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German carrier Air Berlin sees itself confronted with yet another year of record losses, incurring a 447 Million Euro loss for their 2015 financial year as it was revealed yesterday.

Air Berlin A321 copyThis comes after the airline already reported a 377 Million loss in 2014 during which they were able to partner up with Etihad Airlines who is now Air Berlins major shareholder, pretty much keeping them alive. [click to continue…]

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SPG releases its weekly Hot Escapes every Wednesday. This is a selection of hotels around the world that are discounted anywhere from 20% (sometimes up to 70% off) + they offer an additional 5% off for SPG members.

SPG Hot Escapes April 27 - 30 2016

The hotel listing has the lowest member prices for the next 6 weeks. The availability and the price can vary from date to date. [click to continue…]

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Have you ever been a hotel that doesn’t really fit the brand that it says on the outside? This week Whine Wednesdays revisits misbranded hotels.

Misbranded Hotels

When you choose a hotel brand it comes with certain promises and expected level of hardware and service. If I stay at a Holiday Inn Express hotel my expectations are much lower and thus it’s easier to meet compared to a stay at let’s say a Park Hyatt. [click to continue…]

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A reader has contacted us after a long delay of his Vueling flight from Rotterdam to Barcelona which had a delay of over four hours and therefore falls under the compensation rules of EU261/2004.

Vueling Claim

Vueling Customer Relations replied to the readers email that it doesn’t feel required to compensate for this delay under some internal customer service rules. [click to continue…]

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Accor made an announcement back in December (read more here) that it has reached an agreement with Qatar Investment Authority and Kingdom Holdings to purchase FHRI the parent of Fairmont, Raffles and Swissotel.

UPDATE FHRI Fairmont Swissotel Raffles Sold To Accor

The Accor put up a press release yesterday that the purchase of the FHRI had now been cleared by antitrust authorities and that the deal should close by mid-2016. [click to continue…]

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Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) launched an offer to purchase Starpoints back in March that is coming to an end on April 30th (was supposed to end on April 15th but was extended by two weeks). You can get up to 25% discount for buying minimum of 20,000 points.

SPG Starpoints LAST CALL

You can purchase for your account or receive as a gift maximum of 30,000 Starpoints in a calendar year (this used to be 20,000). The account that receives Starpoints must have been open for a minimum of 14 days. [click to continue…]