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Compete for an upgrade; improved food, drinks; earn bonus miles

Compete for an upgrade

Air France is promoting its new business class cabins in Asia with the Upgrade Challenge, which allows passengers to battle each other and win an upgrade while waiting to board.

The event began at the Kansai International and Singapore Changi airports last year to celebrate the launch of the airline’s new cabins. Passengers waiting to board were invited to play the airline’s original mobile game “Cloud Slicer” against one another, with top scorers upgraded to business and premium economy classes.

The competition was extended to all Air France passengers flying from China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia or Japan through Feb. 28.

The top scorer for each month in Japan will be awarded with an upgrade on their next flight to Paris.

The upgrade must be used within the year and is only valid on the following four routes heading toward Charles de Gaulle Airport: AF275 departing from Narita, AF279 and AF293 from Haneda, and AF291 from Kansai.

Improved food, drinks

Scandinavian Airlines upgraded its SAS business services on long-haul flights on all Japan routes starting Jan. 28.

By providing more choices and personalized services in food and drinks, customers get to enjoy a proper dining experience in the sky.

“Customers will be able to experience the highest quality with SAS business’ upgraded service concept and interior design,” said Leif Nilsson, general manager of the Asia-Pacific region.

“We understand the importance of food and beverages to the customers, which is why we have decided to upgrade our services,” he added

The new service offers passengers a wider selection of appetizers and main courses. Food will also be served on trays with table cloths.

SAS is currently upgrading all cabins on long-haul flights on its seven current aircraft as well as new ones scheduled for completion this year.

Other long distance routes offered by SAS include New York, Washington, Chicago, San Fransisco, Houston, Beijing and Shanghai.

Earn bonus miles

United Airlines is offering premium cabin passengers the chance to earn up to 12,000 bonus miles on all flights by United Airlines, United Express and alliance partner ANA1.

Passengers have to be a member of UA’s mileage program “MileagePlus” to qualify for the bonus mile campaign, which will be available through Feb. 28.

Members with the status of Premium 1K and above can earn as much as 12,000 miles on long-haul flights and 1,000 on short-distance flights.

Premium Platinum, Gold and Silver members can earn up to 6,000 miles on long-haul and 500 on short-distance flights. Regular members can earn up to 3,000 miles on long-haul and 250 on shorter flights.

Flights must cover at least 3,000 miles or 4,800 km to qualify as long-distance flights.

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