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Believe it or not, it’s been a great week for travelers. No one has devalued their miles, there haven’t been any sinister changes, and a few awesome things and “upgrades” have even happened in the process. Here’s everything you need to know in travel today…

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5,000 Free Icelandair Miles

Icelandair really wants you to join their free frequent flyer program. For 5,000 free miles, that might just be a good enough reason. Iceland has become the “hottest” winter destination and you can earn miles on partner airlines as well as Icelandair flights, so with this 5,000 mile top off, you could get yourself there for free without too much effort. Get your free miles HERE.

HT: ViewFromTheWing for the find!

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British AIiways Will Award Miles + Tier Points For Qatar “R” Fares…

Just over a week ago I mentioned that Qatar Airways had a tricky new fare, which did not earn any miles or status points on British Airways and many other airlines. I inquired with a few airlines who at the time said they had no intention of adding the fares. Well, that has changed. For bookings made after (sadly not before) April 30th, Qatar “R” discounted business class fares will earn both Avios (miles) and tier points (elite status). Chart HERE.

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Starwood Adds Virgin America As 1:1 Transfer Partner

Starwood and Virgin America have both been recently acquired, but that doesn’t mean they can’t offer some awesome partnership for the time being. Virgin America has one of the most incredible offerings for flights up front on Singapore, Emirates, Virgin Atlantic and more, and unlike most partners where you only get .5 Virgin America miles for every mile you transfer, these Starwood (SPG) points will transfer 1:1, allowing you to do crazy things like fly round trip business class from the US to Europe (vice versa) for 30,000 Starwood points. Coincidentally, you can buy up to 30,000 Starwood points until tomorrow for $787…

Gilbert Ott

Gilbert Ott is an ever curious traveler and one of the world's leading travel experts. His adventures take him all over the globe, often spanning over 200,000 miles a year and his travel exploits are regularly...

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