SkyTeam alliance partners

The SkyTeam alliance is a group of major airlines which includes Delta, Air France, KLM, Alitalia and others. You can earn and redeem miles with any of these airlines for flights on any airline in the alliance. The official SkyTeam website is here. These articles cover airlines which do not have their own Head for Points category.

Bits: Virgin Boston spend offer, Delta / Westjet partner, 4 x Tesco debit card points

News in brief: Virgin Flying Club offer on Boston flights Virgin Flying Club is running a special deal on the new Manchester to Boston route in Upper Class. For bookings made by 2nd May, you can book Manchester – Boston for 70,000 Flying Club miles […]

Bits: Heathrow’s first 747-8i arrives, £10 off £50 Amazon alcohol spend

News in brief: Korean Air to launch Heathrow’s first Boeing 747-8i route There is a lot of talk about the Airbus A380 not meeting its sales targets, but that pales into insignificance alongside the Boeing 747-8i.  This is the updated version of the classic 747-400 […]

EXCEPTIONAL DEAL: Heathrow to Melbourne, Business, £1084 return

This is almost certainly the best Black Friday deal out there, but it was kept very low key and I didn’t become aware of it until last night. Garuda Indonesia is selling Heathrow to Melbourne for £1084 return in Business Class. This is ludicrously low. […]

Bits: new Amex cashback deals, new Virgin Clubhouse access rules, IHG to United bonus

News in brief: American Express launches new cashback deals A new wave of Amex cashback offers launched this week. Some, all or none of these will be available for registration under the ‘Offers’ tab of your online statement. Offers marked ‘Connect’ appear on the Amex […]

Bits: Delta Heathrow changes, if you need a hotel in Worcester ….

News in brief: Virgin Atlantic to be joined by Delta at Heathrow Terminal 3 Delta has announced changes to their London flights. Starting on 14th September all Delta flights from Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City and Philadelphia will be moved from Terminal 4 to […]

Bits: 777 Manchester-Munich, Qatar & Vueling codeshare, £1660 London-Melbourne business

News in brief: Last chance to fly a 777 from Manchester to Munich! Singapore Airlines is restructuring its European routes and is about to launch a direct flight from Singapore to Manchester.  This flight will carry on to Houston, creating a new Manchester – Houston […]

Bits: Hilton sale reminder, £1240 Garuda to Singapore, £25 Airbnb sign-up bonus

News in brief: Hilton Summer Sale enters its final stretch The Hilton sale has been running for so long you may have forgotten it was still on!  It is now entering its final stretch so you may want to take a look if you have […]

New Virgin routes – Manchester to New York, Heathrow to Seattle – plus Delta starts Portland

Virgin Atlantic announced two new routes on Tuesday and the move to Delta of two others. This is part of what is becoming an annual rejig of its US network alongside its 49% shareholder Delta.  As far as I can tell, none of the non-US routes (eg […]

Bits: new Avios / Avis promo, South America bargains, flights to St Helena launched

News in brief: New British Airways / Avis promotion Until 30th June, you will earn 750 bonus Avios points when you rent a car for 2+ days from Avis. This is on top of the standard minimum earning rate of 500 Avios per rental, meaning […]

LAST CHANCE: Alitalia status match ends in two days – get status with 26 airlines!

Time is running out to take advantage of the Alitalia status match.  This will get you status with all 20 airlines in the SkyTeam alliance PLUS the 6 members of Etihad Airways Partners.  That is 26 airlines in total!  Alitalia is currently offering a status […]

Alitalia now using Etihad lounge in T4 – get free status with your BA Silver or Gold card!

Etihad took pseudo control of struggling Italian flag carrier Alitalia earlier this year. If you need to fly to Italy on a regular basis, the good news is that from 1st December you can now use the Etihad lounge in Heathrow Terminal 4. I reviewed the […]

Alitalia still offering SkyTeam status match to BA Silver and Gold

(EDIT:  This offer has now been extended until 31st January 2016) Given that it is two months since I first mentioned this, it is worth a reminder.  Alitalia is currently offering a status match to British Airways Executive Club Gold members as well as other […]

Delta to launch Edinburgh to New York and Heathrow to Salt Lake City (redeem via Virgin)

Delta Air Lines, the US airline which is a 49% shareholder in Virgin Atlantic, has announced two new routes from the UK for 2016. Delta is a member of the SkyTeam alliance, which would usually mean crediting their flights to their own SkyMiles programme or KLM’s […]

Bits: Tesco grocery code, sale, Delta reward sale, £10 Bentalls / Amex deal

It’s time for a clear out of my inbox now that I am back in the UK! Tesco Grocery code still running Reader Robert emailed to remind me that there is a functioning Tesco Grocery code out there with a surprisingly long expiry date. Code […]

UPDATE: Alitalia / SkyTeam status match now ‘officially’ on their website

Yesterday I wrote about the status match that Alitalia appeared to be offering to British Airways Executive Club status members. When I wrote that article, it wasn’t clear if this was a ‘formal’ status match programme or if Alitalia had unofficially decided to start accepting […]

Alitalia offering a status match (SkyTeam) to British Airways Gold card holders

Alitalia is currently offering a status match to British Airways Executive Club Gold members as well as other top-tier status holders with other airlines. Full details can be found on the Alitalia website here. This is, presumably, part of the relaunch of the airline under […]

Virgin Atlantic and Delta open their own bar at the O2 Arena

There is clearly a super-hot salesman at the O2 Arena in Greenwich who knows exactly what to say to make the big travel companies sign on the dotted line! First we had the American Express Invites lounge at the O2.  This is a private bar […]

£1,100 business class fares ex-Scandinavia across all alliances to US West Coast

Just after Christmas I wrote about some of the excellent deals available in the British Airways sale in Club World if you were willing to start your trip in Dublin.  Prices are (they are still bookable) as low as £1,100 return to Hawaii. Something odd is […]

Delta allowing one-way Virgin Atlantic redemptions – with no taxes ex-US!

US airline Delta, 49% shareholder in Virgin Atlantic, gave its Delta SkyMiles reward scheme a major shake-up on January 1st.  I won’t go into the details because it isn’t of much interest to flyers in the UK, but the one upside (against many downsides) from […]