Imagine If You Could Redeem Your Airline Loyalty Points at Restaurants and Retailers Too

Posted by Kunal Shah on Thu, Aug 01, 2019

This article originally was published on Forbes.com.

Travel loyalty programs are undergoing an evolution of sorts. As Skift recently noted, loyalty partnerships between major travel suppliers, such as United-Marriott and American-Hilton (and most recently, Emirates-Marriott) have traditionally targeted members with elite status. However, Accor Hotels and Air France/KLM recently announced a different kind of loyalty offering: one that targets all the brands’ loyalty program members, not just the elite. While Accor and Air France/KLM already have a close financial relationship, with Accor mulling a stake in the air carrier last year, their new offering offers inspiration for other suppliers in considering forging similar partnerships and raises questions about what the future holds for loyalty programs, in general.


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Why National Airlines Aren't Economically Justifiable

Posted by Glenn Hollister on Tue, Dec 18, 2018

Last year, Qatar Airways, part of the Middle East 3 (ME3) airlines with Etihad Airways and Emirates Airlines and backed by the Qatari government, bought a 49% stake in Meridiana, Italy’s second-largest airline, and renamed it Air Italy. The purchase was a way to expand the airline’s footprint as Qatari planes now fly routes from Italy to the U.S. But when Air Italy announced that it was adding even more flights to the U.S. earlier this month, U.S. airlines and lawmakers cried foul, saying that Air Italy would not be able to add these routes without Qatar Airways’ financial backing, thus violating (if not technically then at least in spirit) an agreement signed by the ME3 last year vowing that the Gulf carriers would not add such routes.


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Sabre's Surprising Acquisition of Farelogix Puts It on Cutting Edge of Air Travel Sales

Posted by Glenn Hollister on Wed, Nov 28, 2018

This article originally was published on Nov. 20, 2018, on Forbes.com.

Given the history of animosity between the two companies, it was a surprise to many in the industry when news broke this month that travel technology company Sabre Corporation is acquiring software company Farelogix, a specialist in airline fares and pricing. One executive stated that, “You-know-what just froze over.” Indeed, Farelogix’s blog still contains posts, like this one, penned by Jim Davidson, the CEO of Farelogix, about his legal interactions with Sabre.


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Airplane Bathrooms Are Getting Even Smaller. Where Does the Squeeze End?

Posted by Marios Prokopiou on Thu, Oct 18, 2018

Frequent air travelers are used to dealing with headaches, from delays to crowded airports to feeling like sardines squeezed onto planes. That squeeze continues to tighten: A recent Wall Street Journal investigation proved that airplane bathrooms are getting even smaller.


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Don't Overlook Regional Airports' Importance

Posted by Glenn Hollister on Mon, Oct 15, 2018

This article originally was published on Oct. 8, 2018, on Forbes.com.

OAG has released its third-annual “Megahub” studies of international and United States airport connectivity. The studies calculate the number of unique online connections that a traveler can make at a given airport on the day of the year with the most flights at that airport. This year’s results are generally unsurprising, with London’s Heathrow retaining its ranking as the most connected airport in the world, followed by Chicago O’Hare, Frankfurt, Amsterdam and Toronto Pearson. Domestically, the most connected airport is O’Hare, followed by Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas-Fort Worth and Denver. 


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