Did you know that Air France is one of the largest airlines in the world? It is part of the Air France – KLM group and was a founding member of the SkyTeam airline alliance. What is Flying Blue? Flying Blue is the loyalty program for Air France and KLM, as well as a handful of other airlines. I was reminded of this today and reminded of something else as well! We’ve only got a few more days until the offer to buy Flying Blue miles with a 100% bonus ends. This offer expires on September 25, 2017. That brings the standard price of 3.28 cents per mile down to 1.64 cents per mile.
Originally Posted in January 2017 – Updated with new data points in September 2017!
If you or someone you know has a Mexican passport or resident card, they might be leaving money on the table when they purchase airline tickets to/from/through Mexico.
When you purchase a plane ticket to Mexico, the fare has a tourism tax built in – similar to US customs and immigration fees. This fee goes toward the cost of immigration processing and the arrival / departure card required for foreign visitors. The fee is 500 Mexican Pesos, which is roughly $28 USD. (The fee increased from 390 pesos at some point in 2017). On your ticket receipt you may see this referred to as UK (the IATA code for this tax) or DNR (the Spanish abbreviation).
Here’s all the news that caught my eye this week – let me know in the comments if I missed something important or helped you find something new!
Airlines + Miles
Air Canada announced they plan to end their contract with Aimia, the company that runs Aeroplan, and launch their own in-house loyalty program in 2020. Many questions remain, including what happens to existing Aeroplan balances and whether the miles will be worth anything after the transition. Aimia’s stock dropped 57% after the announcement. [Toronto Star]
Alaska Airlines lounges now offer access to Virgin America passengers traveling on paid or award (not upgraded) first class tickets. [Travel Codex]
Alaska also announced that they will extend elite status for a year for Alaska Airlines and Virgin America elite members who take time off of work for a new child. [Skift]
Air India is launching nonstop service from New Delhi to Los Angeles, Dallas-Fort Worth, and Washington Dulles. [Travel Codex]
Delta has partnered with LSTN Sound Co. to offer sleek, socially conscious noise cancelling headphones in its Delta One suites this summer. [Runway Girl Network]
Flying Blue miles can get you from the US to Hawaii on Delta for just 15,000 miles one way. [Travel with Grant]
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is going to spend $38 million to create temporary bus gates in Terminal D while it works on a permanent airport expansion. [Travel Codex]
United is increasing its domestic presence out of SFO with more flights and bigger planes in response to Alaska’s expansion. [Travel Codex]
Good afternoon everyone, I hope your week is going well. A few nights ago, I was helping a friend find and book award tickets from the Bay Area to Kauai, Hawaii (LIH – Lihue, Hawaii). She is a teacher and wanted to travel over Spring Break next year. Her Spring Break is the first week of April and Easter is on April 1, 2018, so she wanted to leave right after Easter. I went to Google Flights to see what flight options were available but their flight calendar doesn’t show any flights past April 1, 2018 (if you are reading this post after May 8, then it should show you later dates).
Good morning everyone. It’s been a while since I last reported on AMEX Offers. The offers have just been so bad for the last few weeks that it wasn’t even worth mentioning. The streak has been broken with 2 pretty good travel offers. The first is from KLM, where you can get a $200 statement credit for spending $1,000 or more on KLM flights. The only cash back portal that has KLM is Ebates (they are offering 1% cash back for KLM flights). The second offer is from Hilton Garden Inn, where you can get a $40 statement credit after spending $200 or more. iConsumer is offering 3.2% cash back for Hilton Garden Inn. This offer is not valid at any other Hilton properties and the total stay charge must be higher than $200 to trigger the statement credit.