Trump administration has US airlines’ back in Chinese censorship, will there be a pan-Korean open skies agreement?

– airlines must love the Trump administration even more – it has their backs in the Chinese attempt to censor airline maps “This is Orwellian nonsense and part of a growing trend by the Chinese Communist party to impose its political views on American citizens and private companies,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said. […] Read on →

impressive Vietjet results, IAG low-balls Norwegian, rare Chase backtracking on rewards, Etihad cancels orders, Sheraton Bamako opens

– strong numbers from Vietnamese (and now Thai) LCC Vietjet which reported $60 million in quarterly profits on $600 million in revenue just for Q1! I quite liked Vietjet – though both their Saigon hub and increasingly their operations suffer from overcrowding (as it is the case with Air Asia). – IAG is apparently low-balling […] Read on →

My Favorite 17 Things to do Cali, Colombia

My Favorite 17 Things to do Cali, Colombia – Understand This city is best known for its seat of the Cali cartel that ran an enormous cocaine-producing business in the late 1980s. Cali is located in the Valle del Cauca, nestled in the foothills of the western edge of the huge Andes peaks. Cali is […] Read on →

Chase launches 100,000 Marriott Premier Plus, Southwest’ new Hawaii routes announced, mystery prevails about what caused the ‘almost crash’ at SFO last year

– Chase is out with the Marriott Premier Plus that comes with 100,000 bonus points The product is not available to either (i) current cardmembers of the Marriott Rewards Premier or Marriott Rewards Premier Plus credit card, or (ii) previous cardmembers of the Marriott Rewards Premier or Marriott Rewards Premier Plus credit card who received […] Read on →

40,000 JetBlue Barclays card, IndiGo COO under fire, Air India mauling 787 for spare parts, Norwegian adds more London to New York flights, Qantas says goodbye to 747 and your Greece holiday plans to be changed?

– Barclays is out with an improved offer for the JetBlue Business card worth 40,000 points The points are worth about $600 in airfare (to be used on JetBlue only). Good deal! Keep in mind that annual fee of $99 is not waived! – Go Air is suing IndiGo COO Prock-Schauer who has a colorful […] Read on →

new Philippine Airlines A350 Business Class lie flat seats, Marriott Accra finally open, 3,000 miles discount for Dynasty Flyer redemptions

– the first pictures for the new Philippine Airlines A350 cabin interiors are out The Thompson Vantage XL Seats in Business Class look great and go lie flat. – the long awaited Marriott Accra, Ghana is finally open and it is a Category 2 hotel (10,000 Marriott Rewards Points) but has room rates of $250+ […] Read on →

Accor buys Moevenpick, South African’s endgame?, Etihad takes on Emirates, Alaska goes single engine, IHG has a new Pointbreaks list

– Accor is buying up the orginally Swiss Moevenpick chain of hotels for $585 million, the company boasts 16,000 employees and has landmark properties in the Middle East and South East Asia – it is entirely possible that 2018 will be the year of the demise of South African Airways and Alitalia, South African for […] Read on →

Escape Lounge Oakland (OAK) Review

The Escape Lounge at Oakland Airport (OAK) is located behind security, just opposite Gate 9 – often Norwegian’s favorite gate for their flight to Stockholm. I arrived at Oakland Airport at 10 AM for my Boutique Air flight and it was deserted, with nobody waiting at security. There were several attendants busy serving drinks and […] Read on →

AMEX Centurion Lounge Miami Review

The American Express Centurion Lounge in Miami is located near Gate D12. Miami Airport is very spread out and it is easy to underestimate distances. We walked through the D Gate security and it was still a solid 20-minute walk; if in doubt, take the Skytrain. The American Express Centurion Lounges are very good at […] Read on →