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    by Published on 3rd February 2014 11:08 AM     Number of Views: 195 
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    Partnerships versus alliances, what does it mean for you as the frequent flying customer? One of the biggest changes in recent years has been the move away from the three main global alliances One World, Star and Skyteam, to partnerships between two airlines offering benefits to each others customers.

    Codeshares have been around a long time, and the term was pioneered by Qantas and American Airlines for their services in 1989. With codeshares while you may be booked on Airline Xs number, Airline Y is actually operating the flight. Now this arrangement can catch the traveller off guard when it comes to the frills or just the basics, such as luggage and lounge access. The Alliances often are a case of too many chefs in the kitchen that a new airline needs to work with, partnerships or a viritual network is easier to set up and sometimes more flexible. This is the route Virgin Australia has taken for their international expansion in the last few years.

    Our member Kolo decided to put this virtual network to the test, flying Singapore, Virgin Atlantic, Delta and Virgin Australia through Asia and the US as a Velocity Platinum member to see how it works.

    Partnerships between airlines are not the only thing changing with hotels now partnering up with airlines, with Delta and Starwood 6 months into a new partnership that even extends to the inflight bedware
    Theres plenty of room, Westin branded duvet and 2 pillows large and small. The AVOD screen is the largest Ive seen in Business, and possibly First.
    So how do the partnerships perform when things are normal, how is Kolo treated when things go pear shaped, what was the best lounge and who had the best flight crew?

    Follow the discussion HERE.

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    Pushka

    Re: Aquire 10K bonus for using a new partner and double flight points

    Oh, please don't. It passes the wait away.

    Pushka Today, 08:31 PM Go to last post
    cmon0005

    Re: The WP shadow

    Allocated our seats at T-80 to row 4 with myself (WP) aisle and wife (SG) window, when viewing seatmap using EF and wife's SG number it shows middle seat as blocked/shadow.. Hope it sticks now!
    ...

    cmon0005 Today, 08:29 PM Go to last post
    tsuris

    Re: QF selling more "extra legroom" Y seats - 80A/K,71D & Dom. Exit

    Going to be staying with a friend in Ipswich, would be interested in meeting anyone there abouts :) and a day or so in Sydney (time constraints but I take what I can get).

    tsuris Today, 08:21 PM Go to last post
    codash1099

    Re: Qantas flyers empty pockets of $30 million in loose change

    That's a bit cynical (although one might wonder whether QF get a tax deduction for the "donation" :mrgreen::confused::shock:;):rolleyes:)

    codash1099 Today, 08:08 PM Go to last post
    love_the_life

    Re: Misled re status credits earned on QF Emirates metal

    You could always visit CBR via MEL in J for a weekend!

    love_the_life Today, 08:04 PM Go to last post
    MarkD

    Re: VA/SQ massive Y pricing difference

    I found the opposite when I booked HKG flights recently. SQ were $170-$200 dearer than VA. Also the flexi was only $30-$50 more than the cheapo fare. Also check what class the SQ will book into as...

    MarkD Today, 08:03 PM Go to last post
    JessicaTam

    Re: QF selling more "extra legroom" Y seats - 80A/K,71D & Dom. Exit

    I am glad they have stuck. Be sure to catch up with the Qlders whilst you are in town.

    JessicaTam Today, 08:02 PM Go to last post
    Steady

    Re: Aquire 10K bonus for using a new partner and double flight points

    Too many hours in lounges today and the Grant Burge sparkling on my second last 767 in J - I have just settled into 2C SYD -DRW so I will unplug and stop the drivel now

    Steady Today, 08:01 PM Go to last post
    serfty

    Re: Misled re status credits earned on QF Emirates metal

    ... and so the chase begins ... 🙈🙉🙊

    serfty Today, 07:55 PM Go to last post
    Pushka

    Re: Aquire 10K bonus for using a new partner and double flight points

    You are very funny! Droll, I think is the appropriate word.

    Pushka Today, 07:47 PM Go to last post
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