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Frequent travellers are sensitive to any issue around peace in the world as it is seen as basis to freedom. As such, it is not surprising that many Frequent Traveller Programs have started donation initiatives to support Ukraine by encouraging members to redeem their loyalty currency. While each such initiative is welcome, it is nevertheless a good idea to look at how your points are used. Unfortunately, many programs see such donations even in the current context primarily as mean to reduce their liabilities at a low cost – what is not really what Ukraine needs now. One of the best initiatives comes though from Ukrainian hotel chain Premier Hotels, which has launched its campaign “Visit Ukraine in Future”: Customers (not limited to members of their loyalty program Premier Club) are invited to purchase a non-refundable fare, which they can use for a hotel stay once Ukraine opens again for visitors. The reservation needs to be paid immediately and 50% of the money received are donated to a national military-medical clinical center. This initiative is in practice not available to Russians wishing to express their support by such gestures as a credit card payment is required, but other points-based initiatives certainly are.

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Coming across a promotion promising you 60% more miles for a car rental might not attire your full attention. But if this happens for one of the most rewarding base offer in the market, this should be a different story. That is the bonus Avis grants to British Airways’ Executive Club members for reservations at their special rate placed until April 30 for rentals between April 20 and June 30. To qualify for the offer, rentals must be at least for Group C cars and at least for three days. If you meet all these conditions, 8 miles per GBP spent await you, what easily translates into more than 2,000 miles for a 3-day rental.

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You can be forgiven if you don’t understand anymore what is going on in Italy. Alitalia’s successor ITA, a formal SkyTeam member, still doesn’t get its grips together and has not yet added any SkyTeam partner to its Volare program. But it was running a wide status match campaign including all major SkyTeam programs until they were told off by the alliance… In the meantime, Alitalia’s former program MilleMiglia is no longer operated by a company called Alitalia Loyalty, but by Italia Loyalty. And it keeps on adding – SkyTeam partners! Air Europa is the latest airline to join the program, though as accrual partner only. However, the website states that all airline partnerships run until June 30 only, with no indication what will happen afterwards. But recently MilleMiglia shared the “great news” that the validity of its program as such was extended until December 31, 2022.

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Even if Flying Blue‘s version is rather flexible, Air France KLM won’t win any innovation prize for the introduction of a family account as this in the meantime (almost) a standard in programs, at least outside of the Americas. In the version of Flying Blue, up to eight family members can now combine their miles. However, what deserves being mentioned with Flying Blue is their launch campaign with a nicely done video!

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The PR of the travel industry is full of optimism for the coming summer season, but reading between the lines (at the mileage level) sometimes shows a different picture. As such, Air Canada Vacations, the tour operator of Air Canada and a permanent Aeroplan partner, runs a large promotion covering the whole summer season. Booking a package anywhere to the Caribbean, Central America, Mexico or Hawaii (hence virtually to anywhere Canadians could have the idea to go!) by April 24 is sweetened with 2,500 bonus miles per person.