Fantastic News: Citi Adds Star Alliance Member Turkish Airlines as Transfer Partner

Aug 20 2017

I’ve always liked Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles because they’ve been the most generous Star Allinace program over time offer status matches and the status lasts up to two years. In addition their award chart is downright cheap for many redemptions — whether using the Turkish Airlines award chart or the Star Alliance award chart.

What’s held me back from using the program much is that it isn’t a program for banking miles, and miles are hard to earn for US residents.

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air berlin topbonus Suspends Mileage Earning and Redemption. But Why?

Aug 20 2017

oneworld member air berlin is in bankruptcy and received a loan guarantee from the German government to keep operating. Its frequent flyer program topbonus is also a separate company, and if air berlin goes out of business (selling off pieces of the airline, a reasonably likely scenario) it too will lose its airline.

The topbonus program isn’t in bankruptcy. But it has announced a suspension of both mileage accrual and redemption.

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Aviation at a Standstill After First Lady of Zimbabwe Found Topless Model in Tryst With Her Sons

Aug 19 2017

The 52 year old wife of Zimbabwe’s strongman leader Robert Mugabe is ‘marooned’ in South Africa after allegedly beat a topless nightclub model with an extension cord after finding the woman with her two sons in a hotel.

Now South Africa has grounded Air Zimbabwe’s 3 routes out of Johannesburg, and Zimbabwe has seized a South African Airways plane in Harare — and is threatening to do the same to British Airways.

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Rocker Tommy Lee Joined Mile High Club on One Hour American Airlines Flight, Then They Lost His Luggage

Aug 19 2017

Tommy Lee of Mötley Crüe fame was formerly married to Heather Locklear and to Pamela Anderson. He’s currently dating comedienne Brittany Furlan — who was apparently once the most followed person on Vine.

They managed to spend part of the one hour Embraer E-175 flight joining the Mile High Club. And another passenger caught their lavatory exit on video.

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Citi ThankYou Premier 50k Signup Bonus Being Pulled, Act Now

Aug 19 2017

I like programs whose points transfer one-to-one to a variety of miles (Chase, American Express, Citibank, Starwood). That gives you the most flexibility, and bank proprietary programs that transfer to miles have also been the least likely to devalue.

My personal approach to diversification is to earn points across the different transferable points programs — I want my big balances in each of Chase, Citi, and American Express.

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