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Monthly Archives for June 2004.
The standard media line is that Qantas has been taken to the shed over award availability by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, and the Commission has forced the airline to reform. Mr Samuel said talks with Qantas had resulted in action by the airline to review and improve disclosure about the limited availability of frequent flyer seats. The most notable improvement was an internet site allowing consumers to identify flights where frequent flyer seats were available. So the government has forced the airline to do what almost all major world airlines are doing, working to put award availability online. And Qantas’ willingness to do this is unlikely to be related to the cost savings it will see from reduced agent time spent on award bookings? Airlines worldwide are pushing consumers to their websites because…
Canadian shopping loyalty program Air Miles faces a newly intensified challenge from Air Canada as its Aeroplan program branches out into more partnerships in retail. This is hardly new for a frequent flyer program, many of its US and Asian counterparts have already recognized that their currencies are powerful incentives beyond distinguishing commdity airline seats, and the partnerships are profitable as airlines sell their points to retailers for a higher price than the cost of airline seat redemptions.As Air Canada reaches more consumers through non-aviation earning opportunities, look for them to offer more non-aviation redemption opportunities as well — just as Air Miles offers low point redemption for movie tickets, many US carriers offer miles for magazines, and United now partners with Sony to offer music downloads.
Last week Slate ran a five part series by Marisa Bowe who took advantage of the $61 roundtrip mistake fare to Iceland and met alot of Flyertalkers along the way. Here’s Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, and Part V. Bowe also shares the Iceland Tourist Board’s press release about the mistake fare. They offered free admission to the seven geothermal pools of Reykjavik to anyone presenting a $61 ticket.
I almost forgot about this deal, but a friend of mine was asking about great hotel rates for a two night stay in DC and I came up with this offer from the Mandarin Oriental: stay one night and get the second night free, through August 30th.That makes a two night stay run $175 per night, an outstanding deal for the newest luxury property in the District… considering that pre-paid internet rates can run as high as $299 at the rather blase’ Grand Hyatt.
It’s Sunday, and time for my semi-regular roundup of random stuff you can get for free. Free coffee sample from OneFreshCup Coffeesuite is offering free samples (see the section contact us on the main web page) Free coffee from Ospina ($1.50 shipping) Free massage lotion and oil Join Clairol for free samples Free brain stress toy Free jar of dill pickles Free Curel lotion Two-year subscription to Backpacker magazine Free sample of Ponds Age-Defying Cleansing Towlette Free Stork’s Choice Diapers ($2.99 shipping) Free Alhalabi Nuts sample Free sample of Thompson Beef Jerkey Free sample of Velvet Fudge With most things free, of course (fare glitches aside), you get what you pay for…
Hawaiian Airlines bankruptcy trustee was kicked off a Hawaiian flight by its pilot. A Hawaiian Airlines pilot asked bankruptcy trustee Josh Gotbaum to get off a plane preparing for takeoff Thursday, saying he was angry about Gotbaum’s policies and could not safely fly the Boeing 767-300 with the trustee aboard. Gotbaum agreed to leave rather than delay the takeoff, an airline spokesman said yesterday. “The pilot told him he wasn’t happy to have him on the flight,” said Hawaiian spokesman Keoni Wagner. “Rather than delay the flight by discussing it at that point, he decided to take another flight.” The pilot, Capt. Craig Kobayashi, said yesterday: “So many employees are so emotional about him after all of the things Gotbaum has done, such as freezing our pension plan.” I wouldn’t want to be a passenger…
The FTD offer for 30 United miles per dollar spent still works. It was originally marketed to United 1K members but works for anyone.
Save $25 on last minute deals and earn triple miles from Budget car rental.Update: As many readers know, Travelocity is selling the same packages as Site59. Alert reader Vito emails to point out that there’s a better offer than Travelocity’s $25 off — just go to Site59 and type MC59 into the Promotional Code field on the billing page during check out and use your MasterCard to purchase for $59 off. Offer valid through September 30, 2004. Thanks for the heads up!
Lending Tree is giving away 500,000 Continental miles. No purchase necessary. No warranty on your ability to use the miles except at the EasyPass level, however. 😉