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Marriott Rewards has various Travel Packages redemption options where for instance you get a 7 night hotel award + a variable number of airline miles in your chosen airline for a set number of points.

Marriott Rewards Travel Package

In my opinion, this is the best way to use Marriott Rewards points. You get a 7 night hotel award and then can “purchase” airlines miles at ONE Marriott Rewards point per ONE mile with Package 1 airlines. [click to continue…]

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Germany based Design Hotels is a collection of independent design & style oriented hotels around the world and, as far as I understand, is subsidiary of Starwood Hotels & Resorts.

Design Hotels Lufthansa Miles&More 5,000 Miles Per Stay May 31 December 31 2015

Now, the Design hotels has launched 5,000 Lufthansa Miles&More promotion per stay May 31 – December 31, 2015, that are booked after May 1 and limited to first 500 bookings. [click to continue…]

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When I was watching Bloomberg News yesterday, the Germanwings story had already reached a point where compensation and liabilities were discussed.

The Independent Germanwings crash Lufthansa could face 'unlimited' compensation claims if found liable

The Montreal Convention limits the airlines liability in case of fatality at $157,000, if the airline is not held liable. If the airline or any of its employee is liable, the airline can face unlimited claims. The usual compensation is around $1M per passenger, but Lufthansa’s insurers have set aside $300M for the claims arising from this Germanwings crash. [click to continue…]

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The plot around the Germanwings crash the other morning thickens that resulted 150 dying after the plane crashed in the French Alps on its way from Barcelona to Dusseldorf.

NYT Germanwings Pilot Was Locked Out of Cockpit Before Crash in France

New York Times was reporting late last night that the pilot (Le Monde is reporting that it was the co-pilot) could not access the cockpit and was heard banging the door trying to get in before the crash. [click to continue…]

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Lufthansa pilot union announced yesterday short and medium-haul pilots would be on strike March 18, 2015.

Lufthansa Strike March 18 2015

The strike doesn’t affect Lufthansa’s long-haul flights and those operated by Germanwings, Eurowings, Austrian, Swiss or Brussels Airlines and their affiliates. Lufthansa expects to operate many of the affected flights and will publish a list of canceled flights on its website later today. [click to continue…]

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Lufthansa pilot union gave a notice to the airline that its Germanwings pilots would be on strike for 48 hours starting on February 12 at midnight CET. This doesn’t affect Germanwings flights that are operated by Eurowings.

Germanwings Pilot Strike

The airline claims that it can operate 60% of the 900 or so daily flights representing 80% of the passengers by using management personnel and possible charting flights. Expect wide disruptions nevertheless. [click to continue…]