Lots of 5k miles deals on Alaska & Virgin (one-way), Seaborne Airlines and AAdvantage, Alaska restricts redemptions on Cathay and Japan Airlines, Norwegian takes over the world (again!) and launches Buenos Aires

Posted on February 14, 2018 by in Lufthansa Miles and More

– Alaska Airlines has put on flash sale that is worth your time

These deals generally work just one-way. Select your city first.

There are a good number of 5k miles deals from Dallas, Oakland or Seattle.

– did you know you can use Seaborne Airlines as part of an AAdvantage award (as well as earn miles)?

Earn and redeem AAdvantage® miles for travel on Seaborne between San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU) and:

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (SDQ)
Dominica (DOM)
Tortola, British Virgin Islands (EIS)
St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands (STT)
St. Croix, US Virgin Islands (STX)
Anguilla, Anguilla (AXA)
Between St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands (STT) and St. Croix, US Virgin Islands (STX)

– Alaska Airlines is restricting redemptions of miles on Japan Airlines and Cathay Pacific
in the last 72 hours before departure

The airline did not comment on the reasoning behind it but both Japan and Cathay seem to have trouble ticketing immediately and the availability feeds that Alaska gets often show phantom availability. It may also be an anti fraud measure as the short lead in time make it harder to run their fraud checks.

– Norwegian literally wants to take over the world and outlined their growth plans at a recent investor conference

Norwegian (DY, Oslo Gardermoen) will deploy up to eight A321neo(LR)s to its London Gatwick hub with effect from 2020. According to Reuters, airline chief executive Bjorn Kjos told a media gathering ahead of its FY2017 results presentation that the narrowbody jets would be used to develop thinner US East Coast and Midwestern cities such as Detroit Metropolitan, Minneapolis/St. Paul, and Philadelphia Int’l. Norwegian will also consider routes to the Middle East using the A321neo.

Turning to other growth plans for its Gatwick hub, Kjos said Norwegian had been courted by unspecified South American states to develop routes there.

“We’re being invited to set up long-haul routes into (South American) countries and domestic operations into the same countries, like a copycat of what we are doing in Argentina,” he said.

– Norwegian also launched their London to Buenos Aires flight today but tickets are rather expensive at $300+ one-way

About the author: Torsten is a serial entrepreneur who started almost a dozen ventures on four continents. Torsten's love for travel has brought him to 130+ countries and travel with most of the world's airlines. You can reach Torsten at [email protected]

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