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Low Priced Malaysia Airlines Business Class Fares Ex Bangkok Are Back – Great For BA Tier Points

Malaysia Airlines has returned their Business Class sale ex Thailand to various destinations in Asia which are great to collect Status Miles/Credits, especially if you credit to British Airways Executive Club.

This promotion / sale is finally back with flights originating from Bangkok offering fantastic fares within Asia as well as decent prices to Australia as well.

Alitalia MIlleMiglia Will ‘Restart’ On January 1st 2018, All Current Miles Expire 31 March 2018

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Alitalia has sent out an email to their MilleMiglia Frequent Flyers that they will restart the program with a ‘new edition’ on January 1st 2018 and that all miles earned until that date expire by the end of March.

There is however a special promotion that members who purchase and fly 4 one way flights between 1 January and 31 March 2018 will be able to carry up to 100% of their miles into the new program.

Qantas Will Pay For Your Passport To Visit Australia, Discounting U.S. Departure Passenger Tickets By US$135


Qantas has rolled out an interesting promotion, discounting tickets by the exact price a U.S. passport costs (US$135) in order to promote flights to Australia.

No need to send a receipt, the discount goes by a generic discount code for the value of a whopping US$135 off the lowest available fare.

U.S. Bound Passengers From South Korea Informed To Be At The Airport Up To FIVE Hours Prior To Departure Due To Security Checks


Passengers departing from South Korea to various destinations in the U.S. are being told to be at the airport as early as five hours prior to departure due to new security measures starting October 26th.

At the moment this only applies to departures of U.S. carriers where passengers will be subject to security interviews prior to check-in and boarding gate checks with the Korean carriers to follow.

Air Berlin Topbonus Returns With Redemption Option For Etihad Flights In Economy Class (Limited Time Option)


Shattered (ex) frequent flyer program Air Berlin Topbonus has come through with a new redemption option making it possible again to book award flights, however only on Etihad Airways in Economy.

The option is currently limited for booking until 17th November 2017 with travel periods until 28th March 2018 so it’s recommended to act fast if you have Topbonus miles which you want to use up.

Emirates Will Take Delivery Of Their 100th Airbus A380 Aircraft On 3rd November 2017 – Eighty Million Passengers since 2008!

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Emirates is celebrating big things this coming months as the carrier will take delivery of their 100th Airbus A380 in the first week of November (November 3rd is currently scheduled).

While other carriers starting to ditch the A380, Emirates will continue to rely on the mega airliner to support their hub traffic and went through some improvements for the recent version.

Whine Wednesdays: High Priced & Low Quality Taxi Service In Phuket, Thailand (Use A Transfer Service Instead!)


This week we have a Whine Wednesday about an ever popular topic, namely bad taxi services and this issue applies especially to Phuket, Thailand where a local ‘taxi mafia’ rules with an iron fist.

Getting a proper and honest taxi can be a bit of an issue in South East Asia (more problematic in Jakarta, Manila and Kuala Lumpur) but in the case of Phuket it’s not the driver who rips you off.

Reader Question: Rental Car Insurance Coverage Through American Express Credit Cards – What To Look For?


Today’s Reader Question is about having proper insurance coverage for your rental car while literally being on the road and the differences that various credit card products offer.

Remember that you can always email us, send a message via Facebook or use Twitter and include photos too. We’ll try to cover Reader Questions & Comments here several times a week.

Air Asia Flight From Perth To Bali Dives 20,000 Feet Shortly After Losing Cabin Pressure


A shocking experience for passengers of an Air Asia Indonesia flight from Perth, Australia to Bali as the aircraft lost cabin pressure and lost 20,000 feet from it’s cruising altitude a short while after take off.

Passengers and crew were obviously shaken from the incident but were lucky as the cockpit crew was able to recover the aircraft and turn the plane back to Perth.

Compensation Clinic: British Court Of Appeals Rules That Connection Flights Are Subject To EC261 Regulation


In a landmark ruling the British Court of Appeals in London has decided in a case against Emirates that airlines are indeed liable if they cause a passengers delay due to interruptions on connection flights outside the EU.

Several carriers have so far declined to pay mandated EU compensation when a passengers encountered a delay on a related connection flight outside the EU such as in this case with Manchester-Dubai-Bangkok.

Reader Question: Are Physical Frequent Flyer Elite Status Cards Still Needed Or Does A Digital Version Suffice?


Today’s Reader Question handles an issue that once in a while becomes relevant when elite benefits are in question: Do I really need a physical Elite Tier Card these days to receive my benefits?

Remember that you can always email us, send a message via Facebook or use Twitter and include photos too. We’ll try to cover Reader Questions & Comments here several times a week.

Iberia Plus (AVIOS) Status Match Promotion For Lufthansa Miles&More And Air Berlin Topbonus Customers Now Live!


Iberia Plus has joined the bandwagon of the status match race for the abandoned souls of Air Berlin Topbonus and also Lufthansa Miles & More as they just published a campaign on their German website,

Iberia Plus uses Avios as currency (same as British Airways Executive Club) and has another similarity, namely status tier system that works via tier points which are measured by distanced based zones.

Free Hertz Gold Plus Rewards President’s Circle Status (Officially) For Lufthansa Senator Members Until 31st October 2017


Hertz Gold Plus Rewards has opened a promotion with Lufthansa Miles&More to upgrade their Senator Status customers to Hertz President’s Circle Status which will likely work for all enrollments.

The promotion only requires to input the Lufthansa Senator Discount Code during the enrollment and apparently that will result in the account being upgraded short after.

Lufthansa & Air Berlin Sign Agreement To Take Over 81 Aircraft And 3000 Staff, Operations End October 28th


An important day in the row about insolvent carrier Air Berlin’s assets as them and Lufthansa signed a contract today which will see the lion share of the company taken over by the German flag carrier.

Lufthansa will take over 81 aircraft and 3000 staff (roughly a third) from the defunct carrier just 2 weeks before the lights finally go out for Air Berlin after filing for Insolvency Mid August.

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