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Priority Reservation

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Priority Check In

Business Counter

Business Counter

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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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Yes

 

 

 

         

Specials

Alaska Airlines

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 is running a promotion between January 01, 2017 and March 31, 2016. During this time, you earn triple avios for up to four return flights on British Airways (on the transatlantic sector, flights operated by American Airlines, Finnair, Iberia and OpenSkies also count for this promotion).
You have to register on British Airways to be eligible for this offers, which has no restriction other than the country must be served by British Airways.
The minor detail: Only flights booked after registration are eligible for this promotion. Unlike earlier promotion, this was enforced for the last promotions, which means we expect this restriction for this promotion as well. On the positive side, all flights in all clases (lowest Economy to First Class) count for this promotion. So far, British Airways has not send an e-mail to BA Executive Club Members about this offer. Only base points are tripled.

Register online on
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


Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways offers a bonus of up to 15% for booking till March 08, 2016 if you use the code FLYQR. The bonus applies for all bookings, but the effective reduction might be less than 15% depending on the bought fare. The maximum amount of 15% kicks in if your travel before the end of March.
You have to book on the Qatar Airways Homepage.


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 discontiunation of Munich to Manchester. The flight operates daily exeoct Monday and Thursday.


United Airlines

February 27, 2017 to April 20, 2017

Mystery Bonus of up to 75% miles if you buy miles. United partners with Points.com, in so far not a United purchase.
You can buy up to 85,000 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.


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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