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: Hertz becomes first non-airline SkyTeam member, crazy Avios US surcharges, the Marriott daily play game

News in brief: Hertz to become the first non-airline member of SkyTeam This is, I think, a world exclusive!  I was with Caroline Simmerman, the Hertz Europe partnerships director, at a reception in Amsterdam last night and she told our group that Hertz has just […]

Bits: see O2 tennis with Emirates or Amex, Delta increases Heathrow services, Caledonian Sleeper upgrade delayed

News in brief: See ATP tennis at the O2 with Emirates miles or Amex Membership Rewards points Emirates Skywards is currently offering standard and VIP tickets to the Nitto ATP tennis tournament at the O2 in November. The tournament runs from the 11th – 18th […]

Bits: good London to Oz £1850 fare, new Marriott promo underway, South Africa scraps its crazy kids visa rule

News in brief: Garuda Indonesia selling £1850 Sydney and Perth fares from London Garuda Indonesia is currently selling an excellent £1850 Business Class deal from London Heathrow to Australia (Sydney or Perth) for January to July 2019. The earliest travel date I can find outbound is […]

Bits: Curve ATM withdrawal success, win Virgin miles with Hertz, Etihad partners with SkyTeam’s Air Europa

News in brief: Curve ATM withdrawal success Here is a quick update on our story last week that Curve Card is now coding ATM withdrawals in a way which allows your credit card issuer to spot them.  You can read about that here. The coding changes […]

Bits: Good KLM / Air France business sale from the UK, Iguazu flights, Cobalt launches loyalty scheme

News in brief: Air France and KLM launch strong Business Class sale from the UK Air France (via Paris) and KLM (via Amsterdam) have jointly launched a good UK sale.  Deals are available across Economy, Premium Economy (Air France) and Business Class – I am […]

Bits: 10% off Virgin Flight & Hotel, Marriott Platinum Challenge, Garuda suspends Heathrow

News in brief: 10% off Virgin Atlantic ‘flight and hotel’ packages until Monday night Virgin Atlantic is offering 10% off its ‘flight and hotel’ packages over the Bank Holiday Weekend. Full details are here. This is far less flexible than the BA Holidays service, because […]

How to earn SPG or Marriott points when you fly Delta, Emirates and China Eastern

One thing that is going to be lost when the merger of Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest completes is the ability to earn Starwood Preferred Guest hotel points when you fly three airlines. This is an underappreciated benefit of Starwood Preferred Guest.  Unfortunately, as […]

Join the ultimate frequent flyer MegaDo trip this October

MegaDo is a US group which organises what can best be described as ‘frequent flyer tours’.  It has just announced its first ever SkyTeam MegaDo which will take place in Europe this October. I have done two of these trips in the past and reported […]

Last chance for Business Class sale bargains with Air France, Etihad, South African and Virgin Atlantic

A number of airline Business Class sales are about to expire in the next few days.  We have put them all together in brief in this article – click through to the relevant sale pages for more details, a full list of destinations and to […]

Air France KLM buys 31% of Virgin Atlantic – and you will be able to redeem Flying Club miles on them

A complex merry-go-round of corporate activity was announced last night which will lead to …. well, it isn’t fully clear. You can find full details on the Virgin Atlantic website here. In the first transaction, Delta Air Lines and China Eastern Airlines have each agreed to buy […]

Virgin Atlantic increases the cost of Delta redemptions (and changes earning)

Virgin Atlantic has announced changes to the way that you will earn and spend Virgin Flying Club miles on Delta Air Lines from 1st September.  Details are here. Delta Air Lines acquired a 49% shareholding in Virgin Atlantic a couple of years ago.  Since then we […]

Bits: Iberia launches 50% ‘buy Avios’ bonus, Delta adding fuel surcharges to Virgin redemptions?

News in brief: Iberia launches a 50% ‘buy Avios’ bonus Last week we saw a 50% bonus if you bought Avios points via British Airways Executive Club, AerClub or avios.com. Iberia has launched its own 50% bonus Avios offer as you can see from this […]

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 […]

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