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10 Fun Things To Do In Cardiff (On Your First Visit)

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Being Welsh, I’ve come to realise I have a pretty big soft spot for our capital city, Cardiff. Even to this day, I love heading back to the city for a little gander around the Castle, St. Fagan’s or even a cheeky visit to Chip Shop Alley (I’ll explain further in this post 🤣). After visiting … Continue Reading

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How to (Legally) Stay in Europe for More Than 90 Days

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Every year, thousands of travelers wonder how they can stay in Europe for more than 90 days – the limit in the Schengen Zone. The good news is that there are a few different ways to stay, but it can get complicated. In this post, I share what you can do to stay legally beyond the typical tourist limits.

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Air China Resumes Flights To North Korea (With One Day Notice)

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Last November Air China abruptly canceled flights between Beijing, China, and Pyongyang, North Korea. Air China was the only foreign airline flying to North Korea at the time, and they canceled their flight with very little notice. They claimed the route cancelation was due to lack of demand, though reading between the lines it sure seems like it may have been a political move, given growing tensions with North Korea.

Now with just one day notice, Air China has announced that they’re resuming flights to Pyongyang. An Air China representative told Reuters that the resumption was due to “market reasons.”

The new flight will operate 3x weekly (on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays) with the following schedule:

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Qatar Airways CEO Promises To Avoid Controversy, 10 Minutes Later Makes Sexist Comment

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The IATA Annual General Meeting is going on in Sydney right now, which is where all kinds of top airline executives meet to discuss the state of the industry.

if you follow this industry at all then you know that Qatar Airways’ CEO, Akbar Al Baker, is one of the most outspoken and controversial guys in the airline industry. On one hand I appreciate his openness, though on the other hand he says some pretty cringeworthy stuff.

Last August it was announced that Al Baker would become the chairman of IATA. He was chosen by his fellow board members to lead the IATA Board of Governments, and his one year term is starting this week.

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The 12 Best Hikes In England You Have To Experience

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The best hikes in England isn’t necessarily something one might think when planning a trip to England or perhaps even just looking for things to do on a weekend here but it is actually one of the best ways to properly explore England! There are so many amazing places to see in England that can … Continue Reading

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Fly From Chicago To Europe For 9,000 Membership Rewards Points

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If you’ve read Ben’s piece on this month’s Flying Blue Promo Awards, you probably noticed his frustration with the first round of Promo Awards under the new award program. Not only was promo award space between the U.S and Europe easier to find previously, the new program has implemented some near-nonsensical pricing logic once you go beyond Paris and Amsterdam.

That being said, whenever a program changes their rules new opportunities are created. In this case, it seems the variable origin/destination pricing may have some potential value, particularly with these promo awards. As a reminder, this month’s Flying Blue promo awards for travel starting in North America are as follows:

• 25% off Air France or KLM economy awards between San Francisco (SFO) and Europe for travel July 31 through September 29, 2018
• 50% off Air France or KLM economy awards between Chicago (ORD) and Europe for travel July 31 through September 29, 2018

Combined with a transfer bonus, there are some interesting award options out there.

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My Favorite Citi AAdvantage Credit Card Perk

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For a limited time, Citi is offering big increased welcome bonuses on their co-branded American Airlines credit cards:

— The Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ Mastercard® is offering a bonus of 60,000 AAdvantage miles after making $3,000 of purchases within the first three months; $99 annual fee, waived for the first 12 months
— The CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Mastercard® is offering a bonus of 70,000 AAdvantage miles after making $4,000 of purchases within the first four months; $95 annual fee, waived for the first 12 months

Those are huge welcome bonuses, and you’re potentially eligible for both of those cards, meaning you could be looking at 130,000+ American AAdvantage bonus miles upon completing minimum spend, which could go a long way towards premium cabin redemptions.

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AccorHotels Considering Minority Stake In Air France-KLM

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We’ve seen quite a few acquisitions the past few years in the travel space, and we’ve also seen some strategic investments. However, typically we see airlines investing in airlines, and hotels investing in hotels. This situation is different.

Reuters is reporting that AccorHotels is considering buying a minority stake in Air France-KLM. AccorHotels has confirmed their interest in a statement, saying that they may buy some or all of the French state’s 14.3% stake in Air France-KLM. This could come in the form of the French government selling some or all of their shares in the company, or even potentially swapping their Air France-KLM shares for some shares in AccorHotels.

Air France-KLM shares are up about 6% following the news, while AccorHotels shares are down about 7%, which I think is pretty reflective of the general sentiment regarding a deal like this.

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Review: Turkish Business Class A330 Seychelles To Istanbul

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The last time I flew Turkish Airlines was back in 2013, so it has been over five years. I can’t believe that’s the case, given that they fly to more countries than any other airline in the world. I was looking forward to seeing how the product has held up over the years.

We boarded through the second set of doors, where we were greeted by the cabin chief and pointed left into the business class cabin. Turkish Airlines has 62 Airbus A330s, and they have very little consistency across the fleet — some A330s have forward facing flat beds, others have angled flat seats, others have recliner seats, and then some have herringbone seats.

We were lucky to be on one of Turkish Airlines’ A330s with herringbone seats, which are their only A330s with direct aisle access from every business class seat. If the interior looks familiar there’s probably a reason for that. This is a former Jet Airways A330, so it’s similar to the one that I’ve flown on Air Serbia between Belgrade and New York.

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Review: Air Seychelles Lounge Mahe Airport Seychelles

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We were departing the Seychelles on a Turkish Airlines flight at 9:10PM, so we took the evening flight from Desroches Island to Mahe, which got us into Mahe at 5:40PM. We arrived at the domestic terminal, where several turboprops were parked.

There we were greeted by a representative from the Four Seasons, who said he’d be helping us with the transfer process (everyone else on our flight was terminating their travels in Mahe for the evening). He also explained we had access to a special lounge, which came as a surprise to me. I’m not sure if this is arranged for all Four Seasons guests, or what.

We followed the signage to the international terminal.

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