My Favorite Priority Pass Lounges around the world

Not so long ago, the mentioning of ‘Priority Pass’ struck fear in most travelers. It was generally a Russian-style affair with a few carrot snacks, dingy lighting and seating in a remote part of an airport. However, clever entrepreneurs have found ways to provide great lounges for the ~$20 Priority Pass offer per guest and […] Read on →

Chase now has three 100k IAG Avios earning cards!, China goes visa free (for Hainan visits), should airline lounges look like co-working spaces, Etihad and Emirates to get out of the subsidy jail

– Chase bankers have been pitching the IAG bosses last year and voila we now have three (almost identical) Chase cards for their TOP 3 airline brands Iberia, British Airways and Aer Lingus (all offering 50,000 points at sign up plus spend related bonuses) These cards have historically not been affected by the 5/24 rule […] Read on →

Tragic fatality aboard Southwest flight 1380, Hyatt Chase Offers, Marriott Platinum for free, Zimbabwe’s Sol Air already in trouble

– Tragic news from Southwest flight 1380 which made an emergency landing at Philadelphia airport One passengers sustained deadly injuries as result of the engine disintegration leading to shrapnel intrusion into the cabin and holes in the fuselage. Despite this sad event it seems this could have ended much worse. – the Chase Offers have […] Read on →

The Marriott Rewards and SPG merged program details

Marriott Rewards and SPG While it is as yet unnamed, it has been announced that the new single program that will unify Marriott Rewards, Ritz-Carlton Rewards, and Starwood Preferred Guest will be introduced in August, 2018. The announcement comes more than a year since Marriott acquired Starwood Hotels, and there are certainly more positives than negatives to the new program […] Read on →

Etihad and Hong Kong Airlines to start joint venture?, Air New Zealand get serious about Australia flights, Plenti shutting down

– Etihad is counting on Hong Kong Airlines as a major codeshare partner for flights form the US West Coast Hong Kong Airlines began Airbus A350 flights to Los Angeles December 2017 and launched service to San Francisco March 25, 2018. Etihad cut its service to San Francisco and reduced flight frequencies to Los Angeles […] Read on →

IHG is back with Accelerate promotion for Q2 2018, 10,000 EuroBonus for car rentals, Sri Lanka loosing ETOPS, Boracay will really close April 26, LAX gets a Centurion lounge!

– IHG is back with their new Accelerate offer for stays after April 30th (the current version is running right now) Every member gets their own personal offer. My offer is 47,300 points for 5 nights at two Holiday Inn Express. I usually get one cent or more for IHG Rewards Club redemptions so this […] Read on →

China Eastern Economy Review Bali (DPS) to Los Angeles (LAX) and T/G Lounge Review – or my adventures with the poor man’s Business Class continue

This was the return part of a trip that started last December, as I flew with China Eastern from Los Angeles to Bangkok. I did like my ‘outbound’ trip, especially considering the low price (really just $170 per direction, so $340 for the round-trip). I arrived at Bali‘s Denpasar Ngurah Rai International Airport 2.5 hours before the […] Read on →

BA to buy Norwegian?, 85,000 IHG points with the new chase Premier, Uber to add Getaround rentals and Jump bikes soon, Oman Air Business Class sale

– IAG (BA’s parent company) is preparing a ‘hostile takeover’ of Norwegian after acquiring a stake of almost 5% Norwegian has refused to sell the company early so far but has run into cash flow problems. IAG has been one of the company’s closest admirer and has been jealous to see a low-cost brand succeed […] Read on →

Etihad axes Perth and Edinburgh, AirBnB cutting fees?, Emirates new Business Class for the 777, United Polaris lounge to open and 25,000 miles LATAM credit card

– Etihad is further withering away non-profitable routes – this time Perth and Edinburgh are being cut – AirBnB is trialing a program to hide their fees (only hosts will pay) from consumers – even if it does not reduce fees hosts will more likely eat than fees than consumers – is this Emirates’ new […] Read on →

The Haven Bali Seminyak Review

The Haven Bali Seminyak appears on most OTAs (like Expedia and for around $50 a night most of the year. The hotel is located along Seminyak’s busiest road and just behind Double Six Beach – one of the best (and also one of the busiest) beaches along the western shore of Bali. I wasn’t […] Read on →