Fabulous Fridays: Futuristic Cleaning & Customer Service Robots At Seoul Incheon Airport

This weeks Fabulous Friday features the armada of robots that are ’employed’ by Seoul’s Incheon Airport to complete several tasks such as cleaning but also guiding passengers through the terminal.

The airport has started to deploy their new helpers earlier this year to assist passengers and also complete tasks such as cleaning public areas.

United Airlines MileagePlus Buy Miles (Up To 100%?) Mystery Bonus Through November 20, 2017

United Airlines has launched Mystery Bonus offer for buying MileagePlus miles at perhaps up to 100% bonus for purchases made through November 20, 2017.

United Airlines MileagePlus Mystery Bonus November 2017

United Airlines has promotions pretty much every month for buying miles, but they all max out at a 100% bonus or a 50% discount (exactly the same offer because United usually limits the number of miles one can purchase per year including any possible bonuses to 150K).

Air Berlin Cancels All Caribbean Flights Ex Duesseldorf Effective 25th September, Tells Ticket Holders Prior To Aug 15th Their Money Is Gone

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Air Berlin is at it again permanently cancelling more longhaul flights and this time they axed all long haul routes to the Caribbean from September 25th onward but only providing refunds for recently (post August 15th) purchased tickets.

The carrier first announced the unwelcome news to many holidaymakers not via email or their website but their Facebook page of all places.

Top Hotel Promotions August 2017

Here’s look at the top 5 most lucrative hotel promotions that you can take advantage of this month.

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JetBlue Passengers Sue Airline Over Injuries After Turbulence Causes Plane To Drop

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When a JetBlue flight got into turbulence that eventually landed 27 people in the hospital it all looked like an unfortunate incident but now a lawsuit alleges the pilots ignored a storm and endangered passengers.

Two federal lawsuits have since been filed in Sacramento, CA to determine responsibility of the airline in the event and appropriate compensation (if any).

Fabulous Fridays: 10 Travel-Related Changes To Be Thankful For

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To coincide with the Thanksgiving weekend in the U.S., we’re going to highlight some of the positive changes that have come to the world of travel and loyalty programs over the last few years.

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We seem to dwell on (and write a good deal about) the negative happenings in this industry (cost cutting measures, devaluation of frequent flyer miles, strikes, bankruptcies, etc.).  But there are some positive changes that have come as well in recent times.  I’ve listed 10 below.  Feel free to share your thoughts on these and other ideas that should be in this list.

Starwood Dashboard Promotion: Points Posting Promptly For Eleven Brands Campaign

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Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) has published a new brands promotion last month for members who stay at five & eleven different brands of the SPG Portfolio and the points are awarded very promptly.

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While it took quite some time for the last Brands Promo (which ended on 31 December 2015) to post, this time Starwood is pretty quick to award the points and they show up within 3-4 days post stay.

Compensation Clinic: Thai Airways EU Compensation Payment For FRA-BKK Flight Cancellation

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It’s Compensation Clinic Sunday again and this week a reader submitted us a case involving Thai Airways and a flight from Germany to Bangkok which ended up being cancelled that day.

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The aircraft had a technical malfunction and the flight was cancelled that night while passengers were accommodated at the Airport Sheraton (at least those in Business Class).

SPG Hot Escapes For The Next 6 Weeks Up To 33% Off + Extra 5% Off For Members (Book By Saturday)

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

SPG Hot Escapes August 31 2016

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 Up Its Stake Of IAG (British Airways, Aer Lingus, Vueling & Iberia) To 20%

Qatar Airways has been on a shopping spree lately. Last month, they announced buying stakes on both LATAM (read more here) and Meridiana (read more here).

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The airline made an announcement over the weekend that it had upped its stake of IAG (the parent of British Airways, Iberia, Aer Lingus and Vueling) to 20.01% after the share price of the IAG had “crashed” due to the Brexit vote.

Istanbul (IST) Ataturk Airport Explosions & Gunfire

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Just a short time ago reports of two explosions and gunfire rocking Istanbul’s main international airport (Ataturk) have started coming in.  Early reports from the government state there have been “multiple injuries” but this is vague at best.

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Given other recent terrorist events in Turkey, this will only further harm the image and economy of what is a unique place to visit.

Hilton HHonors Gold Fast Track Offer Four Stays Within 90 Days

Hilton HHonors has launched yet another Gold fast track offer this time for Corporate Travelers.

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This fast track requires four stays within 90 days after signing up for it and the status (if you do it now) is valid through March 2018.

OneGo: Unlimited Domestic Flights Within The U.S. from 1500$ – A Good Deal?

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A new service with the name OneGo offers customers unlimited air travel on major airlines if they purchase a regionally restricted plan, starting at 1,500$ per month for the U.S. West Coast.

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The company advertises that only non stop routes are offered and one can still earn frequent flyer miles as well as enjoy the benefits.

Fire Inferno at Dubai’s Address Hotel on New Year’s Eve

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News reports and Twitter is buzzing about a large fire at The Address, a 63-story hotel/residential building in Dubai. For those unfamiliar, this property is attached to the Dubai Mall and adjacent to the Burj Khalifa and the epicenter of Dubai’s New Year celebrations.

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There has been no reports of injuries or casualties yet, but given the imagery I think unfortunately there will be some loss of life.

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