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After Air France KLM’s Flying Blue and the Qantas Frequent Flyer, Accor has now turned towards Qatar Airways and its Privilege Club to launch yet another double dip partnership in its ALL loyalty program. “Cross Reward” is open to members worldwide and the mutual earning rates are comparable to those in place between ALL and Flying Blue. The big advantage is though for elite members as Gold members and above in both programs can get a fast track to the status in the other program after one flight or hotel stay. The number of status matches available under this partnership has though an annual cap. For instance, only 175 ALL top tier Diamond members can hope to get the top tier Platinum status in Privilege Club in the first year of the partnership, increasing to 350 in year 4. These matched statuses are valid for one year only and need thereafter to be renewed normally, but can’t be subject to another fast track through the partner program. ALL members can change their double dip partner once every 12 months only.

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If you have recently been in a long queue to access a Delta lounge, you can understand their drive to want to have less tier members in its SkyMiles program – although tier status would not automatically give you lounge access on domestic flights in the US, in line with the practice at other US programs. As such, tier qualification will become more difficult for US members, subject to the annual minimum threshold spend on Delta, unless you have a very high spend on a co-branded credit card. This threshold will be increased as of the Gold level (the Silver level doesn’t really provide any valuable benefits), by up to 5,000 USD for the top tier Diamond level, for which members now need to spend 20,000 USD on Delta, next to meeting the mileage/segment criterion. At the same time, the selection of Choice benefits for tier members is extended by some new interesting and valuable options, such as a statement credit on the co-branded credit card of up to 500 USD for top tier members.

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No clear announcement has yet been made, but Alaska Airlines has announced that a “simplified award chart” would be introduced in its Mileage Plan before the end of the year. This is obviously in line with any other alliance programs, but there is a fair risk that some of the sweet spots in the current individual award tables, like the low-priced awards on Cathay Pacific, will disappear as a result. It remains also to be seen how this will impact its non-oneworld partners. As award flights on many partners are currently still limited to flights to/from North America, this could theoretically represent an added value for international Mileage Plan members, especially as no changes to the generous accrual side are to be expected, but all depends obviously on the details, i.e. concrete award levels. For now, prepare for worse, but feel free to hope for anything better than the worst!

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In spring, we saw a generous promotion between the Executive Club and Avis, where members earned a 60% bonus (what equalled to 8 miles per GBP spent) on rentals of a  minimum of three days. But this October is even more rewarding: Earn 9 miles per GBP spent, without any minimum duration required. This offer is good for rentals reserved until the end of the month and completed by 15 December. Waiting for a better deal risks being in vain.

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With the hype around the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Qatar becoming more palpable each day and supporters might have a hard time to still find tickets to Doha at short notice, there are still countries, which feel fairly unconcerned about the event as their teams are not qualified. Take Kuwait as example. And so, Kuwait Airways’ Oasis Club is even in the luxury position to run a promotion for the whole duration of the World Cup and awards double miles on all flights between Kuwait City and Doha. For non-locals, the value of these miles might though be very limited as the program has still no airline partners.