Qatar $1,053 Business RT Europe to Asia, new SPG promo, see the first drone fighter jet, Lufthansa adds A350, Russian visa to get cheaper (or more expensive?), Hilton status match contd.

MightyTravels 2017-02-08 at 8.43.43 PM

QR is back with some great Business Class fares form Europe to Asia this time two people are required to get the lowest prices i.e Sofia, Bulgaria to Singapore is just $2,105 RT in Business Class for two people (or $1,053 per person)

MightyTravels 2017-02-08 at 8.46.50 PM

– SPG has a new TARGETED promotion that may give you extra points – it did not work for me but worth accessing the promotion here and checking what you got (HT DoC)

– read this spot-on write-up at Aviation Week to learn about the three main Chinese mainland carriers strategy for 2017

– meanwhile Garuda is planning a major push into more rural Indonesia markets with 78 new destinations that are not served so far – the problem the runways are too short and Garuda would need a lot of new small planes

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– drone manufacturer Kratos is developing the XQ-222 right now – the drone will not just look like a fighter plane but also act like one with a 3,000 mile radius enough for a flight Guam to China and back – sounds like science fiction? The delivery date is 2019!

MightyTravels 2017-02-08 at 8.53.00 PM

– Lufthansa recently received it’s first A350-900 – surprising to most is the 2-2-2 Business Class configuration in the somewhat smaller aircraft without a new seat – the plane is scheduled for the daily Munich – Boston service first

MightyTravels 2017-02-08 at 8.54.52 PM

– Russia has finally decided to make single entry visas cheaper but also increased the price for 3 year visas for US citizens, up until now the same 3 year Russian visa (that I have) did cost the same as a single entry and needed the EXACT same forms and documents to apply (and be approved for)

MightyTravels 2017-02-08 at 8.56.29 PM

Hilton has updated the Status Match website and allows matches to the Diamond and Gold level now if you have status with a competitor

The easiest status to get is usually IHG Platinum (via the Chase IHG Rewards Club credit card) or by getting Best Western to give you a trial elite status. However Hilton now requires real stays in order to keep the status.