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    by Published on 3rd February 2014 11:08 AM     Number of Views: 208 
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    3. Hotel Loyalty Programs

    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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    Sprucegoose

    Re: Qantas Biz Class on 747 vs. Premium Economy on A380? (LAX>SYD ; MEL>LAX)

    I would say the 380 is a quieter and 'smoother' aircraft, however I always have a soft spot for the queen of the skies.

    Sprucegoose Today, 07:28 PM Go to last post
    Aussie_flyer

    Re: Qantas Domestic Business Class meals

    Looks very stingy imo. Things have gone very downhill since the initial introduction of 'international ' style catering on transcon.

    Aussie_flyer Today, 07:20 PM Go to last post
    BAM1748

    Re: Poolside resort within cooee of LAX?

    My next visit I'm thinking of trying San Clemente. Although car is obviously best being for LA it does have a Metrolink stop and Amtrak Surfliners stop there as well right at the pier.

    ...

    BAM1748 Today, 07:20 PM Go to last post
    RooFlyer

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

    mumbles ... flary<yes>mognr, etc, etc




    Begorrah!

    RooFlyer Today, 07:18 PM Go to last post
    kpc

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

    Posted and TF to my QF account:)

    kpc Today, 07:16 PM Go to last post
    ketsuzei

    Re: Not even 31 Dec-my QP actual renewal date-

    Maybe they did your membership in some variant of dog years.

    ketsuzei Today, 07:13 PM Go to last post
    drpurpleturtle

    Re: Final flights for the B767

    As quoted from a fellow Sydney Airport Forum member (post 156):
    "At this point in time VH-OGL will have the honours of final service!"

    QF 767-300ER Retirement Plan - Page 16 - Sydney Airport...

    drpurpleturtle Today, 07:13 PM Go to last post
    Blackswan

    Re: Qantas Domestic Business Class meals

    Nope they've been stingy on MEL-PER with dessert for some time now. Everytime I mention it to the crew, they say it's because of the short flying time - and they don't have time to prepare anything...

    Blackswan Today, 07:12 PM Go to last post
    serfty

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

    Steady, Some things are better left private ...

    serfty Today, 07:08 PM Go to last post
    QF WP

    Re: QF Loyalty, earn X pts+ in Dec & get Y bonus pts offer

    :o. That seems a little poor that they didn't advise you of the delay in fulfilling the order

    QF WP Today, 07:00 PM Go to last post
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