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This Fee Would Have Been a New Form of Deception If It Were Implemented

With the introduction of a service fee of 1.3 percent if you used a credit card to purchase one of its new Economy Lite fares, Singapore Airlines was getting ready to engage in what could be considered a new form of deception — until a decision was reached to rescind its plans to charge that fee.

The reason why a credit card service fee would have been a new form of deception is because…

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Redeem 50 Percent Fewer KrisFlyer Miles For SilkAir Flights

Through Tuesday, July 11, 2017, you can enjoy a discount of 50 percent when you redeem your KrisFlyer miles at the official Internet web site of Singapore Airlines for Saver Awards in the business and economy class cabins of your choice of 53 flights operated by SilkAir between Saturday, July 1, 2017 and Tuesday, October 31, 2017.

To redeem your KrisFlyer miles for your choice of 53 flights operated by SilkAir…

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Breaking News: Singapore Airlines and Delta Air Lines End Partnership

As of 15 May 2010, Singapore Airlines and Delta Air Lines will no longer be frequent flier loyalty program partners.

More details and developments of this breaking news can be found in the following FlyerTalk threads:

What does this mean for — and how will this news affect — passengers of Delta Air Lines and Singapore Airlines?

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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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