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Alaska Emirates Awards Problems

While Alaska Airlines severely devalued awards on Emirates over a year ago, business class awards remain a good value and first class awards are still attainable for those with large MileagePlan balances. For about the past month and a half, however, Alaska MileagePlan members have encountered considerable difficulties confirming premium cabin Emirates awards. While Emirates…

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New Domestic US Virgin Airline Venture, “Watch This Space” Says Branson- Still Disputing Alaska Royalty Period

Richard Branson hinted to Bloomberg on Thursday that he and the Virgin brand may be coming back to the US domestic airline business. He also indicated that there’s still tension with Alaska regarding royalties. Branson says that Alaska has to pay royalties through 2040 whether they use the brand or not, unless a new Virgin venture…

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Cathay Pacific Asia Miles Sweet Spots

The Cathay Pacific Asia Miles mileage redemption program has traditionally taken a back seat in frequent flier circles to the likes of American AAdvantage and British Airways Executive Club. Given all of the negative changes made to the AA and BA programs over the past several years, Asia Miles may be worth a second look…

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Richard Branson Declares Again – Alaska Will Pay for Virgin Brand Until 2040, Even If They Don’t Use It

At a travel conference this weekend, Sir Richard Branson continued to tell industry insiders that Alaska will need to pay him licensing fees through 2040, even with Alaska’s plans to drop the Virgin brand.  He told the same story when he was in Seattle last month to celebrate Virgin Atlantic’s inaugural flight to the city. “When I…

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Poor Alcohol Metabolization Leads to Groping of Female Passenger on Alaska Airlines

You may remember back in May when a female passenger on AS flight 621 from Las Vegas (LAS) to Portland (PDX) was arrested for apparently groping another female passenger. Miss McKinney did so with the intent to humiliate and harass the victim,’ said Assistant US Attorney Ravi Sinha at US District Court in Portland. ‘(She)…

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Earn Alaska Miles While Flying Condor!

A Condor 767-300. Source: Condor

Alaska Airlines’ Mileage Plan is one of my favorite programs out there. They don’t belong to any alliances, but have a number of partners across different continents. They have flexible routing rules, allowing stopovers even on one-way tickets for many bookings. Their miles are relatively easy to come by, considering there are no limits to the…

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Richard Branson Coming to Seattle…for Delta / Virgin Atlantic, Not Alaska / Virgin America

Well this is awkward! Virgin Atlantic is set to launch their Seattle (SEA) to London (LHR) route on March 26th with a brand new 787-9 Dreamliner, Delta previously served the route with a B767. The always fun Richard Branson will be in town to throw an invite only party at Q Nightclub to commemorate the new…

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Alaska Mileage Plan Matches Virgin Elite Status – Now MVP Gold + Found Miles

Wow, my Virgin America Elevate status match from early 2016 has really paid off these last several months. I originally matched as work had me flying to Vegas from New York on Virgin America and I wanted to upgrade to First (Elevate Gold members can purchase discounted First Class upgrades beginning 24 hours before departure).…

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