Give us five minutes, we’ll give you the world, at least in travel news. Coming at you live from London where we’re posted up this week, we’ve got changes to Delta’s “premium economy”, an opportunity to stack some major miles and a great new transfer partner to turn your credit card purchases into free stuff!
Chase Adds Air France + KLM “Flying Blue” As Transfer Partner
I’m a fan of the Air France/KLM flying blue program, which offer discounts in the amount of miles you need for certain flights each month, while also maintaining a reasonable chart for seats using miles. Chase just announced that Flying Blue is officially a transfer partner, meaning you can now transfer your Amex Membership Rewards Points, Citi Thank You Points AND Chase Ultimate Rewards points into the program. This means that earning Air France/KLM miles has never been easier. Exciting news.
British Airways Double Avios Promotion
OneWorld, the airline alliance mainly comprised of British Airways, American, Iberia, Finnair, Cathay Pacific, Qatar and Japan Airlines have been extremely aggressive with their mileage promotions across the Atlantic. American is offering 25,000 miles per round trip in business, less miles in coach and anyone is eligible to register, whichever of those airlines you’re flying on. British Airways has now jumped into the game, with an offer of their own for double miles in every cabin on all flights from the US to Europe or vice versa through to July 31st. Register HERE. For those interested, Iberia is running a targeted 25,000 mile offer you needed to receive directly and Finnair has yet another 25,000 offer you do not need to be targeted for HERE.
Delta Economy + Changes
For those that don’t know, if you curtain off a cabin it counts as a premium cabin. This matters because airlines and passengers are taxed differently for each premium cabin. Delta has walked a very fine line, offering economy + as a separate booking class, while avoiding the curtain. They’ve now continued down the tight rope, making Economy + a separate booking class from economy, requiring a different amount of money or miles to book than regular economy. So yes, if you want to book Economy + you can “upgrade” to it, book it directly as a separate fare or use more miles to book it. Frankly, the legroom is a plus but if it’s not a particularly long flight it’s hardly worth whatever they’re asking for it.