35,000 Starwood American Express card, London to Bali and Australia $1,188 Business Class, Norwegian ready to launch Ireland flights, Air Berlin schedules San Francisco flights
– American Express regularly ups the ante for the Starwood American Express card – the bonus is now 35,000 points (or 105,000 Marriott Rewards Points should you transfer) after $5,000 spend
The bonus is available for both the Business and Personal card but ONLY if you never have received the sign-up bonus for this card before.
If you have recently applied with a lower bonus DoC has some helpful tips how to ‘will AMEX’ into giving you 10,000 extra bonus points.
If you have the card you can now send referral to friends and families using the links in your American Express online account.
– Philippine Airline has another great fare (but A340’s aren’t the best) from London to Bali in Business Class for under $1,200 Round Trip
The trip earns 125% miles on Etihad Guest (or their own program). We found it via Momondo.
Malaysia Airlines ups the ante for going all the way to Perth from London for $1,800 Round Trip. This is on a much better product (the A380 is great) and also offers 125% earning in most Oneworld programs.
– Air Berlin is coming back to San Francisco big time in winter 2017 with 4 daily services from Berlin and Duesseldorf – I recently flew Air Berlin and while not my favorite redemption it’s a decent way to cross the Atlantic (I go back to Berlin frequently so it’s good to have a direct flight again)
– Norwegian is clearly on to something – despite their crazy expansion they managed to post a small profit in 2016
The net profit was 1,135 million NOK (£109 million) in 2016, while the operating profit (EBIT) was 1,820 million NOK. The results are influenced by Norwegian’s international growth, particularly on intercontinental routes, as well as increased presence in the UK and Spain.
The company’s total revenue was more than 26 billion NOK (£2.5 billion) – an increase of 16 per cent. The company took delivery of 21 brand new aircraft in 2016, contributing to a production growth (ASK) of 18 per cent. The load factor increased by 1.5 percentage points to 88 per cent. A total of 29.3 million passengers chose to travel with Norwegian in 2016, an increase of 14 per cent compared to the previous year.
Norwegian is following the model US airlines used to do with mad expansion and low profitability – however Norwegian has lots of room left to consolidate and extract profits from their network.
Next up will be their short-haul service from Ireland to New York and Boston.
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About the author: Torsten is a serial entrepreneur who started almost a dozen ventures on four continents. Torsten's love for travel has brought him to 130+ countries and travel with most of the world's airlines. You can reach Torsten at [email protected]
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