Air Canada In Exclusive Talks To Acquire Air Transat

Air Transat indicated this year that it was up for sale and made an announcement earlier this month that several parties had approached it

Air Transat

Air Canada has today reached an exclusive agreement to negotiate buying the airline’s parent. Air Canada will pay a fee to Air Transat if the purchase doesn’t go through due to regulator scrutiny.

Hyatt’s Shark Fin Problem


When Sebastian wrote about two new hotel additions to the Hyatt’s portfolio in Tokyo, a reader pointed out an unfortunate dish on their menu.

Shark Fin

Hyatt made a commitment back in 2012 to remove all shark fin products from its restaurant menus and confirmed that this was effective as of May 2014 (read more here). Now, however, shark fin products are back at Hyatt affiliated hotel(s).

Airfare of the Day: Japan Airlines / American Airlines BUSINESS CLASS Vancouver (YVR), Canada to Bangkok (BKK), Thailand from $2,143/CA$2,883 Round Trip

Today’s Airfare of the Day goes to JAL and American Airlines and basic season midweek business class advanced purchase round trip fares between Vancouver and Bangkok.


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IHG Rewards Club Kimpton Minimum 20% Off Through September 15, 2019 (Book By July 31)

HG Rewards Club’s Kimpton-brand has launched their own version of the Global Sale (read more here) that started on Tuesday.

IHG Rewards Club Kimpton Global Sale Summer 2019

The discount is at minimum 20% and IHG Rewards Club members are eligible for an additional yet undisclosed reduction .

Experience Report: Completing A Return Flight Date Change On The Cathay Pacific Vietnam Error Fare (Booked via Orbitz)


As we have received a lot of feedback regarding our Cathay Pacific First Class Error Fare articles I’d like to report back about my personal experience of changing the date of the return flight as many readers inquired about.

Several people reported problems getting either Cathay Pacific or their OTA to change the date on this ticket which per the ticket rules is explicitly allowed.

Success: Instant American Airlines AAdvantage Status Upgrade Using The World Of Hyatt Elite Fast Track


This week we already covered that American Airlines and Hyatt launched a partnership that allows each others elites to earn bonus miles and points plus a status match/challenge – I gave it a try and it worked perfectly.

I’m was already AAdvantage Lifetime Gold and the status match with Hyatt Globalist bumped my account to Platinum within a couple of minutes.

Joie De Vivre Now World Of Hyatt Participating

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Hyatt acquired Two Roads hospitality and its brands late last year (read more here) and roughly third of the hotels decided not to continue under Hyatt and have rebrabded.

World of Hyatt Joie De Vivre

Thompson Hotels already became World of Hyatt participating at the end of March and today (May 15, 2019) Joie De Vivre-hotels are also part of the program.

Aeroplan Fuel & Other Surcharges Class Action Lawsuit For Quebec Residents


Seems that Aimia may be on the hook for Aeroplan fuel and other surcharges it collected from Quebec residents since December 12, 2011.


This class action lawsuit was first intended for all members in Canada but was restricted by the judge for Quebec residents only.

IHG Launches Its 16th Brand: Atwell Suites

IHG today announced new addition to its ever growing portfolio of brands called Atwell Suites.

Atwell Suites

The Atwell Suites is positioned between IHG’s other extended stay suite brands (Candlewood and Staybridge) in the upper midscale segment.

Whine Wednesdays: Overcrowded Hotel Executive Lounges


Readers are in for a special treat this week, as I rarely have a whine in my travels but my recent experiences at the Hilton Tokyo were notable in that regard.

The Hilton Tokyo recently completed a lengthy lounge refurbishment and expansion, as the previous iteration often became overcrowded especially around public holidays.  Did the new lounge fix this… apparently not.

Marriott Bonvoy Thailand, Vietnam & Cambodia Up To 35% Off Through October 31, 2019 (Book By May 21)

Marriott Bonvoy has launched new up to 35% off sale for stays at participating hotels in Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia.

Marriott Bonvoy The Naka Island

Members using promotional code ADP can save for stays through October 31, 2019 if booked by May 21.

American Express (U.S.) Membership Rewards 10% Targeted Transfer Bonus For Air Canada Aeroplan, Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Still Active As Well

American Express Membership Rewards has a new campaign for their U.S. based members, offering a small 10% bonus on Membership Rewards transfers to Air Canada Aeroplan.

Meanwhile the Virgin Atlantic 30% transfer bonus is still available as well for members who like an alternative to Aeroplan.

Le Club AccorHotels 500 Bonus Points For A Stay In Europe July 12 – September 1, 2019

Le Club AccorHotels has launched a promotion for 500 bonus points that requires a stay in Europe between July 12 – September 1, 2019.

Le Club AccorHotels Europe 500 Bonus Points Summer 2019

This offer is valid for a stay in Belgium, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Sweden or the United Kingdom booked by June 14.

Airfare of the Day: American Airlines / British Airways PREMIUM ECONOMY CLASS London (LHR), United Kingdom to New York (LGA/JFK), United States from £768 Round Trip

Today’s Airfare of the Day goes to American Airlines and their premium economy promotional round trip fares between London and New York.


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