Book your Pointbreaks hotel now, Qatar dealing with Golden Ticket aftermath, Taiwan hit by two storms in one weekend (and I was in the middle of it), new Bank of America rewards card, Lyft and Uber planning credit card launch, Malaysia Airlines to go lie-flat on regional Business Class

– the new PointBreaks list is now ready for booking – somehow the IHG IT is having trouble displaying the full list – but the properties I recommended last week all show the correct 5,000 points now – Qatar Airways has left all confirmed bookings untouched from yesterdays ‘Golden Ticket’ sale but cancelled any reservations […] Read on →

The right Pointbreaks list, Virgin Atlantic goes full Skyteam, most airlines pulling out of Venezuela, Ethiopian adds Bahrain, free breakfast at EU Marriott hotels

– IHG is out with the Pointbreaks list and this time it shows the correct date until October 31st 2017 The participating hotels are not bookable for 5,000 points yet. There is a decent amount of good hotels for 5,000 points (you conveniently can buy the points too): CROWNE PLAZA JOHANNESBURG – THE ROSEBANK Johannesburg […] Read on →

Oman Air deals Asia, Traveloka gets $400 million, Qatar bullish on Colombo, Etihad plans Baku service and looses a staggering $1.89 billion

– Oman Air has Business Class fares from Zurich to Manila for $1,700 Round Trip – most of these fares work one-way for about half price too – Indonesian OTA Traveloka rakes in $400 million investments from Expedia and others – Qatar is boosting service to Colombo, Sri Lanka with a fourth daily service (Sri […] Read on →

new Citibank improved credit card sign up offers Citi 75,000 Executive Card, 75,000 Citi Prestige, 50,000 ThankYou Premier

Citibank has been coming up with a number of improved sign-up offers for their credit card. The bank has gotten much better at identifying new customers that will likely make them money and is ready to invest more into them. Citibank 75,000 bonus points Executive Card The Citi/ AAdvantage Executive card comes with Admiral Club […] Read on →

$1,172 Business Class Round Trip to Easter Island, American Express gets serious about ‘churning’, Cabin launches sleeper bus service between SF and L.A., American award space between L.A. and London and Aer Lingus short haul woes

– LATAM / Skyteam have return Business Class flights to Easter Island for $1,172 Round Trip from Mexico City right now. That’s a great deal if you can get yourself to Mexico City for a low price. This Flyertalk thread also shows how to make this deal work for $1,899 from Amsterdam. – American Express […] Read on →

Oman makes eVisa easier, Singapore merges Scoot and Tiger brands, Etihad goes 787 to Beirut , Firnas launches connecting UK – Bangladesh

– Oman keeps extending their eVisa options – but keep in mind that visas are now almost $80 (teh same as in Bahrain) – Scoot has successfully merged the Scoot and Tiger Air brands The Tiger Air brands will stay alive in Taiwan (owned 100% by China Airlines) and Australia (owned by Virgin Australia) though. […] Read on →

Hawaiian Airlines plans for A321neos, new LEVEL planes coming, Neelemans new venture, Ryanair sale, fast track to IHG Gold and Saudia does Mauritius

– serial airline entrepreneur David Neeleman is moving on from his position as Azul’s CEO and rumored to join a new US aviation venture – IAG (International Airlines Group) is feeling the love for Level and has ordered five more A330-200s – Ryanair has one more sale with many flights under $15 – Hawaiian Airlines […] Read on →

Ramada Colombo, Sri Lanka Review

The Ramada Colombo hotel I selected for this review is located just behind Colombo‘s prime public beach at Galle Face. The location is likely the best along this major stretch of road on the edge of the beach, although the hotel is set back by about a block (which works as a great way to […] Read on →

Are Etihad and Lufthansa negotiating a ‘merger light’? Etihad to join Star Alliance, European short haul network to become Eurowings

The German magazine FOCUS reports that Etihad is apparently busy negotiating with their new found love affair Lufthansa. After Lufthansa decided against taking over Air Berlin outright earlier this year the parties are now negotiating an asset lease where Lufthansa takes over most of the Air Berlin/ Air Serbia and Alitalia short haul flights. Lufthansa […] Read on →

US to ban Americans from visiting North Korea, my Hanoi city guide updated, Orbitz/ Expedia 15%/12% off most hotels, Qantas A380 to Dallas returns to Sydney with engine issues

– the US is planning an announcement this week to ban citizens for travel to North Korea The rational behind is that the Trump administration predicts more conflict with North Korea in the near future and Americans in the country will just end up being imprisoned and used as leverage by the regime. It is […] Read on →

My Favorite 15 Things to do Baku

My Favorite 15 Things to do Baku – Understand Baku is a surprisingly modern and wealthy city along the shores of the Caspian Sea. The city looks like a mesh of Soviet architecture and Bahrain-style modern projects. In daily life, Baku feels more like Izmir than a former Soviet city; there is just a bit […] Read on →

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

– 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 […] Read on →