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Video: Airplane Engine Comes Apart Midflight After Failure

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The AvHerald reports on a scary-looking incident that occurred on a March 1st flight in Kyrgyzstan:

“A Tez Jet Avro RJ-85, registration EX-27005 performing flight TEZ-107 from Bishkek to Batken (Kyrgyzstan) with 96 people on board, was climbing through about FL200 when the outboard left engine (LF507, #1) suffered an uncontained failure. The crew shut the engine down and returned to Bishkek for a safe landing on runway 08 about 35 minutes after departure.”

While an engine failure and shut down as such doesn’t sound that bad, what makes this situation terrifying is that it was uncontained, so the engine came apart, and almost appears to be dangling. Fortunately the plane has four engines, so it doesn’t need all of them to fly. Perhaps the bigger risk was what could happen if part of the engine fell off, and possibly hit another part of the plane.

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Qatar Airways Extends Hotel Stopover Program Through December 31, 2018

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One of the goals of the Gulf carriers is to develop the infrastructure of their home countries and put them on the map. One has to wonder where Doha would be without Qatar Airways, or where Dubai would be without Emirates. While these cities are known for being global hubs, the airlines are increasingly making an effort to have you actually visit, rather than just connect.

Last May Qatar Airways introduced a new program called +Qatar, where passengers traveling on Qatar Airways in all cabins can get a 96 hour Qatar visa at no cost (though in the meantime Qatar has rolled out visa-free entry for 80 nationalities), one free night of hotel, and more.

Originally the program was just supposed to be valid through September 30, 2017, though Qatar Airways has extended the program a few times since then, so it sure seems like this is starting to be a permanent feature. Until recently the +Qatar program was available for bookings through February 28, 2018, and for stays through April 30, 2018. It has now been extended for bookings through December 28, 2018, and for stays through December 31, 2018. That’s an extension of 10 months in terms of the booking window, so that’s significant, since in the past they only extended it for a few months at a time.

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Why You May Want To Apply For The Amex Business Gold Rewards Card

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The Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN is one of American Express’ most compelling business cards. There’s also something unique about the application process that’s worth pointing out, which might make a lot more people interested in this card.

There’s a lot to love about the Amex Business Gold Rewards Card, including:

— The card has a sign-up bonus of 50,000 Membership Rewards points after spending $5,000 within three months; I value Membership Rewards points at ~1.7 cents each, so to me that’s worth ~$850
— The card has a $175 annual fee, which is waived for the first year

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United Airlines To Reconsider Controversial Employee Bonus Lottery

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A few days ago United announced that they would be eliminating quarterly bonuses for their employees, which were up to $300 per quarter when United met their goals (which isn’t an insignificant amount of money, when you consider United has lots of employees making $10-15 per hour).

Instead they planned to replace this with a lottery system that includes quarterly prize drawings, ranging “from $2,000 to $40,000, luxury cars, vacation packages, and a grand of prize of $100,000 awarded to one eligible employee per quarter.” This drawing would happen each quarter as long as United reached at least one of their performance goals.

I think it goes without saying that this was a cost saving measure on United’s part, when you consider that they have 88,000 employees. Many companies seem to assume everyone is dumb, and United’s president spun this change as a positive, suggesting that this was an “exciting new rewards program,” and a United spokesperson said that they believed this “new program will build excitement and a sense of accomplishment as we continue to set all-time operational records that result in an experience that our customers value.”

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La Compagnie Is Moving To Paris Orly Airport As Of April 22, 2018

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In late January I wrote about how French all business class airline La Compagnie would be moving their operations from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport to Paris Orly Airport. For those of you not familiar with La Compagnie, they started flying in mid-2014, and operate a fleet of two Boeing 757s on up to two daily flights between Newark and Paris.

I’ve reviewed their business class product in the past, and find that they offer an exceptional value, given their very good fares. Their experience should improve even further in 2019, when they take delivery of A321neo aircraft, featuring fully flat seats.

While Charles de Gaulle Airport is perhaps considered Paris’ “premium” airport, in reality Orly Airport is closer to the city, smaller (and therefore easier to use), and presumably it’s also lower cost to operate out of. The catch has been that the airport is slot restricted, and La Compagnie hasn’t been able to get slots, as they’ve been wanting to move for a long time. With airberlin having gone out of business, La Compagnie was assigned some of their slots, meaning they can finally make the move.

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The Radisson Rewards Visa Card Adds Bonuses For Spend

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Earlier I wrote about how Club Carlson is being rebranded as Radisson Rewards. This is part of a bigger shift, as Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group is being rebranded as Radisson Hotel Group, to better leverage the Radisson name. The brand has quite a bit of recognition in Europe, though management acknowledges that the brand is lacking in the Americas (in terms of quality and quantity), so they’re going to work on building some new flagship properties in the Americas, and also improving existing properties.

In addition to the rebranding, there are also some changes being made to the Radisson Rewards program. The thresholds required for elite status have been lowered, and at the same time the points bonuses for Silver and Gold members have been decreased slightly.

There’s also a positive change to the co-branded credit card, which I didn’t write about earlier. This used to be known as the Club Carlson Visa Card, but is now known as the Radisson Rewards Visa Card. There are a few versions of this card, though the Radisson Rewards Visa Signature Card has a $75 annual fee, and offers 40,000 points upon your account anniversary every year.

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Earn 1,000 United Miles For A $1 Wall Street Journal Subscription

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Through March 9, 2018, you can earn 1,000 United MileagePlus bonus miles for $1, by signing up for a two month Wall Street Journal trial subscription. In order to be eligible, the trial subscription has to be initiated by 11:59PM ET on Friday, March 9, 2018, and must remain active for at least 45 days.

If the member doesn’t cancel the trial subscription by the end of the two month period, it will automatically convert into a monthly subscription, and the member’s credit card will be charged on the terms of the agreement. Each MileagePlus member can only take advantage of this promotion once.

Personally I value United miles at ~1.2 cents each, so you’re getting $12 worth of miles for $1, which is a good deal. If you would actually appreciate having a two month Wall Street Journal subscription, then you can get even more value out of this.

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5 Must-Do Japanese Restaurant Experiences in San Francisco

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If you are looking for an authentic food experience, San Francisco has some of the best Japanese restaurants to choose from. Japanese food is so much more than just sushi!

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Last Chance: Redeem Starpoints & Marriott Rewards Points Before Category Changes

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The major hotel loyalty programs often make adjustments to their hotel categories, sometimes on an annual basis. With these changes they’re not adjusting the number of points required for a stay at a particular category of hotel, but rather are changing which hotels are in which categories.

Several weeks ago, both Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest revealed their 2018 hotel category changes, which kick in as of tomorrow, Tuesday, March 6, 2018. So if you haven’t yet made any bookings, you have just hours left to redeem points with Marriott and Starwood before prices change (I’m not positive which timezone they use, so I’d plan on midnight eastern time to be on the safe side).

These category changes aren’t exclusively positive or negative, as some hotels are going up in price, while others are going down in price. Whether or not it makes sense to book now depends on which hotel you’re looking to redeem at.

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Why British Airways’ New High Density 777s Offend Me

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British Airways is densifying many of their planes, in an effort to compete with ultra low cost carriers. In addition to reducing pitch on their shorthaul aircraft, British Airways is also adding more seats to their London Gatwick based 777s. Many of British Airways’ leisure routes are operated out of Gatwick, which is why reconfiguring these planes is a priority.

Surprisingly, up until now British Airways has only had nine seats per row in economy on the 777, making them one of the few airlines where that’s the case. Even many of the world’s best airlines have 10 seats per row in 777 economy.

Many of British Airways’ Gatwick based 777-200s will go from having 280 seats to having 336 seats, which represents an increase in capacity of 56 seats. The layout will be changing as follows:

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