December 18 Update: Air Italy launching Toronto-Milan flights, InterContinental Ambassador enhancements & Word of Hyatt changes for 2019

Air Italy (nee Meridiana) has announced that they will
start flying between Canada and Italy. The airline will fly between
Toronto and Milan starting on May 6th. The 4x weekly service will be
operated with an Airbus A330. The loyalty program for the airlines is
still Meridiana Club, whose currency is Avios (same as Iberia/BA)
however you cannot move the Avios in this program to/from the others
like you can between BA and Iberia. Toronto falls into their Zone/Area 7
for redemptions which requires 30,000 Avios one way for Economy or
60,000 Avios one way for Business Class. (Source Routesonline)

InterContinental Hotel’s Ambassador Elite program is
getting an update for 2019. This is the program that is separate from
IHG Rewards Club although one of the new benefits does tie the two
programs together. These are the changes to Ambassador and you’ll see
the connection is the automatic Platinum Status in IHG Rewards Club. Find out more here.

• Platinum Elite status in IHG® Rewards Club

• Up to USD20 restaurants & bars credit for every stay***

• Ambassador Benefits Guarantee to ensure you make the most out of every stay

• E-delivery of complimentary weekend night certificate


• One complimentary breakfast every night you stay

• 15% discount on restaurants and bars

World of Hyatt has also announced some further
changes to their program for 2019. If you hold WoH Globalist status you
are going to lose the lower re-qualification threshold of 55 nights
versus 60 nights if you didn’t have the status. Now all members will
have to complete 60 nights to qualify or re-qualify for Globalist
status. Then as of March 1st the program is adding Milestone Rewards to
the program that reward you sooner and more frequently based on
milestones you hit as you travel. Find out more here.

Here is a sampling of some those additional rewards being added:

American Airlines will be offering a summer seasonal
flight between Halifax and New York La Guardia in 2019. The flight will
only operate on Saturdays so award availability may not be so good!
(Source VFTW)

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