Air Berlin is at it again permanently cancelling more longhaul flights and this time they axed all long haul routes to the Caribbean from September 25th onward but only providing refunds for recently (post August 15th) purchased tickets.
When a JetBlue flight got into turbulence that eventually landed 27 people in the hospital it all looked like an unfortunate incident but now a lawsuit alleges the pilots ignored a storm and endangered passengers.
To coincide with the Thanksgiving weekend in the U.S., we’re going to highlight some of the positive changes that have come to the world of travel and loyalty programs over the last few years.
We seem to dwell on (and write a good deal about) the negative happenings in this industry (cost cutting measures, devaluation of frequent flyer miles, strikes, bankruptcies, etc.). But there are some positive changes that have come as well in recent times. I’ve listed 10 below. Feel free to share your thoughts on these and other ideas that should be in this list.
Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) has published a new brands promotion last month for members who stay at five & eleven different brands of the SPG Portfolio and the points are awarded very promptly.
While it took quite some time for the last Brands Promo (which ended on 31 December 2015) to post, this time Starwood is pretty quick to award the points and they show up within 3-4 days post stay.
It’s Compensation Clinic Sunday again and this week a reader submitted us a case involving Thai Airways and a flight from Germany to Bangkok which ended up being cancelled that day.
The aircraft had a technical malfunction and the flight was cancelled that night while passengers were accommodated at the Airport Sheraton (at least those in Business Class).
SPG releases its weekly Hot Escapes 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.
The hotel listing has the lowest member prices for the next 6 weeks. The availability and the price can vary from date to date.
The airline made an announcement over the weekend that it had upped its stake of IAG (the parent of British Airways, Iberia, Aer Lingus and Vueling) to 20.01% after the share price of the IAG had “crashed” due to the Brexit vote.
Just a short time ago reports of two explosions and gunfire rocking Istanbul’s main international airport (Ataturk) have started coming in. Early reports from the government state there have been “multiple injuries” but this is vague at best.
Given other recent terrorist events in Turkey, this will only further harm the image and economy of what is a unique place to visit.
News reports and Twitter is buzzing about a large fire at The Address, a 63-story hotel/residential building in Dubai. For those unfamiliar, this property is attached to the Dubai Mall and adjacent to the Burj Khalifa and the epicenter of Dubai’s New Year celebrations.
There has been no reports of injuries or casualties yet, but given the imagery I think unfortunately there will be some loss of life.
The Maldives have a problem, it’s called Terrorism and for international travelers this might become a problem at one point.
The Maldives are one the most popular destinations for luxury travel and especially honeymoon. This week the president of the Maldives barely escaped a bomb blast on his boat.