US Bans Chinese Airlines Effective June 16, 2020

U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today issued a notice that would ban Air China, China Eastern, China Southern, and Xiamen Airlines flying to the United States effective June 16, 2020.

The U.S. airlines of United, American, and Delta all discontinued their China flying by early February when only Chinese airlines continued to have limited service between the two countries.

Air Canada Aeroplan & Etihad Guest Frequent Flier Partnership Launch

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Air Canada, the “flag” carrier of its namesake country, and Etihad, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, have today launched a frequent flier partnership.

Air Canada members can earn and use Aeroplan miles on Etihad flights (Altitude qualifying too). In contrast, Etihad Guest members have the same opportunity (not sure of the elite qualifying part though).

Airfare of the Day [Business Class] KLM Amsterdam to San Francisco from 1,387 €

Today’s Airfare of the Day goes to Delta and their business class promotional round trip fares between Amsterdam (AMS), Netherlands and San Francisco (SFO), USA. This fare can be routed on KLM nonstop service and it is also available on VS, AF and KL stock.

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Canada & Alaska 2020 Cruise Season Is Officially Cancelled, Cruise Lines Informing Customers

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A few weeks ago Canada has updated their cruise & port guidelines for 2020 in respect to Coronavirus to the effect that all Canada and Alaska as well as some Hawaiian cruises for the 2020 season are officially cancelled.

Pretty much all major cruise lines serving these routes have now realized this and informed their customers about cancellations and refund procedures.

British Airways Finnair R-Class Earning Update

Finnair made some fare changes a couple of months ago that involved moving R-fare class from the discount economy, which hardly earns anything on partners, to discount business.

These changes are often problematic to those who credit these flights to Oneworld programs (remember QR R-fares?) as they are usually very slow at updating earnings charts.

Marriott Bonvoy 25% Off Escapes Are Back

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Marriott Bonvoy has brought back the Escapes, paused for three months due to Covid-19, that are available again for stays worldwide (Marriott had China-specific Escapes in May).

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Members can save 25%, and the non-member discount is capped at 20%. The offer is valid seven days a week at resorts and weekends (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights) at urban hotels.

American Airlines Introduces App Chat Function

American Airlines has made an interesting update to both Android and the iOS apps that now allow you to chat with the agents.

Chats are useful if you are in a place where you cannot talk, the internet is the only option or happens to be overseas from where calls can be expensive.

Best Western Rewards 20% Gift Card Bonus Through September 30, 2020

Best Western Rewards has launched a bonus to purchase gift cards with a 20% bonus through September 30, 2020.

Members can buy up to $500 worth of gift cards and get a $100 bonus. You can buy these in either USD or CAD, but they can be used for stays worldwide.

Thai Airways Suspends Most Awards

Chronically loss-making Thai Airways filed for bankruptcy in Thailand, and we have covered their financial issues a few times (read more here, here, and here).

Now, most Royal Orchid Plus (ROP) award options, including Star Alliance, hotel, and lifestyle rewards, have been suspended. You can continue redeeming for Thai Airways flights (when they resume).

Conrad Bali “Save Now, Stay Later” Sale Through December 25, 2021 (Purchase By July 31)

We covered the other week (read more here and here) Conrad Bali’s Covid-19 offer for stays through December 25, 2021.

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That offer ended on May 31, but Conrad Bali has launched a new one with a higher price that is available for bookings through July 31.

Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Is Back!

Virgin Atlantic Flying Club was having some serious technical issues for close to two weeks (Sebastian covered them yesterday – read more here) that prevented anyone from accessing their accounts.

These technical issues have been resolved, for now, and Flying Club members can again logging into their accounts and review past transactions.

LAST CALL: Hilton Honors Buy Points 100% Bonus + Doubled Limit Through June 3, 2020

Hilton Honors launched back in March a points sale at a 100% bonus that was supposed to end yesterday but which was extended until tomorrow (June 3, 2020).

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Members can usually buy up to 80,000 points every calendar year before any bonus, although the limit is doubled to select if not all members (check the purchase page).

Airfare of the Day [Premium Economy] LUFTHANSA London to Singapore from £645

Today’s Airfare of the Day goes to Lufthansa and their premium economy instant purchase round trip fares between London (LHR), United Kingdom to Singapore (SIN).

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Hong Kong Bans Visitors For Additional Three Months (Through September 2020)

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Hong Kong Health Secretary today announced that the ban on non-resident arrivals would be extended by an additional three months (would be through September).

Hong Kong SAR citizens and permanent residents + Mainland China & Taiwan can arrive but must go through the Covid-19 test at the airport and then quarantine for 14-days.

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