Primera Air to launch trans-atlantic service, Hyatt changes BRG to $50 payout, China Airlines regional Business Class, Emirates and Air Seychelles in near miss, Norwegian adds Denver

Posted on July 21, 2017 by in Best Rate Guarantee, Cheap flights Norwegian, Emirates Reviews & Skywards, Travel Industry Flight Status

Primera Air is the latest trans-atlantic low cost airline offering $99 one-way flights in a space that is increasingly crowded with Norwegian, Level, WOW air, Joos (Air France), Eurowings and Condor.

Primera started as JetX and has been run as a charter airline that sold some of the inventory as low cost tickets.

Service is supposed to resume May 18, 2018.

The airline plans to fly new generation A321LR single aisle planes to New York City/ Newark (EWR) from:

– Birmingham (BHX)
– London Stansted (STN)
– Paris (CDG)

There is no inflight entertainment planned and bags and food are prohibitively expensive. There is in-flight WiFi but it’s not clear how much it will cost.

I like the high ancillary prices as I rarely pay for ancillary products (I feel I can almost always do better doing it myself). I’d rather have other buyers of ancillary services ‘subsidize’ my low fares. I can feed myself for 8 hours and pack light enough so I do not need overhead bin space .

– Hyatt is changing their BRG policy and moving to a $50 fixed payout starting July 31st

Expedia, Orbitz and Hilton already had a $50 reward for finding BRG’s by consumers in place. It is a fair price that is a high enough incentive to file and too low to ‘seriously game it’.

There are a few intercontinental properties that are around $50 – if you BRG every second night and move across the street every night you can stay essentially for free.

– my ‘secret love affair’ with China Airlines continues virtually (my flight is coming up next month) – their regional Business Class product looks on par if not better than my flight to Surabaya on Cathay Pacific

– the Pointbreaks list we posted yesterday is likely not real – let’s wait for the real list

– an Emirates A380 and an Air Seychelles flights came dangerously close to about 8 miles on the same flight level

“ATC should have advised the A380 crew again and got them to confirm that clearance was only given to descend to 38,000 feet, not 36,000 feet. By all accounts, it does not appear that the crew of the A380 did anything wrong, but rather, the ATC crew should have double-checked flight levels and they did not.”

– meanwhile kingpin Norwegian is adding twice weekly flights to Denver from their mini-hub in Paris