Qantas Allows Elite Status Freezes, American Improves Award Ticket Rules, Ryanair Adding Interline...


Happy Friday! The news continues to pour in this week from around the travel world and again, for a change, it's almost all positive. Who doesn't like good news?! Here are the most interesting developments of the day...

Qantas + Virgin Australia Allow Frequent Flyers To Freeze Elite Status For Leave...

I hear it all the time " I used to travel more". Travelers work so hard to earn status and sometimes circumstances in life change. Qantas is allowing those who take six months or more of paid leave to raise a child the ability to freeze their elite frequent flyer status while they tend to maternal or paternal issues. This is a very friendly and very fair way to reward loyalty despite changing circumstances. 

American Improves Award Routings To Asia, Allowing India For No Additional Miles...

Great news for those hoping to use American Airlines miles. One of the best ways to use American Airlines miles is on their partner Cathay Pacific, with direct flights from the US or Europe to Hong Kong. Now, for no additional miles you can stopover in Hong Kong and continue on to India, adding value to Asia redemptions. Good stuff!

Ryanair Interested In Interlining, I'll Explain What That Means...

Interline agreements are essentially feeder agreements, where airlines pay money to certain other airlines in exchange for the ability to check passengers bags through to their next flight and sell onward travel. Basically, you could fly Ryanair from a place where a major airline isn't, and with the agreement your bags would automatically be checked onto the next flight. The airline is presently pursuing AerLingus, which would then presumably open up interest with British Airways as well...