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WSJ had a story on its The Middle Seat column yesterday about the recent phenomenon with the airfares. The price of business (and sometimes even first) class seats have come significantly down.

WSJ First Class Fares Get Affordable

Especially the US airlines that used to give most of the (domestic) first class seats as upgrades to elite members have become better selling them at more reasonable price and/or monetizing the upgrades. [click to continue…]

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Back in 2006, terrible accident happened to a family on a Thomas Cook holiday in Corfu island of Greece that resulted both of their children to die in a carbon monoxide poisoning.

Thomas Cook

Inquest of this accident last week found that the Thomas Cook had breached its duty of care. The hotel, where this accident happened, had compensated the company 3.5 million pounds that was just now revealed. The insurer had taken half of the money to cover the legal fees and the company is said to donate rest to a charity (but not to the family). [click to continue…]

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There must be something going on in Bangkok when the airport added turnstiles and warning to remind travelers to get taxis from the arrivals level.

Bangkok Airport Taxi

For years, many of us have taken the cab from the departures that allows you to pick and choose the cab you want and save few baths on the airport fee. Despite all the efforts by the airport you can still do this. [click to continue…]

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The immigration to Europe has been on the news late due to the terrible accidents in the Mediterranean where people board shady boats in North Africa hoping to make it to Italy.

BBC Ivory Coast

This time, however, a woman tried to smuggle 8 year old boy from Ivory Coast to the Spanish enclave of Ceuta in Northern tip of Africa. Spanish also controls similar small strip of land called Melilla further to the East. [click to continue…]

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New York Times had an article on the print edition yesterday about a new service that allows hotel guests to share the information about the internet connection.

New York Times How Many Starts for the Wi-Fi

The free hotel Wi-Fi has been slowly spreading first from loyalty program elite members to all members, but the hotel internet infrastructure is not always able to cope with the higher demand. [click to continue…]

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When I was reading the Wall Street Journal yesterday, I came across this interesting article how hotels decide who and what perks certain guests get.

WSJ Which Guests Get The Perks

If you are booking luxury suites at high end hotels, you usually get parks and gifts associated with the fact that you are spending some serious cash. [click to continue…]

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This is just a reminder for those that are going to visit Argentina any time soon to take preferably crisp $100 bills with them than using credit/debit cards to pay or withdraw money from the ATM.

Dolar Blues In Argentina U

The reason is the “Dolar Blue” market where you get anywhere 40% to 50% more Argentinean pesos per USD compared to the official exchange rate instituted by the government. [click to continue…]

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A LoyaltyLobby reader sent me two links to recent articles on Bangkok Post (one of the two English dailies published in the city) regarding flight cancellations and order of not to market flights between Thailand and Japan past May 31, 2015.

Bangkok Post Thailand - Japan Flights

The restriction all stems from the audit that the ICAO did (read more here) that found significant safety concerns how the airlines were overseen by Thai regulatory authorities. This may result other countries to restrict the operations of Thailand registered airlines. [click to continue…]

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Don’t we all know by know that most of the “security” at the airports is purely for the show trying to make the traveling public feel warm and fuzzy?

TSA

There was a good example of the TSA screeners just “doing their work” this week by CBS affiliate in Denver that had discovered quite a story. Some passengers were chosen for secondary patting purely because of their good looks, so that the screener could grope their genitals. [click to continue…]

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If you don’t want to know what is sometimes happening with the checked in bags and at the TSA security check points with your carry-ons, you shouldn’t read/watch this CNN piece.

CNN Hidden cameras reveal airport workers stealing from luggage

The theft from your checked in luggage is not only a problem in the 3rd world countries but apparently in the United States as well. The theft became so bad that the Israeli flag carrier even installed security cameras to cargo hold to find out what was going on there. [click to continue…]

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Tensions are heating up during the Songkran (Thai new year) on very popular tourist island of Koh Samui, where a truck bomb went off late Friday night in a shopping mall’s car park.

The Guardian

Seven people were hurt but all have been released from the hospital already. There is violence in the southern part of Thailand where some Muslim rebels fight the majority Buddhist government. [click to continue…]