New IHG Pointbreaks list, new Holiday Inn Express Waikiki, Americans tired of airline loyalty?, Wizz Air is rich now and waiving carry-on fees, Delta launches Atlanta – Shanghai, the Trump bump for US tourism

Posted on July 19, 2017 by in Travel Industry Flight Status

– IHG is out with their new Pointbreaks list bookable until Oct 31st, 2017

The hotels are usually out of the way and rarely ever fit my travel plans but 5,000 IHG points is a great offer.

Among the choices this time is the Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi – a well located property in Abu Dhabi Downtown I have been back a few times since I write my Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi Review. Abu Dhabi is developing slower but with a bit more vibe than Dubai’s mega projects.

Another property on the list is the Intercontinental Phnom Penh where I stayed last November for my Intercontinental Phnom Penh Review.

Phnom Penh is different than most South East Asian cities but still worth your time with it’s historic sights and great cafes and eateries (for a price though).

– the Holiday Inn Express Waikiki is finally open with 596 rooms; making it the biggest in the Americas!

most Americans don’t care about flying or collecting points when flying – airlines are not exactly improving the value of their loyalty programs

– Wizz Air is blowing up with profits rocking up 50% the Central European discount airline may grow to be serious competition with Ryanair

The Budapest-based airline group posted first-quarter net profit of €58.1 million ($66.3 million), up from €38.6 million in the 1Q 2016 and a record for the first quarter.

First-quarter revenue was up 28.6% at €469.3 million, compared to €364.9 million for the 1Q 2016. Passenger numbers were up 25.2% year-over-year (YOY) at 7.2 million.

To celebrate the airline is discontinuing carry-ons fees to better compete with Easyjet and Ryanair (which surprisingly never had such a fee).

– Delta is adding a direct Atlanta – Shanghai flight (after just starting Incheon service) – another super long haul at 7,660 miles

– no signs of a Trump slump in US inbound tourism instead we should now call it a Trump bump