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While traveling extensively in Japan this month I realized that the amount of tourism services and facilities geared towards Chinese visitors have dramatically increased, especially announcements and placards.

Is this development due to the heightened misconduct of many mainland Chinese travelers or simply because they are such an economic force that the Japanese can’t ignore it any longer? [click to continue…]

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A sad day for the family, colleagues and friends of an American Airlines pilot who suddenly deceased while performing his duties as a First Officer on the final approach to Albuquerque.

The captain of the flight handled the final approach and landing by himself after which he quickly steered the aircraft to the gate where paramedics were waiting for his colleague. [click to continue…]

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Alaska Airlines acquired Virgin America last year (read more here) and has allowed linking of Mileage Plan and Elevate accounts soon after (read more here).

The End Of Elevate

Alaska Airlines made an announcement today that Virgin America Elevate program would cease to exist on December 31 and from January 1, 2018, Mileage Plan would be the combined program. Virgin America brand is expected to disappear sometime in 2019. [click to continue…]

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As witnessing a conversation of a couple travelers inside Narita Airport today I was wondering how our readers would feel about paying a small fee to access club lounges for a few hours.

The concept isn’t new and some lounges offer access for an outright payment while others require a membership such as Priority Pass where you can also pay for individual visits. [click to continue…]

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SPG releases its weekly Hot Escapes list every Wednesday. This is a selection of hotels around the world that are discounted anywhere from 20% 15% (sometimes up to 70% off) + they offer an additional 5% off for SPG members.

SPG Hot Escapes March 29 2017

The hotel listing has the lowest member prices for the next 6 weeks. The availability and the price can vary from date to date. [click to continue…]

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This week’s Whine Wednesdays deals with credit card holds that most hotels authorize when the guest checks in. You often see horror stories online and sometimes in the press as well about people that don’t understand how these work.

Whine Wednesdays Excessive Credit Card Holds Case Hilton Tokyo

Some hotels only put the room charge through as an authorization, others may use room charge + $100 and others, who knows what. A LoyaltyLobby reader emailed me an example earlier this week that I thought was excessive considering the room rate. [click to continue…]

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Etihad Airways is trying to combat the electronics ban on its US bound flights and is now offering complimentary WiFi and iPads to business and first class passengers on those flights.

Etihad Airways Free WiFi iPad US Bound Flights

US bound passengers from select cities are required to check in their electronics (mobile phones excluded) and Emirates allows this to be done at the gate. Etihad allows this to be done before US immigration in Abu Dhabi. [click to continue…]