas 3320 EUR
  • Denver 3830 EUR
  • Los Angeles 5025 EUR
  • San Francisco 5025 EUR
  • Seattle 3825 EUR

The fare is restricted and a minimum stay of six night applies as well as restrictions in regard to re-booking and cancelation. Book on the Lufthansa Homepage


Qatar Airways

Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines is not really known for great discounts and in the past the reasonable business class fares where only available on the day flight from Singapore to Frankfurt and not the overnight flights from Singapore to either Munich, Frankfurt or Düsseldorf. This restriction does not longer apply and thus means the business class fares from Singapore are now available to all destinations:
Fly from Frankfurt / München / Düsseldorf to

  • Singapur ab € 2.899,-
  • Koh Samui ab € 3.189,-
  • Phuket ab € 3.189,-
  • Jakarta ab € 3.379,-
  • Bali ab € 3.389,-

Book on Singapore Airlines .


On all routes to Germany (and also other destinations in Europe) as well as from Germany to New York is now the new Premium Economy Class of Singapore AIrlines available. Due to the change of the current flight from Moscow to Hosuton to Manchester to Houston you have also a new route over the Atlantic, though this means the discontinuation of Munich to Manchester. The flight operates daily exeoct Monday and Thursday.



Swiss

First Class / Business Class Partner Fares from Italy

Swiss has extended the booking period for its Parner tarifs for two passengers traveling together in either First Class or Business Class and start their journey in Italy. You can book till May 29, 2017 and travel till February 28, 2018. The minimum stay depend on the destination and is either 3, 4 or 5 days.

Examples are (all prices are per person)

  • Italy to Bangkok: Business Class 1340 EUR / First Class 1930 EUR
  • Italy to Beijing: Business Class 1340 EUR / First Class 2540 EUR
  • Italy to Dubai: Business Class 990 EUR / First Class 254000 EUR
  • Italy to Hong Kong: Business Class 1445 EUR / First Class 3040 EUR
  • Italy to Johannesburg: Business Class 1340 EUR / First Class 3040 EUR
  • Italy to Sao Paulo: Business Class 1440 EUR / First Class 2895 EUR
  • Italy to Singapore: Business Class 1490 EUR / First Class 2820 EUR

You can book this fares on the Swiss homepage if you select any departure in Italy and two passengers traveling together.

Swiss First Class Summer Fares from Germany

Swiss and its partner airlines offer very competitive fares in First Class from Germany to selected destinations in the US. Those fares are bookable till May 29, 2017 on the homepage of Swiss or Lufthansa. It is also valid in cooperation with codeshare flights on United and Air Canada (only for travel within North America). Travel has to be between June 30, 2017 and September 10, 2017. The First Class (long haul) flights book into A (earning 300% in the Miles & More Frequent Flyer Program) and European feeder flights book into J.

  • Germay to Atlanta 3330 EUR

  • Germay to Boston 3025 EUR

  • Germay to Chicago 3321 EUR

  • Germay to Dallas 3320 EUR

  • Germay to Denver 3830 EUR

  • Germay to Los Angeles 5025 EUR

  • Germay to San Francisco 5025 EUR

  • Germay to Seattle 3825 EUR

The fare is restricted and a minimum stay of six night applies as weel as restrictions in regard to re-booking and cancelation. Book on the Swiss Homepage


United Airlines

May 08, 2017 to May 23, 2017

Bonus of up to 50,000 miles if you buy miles. United partners with Points.com, in so far not a United purchase.
You can buy up to 100,000 miles, but the miles are not cheap. The lowest amount of milesy you can buy are 2,000 miles for 70 USD. There is no discount the more miles you buy. The bonus of 75% (if you are targeted for this or the one you are targetted for), only applies for purchases of 30,000 miles or more.

The bonus for this promotion is:

  • Buy 5,000 Miles to 34,000 Miles, get a bonus of 25%
  • Buy 34,000 Miltes to 100,000 MIles, get a bonnus of 50%

You can buy the miles here:

Virgin America

See at Alaska Airlines (You might have receivd an offer of 10000 Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Miles).
Virgin America partners with points.com if it comes to buying points.

Virgin Atlantic

Currently no specials
Virgin Atlantic partners with points.com if it comes to buying points.

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Priority Pass

Priority Pass offers access to more than 1000 different airport lounges worldwide. If you do not have elite status with the airline you are flying and travel only in Economy Class, Priority Pass might be a solution if you prefer some privacy at the airport rather than spending your time till boarding on an uncomfortable chair or in a crowded and overpriced restaurant at the airport. Even if you have access thanks to your elite status, you find the available lounge to be crowded or simply not comfortable. While considering the purchase of a Pariority Pass, you should take into account that due to different terminals, you might not be able to enter the lounge because your flights depart from a different terminal. Several credit cards also include a membership of Priority Pass.

Priority Pass offers three different membership plans, Standard, Standard Plus and Prestige.
Standard (69 GBP / 99 EUR / 99 USD, 25year promo first year 51 GBP / 74 EUR / 74 USD) offers you the right to enter any lounge of the Priority Pass network for a fee of 15 GBP / 24 EUR / 27 USD. Guest could access the lounge for a fee of 15 GBP / 24 EUR / 27 USD. If you require a backup and usually have lounge access or do not fly very often, this might be the plane to choose..

S
tandard Plus
(159 GBP / 249 EUR / 249 USD, 25year promo first year 127 GBP / 199 EUR / 199 USD) includes 10 free visits to any lounge of the Priority Pass network; additional visits have to be paid for a fee of 15 GBP / 24 EUR / 27 USD. Guest could access the lounge for a fee of 15 GBP / 24 EUR / 27 USD. This plans should be considered by those, who e.g. travel Economy on shourt haul flights but have lounge access on lonng haul flights or who fly more often or the booking class does not include lounge access (e.g. on Germanwings / Eurowings Light Fares).

Prestige
(259 GBP / 399 EUR / 399 USD, 25year promo first year 233 GBP / 359 EUR / 359 USD) offers you the right to enter any lounge of the Priority Pass network for free. Guest could access the lounge for a fee of 15 GBP / 24 EUR / 27 USD.

Priority Pass turns 25 this month and offers a discount of 25% for Standard Membership, 20% for Standard Plus Membership and 10% for Prestige Membership if you buy a membership before June 30, 2017 (Discount only for first year). Priority Pass also offers now a digital membvership card, so there is no need to wait till your membership cards arrive. You can apply for a membership on the Priority Pass Homepage.