100,000 American Express Platinum offer, KLM adds Freetown and Monrovia, Ethiopian adds Livingstone, Lufthansa strike, yet another Cathay Pacific emergency landing, Blue Sky details emerge

Posted on November 23, 2016 by in Travel Industry Flight Status

MightyTravels 2016-11-23 at 6.12.25 PM

a talented Reddit reader has found all those finicky American Express Incognito offers – but as a direct link – all you need to do is open it in INCOGNITO mode

There are a number of links none of us ever heard of but the 100,000 American Express Platinum card link is most impressive (go apply now, if you have never had the card before).


KLM is starting service to Freetown, Sierra Leone and Monrovia, Liberia in March 2017

Both destinations had seen a wave of cancellations during the Ebola epidemic and the recovery has been slow.

MightyTravels 2016-11-23 at 5.48.04 PM

MightyTravels 2016-11-23 at 5.47.31 PM
Air France has been flying steadfast though and redemptions are readily available on delta.com.


– no end in sight for the annoying Lufthansa pilot strike – apparently Thursday and Friday will see many cancellations as well


– Ethiopian is restarting service to Livingstone (LVI) Airport from Addis Abeba – a great alternative to connecting in Johannesburg


– a London to Hong Kong Cathay Pacific flight made an emergency landing in Novosibirsk yesterday after smoke alarms went off in the cargo hold

– more details from the joint venture between TUI and Etihad emerge – code name Blue Sky

The new holding company will be based in Austria, with Etihad holding a 25% stake and TUI taking a 24.8% stake. The remaining 50.2% share is expected to be held by an Austrian foundation to ensure Austrian majority ownership and maintain international traffic rights. The airline will operate aircraft from TUI Group’s TUIFly airline and FlyNiki, an Austrian subsidiary of airberlin, which is an Etihad Partner carrier.

The new leisure airline, which will need regulatory approval, expects to operate about 60 aircraft on point-to-point services in European tourist markets. The board met in Hannover, Germany, Nov. 23 and confirmed its intent to pursue the project, codenamed Blue Sky.