Bits ‘n Pieces for November 22, 2012

News and Notes from Around the Interweb:

  • Effective December 1, British Airways subsidiary OpenSkies will be a oneworld affiliate member opening up mileage earning and redemption and reciprocal benefits on that airline’s flights from Newark to Paris-Orly (and beginning March 1 New York JFK – Paris-Orly as well).

  • Rapid Travel Chai reports that Xiamen Airlines has joined Skyteam. Along with China Eastern and China Southern that positions the alliance strongly in China. Star has Air China (and soon Taiwan-based EVA Air and Shenzhen Airlines), oneworld has (Hong Kong-based) Cathay and Dragonair. The next major alliance ‘get’ would be Hainan Airlines.

  • One Mile at a Time notices that Hawaiian Airlines has updated their award chart for Virgin Atlantic again. Earlier in the week they posted a massive price increase. Now they’ve clarified that award pricing is from a region to the U.K. only. So multiple long-haul segments require multiple awards. Whereas flying business class to Australia used to run 140,000 miles form the U.S., it can now be as high as 320,000 miles. And all with no notice whatsoever which in my view is the worse offense.

Hope y’all in the U.S. are enjoying the four day weekend known as Thanksgiving! I’ve chosen to stick with my regular programming here at View from the Wing, recognizing that I try to appreciate and give thanks for all of life’s treasures each and every day.

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  1. If you’re going to mention EVA and Cathay for Star and oneworld, it seems like you should probably mention that SkyTeam also has Taiwan-based China Airlines.

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