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Could Transaero Imperial Class Awards Finally Become a Reality? Aeroflot Buys Them for One Ruble

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Sep 01 2015

Russian carrier Transaero is being acquired by Aeroflot for just one ruble (and assumption of debt).

This is especially interesting because Transaero has one of the most elusive first class products in the sky. And if they joined Aeroflot in Skyteam we’d be able to use Korean Air miles (transferred from Chase or Amex) or Flying Blue points (transferred from Amex or Citi) to book the seats finally!

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Get that Airline Record Locator Right Away. And Use the ‘Correct’ Phonetic Spelling, Darn It!

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Sep 01 2015

It’s very important to get record locators from phone agents as soon as a reservation is created. You could get kicked off of a phone call and it would be difficult to retrieve the reservation.

When reading the confirmation to you, you’ll often use a phonetic alphabet, words that stand for letters. And agents make up the darndest words…

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Starwood Transfers to Korean Post on Overnight Sunday/Monday Morning

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Aug 31 2015

Two weeks ago Starwood Preferred Guest added Korean Air as a transfer partner. That’s fantastic because Korean has some of the best redemptions in first class (amazing availability), to Hawaii (cheap awards on Alaska, Delta, and Hawaiian), and for business class to Europe (40,000 miles each way with fuel surcharges).

I tested a one point transfer from Starwood to Korean (no minimum transfer is a benefit of being a Starwood Platinum): a Wednesday afternoon transfer appeared the following Sunday night/Monday morning.

That same Monday when I found the points in my account I made another points transfer, looking for another data point for when points would post.

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Citibank is Holding a Concert in LA — That Only American AAdvantage Cardmembers Can Attend

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Aug 31 2015

Various frequent flyer programs, and also banks, promote the ability to get VIP tickets to shows or access to experiences that would otherwise be beyond reach. Most people don’t take advantage of them, but I really like that they offer ‘life experiences’ — the ability to leverage the relationships of a big company to gain access to things you probably couldn’t do on your own.

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Don’t Make This One Mistake Now That US Airways Website No Longer Books Flights

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Aug 31 2015

You can no longer search flights at USAirways.com. Instead, when you enter search information you get redirected to the AA.com website.

Now, American and US Airways flights become one on October 17. From that date onward there will only be American Airlines flights.

For travel through October 16, though, customers have been advised that they are better off booking US Airways flights directly. That’s especially true for elites — if you book an American codeshare for a US Airways flight, you cannot upgrade until check-in.

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