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  1. Morgan Johnston
    Morgan Johnston at |

    Well, when you so publicly get engaged to a younger mistress…

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    1. Seth Miller
      Seth Miller at |

      This was dying even before that dalliance. But, yes, having the concubine out and about certainly doesn’t help the situation.

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  2. Tom
    Tom at |

    Perhaps I’m misunderstanding but for AS Mileage Plan if you had your DL flight ticketed before today, you’ll get the miles you planned on no matter what the travel date….according to this: https://www.alaskaair.com/content/mileage-plan/how-to-earn-miles/airline-partners/delta-airlines.aspx

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  3. Seth Kaplan
    Seth Kaplan at |

    Great headline. Yeah, the only surprise is that it lasted as long as it did. HA, WS and KE are going to miss this fellow member of the “Group 4” SkyMiles caste of untouchable partner airlines.

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    1. Seth Miller
      Seth Miller at |

      And KE is looking to work its way up in the harem to a more favored position. I expect the JV announcement in H1 ’17.

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    2. Seth Kaplan
      Seth Kaplan at |

      Yup… I agree. KE’s issues are forcing it to finally do what has made sense forever.

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    3. Seth Miller
      Seth Miller at |

      Though, to be fair, Delta has been pretty demanding on what that partnership would look like and only with the slight liberalization of Haneda is finally being forced to concede that running its own hub in Asia is a terrible business plan.

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    4. Seth Kaplan
      Seth Kaplan at |

      Oh, absolutely… In this case as in others, DL hasn’t helped itself in terms of not knowing when to back off and let someone feel like they are making their own decision and not being bullied into something. I just mean that conceptually, DL has been correct that this would be good for both of them, and KE has been silly to be so dismissive.

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  4. Luke Fritz
    Luke Fritz at |

    Yeah, the writing was on the wall for this for years. Perhaps more impactful for travelers like me is the updated award redemption levels in the US, which look fantastic on first glance, but I’d love to see if it bears out in the future.

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    1. Seth Miller
      Seth Miller at |

      I’m writing about that now. I think the optimism should be tempered. Not all good nor all bad.

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  5. Nick Comegna
    Nick Comegna at |

    This is kind of a perfect solution since BA increased one way coach awards in North America. We can selectively use AS for short North America hops and BA avios for short hops in Europe and Asia.

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    1. Seth Miller
      Seth Miller at |

      Yes, though AS miles are not nearly as easy to come by from multiple sources as Avios are. But it does look like I need to build up a new version of my award calculator tools for the new MileagePlan rates.

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  6. Merging loyalty at Alaska Airlines and Virgin America: Phase 1 - Wandering Aramean

    […] Alaska Airlines is cutting award prices for many routes and increasing earning for premium cabin travel on many partners. The news comes as the company announced details about its loyalty integration with Virgin America and cuts to its partnership with Delta Air Lines. […]

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