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United Slashes Partner Earning Rates


With cuts coming left and right in the world of airline loyalty programs, I must admit I no longer wince in pain when a new devaluation announced. The question of devaluation is not if, but when and how much. United has finally published its 2015 partner earnings charts, set to take effect on 01 March 2015 when United begins conferring award miles based on fare paid ...

Major British Airways Executive Club Devaluation in Late April


British Airways has announced changes to how you earn and burn Avios effective 28 April 2015 and let's not kid ourselves -- this is a massive devaluation. Our one reprieve is that short-haul economy class redemptions will not go up in most circumstances. Read on to find about the changes.

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TOP SECRET Route from San Francisco to Seoul


A flyer on United noticed that his flight from San Francisco to Seoul was not exactly traveling in a logical direction, so he did what any savvy traveler would do in the age of onboard wi-fi: he tweeted United--

United responded:

To which he responded:


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Propositioned by a Taxi Driver or Genuine Bahraini Hospitality?


I am still replaying this occurrence in my mind and wondering exactly what happened, so perhaps it is best to get some feedback from you.

I arrived in Bahrain around 10pm and after a lengthy wait to obtain a visa (a total ripoff at $45 for an overnight transit visa) followed by a failed attempt to summon the shuttle from my hotel, I stepped out to the taxi rank.

A short Bahraini ...

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IAG Group Moves Closer to Aer Lingus Acquisition


IAG Group, parent company of British Airways and Iberia, has made its third offer to acquire Irish flag carrier Aer Lingus, this time at €2.50/share. Irish news sources are reporting the Aer Lingus board is "set to accept" the latest bid, but details remain unclear of what IAG would do with Aer Lingus under its wings.

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