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.
Le Club AccorHotels runs Private Sales in Europe, Australasia, 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 today announced that it would introduce Basic Economy fares on select routes within Indonesia that come with reduced benefits.
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.
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 $$$$.
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 has launched new promotion for Air Canada Aeroplan member stays between May 14 – September 30, 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.