Etihad and Hong Kong Airlines to start joint venture?, Air New Zealand get serious about Australia flights, Plenti shutting down

– Etihad is counting on Hong Kong Airlines as a major codeshare partner for flights form the US West Coast Hong Kong Airlines began Airbus A350 flights to Los Angeles December 2017 and launched service to San Francisco March 25, 2018. Etihad cut its service to San Francisco and reduced flight frequencies to Los Angeles […] Read on →

IHG is back with Accelerate promotion for Q2 2018, 10,000 EuroBonus for car rentals, Sri Lanka loosing ETOPS, Boracay will really close April 26, LAX gets a Centurion lounge!

– IHG is back with their new Accelerate offer for stays after April 30th (the current version is running right now) Every member gets their own personal offer. My offer is 47,300 points for 5 nights at two Holiday Inn Express. I usually get one cent or more for IHG Rewards Club redemptions so this […] Read on →

China Eastern Economy Review Bali (DPS) to Los Angeles (LAX) and T/G Lounge Review – or my adventures with the poor man’s Business Class continue

This was the return part of a trip that started last December, as I flew with China Eastern from Los Angeles to Bangkok. I did like my ‘outbound’ trip, especially considering the low price (really just $170 per direction, so $340 for the round-trip). I arrived at Bali‘s Denpasar Ngurah Rai International Airport 2.5 hours before the […] Read on →

BA to buy Norwegian?, 85,000 IHG points with the new chase Premier, Uber to add Getaround rentals and Jump bikes soon, Oman Air Business Class sale

– IAG (BA’s parent company) is preparing a ‘hostile takeover’ of Norwegian after acquiring a stake of almost 5% Norwegian has refused to sell the company early so far but has run into cash flow problems. IAG has been one of the company’s closest admirer and has been jealous to see a low-cost brand succeed […] Read on →

Etihad axes Perth and Edinburgh, AirBnB cutting fees?, Emirates new Business Class for the 777, United Polaris lounge to open and 25,000 miles LATAM credit card

– Etihad is further withering away non-profitable routes – this time Perth and Edinburgh are being cut – AirBnB is trialing a program to hide their fees (only hosts will pay) from consumers – even if it does not reduce fees hosts will more likely eat than fees than consumers – is this Emirates’ new […] Read on →

The Haven Bali Seminyak Review

The Haven Bali Seminyak appears on most OTAs (like Expedia and for around $50 a night most of the year. The hotel is located along Seminyak’s busiest road and just behind Double Six Beach – one of the best (and also one of the busiest) beaches along the western shore of Bali. I wasn’t […] Read on →

Excellent Volotea sale, South East Asian LCC market consolidating, Norwegian cuts back in the North East, will Boracay be closed?, fly Air China in style between Houston and Panama soon

– Volotea has released a number of awesome deals between a number of city pairs they serve (primarily Spain, Italy and France) Many routes price out under $50 Round Trip – some of these routes are very expensive (unless there is existing Ryanair service). – is the South East Asian LCC market consolidating? The Singapore […] Read on →

All Seasons Jakarta Thamrin Review

All Seasons is an Accor brand that has a turbulent past, with constant on and off in the big brand empire. The few hotels that exist of the brand are in Indonesia. The All Seasons Jakarta Thamrin is located right next to the busy Stasiun Sudirman train station. There is a major MRT construction right […] Read on →

My Favorite 7 Things to do Da Nang and Hoi An

My Favorite 7 Things to do Da Nang and Hoi An – Understand The Da Nang area is located roughly halfway between Hanoi and Saigon (Ho Chi Minh) along Vietnam’s huge coastline. Da Nang is the commercial hub of the area and features a modern airport and bustling commercial center with good shopping. Hoi An is […] Read on →

Air Belgium launches cheap flights to China, BA First Class is back!, Hi Fly gets an A380, Avianca to add Munich, Etihad cuts Saigon, Delta discounts Mexico awards, Southwest wants more points

– charter and freight airline Air Belgium is re-launching as discount airline from Brussels to Hong Kong and mainland China The airline’s new investors are planning to capitalize on a low-cost operation from China to Europe that serves primarily Chinese outbound travelers incl. tour operators. This is an interesting play and there is clearly a […] Read on →