Travel

BOOKED: Air Seychelles Business & Turkish Airlines Business

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This has been an insane week of travel planning for me, and I’ve outlined several of the trips I’ve booked so far. A few days ago I shared the details of the itinerary I booked that included travel in China Southern’s business class, China Eastern’s first class, Singapore’s new A380 business class, and most importantly, Singapore’s new A380 Suites.

Then yesterday I shared the details of the itinerary I booked that included travel in Swiss’ business class, Air India’s business class, Emirates’ new first class, and TAP Portugal’s business class. Then I also shared the details of the trip I booked in Qatar Airways’ Qsuites between New York and Yerevan, Armenia.

Well, the fun doesn’t stop there, so now I wanted to share the details of the next trip I booked.

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How To Redeem Miles On Air Seychelles

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Earlier I shared how I’m going to the Seychelles and redeemed miles for a one-way business class ticket on Air Seychelles. In this post I wanted to outline what that process was like, for anyone looking to redeem miles on Air Seychelles.

Air Seychelles is a fairly small airline, with just 10 planes — they have two A330s, two A320s, and six DHC-6 Twin Otters. In other words, they only have four planes operating international routes.

Air Seychelles’ international destinations include:

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Air France-KLM Publishes FlyingBlue Promo Awards For January 2018

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One of the best uses of Air France/KLM FlyingBlue miles is booking their Promo Awards.

FlyingBlue publishes these every month, and they offer 20-50% off select award tickets on Air France and KLM metal.

Back in the day Promo Awards would consistently be for 50% off and would have a good number of options in business class, though unfortunately they’ve devalued the promotion somewhat since then, and the discounts are now pretty consistently for 25% off. That’s still good, just not as good.

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Weekly Review: December 30, 2017

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I spent the entire week on the ground with family celebrating both Christmas and (shortly) New Year’s. So while this is the first week in a long time that I didn’t fly, I instead spent that time planning a bunch of travel, which I’ve outlined on the blog over the past several days. I’m so excited about the flights I have booked.

On the points & travel front, this week Hyatt announced some positive changes to their loyalty program, the story of an ANA eight hour flight to nowhere went viral, we saw a lot of points purchase promotions ending, JAL announced changes to their first class champagne, and more.

With that out of the way, here’s a recap of this week on the blog:

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17 Beautiful Things To Do In Alberta – Your Must See Guide

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Alberta is one of Canada’s most gorgeous provinces that’s perfect for a winter or summer jaunt.  And with so many beautiful things to do in Alberta, it’s an area you should definitely think of visiting as soon as possible. From the tiny little villages, stunning lakes, gorgeous cities to huge swathes of powdery snow – it’s … Continue Reading

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United Eliminates Timeline For Polaris Lounge Openings

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Last December United opened their first Polaris Lounge at Chicago O’Hare Airport, which was very well received. I had the chance to check out the lounge a couple of months ago, and was impressed.

While United’s Polaris Lounge in Chicago is nice, unfortunately the problem is the pace at which United is opening these lounges. It has been over a year since the first lounge has opened, and they still haven’t opened another lounge. As a point of comparison, American opened their first new Flagship Lounge in late May (nearly six months after United opened their first new lounge), and in the meantime they’ve opened Flagship Lounges in New York, Chicago, Miami, and Los Angeles.

In October I wrote about how United delayed the opening of their Polaris Lounges. Prior to that their online Polaris tracker said that United will open Polaris Lounges in San Francisco, Newark, and London in “early 2018,” and that they’ll be opening Polaris Lounges in Houston, Los Angeles, Tokyo Narita, Hong Kong, and Washington Dulles, “later in 2018.”

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17 Colourful Towns And Cities To Visit In Europe

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The many colourful towns and cities in Europe have long been a reason in themselves to visit regions, and indeed countries, you perhaps might not have even considered visiting in the past. I remember the first time I saw the colourful houses of Cinque Terre on Pinterest – I just couldn’t get the thought of … Continue Reading

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You’ll Soon Be Able To Earn Delta Elite Miles On WestJet

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Delta and WestJet recently announced their intentions to form a transborder joint venture. Assuming the joint venture is approved, Delta and WestJet will be able to coordinate schedules, fix fares, etc., on transborder flights. This will certainly make Delta more competitive in Canada, given that Canada’s largest airline, Air Canada, partners with United.

When joint ventures are introduced it typically translates to more benefits for frequent flyers. This is something Delta is especially good at as part of their global domination strategy, as they introduce reciprocal upgrades and benefits whenever possible, when traveling on their joint venture partners. The catch is that joint ventures also typically lead to higher fares, as they’re the equivalent of eliminating a competitor.

While the joint venture hasn’t yet been approved, Delta will begin awarding elite qualifying miles for travel on WestJet as of January 1, 2018. While the two airlines already partner, their cooperation isn’t currently that comprehensive — you can only earn redeemable miles for travel on WestJet, and award redemptions on WestJet were only introduced earlier this year.

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It’s Official: Niki Will Become Part Of Vueling

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A couple of weeks ago it was announced from one day to the next that NIKI, the Austrian low cost carrier, would cease operations.

Niki was a wholly owned subsidiary of airberlin, and airberlin ceased operations in October, after Etihad withdrew their financial support. Despite that, Niki has continued to operate as usual. That’s because they received funding from Lufthansa, as Lufthansa was planning on taking them over in order to expand their Eurowings division.

Unfortunately that plan collapsed, as the European Commission said that they wouldn’t approve Lufthansa’s takeover of Niki over concerns of lack of competition. As a result, Lufthansa withdrew their bid for Niki, and stopped funding them, so they were forced to cease operations.

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Select Virgin Atlantic Flights Will Be Flown By (Former) Airberlin A330s in 2018

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While the 787 is a fantastic aircraft, it has had its fair share of problems in the roughly eight years it has been flying. The latest issue seems to be with the Rolls Royce engines found on certain 787 aircraft, which have caused some planes to be grounded. One airline impacted by this is Virgin Atlantic.

Specifically, the Rolls Royce Trent-1000 engines found on Virgin Atlantic’s 787s have caused part of the fleet to be parked for a while, and as of now we don’t know how long it will take to find a solution. However, we’re talking months, not days, for this to be fixed. Because of this situation we’ve seen Delta pick up some of Virgin Atlantic’s transatlantic routes, though it goes beyond that.

For the spring and summer of 2018, Virgin Atlantic is leasing a fleet of Airbus A330-200 aircraft, which were formerly flown by airberlin. These A330s will operate select frequencies out of London Gatwick and Manchester, as follows:

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