$500 fines for smuggling an Apple, JetPrivilege adds AeroMexico, SmugMug acquires Flickr, JetBlue now codeshares with JetSuiteX

– should you be fined $500 for bringing an Apple (the fruit!) through customs undeclared? – Jet Airways’ JetPrivilege has signed up yet another partner to earn (and hopefully redeem as well in the future) iles on – Aeromexico – my favorite digital photo service SmugMug has acquired Flickr – the digital photography behemoth This […] Read on →

Courtyard by Marriott Bogota Airport Review

The Courtyard by Marriott Bogota Airport is one of the closest airport hotels in Bogota – you can see the runway just behind the hotel! The hotel is newly-built and, together with other hotels in the area, forms a rather upscale neighborhood near the airport. Check-in was friendly even though English was an issue but […] Read on →

Hyatt Regency DFW Dallas Review

For my one-night layover at Dallas DFW Airport, I was looking into the Hyatt Regency for its proximity to the terminals as well as its low rate of just 4,000 World of Hyatt points plus $55. The front desk management had sent me emails before my arrival and while I had not really expected a […] 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 →