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Primera Air, Denmark and Latvia based scheduled and charter operator, yesterday announced that it would start flying from London, Paris and Birmingham to New York and Boston starting in April 2018.

Primera Air

The airline will operate flights using eight Airbus A320neo aircraft and will serve these city pairs with several flights per week (some daily). The airline will later announce other destinations that it will serve using single aisle aircraft (also Boeing planes on order). [click to continue…]

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A families journey with Jet Blue has turned awry after an incident where their toddler kicked another passengers seat which saw them being kicked off the plane after a discussion with the cabin crew.

The family of five including the 1-year-old daughter boarded the flight and once seated the toddler started to kick the seat in front which lead to the passenger being irritated by it. [click to continue…]

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Le Club AccorHotels is offering bonus points for stays in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Russia & Ukraine between July 24 – September 30, 2017.

Le Club AccorHotels 300 – 500 Bonus Points Per Stay In Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Russia & Ukraine July 24 – September 30, 2017

Members can earn 300, 400 or 500 bonus points depending of the Accor brands for stays that are booked between July 24 – September 5. [click to continue…]

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A little over a month ago, I had the chance to take my 2nd longhaul flight on Finnair out of Helsinki (HEL) in business class. [Apologies for the delay in writing this up but I’ve been quite busy working on a big project for my “day job” for the last month or so!]

Finnair is the often-overlooked oneworld transatlantic carrier when it comes to travel between North America and Europe due to the somewhat remote geographic location of Helsinki (which is the 2nd northernmost world capital city after Reykjavik, Iceland).

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Airlines and hotels like to wow their most valuable customers with the amenities they offer (well, some airlines and hotels more than others, at least). Amenity kits including premium cosmetic products, fruit platters, cheese, wine and fine chocolates are usually gifted as a welcome present all over the travel/hospitality industry when you travel on a premium cabin or stay at a suite.

But some brands go a step further turning their welcome amenities into collectibles, making (some of) us, frequent travelers of adult age, go around the world chasing the latest stuffed animal or rubber duck for our personal collection. Let’s take a look at the fantastic creatures some brands offer!

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British Airways trade union representing Mixed Fleet flight attendants has given the airline two weeks notice that they intend to strike for additional two weeks between August 2 – 15, 2017 (both dates inclusive). This would be 11th strike since the dispute began in 2016.

BA Strikes

Mixed Fleet consists of around 2,900 flight attendants that work both on short and long-haul routes out from London’s Heathrow airport. [click to continue…]

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Air France has been mulling its own version of low cost airline already for a while but was disrupted by negotiations with its pilot and other unions (sometimes rather militant). Air France JOON

Pilots approved this week plans for the new airline that will be called JOON. It will launch this fall operating short/medium-haul flights from Paris Charles de Gaulle airport and is expected fly long-haul destinations starting sometime in 2018. [click to continue…]

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New ‘Enhanced Security Measures’ for U.S. flights from origins worldwide are now in effect and airlines as well as airports are advising passengers to check in for their flight at least 2 hours prior to departure.

The advance check-in time is more likely being spent in a security check lineup where electronics are being specially screened so one could imagine the less devices one carries the faster it will be. [click to continue…]

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Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) acquired Kimpton back in 2014 (read more here) and Kimpton emailed to Karma members late 2015 (read more here) indicating loyalty program integration in 2017. This hasn’t happened.

IHG Rewards Club & Kimpton Karma

IHG Rewards Club members can book Kimpton hotels via IHG’s booking channels but there are zero status recognition or nights/points earned for the stays. There is only one exception to this rule that is the Kimpton Amsterdam (read more here) that used to be Crowne Plaza in previous life. [click to continue…]