Flight Review: British Airways A380-800 Club World [BA269 LHR-LAX]

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Club World is that business class product almost everybody loves to hate. Since Alex Cruz took over as CEO customers have been experiencing cut backs on their premium product amenities. These criticisms made headlines for good part of 2017, prompting their former low-cost carrier CEO, Alex Cruz, to announce the roll-out of new dining concepts and amenities for their premium products before the year ended.

By BriYYZ (Flickr: British Airways A380-800 F-WWSC) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
A couple of weeks ago I got Op-Up’d from World Traveller Plus (which I reviewed last February) to Club World on my flight from Heathrow to Los Angeles, and here’s what I found on board my flight.

Thai Airways Now Sells Lounge Passes For Their Bangkok Based Business Class Lounges

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A reader recently sent us a question about lounge access in Bangkok and after a bit of digging online I discovered that Thai Airways now actually sells access to their Business Lounges through regional sales offices.

I was quite surprised to find this available from the Australia office as Thai’s lounges are already pretty full and airlines rarely offer outright purchase to lounges without any membership affiliation.

Any Value Left At Airport Tax Free?

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Last week, I came across Dom Perignon 2009 vintage champagne twice in Italy and snapped a photo on both times.

Is Tax Free A Good Deal

Can you guess which one of the photos above is from the Milan’s Malpensa airport and which one was taken at random grocery store close to Sheraton hotel in Lake Como?

Compensation Clinic: TAP Air Portugal EC261/2004 Claim After Misconnect In Lisbon

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Our Compensation Clinic case this week stems from a TAP Air Portugal Claim for EC261 compensation I helped two friends push through after they misconnected in Lisbon en route to France.

Remember that you can always email us, send a message via Facebook or use Twitter and include photos too. We’ll try to cover a Compensation Clinic case here once a week, every Sunday.

LAST CALL: Iberia Plus 90,000 Bonus Avios Booking Deadline Today! (June 24, 2018)

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Iberia Plus launched on Thursday a fantastic promotion (read more here) for 9,000 bonus Avios for each ticket purchased (up to 10 tickets & max bonus 90,000 Avios).

LAST CALL Iberia Promo

There were some ambiguity first because if the T&Cs were really correct that the Avios would be posted 10 days after the purchase was made and you only would lose the bonus miles if you cancel the tickets  then no actual flying would be required. Iberia spokesperson contacted us on Friday confirming (read more here) that the promotion really is as good as it sounds.

Airfare of the Day: JAL Japan Airlines BUSINESS CLASS Vancouver BC (YVR), Canada to Bangkok (BKK), Thailand from $2,155/CA$2,869 Round Trip

Today’s Airfare of the Day goes to Japan Airlines and their midweek 2nd level business class advanced purchase round trip fares between Vancouver and Bangkok.

Remember that you can always email me or send me a message via Facebook or Twitter with your airfare-related findings or questions.

Just Purchased 10 Iberia Tickets – Anyone Else?

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Iberia Plus launched a great promo on Thursday (Freddo wrote about it at the time – read more here) to get members to book trips on the airline promising 9,000 bonus Avios per ticket within 10 days of purchase for up to 10 tickets. The only small print was that these bonus Avios would expire in early December if not used by that time.

Iberia Promo

These Avios are for members to keep even if they don’t take the flights (no show) as long as they don’t cancel them. This does sound too good to be true but Iberia spokesperson sent an email to us yesterday confirming that the promotion is exactly like this (read more here).

Le Club AccorHotels Etihad Guest Up To Quadruple Miles July 2 – September 1, 2018

Le Club AccorHotels has launched new bonus miles promotion for Etihad Airways Guest member stays between July 2 – September 1, 2018.

Le Club AccorHotels Summer 2018

Etihad Guest members can earn triple miles on their first stay and quadruple miles on their second and all subsequent ones during the promotional period. The valid booking dates for this offer are June 23 – August 1.

LAST CALL: Hilton Honors United States, Canada & Latin America Up To 20% Off Sale For Stays Until December 31, 2018 (Book By June 25)

Hilton Honors launched on Monday a sale for stays in the United States, Canada and Latin America between July 1 – December 31, 2018 that is about to end.

Hilton Honors Americas Up To 20 Percent Off Summer 2018

Members can save 20% off their stays at all other brands except Conrad and Waldorf-Astoria where the discount is capped at 15%. The sale ends on June 25.

General Strike In Argentina On June 25, 2018 (Most If Not All Flights Canceled)

There is general strike in Argentina this Monday on June 25, 2018 that will see air travel coming to a complete halt. Most airlines have already canceled their flights to/from Argentina that are either scheduled to land or take off on that date.

Aerolineas Argentinas

It could be difficult to get around in the country too because public transportation employees are striking as well. Taxi drivers are participating too but I am sure that there are taxis available but might be at a higher cost. Uber is available at least in Buenos Aires.

Statement From Iberia Plus Regarding The 90,000 Bonus Avios Promo

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Freddo yesterday wrote (access here) about very lucrative Iberia Plus promo where members that book up to 10 trips by June 24, 2018, can earn 9,000 bonus Avios for each (up to 90,000 bonus miles).

Iberia Promotion

What made this promotion really weird is that you can make the reservations far out, the bonus Avios will be deposited to your account within 10 days of the purchase and that you can keep them as long as you don’t cancel your flights.

SPG Best Rate Guarantee Update: Response Times Can be Fast

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There has been lot of noise surrounding the Marriott’s Look No Further and SPG Best Rate Guarantee programs as of late when the program T&Cs were practically merged at the end of May (read more here).

SPG Best Rate Guarantee Update

I have booked perhaps half of my SPG stays in the recent years using the Best Rate Guarantee program and racked up plenty of Starpoints in the process. Seems that SPG may have now implemented Marriott’s way to process these claims.

Airfare of the Day: American Airlines PREMIUM ECONOMY CLASS Los Angeles CA (LAX), United States to Hong Kong SAR (HKG), PRC from $958 Round Trip

Today’s Airfare of the Day goes to American Airlines and their premium economy class round trip fares between Los Angeles and Hong Kong.

Remember that you can always email me or send me a message via Facebook or Twitter with your airfare-related findings or questions.

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