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Earn Double Miles on Six Airlines With Hilton — and Up to Triple Miles in Select Regions

You can earn up to triple miles in your choice of the frequent flier loyalty programs of six airlines when you stay at participating hotel and resort properties of brands within the Hilton portfolio — but you must register for the promotion of your choice prior to checking out of your stay within the promotion period of each offer.

The six airlines and frequent flier loyalty programs are…

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Free Wi-Fi on Select Flights Operated by All Nippon Airways From New York or Chicago to Tokyo

You can enjoy free Wi-Fi on select flights operated by All Nippon Airways from New York or Chicago to Tokyo through Friday, March 31, 2017 at 11:59 in the evening Pacific Daylight Time when you purchase a ticket in either the first class, business class or premium economy class cabins on airplanes operated by All Nippon Airways on specific flights to Haneda Airport — originating from either New York or Chicago; or originating in any other city in the United States with routing via New York or Chicago — from Sunday, October 30, 2016 through Friday, March 31, 2017, when all flight activity must be completed.

You are considered an eligible customer if…

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Earn Up to Triple Miles With Hilton And All Nippon Airways to Celebrate “Experience More”

In celebration of the announcement of the new Experience More global partnership between Hilton Worldwide and All Nippon Airways, you can earn up to triple All Nippon Airways Mileage Club frequent flier loyalty program miles at any of 18 participating hotel and resort properties within the Hilton portfolio in Japan or Hawaii through August 31, 2015; or earn double Mileage Club miles when you stay at any participating hotel and resort properties around the world.

To participate in this promotion and earn up to triple miles, you must follow these steps…

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Second Checked Bag No Longer Free in Transpacific Flights in Economy Class on All Nippon Airways and United Airlines

All Nippon Airways has reportedly sent a notice to its customers via e-mail message that the baggage allowance for economy class passengers will be reduced on flights effective as of June 1, 2013, supposedly becoming the first commercial airline based in Asia to do so. The first piece of checked luggage for passengers assigned to seats in the economy class cabin will still be included free of charge. However, the second checked bag — currently also included free of charge — will now cost…

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After $600 Million, Will the Dreamliner Finally Fly Again?

The good news for the “Dreamliner” — the nickname for the Boeing 787 aircraft, which has had its share of problems and sure could use whatever good news it can get —is that a key document known as a Project Standard of Compliance may be approved by regulators in the United States, resulting in possibly paving the way to get the beleaguered aircraft back in service as soon as within the next couple of months. Unfortunately, the “Dreamliner” has been a financial nightmare, as…

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Boeing 787 Fleets Removed From Service by All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines

Six incidents within fewer than two weeks prompted both All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines to remove their entire fleets of Boeing 787 “Dreamliner” aircraft from service until further notice. In the latest of numerous incidents since the Boeing 787 aircraft entered commercial service, a domestic flight in Japan operated by All Nippon Airways — which operates a fleet of 17 “Dreamliner” airplanes — was forced into an emergency landing in Takamatsu on the Japanese island of Shikoku after smoke was reportedly indicated in the cabin. All 129 passengers and eight flight crew members evacuated using inflatable emergency slides. The source of the smoke was attributed to a problem with a battery. Among other reported incidents involving the Boeing 787 “Dreamliner” aircraft include but are not limited to…

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Earn 100 Free ANA Mileage Club Miles

You can Get 100 miles for answering the online survey added to your All Nippon Airways — or ANA – Mileage Club frequent flier loyalty program account. The survey…

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Female-Only Lavatories on ANA International Flights? Well Shut My Lid!!!

While the announcement of ANA to launch female only lavatories on international flights is certainly news in and of itself, it does not necessarily mean that men cannot use the lavatories themselves — they can, but only when:

  • Required for safety reasons, just prior to the seat belt sign being turned on during take-off and landing.
  • A passenger is not feeling well and a personal emergency requires such use.
  • There are very few female passengers and the women-only designation has been lifted for the flight.
  • An in-flight announcement will be made in such cases.

All Nippon Airways claims to be implementing this policy based on customer feedback. However, some FlyerTalk members complain that this is discrimination. Are they correct?

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Reduced award availability on partner airlines

In the United Airlines Mileage Plus forum there is frequent discussion on the reduced availability for awards flying on partner airlines, relative to using some other Star Alliance frequent flyer miles.  A sample of recent threads includes Air New Zealand (UA filtering NZ), Asian airlines (UA filtering NH, OZ, SQ and TG), Lufthansa (UA being stingy with LH), general (UA gets tough on manual sell for award seats), and I hate the ANA tool.  A simple search on “Starnet” brings up many more threads.

For those unfamiliar with the ANA tool, anyone can sign up to the ANA program and search for awards on all Star Alliance airlines (except Swiss) online.

This is not something as simple as a blackout for a short period, or the oft-discussed situation whereby Qantas releases awards 355 days before departure but AAdvantage can only access them 330 days prior (thus many prime awards have already gone).

Do other frequent flyer programs have a similar issue of reduced availability on partner airlines? 

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