Whine Wednesdays: Chaos At The Check-In Counter – Long Lineups & Passengers Repacking Luggage

This week our Whine Wednesday is about the situation at check-in counters for certain flights where passengers seem to be especially disorderly and the airline mismanages the process on top of it all.

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 Whine Wednesday case here once a week.

Le Club AccorHotels Worldwide Up To 50% Off Private Sales May 23, 2018

Le Club AccorHotels runs Private Sales in EuropeAustralasia, Middle East, South America and Asia weekly unless there is a global Super or Private Sale going on.

Le Club AccorHotels revamped these Private Sale pages few months back and seems that content is gone from some while still available on others.

Garuda Indonesia Introduces Basic Economy On Select Routes Within Indonesia


Garuda Indonesia today announced that it would introduce Basic Economy fares on select routes within Indonesia that come with reduced benefits.

Garuda Indonesia

Members that book basic economy fares can only check in at the airport, are not allowed to use the overhead compartment to store their luggage (fare comes with 20 kilos of checked baggage), have reduced on-board service, don’t earn miles, don’t have lounge access (bases on status), and are not eligible for any priority service at the airport.

Airfare of the Day: American Airlines / JAL Japan Airlines PREMIUM ECONOMY CLASS NEW York NY (JFK), United States to Hanoi (HAN)/Ho Chi Minh City (SGN), Vietnam from $1,167/¥129,030/₫26,469,000 Round Trip

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Today’s Airfare of the Day goes to American Airlines and their buy-up premium economy class round trip fares between New York and Vietnam.

Remember that you can always email me or send me a message via Facebook or Twitter with your ‘good fare’ findings or questions about an airfare.

Be Careful With Duty Free Limit When Bringing Alcohol To Thailand – 75,000 THB Fine!


A LoyaltyLobby reader dropped me a link to an article that had appeared on Coconuts about a group that had purchased whiskey at the duty free in Singapore, got caught by the customs in Thailand and was fined $$$$.

Thailand Duty Free Limit

Alcohol is highly taxed/dutied item in Thailand and thus customs people are on look for people appearing to be bringing in excess amounts.

Best Western Rewards Air Canada Aeroplan 1,000 Miles Per Stay May 14 – September 30, 2018

Best Western Rewards has launched new promotion for Air Canada Aeroplan member stays between May 14 – September 30, 2018

Best Western Rewards Aeroplan Summer 2018

Members earn 250 base miles + 750 bonus miles (1,000 miles total) for each stay during the promotional period in the US, Canada or the Caribbean.

Alaska Airlines Buy Mileage Plan Buy Miles Up To 40% Bonus Through July 3, 2018

Alaska Airlines has launched new up to 40% bonus for buying Mileage Plan miles through July 3, 2018.

Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Buy Miles Summer 2018

Alaska Airlines is not part of any global alliance but has ties with many airlines for earning and redeeming miles such as Cathay Pacific, Emirates, and Finnair.

Le Club AccorHotels Iberia Plus Triple Miles May 18 – July 4, 2018

Le Club AccorHotels has launched new promotion for Iberia Plus member stays both booked and consumed between May 18 – July 4, 2018.

Le Club AccorHotels Iberia Plus Summer 2018

Members can earn triple miles for unlimited number of stays during the promotional period.

Frontier Airlines Passenger Urinates Onto Seat In Front Of Him During Denver-Charleston Flight


A Frontier Airlines passenger was arrested upon arrival after he was spotted urinating on a seat in front on him while en route from Denver to Charleston.

The offender was reportedly re-seated earlier after harassing two female passengers on the same flight prior to this disgusting episode.

SPG Hot Escapes For The Next 6 Weeks Up To 35% Off + Extra 5% Off For Members (Book By Saturday)

SPG releases its weekly Hot Escapes list every Wednesday. This is a selection of hotels around the world that are discounted anywhere from 20%15% (sometimes up to 70% off) + an additional 5% off for SPG members.

Westin Langkawi

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

Qatar Airways Ends Qbiz Program Effective May 23, 2018

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Qatar Airways today emailed its Qbiz program members that the program is discontinued basically effective immediately on May 23, 2018. Qbiz members have until May 17, 2019, to redeem their existing Qmiles balance.

Qatar Airways Qbiz

Qbiz is program for small business that get rewarded for tickets purchased for their employees. Qbiz members earn Qmiles for these tickets that in turn can be used for award tickets.

Airfare of the Day: Lufthansa BUSINESS CLASS Helsinki (HEL), Finland to Beijing (PEK)/Shanghai (PVG), PRC from 1416 €/$1671/CN¥10638 Round Trip

Today’s Airfare of the Day goes to Lufthansa and their 2nd level business class excursion round trip fares between Helsinki and the People’s Republic of China.

Remember that you can always email me or send me a message via Facebook or Twitter with your ‘good fare’ findings or questions about an airfare.

How To Contact Marriott Rewards Customer Service By Phone? (Long Wait Or Nobody Ever Picks Up)


Over the past couple of weeks, I have seen many complaints online and have received messages from readers how it is practically impossible to get hold of anyone at Marriott Rewards Customer Service without being on hold for at least half an hour if not longer.

Marriott Rewards Phone

Seems that elite members also won’t get any prioritized service and agents are telling that they are being trained to deal with reservations, customer service and Marriott Rewards issues. Previously, Marriott had different set of agents for each of these functions.

IAG Making Third Bid For Norwegian?

Spanish Expansion (access here) was reporting on Monday that IAG the parent of British Airways, Iberia, Aer Lingus, Vueling and Level would be readying to make a third bid to take over Norwegian Air Shuttle.


IAG took 4.61% position in Norwegian (read more here) before it approached the company trying to convince the board that it would be the right time for the shareholders to sell the rest. The board rejected the proposal (read more here) earlier this month.

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