Vietnam Airlines Lotus Miles Security Update

Chinese hackers managed to penetrate the Hanoi airport and Vietnam Airlines systems last week (read more here).

Vietnam Airlines Lotus Miles

Vietnam Airlines apparently still has issues trying to get its Lotus Miles frequent flier program up and running after the breach. They have released the following statement and emailed it to the program members.

IHG Rewards Club Terms & Conditions Update Effective August 2, 2016


IHG Rewards Club has updated the Terms and conditions governing its guest loyalty program effective August 2, 2016.

IHG Rewards Club Terms & Conditions August 2 2016 Update

The changes mainly affect how the disputes are settled with the program members and IHG Rewards Club.

American Airlines Buy & Gift AAdvantage Miles Up To 57% Bonus (August 3 – August 31, 2016)

American Airlines has launched a new buy & gift AAdvantage miles campaign and this time with up to a 57% bonus until August 31st, 2016.


American Airlines upped last year the number of miles that you can buy before any bonuses to 150,000 every calendar year. Remember that the account that buys or receives miles must be minimum of 30 days old.

REMINDER: Leave Your STUFF Behind When An Airplane Is Evacuated!


When watching the burning Emirates Boeing 777-300 airplane at the Dubai airport and what little was left of it once the fire was put out, it is quite remarkable that none of the passengers died. It was unfortunate that one of the firefighters passed away, however.

EK Crash

It was little troublesome when I was watching CNN last night seeing passengers dragging their carry-ons while evacuating from the aircraft. In some other instances, this may have led to casualties.

PREVIEW: Ibis Thailand 8th Year Anniversary 888 THB Breakfast Inclusive Offer For Stays September 1 – October 30, 2016 (Book August 29 – 31)

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Le Club AccorHotels or actually Erawan (same owner as Grand Hyatt in Bangkok) hotel group is launching ibis Thailand 8th year anniversary sale for stays September 1 – October 30, 2016.


You can book ten ibis hotels in Thailand from Hua Hin to Koh Samui for just 888 THB per night breakfast inclusive and Accor Plus members are eligible for an additional 10% off. The sale is valid for bookings made between August 29 – 31 only.

Hilton HHonors Amex Singapore $50 Statement Credit August 1 – January 31, 2017


Hilton HHonors has launched a separate offer for American Express cardholders in Singapore.

Hilton HHomors Amex Singapore Promotion August 1 - January 31 2017

Amex holders can get S$50 statement credit when making S$300 purchase at any of the 60 participating hotels in Asia-Pacific between August 1 – January 31, 2017.

Whine Wednesdays: Frequent Flier Program “Enhancements”

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This week the Whine Wednesdays visits the frequent “enhancements” to the US based frequent flier programs where race to bottom seems to accelerate.

Enhancements Race To The Bottom

I have always wondered if the people running these programs really think that their members are basically stupid by framing negative changes as “enhancements” or “requested by customer feedback”?

Hilton HHonors American Express Bonus Membership Rewards (UK) Promotion July 25 – October 25, 2016


Hilton HHonors has started new promotion for American Express card members in the UK that can earn bonus Membership Rewards points.

Hilton HHonors Amex UK Bonus Membership Rewards Promotion July 25 - October 25 2016

The offer is valid for stays at more than 400 hotels in Europe, Middle East & Africa where members can earn an additional Membership Rewards points for every 1 GBP charged to the card between July 25 – October 25, 2016.

United Airlines MileagePlus “Enhancements” Effective October 6, 2016 (Race To The Bottom Continues)


United Airlines made an announcement today about “enhancements” to its MileagePlus frequent flier program effective October 6, 2016.

United Airlines MileagePlus Enhancements

United will discontinue stopover on round-trips awards, there are higher change fees for most and round-the-world awards are discontinued altogether.

Marriott eBreaks For August 4 – 7, 2016 (20% Off This Coming Weekend)

Marriott has number of properties each week on eBreaks list that is valid for the upcoming weekend from Thursday to Sunday.

Marriott eBreaks August 4 - 7 2016These properties are usually in North America and the discount for booking the eBreaks offer should be around 20%.

Emirates Flight EK521 TRV-DXB Crash Lands In Dubai & On Fire


Emirates flight EK521 from Thiruvananthapuram (TRV) to Dubai (DXB) apparently had a very hard landing and caught fire. Some were reporting this as an emergency landing. Not sure if the incident started earlier.

EK 521

The flight was operated by Boeing 777-300 aircraft and was scheduled to land in Dubai at 12:50PM this afternoon (actual landing time 12:44PM).

SPG Hot Escapes For The Next 6 Weeks Up To 25% 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 3 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.

Garuda Indonesia Reports $63.2 Mio USD Loss For The First Half Of 2016

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Indonesia flag carrier Garuda Indonesia has reported a loss of 63.2 Million USD for the first half year of operation in 2016.

Garuda 777The airline cites a strong domestic competition as a result for the negative result which came after the carrier reported a plus of almost 30 Mio USD for the same period last year.

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