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Here’s comprehensive look at the current promotion from all major hotel loyalty programs. Remember to forward me offers by email that you receive from airline and hotel loyalty programs.

Hotel Promotions Update July 2015

All other hotel chains besides Marriott have their summer promotions going on. Marriott Rewards decided not to have summer promotion at all this year! [click to continue…]

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It is not difficult to purchase a prepaid SIM card in China from China Mobile or China Unicom that allows data access, but what is it worth when you cannot access most of the websites and apps that you use (I faced this situation also back in January)?

China SIM 7-Connect Front

China blocks most of the Google services including Gmail and Google maps. Many websites use Google tools to speed up the delivery of their web pages and this can make websites extremely slow to load in China or pages will just time out. Facebook and Twitter are both blocked, but the FB Messenger app did sometimes work over regular hotel wifi. [click to continue…]

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Twitter and aviation news were full this last week with people tweeting images of a Delta Airlines 747 which was en route from Detroit to Seoul as DL159 on June 16th 2015 when the plane hit a hail storm in Chinese airspace. For unknown reasons it was not possible for the Chinese Air Traffic Control (ATC) to vector the flight around this storm and the pilots were forced to fly through it. The result can be seen in the shocking images uploaded by a user on Instagram:

Hail-Damage DL

I think this demonstrates the horrible ride it must have been on board. I haven’t had the chance to read a pilots version of what impact such a damage has on the aircraft and it’s aerodynamic and flying capability but I can’t imagine it to be a cakewalk.

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Today I came across an incident that left me with half a smile and half worried about the state of cockpit crews these days. On a Aerolinas Argentinas flight from Buenos Aires to Rosario, the cockpit crew thought is was a good idea to allow some busty social media starlet with the name of Vicky Xipolitakis (never heard of that women before and not sure if I ever want to again) into the cockpit and take some selfies together.

Aerolinas Cockpit Image

After Xipolitakis then tweeted it to her ~400k Twitter followers the airline became aware of it. Aerolinas management took drastic steps and fired both pilots over the incident as reported here by the New York Daily News. According to the report she also had her hands on the controls although while on the ground.

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While doing some random browsing today I discovered, much to my curiosity, a URL from Etihad in German which suggests that Etihad will discontinue it’s Corporate Benefit Program BusinessConnect for Germany and Austria effective October 1st 2015 and offers to move existing customers and points balances over to Air Berlin. You can access this website here. (German Version Only)

EY BusinessConnnect

I haven’t found any such announcement on Etihad’s main website and in fact you can still sign your company up for BusinessConnect as usual.

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