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The latest travel and aviation news:

This week Alaska Airlines dotted the Is and crossed the Ts on its oneworld membership, which means you can now earn and burn Avios and tier points on Alaska Airlines flights.

oneworld held a press conference to mark the event and this is what we learned about alliance developments.

We also have the 2022 peak and off-peak dates for Avios redemptions on British Airways and Aer Lingus.

We made a list of energy suppliers that let you top up your balance with an Amex card without incurring any fees.

Credit card news:

Don’t forget the astonishing 100,000 points sign-up bonus currently running on Amex Business Platinum and the 50,000 points bonus running on (free for a year) Amex Business Gold. Read more about the 100,000 Amex points bonus here (click).

Lots of readers have been asking what the differences are between the Business and personal Platinum cards – so Rob compares them.

The transfer rate from UK American Express Membership Rewards to Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer has dropped to 3:2, but it remains 1:1 on the International Dollar Card. We explain how to take advantage of this arbitrage.

British Airways news:

British Airways has launched a 50% ‘buy Avios’ bonus offer.

Alex Cruz has finally stepped down as chairman of British Airways, to make room for Sean Doyle who takes on the combined CEO and chair role.

BA Holidays has reduced the minimum deposit required to as low as £60 per person.

Six Senses Douro Valley

Hotel news:

A number of Six Senses hotels are finally bookable with IHG Rewards points – and some offer great value redemptions. Six Senses Douro Valley in Portugal is pictured above.

Domes adds a new Marriott Bonvoy redemption option in Corfu with a new family resort.

Don’t expect your hotel status to get extended to 2022 – here’s why.

You can earn status quickly with IHG Rewards ‘bonus points packages’ as Rob explains here.

Other interesting bits:

Rob takes a look at the bizarre story of the Gatwick Travelodge – soon to open as a Radisson Red (or will it? – the photo above shows a Moxy logo)

Nothing is stopping you taking an overnight holiday to Jersey from 26th April when the island reopens to tourism ….

Like JetBlue, Candian airline WestJet has also won a number of Heathrow slots and will be moving some of its flights there.

Here’s how to get Avis Preferred Plus status with your Priority Pass membership.

A look at the new Manchester Airport lounges due to open this summer.

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