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TK

While it is generally believed that Iberia was the first airline in continental Europe to launch an FFP back in 1992, this is apparently wrong – at least depending on which definition of continental Europe you apply. Turkish Airlines is claiming that it launched its FFP – although not yet called Miles&Smiles – 30 years ago, in 1989! But moving forward to 2019, we don’t really care about who was first anymore since Turkish Airlines is celebrating this anniversary now and, wherever you are based, you can benefit from that: Each month, flights between Istanbul and 30 destinations are promoted by 30% bonus miles and a 30% reduction for award flights and upgrades. The featured destinations for the promotion change each month, highlighting Turkish’s network size: 30 years ago, the airline would have run out of destinations for such a promotion in the second month…

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LH-LH

If less than one year after switching to a revenue-based mileage accrual system, Lufthansa is already changing the system again, the assumption is easily made that insufficient thoughts were put into the implementation: apparently the focus was on unilaterally copying Air France KLM. Effective immediately, Miles & More base members will receive 6 instead of 4 miles per Euro spent in Economy Class on Lufthansa long-haul flights. The change is, however, positioned as a promotion through December 31 for the time being. Typically, if such an important offer comes to the market as a long-lasting promotion, it is often transformed into a permanent program element later on (unless all the competitors regularly offering lower prices, such as Qatar Airways, Norwegian, Alitalia, Icelandair, Finnair etc., disappear from the market!). This offer is valid for all base members and a registration is not required – which underlines how far Lufthansa wants to reach with this offer.

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JL-HA

The market between Japan and Hawaii is not only a very high-volume market, but also a highly competitive and dynamic one. Local airline Hawaiian Airlines dumped its long-standing partner All Nippon last year in favour of a new partnership with Japan Airlines. All Nippon was not amused, to say the least, and is getting ready to launch their new Airbus 380 flagship solely in that market (cf. last month). But now the new partners Japan Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines have teamed up to promote the connectivity Hawaiian Airlines can provide to Japan Airlines customers as a result of their partnership: until 28 February, if you fly on Japan Airlines to Hawaii and connect within five days to an inter-island flight on Hawaiian Airlines, JAL Mileage Bank members can enter a prize draw for 10,000 miles – which is not a bad reward given the short distances of these flights. And the odds for winning are rather good: 1 out of 2 members wins. Aloha 10,000 miles?

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BJ

Okay, not everybody flies frequently to Tunisia. Low cost carrier Nouvelair understands that and reflects that pretty well with its new revenue-based jasmin program, where a strong focus has been put on the utility of the currency, within the limitations of what such a small airline can offer, of course. The combination of a generous family account (100% accrual for all family members), no points expiry for members with an activity every 24 months and the flexible use of low amounts of points, either for cash & points award flights or for the payment of ancillary services, indeed makes the program useful for occasional travellers as well. But if you do happen to be a regular traveller to Tunisia, Nouvelair has also thought of you with a rather decent 2-level tier program. jasmin certainly does help Nouvelair to stand out from the local Tunisian competitor, and it’s also a nice new reference program in the low cost space in general. The program is applicable to scheduled flights only.

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AV-Thr

Many clients use the LifeMiles program of Star Alliance member Avianca especially for the cheap purchase of miles. But a current promotion with the program represents a potentially even more rewarding opportunity: Until the end of the year, one receives 2,500 miles for each car rental of at least one day with Thrifty at a special LifeMiles rate. This offer is valid for rentals at participating stations in the Americas and Europe. If you hence need a rental car anyway and are interested in miles of the LifeMiles program, this sounds like the winning combination for 2019!