Island Hopper $393, Uzbekistan goes visa free (not), Qatar adds Amenity Kits in Economy, Chase Fairmont and Chase Ritz Carlton card changing, Delta adding more routes from Seattle and more news from RwandaAir and Spicejet
– if you have time in February and wanted to see the US Pacific Islands – take a look at this itinerary (bookable via Priceline), just $392 get you from New York all the way to China via the Pacific (One-Way)
Play with Priceline and ITA a bit – there might be a way to get a Round Trip pricing for a similar amount.
– unbeknownst to most of us Uzbekistan almost introduced visa-free travel
Last month it was announced that on 1 April 2017 Uzbekistan would introduce visa-free travel for all citizens of Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland and the UK, with citizens of Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Indonesia, Israel, Malaysia, Poland, Portugal, the USA or Vietnam (and China if travelling in a group) aged 55 or over enjoying the same privilege. Not so fast — the new rules are now not set to come into force until 1 January 2021.
The Uzbek visa is not a difficult visa but still adds $250 as an expenset o your trip.
– I personally think Amenity Kits are silly and a can’t remember I used one really – but Qatar is now introducing them in Economy – nice gesture for sure
– Chase is closing down the Fairmont Credit Card after Fairmont is now part of Accor (which may close down the Fairmont loyalty program)
– after Delta ditched partner Alaska it is even more bullish about this new hub
Delta is adding seven nonstop destinations from Seattle, making 2017 its fifth consecutive year of growth at its Pacific Northwest hub. The new destinations include: Austin, Texas; Eugene, Oregon; Lihue, Hawaii; Milwaukee, Wisc.; Nashville, Tenn.; Raleigh, N.C.; and Redmond, Oregon. Flights will be for sale beginning Saturday, Jan. 14.
– Chase is also making changes to the Ritz Carlton card and reducing the sign-up bonus from 3 to two nights
If you are interested in the card that comes with a $450 fee and a $300 travel reimbursement you should apply now. The card has no Chase 5/24 restrictions.
– India’s Spicejet is on a roll and has ordered 205 737-800 jets from Boeing worth 22 billion dollars (the airline pays much less of course)
– Rwanda Air is opening the new Kigali to Mumbai route with a 737
This is a long 3,244 miles one-way and almost as long as COPAs flights to Montevideo. However Kigali is at an elevation of 4,000ft – this usually reduces the Maximum Take Off load in that direction.