Singapore Airlines and Virgin Australia are claiming a world first for frequent flyers, by allowing members of their respective KrisFlyer and Velocity Frequent Flyer loyalty programs to convert their miles and points from either program to the other.

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Delta Air Lines has announced long-expected changes to its SkyMiles loyalty program which will shift the earning of redeemable mileage points from the current model based on distance traveled to a new model based on ticket price. The change will become effective for travel on flights from January 1, 2015.

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Frontier Airlines will begin charging a fee for carry-on bags to passengers who buy discount tickets on the airline through all external booking channels, including third-party booking sites. This change will take effect this summer, according to Frontier Airlines, which says it will announce later this spring the start date for its new policy.

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Members of American Airlines’ AAdvantage frequent-flyer program can now book award travel via AA.com on Qantas Airways, a oneworld alliance carrier and joint business partner of American on transpacific routes.

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Members of both carriers’ frequent flyer programs will be able to earn and redeem loyalty points or miles for travel on either airline. Travelers will also be able to connect between the two carriers to points throughout the East Coast and Hawaii, with the signing of a new codeshare agreement.

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Hawaiian Airlines and the Virgin Australia group of airlines have launched a new agreement that allows V Australia to codeshare on Hawaiian Airlines’ flights between Sydney and Honolulu, and on Hawaiian’s connecting inter-island flights to Kahului, Lihue, Hilo and Kona.

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American Airlines has launched a frequent-flyer agreement with oneworld member-elect Kingfisher Airlines, allowing members of each airline’s loyalty program to earn and redeem miles on each other’s network.

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American Airlines and Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways are expanding their frequent-flyer-program agreement to offer passengers the opportunity to redeem frequent flyer miles on flights booked on each other’s networks.

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American Airlines and oneworld alliance member-elect Airberlin are expanding their current relationship by allowing customers to earn AAdvantage miles when flying to Germany and beyond on Airberlin.

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From June 1, JAL Mileage Bank members can earn mileage on all flights operated by China Eastern Airlines on Japan-China routes, as well as on Chinese domestic routes.

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Air China’s PhoenixMiles frequent flyers can now receive bonus frequent-flyer kilometers when they purchase tickets. Additionally, members now have the option to trade 1,000 kilometer-points for 30-yuan ticket coupons.

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