30% Off KrisFlyer Awards With Singapore’s Latest “Spontaneous Escapes” Sale

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Singapore KrisFlyer recently introduced “Spontaneous Escapes” awards, which are similar to the Air France-KLM’s monthly Promo Awards. In the case of these KrisFlyer awards, they’re available for travel the following month, so they really are pretty last minute.

KrisFlyer published their latest set of awards this week, and they have the potential to be pretty interesting, with 23 destinations on sale in business class.

Through this promotion you can receive 30% off select award redemptions on Singapore Airlines and SilkAir.

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The Points & Miles Reminders I Set In My Phone

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Sometimes this hobby can feel like a full-time job. When you combine reading up on ways to maximise earning and redeeming miles, the hours spent online or on the phone searching for and booking award travel, securing seat assignments, completing visa applications, packing, and then all the travelling — you are bound to forget something.

I pride myself on being pretty organised — you have to be in order to stay on top of multiple programs, promotions, and mileage balances. But even I forget things, especially when I plan to do something, and then something comes up.

So when I can, I put reminders in my phone to prompt me to do the things my mind might otherwise overlook.

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Searching For Dinosaurs And Fossils On The Jurassic Coast Of England

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The next morning at the Hix Townhouse, I woke to the sound of faint knocking at the door – breakfast had arrived! Breakfast came in a picnic box with freshly baked muffins, cheese pastries, fresh juice, yoghurts (one of which was salted caramel and I’m down for anything and everything salted caramel) and muesli. After … Continue Reading

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The Starwood Amex Personal Card Is Sticking Around, And Will Have A “Rich Welcome Bonus”

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At the beginning of the week we learned about the future of the Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest programs, which has a lot of implications for a lot of people. Going forward, Marriott will have credit cards issued by both American Express and Chase, which should be great news for consumers.

We first learned this new co-brand agreement last December, when we were told the following:

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Aeroflot May Stop Flying To The US

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With increasing tension between the US and Russia, it looks like Aeroflot may soon stop flying to the US. At least that’s the threat. Aeroflot is Russia’s largest airline, and presently flies to Los Angeles, Miami, New York, and Washington DC. They’re also the only airline to offer year-round flights between Russia and the US.

So, why is Aeroflot considering cutting flights to the US? The Russian Foreign Ministry says that this is due to increased delays by the United States in issuing visas, including for their crews. The waiting time for interviews for US visa applications is now about 250 days, and at that point, some say there’s no point in even applying for a visa.

Officially, the ministry statement said that Aeroflot “may be forced to stop (flights) because the crews are experiencing growing difficulty in obtaining American visas.”


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The Rise And Rise Of Norwegian Airlines

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Last week came the massive news that IAG (the owner of British Airways and Iberia) has purchased a minority stake in Norwegian with potential to takeover the entire airline.

You would have to have been living under a rock not to have heard about the growth of Norwegian Airlines, particularly over the past 2 years. I feel like not a month goes by without another new long-haul route announcement.

There are dozens and dozens of low cost airlines in Europe, and most have a pretty awful reputation. While I don’t mind flying Ryanair, I avoid Wizz and Vueling wherever I can because I’ve had several unpleasant experiences on both.

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The Amazing 8,000 Year Old English Village And Durdle Door In The Jurassic Coast Of England

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The Jurassic Coast of England is a part of the country I’d wanted to visit for the longest time. In large part, this is due to amazing natural sights like Durdle Door and Old Harry Rocks but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t hoping to find myself some dinosaur bone while I there! … Continue Reading

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The Saturday City: Bristol

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One of the great things about running a travel website is that you get to meet other travelers. While in England this summer, I received an offer to explore the English city of Bristol with Heather. Around England, I’d explain my route through the country and people would universally go, “Bristol? There’s not much there.” Needless […]

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The Saturday City: Hanoi, Vietnam

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The capital of Vietnam, Hanoi is located in the north of the country. Crowded (pop. 6,000,000+), a little polluted, and slightly run-down, it nonetheless is very quaint. Though I did not like Vietnam, I liked Hanoi. A lot. Time and poor rebuilding may have worn down the city. All over Hanoi, old French colonial homes […]

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Icelandair May Buy A 49% Stake In Azores Airlines

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While Icelandair and Azores Airlines are from very different islands in terms of climates, they operate similar business models. Both airlines offer passengers the opportunity to fly between North America and mainland Europe with a stop at their hub airports at no additional cost. Both the Azores and Iceland are gorgeous, so this is a fantastic opportunity to visit some pretty awesome places while also scoring a deal on airfare.

While Icelandair’s route network is well developed and the airline is doing well, the same can’t be said for Azores Airlines. Azores Airlines is tiny, but somehow has managed to rack up about 250 million USD in debt, and is on the verge of not being able to pay their employees. For several months the airline has been looking for new investors, as they’re desperately in need of a capital injection.

On the plus side, at least Azores Airlines is generally moving in the right direction at the moment. They historically had A310s in their fleet, which were incredibly fuel inefficient and unreliable, so they had high operating costs and tons of cancelations. The airline is now taking delivery of much more fuel efficient A321 aircraft, which will allow them to lower operating costs and have a more reliable schedule. This should solve many of their problems, though they’re such a small airline, and keeping up with their debt payments is tough.

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