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One-CZ-AT

After it was quiet around alliances for some time, some new developments have occurred in recent weeks. China Southern, one of the ten largest carriers worldwide, has announced they will leave the SkyTeam alliance, which will take place gradually during 2019. Instead, their partnership with American Airlines will be deepened, which ultimately might also lead to a China Southern membership in oneworld. Meanwhile, Royal Air Maroc has announced to join oneworld as its first African carrier (other than Comair) as of mid-2020, which will significantly enhance the coverage of the alliance especially in Western Africa. Thanks to that recruitment, oneworld will add not less than 21 (!) new countries to its map. Royal Air Maroc already has mutual Frequent Flyer partnerships in place with its future alliance partners Iberia and Qatar Airways. Whether Qatar, however, will still remain in oneworld until then is a different question, as the airline has more and more publicly questioned the value of the alliance for itself.

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SK

SAS’ EuroBonus program remains one of the easier options within Star Alliance with which to achieve Gold status. And now, you are even awarded lifetime Gold status after 10 consecutive years as Gold or Diamond member – no exceptions whatsoever apply. You should note though that you don’t qualify for lifetime status if you were given Gold status by a Diamond member as part of his or her benefit package. The former offer exclusive to customers aged 60 or above (lifetime status after 10 not necessarily consecutive years at Gold level) remains valid as well. Other interesting news: Up to eight members can now combine their points completely free of charge – no need to be of the same family or live at the same address.

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SU

State-owned Russian airline Aeroflot adapts its behaviour more and more to the authoritarian tendencies of the Russian system.  While Social Media could be commonly seen as a playground for personal freedom of expression, this view is not at all shared by Aeroflot. Aeroflot has emphasized that they reserve the right to delete accounts in its Frequent Flyer Program Bonus at any time should one share too a critical opinion about the airline. This has actually happened to a Russian journalist, who was even an elite status member of their program. . Even if Aeroflot’s service can usually certainly be considered among the best ones in the European market, it can always happen that something goes wrong or you may have your own opinion about the attractiveness of Bonus, which often seems to pursue the logic of preventing members as much as possible from using their miles through some unusual restrictions. So, if you wish to share such opinions within the parallel universe of Social Media, you should ensure upfront that you have nothing to lose in the Bonus universe, just in case you should suddenly become the target of the ire of the Russian bear.

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AZ-EZY

The biggest miracle of 2018 is probably the fact that Alitalia is still around. But Alitalia – or Etihad, which still controls the majority of the MilleMiglia program – does apparently still make some efforts to turn away its the remaining frequent flyers: On January 01, the last real valuable area in the program will be closed: the comparatively cheap award flights in Business Class on Alitalia long haul flights. Those award prices will then be nearly doubled – but these new higher prices will remain valid until January 31 only. Nobody knows what will happen afterwards. But the destiny of MilleMiglia might take an unexpected new turn: easyJet, probably the last remaining serious candidate for a take-over of Alitalia, has announced they want to launch a Frequent Flyer Program – so, as the new owner, they would not necessarily administer any mercy to MilleMiglia as first action. It might therefore be a safer strategy for an Italian frequent flyer to put their bets on Air Italy/Qatar Airways

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HA-AM

The new year might also be an opportunity to leave old things behind and to discover something new – including with Frequent Flyer Programs. Two programs, which one might not necessarily take into account in ordinary times, are particularly well suited for that thanks to current hotel promotions: For stays in participating Hyatt hotels in Hawaii, one receives 5,000 miles in the program of Hawaiian Airlines, HawaiianMiles. This offer is valid for reservations until December 31 and stays until March 31. Members of the Aeromexico program Club Premier receive 6,000 points per stay in participating properties of Choice hotels worldwide, with the exception of Northern Europe and Japan. This offer, however, ends already on December 31. But both promotions are certainly worthwhile in any case if you wish to start 2019 not only with good intentions, but also with a reasonably filled mileage account!