Non Alliance Airlines

Virgin America First Class Upgrade Strategy



Hey, It’s been a while since my last post, sorry about the delay. I’ve been busy with work travel and holiday travel, but I’m eager to share one of my favorite flying strategies today. As some of you know, I’m an Alaska MVP Gold 75K member, which is Alaska’s top status. After the Virgin America (VX) acquisition, Alaska has slowly…
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A Beginner’s Guide to Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan (2017.5 Update: Added Finnair (AY) As A New Partner)



2017.05.22 Update: Alaska Air added Finnair (AY) as a new partner (official announcement)! You can already earn AS miles on Finnair, but redeeming miles on Finnair is not yet available. Award travel on Finnair is coming this fall. Introduction Alaska Airlines is a US-based airline based in Seattle serving over a hundred destinations in North America. Most of my domestic travel is in…
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A Beginner’s Guide to Southwest Airlines (WN) Rapid Rewards Miles



0. Introduction Do you do a lot of domestic travel? If so, this guide may interest you! Southwest Airlines is the world’s largest low-cost carrier, serving over 101 destinations within the continental U.S., Central America, and the Caribbean. They have a generous rewards program (Rapid Rewards), where you can redeem points for free travel. Even for you avid international travelers, there are…
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A Beginner’s Guide to Etihad Airways (EY) Etihad Guest Miles

Apart from Star Alliance, OneWorld and SkyTeam members, there are some airlines out there that refuse to be a member of any airline alliance. Although often ignored for some reason, these airlines usually run well, and establish good partnership with other airlines. Some even have partners throughout three major alliances. From this perspective, we should not ignore these hub airlines…
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