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One Award, Eight Programs Part 3 – Fighting the New United Award System and a Pleasant LifeMiles Phone Call

This is part 3 of my series comparing the ease of award booking with various Star Alliance frequent flyer programs. In part 1, I covered booking a transpacific premium cabin award, LAX-ICN-BKK, using 1) United MileagePlus, 2) Singapore KrisFlyer, 3) Avianca LifeMiles, and 4) Air Canada Aeroplan. In part 2, I discussed my experiences booking…

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One Award, Eight Programs – Comparing Ease of Award Booking

Hi all, my name is Stephen and I’m a new contributor to the blog. I’ll have a separate post properly introducing myself at a later time, but I wanted to jump right into things with a useful post. With all of the changes and devaluations over the past several years, there’s been an increasing interest…

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The Decline and Fall of Cathay Pacific & Singapore Airlines

David Fickling of Bloomberg Gadfly describes the “new Great Power struggle” in his recent article on the fall of Cathay and Singapore Airlines. The two airlines cornered long-haul traffic beginning with the introduction of the B747 in the ’70s and continued dominating until the early 2000’s. However, today they are falling victim to excess capacity at Chinese and…

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Singapore Airlines Devaluation: Higher Prices & No Online Booking Discount – 28% Increases

Singapore Suites onboard the A380. Photo by the author.

Well, this is an unfortunate development: Singapore Airlines has announced that they are making changes to their award chart. They are raising prices on some redemptions and removing the 15% discount that they are currently offering if you book online. Singapore last devalued their award chart in 2012, and these new changes will go into effect March 23,…

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Cathay Pacific’s Slump Makes Singapore Airlines Look Good – Budget & Mainland China Carriers Doing Damage

According to Bloomberg, competition from budget Asian carriers and mainland Chinese airlines are having a big impact on Cathay Pacific’s business. The stock is down -41% in the last twelve months, compared to a drop of only -4.8% for Singapore.  Unlike Cathay, Singapore of course has two low cost units in the family – Scoot…

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Singapore Says No More Elite Miles on Virgin Atlantic for Delta’s “Group 1” Partner

Not a huge surprise given Delta’s $360M purchase of Singapore Airlines’ 49% stake in Virgin Atlantic back in 2012, but Singapore announced earlier this month that you will no longer be able to earn KrisFlyer Elite miles on Virgin Atlantic operated flights, departing on/after 1 July 2016, between the Americas and Europe. However, you will continue to earn KrisFlyer…

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United Evaluating Nonstop US – Singapore Flights

As per Aviation Week, United is considering an ultra-long-haul flight from the US to Singapore.  No details yet as to which cities are in the running, but I’d bet San Francisco is on the shortlist. As per Will Horton, an analyst at CAPA, United is evaluating a potential A350-900ULR sub-fleet to cover the flights. Supposedly, UA also looked…

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Delta on Rumors of Buying Singapore 777 Jets – “It’s a Buyer’s Market – Waiting for Prices to Drop”

During yesterday’s earnings call, Delta CEO Richard Anderson addressed recent rumors which have Delta buying used 777s from Singapore.  Here’s what he had to say: Michael Sasso – Bloomberg News Good morning. Yes, I had there’s kind of the rumor mill has been hot lately about Delta looking at some 777s coming out of Singapore.…

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