Airbus Refuses Delivery Of Airbus A330 To Hainan Airlines Due To Outstanding Payments, HNA Liquidity Problems

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Hainan Airlines has previously ordered a number of Airbus A330 but not they are in hot water as the manufacturer refuses delivery to the Chinese carrier since they apparently can’t pay for aircraft.

Hainan Airlines parent company HNA is in turmoil due to a shortage of capital and the recent sudden departure of their chairman who fell to his death while vacationing in France.

SPG Still Sending Out Lifetime Platinum Kits?

A LoyaltyLobby reader forwarded me an email that he had just today received from SPG welcoming him to lifetime Platinum status. The email lists number of Platinum benefits with an asterisk that these benefits are valid until August 2018!

SPG Lifetime July 2018

SPG introduced lifetime status with the program in the early 2010’s and I qualified for the Platinum one last year (read more here). SPG program ceases to exist in all but name in early next month when it is merged to Marriott Rewards. Next year new name is introduced and Marriott Rewards, SPG and Ritz-Carlton Rewards are retired. 

Japan Airlines (JAL) Mileage Bank Award Chart Changes November 20, 2018

Japan Airlines (JAL) will update its Mileage Bank Oneworld and partner award ticket mileage requirements effective November 20, 2018.

Japan Airlines

The airline is also more drastically revamping the number of miles required for awards on its own flights sometime in December.

Reader Question: RewardsPlus Marriott Gold Status (Based On UA Status) Mapping In New Program Come August 2018?

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A LoyaltyLobby reader sent us a question by email about how the Marriott Gold status acquired through RewardsPlus partnership with United will map in the new program introduced in August.

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Remember that you can always email us, send a message via Facebook or use Twitter and include photos too. We’ll try to cover Reader Questions & Comments here several times a week.

Airfare of the Day: American Airlines PREMIUM ECONOMY CLASS Los Angeles CA (LAX), USA to Hong Kong SAR (HKG), PRC from $983 Round Trip

Today’s Airfare of the Day goes to American Airlines and their premium economy class round trip fares between Los Angeles and Hong Kong.

Remember that you can always email me or send me a message via Facebook or Twitter with your airfare-related findings or questions.

Hilton Honors Buy Points 60% Bonus through December 31, 2018

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Hilton Honors has bonus or discount promotions with variable percentages for buying points every month but seems that they have “secret” on-going promotion that is valid through the end of the year.

Hilton Honors Buy Points 60 Percent Bonus Through December 31 2018

The offer that can be accessed through the special link that Hilton Honors has emailed to select members comes with 60% bonus. The highest bonus that comes and goes every few months is 100% and max discount is 50% (same point purchase price).

Marriott Rewards El Mangroove Autograph Collection 15,000 Bonus Points July 1 – August 31, 2018

Marriott Rewards has launched an offer for stays at new Autograph Collection hotel in Costa Rica between July 1 – August 31, 2018.

Marriott Rewards El Mangroove Autograph Collection Bonus Promotion

Members can earn 15,000 bonus points for stays of three nights or longer at El Mangroove if booked using promotional code M11.

Le Club AccorHotels Double Or Triple Points + 500 App Booking Bonus For One Stay In Germany, Austria & Switzerland July 11 – October 11, 2018

Le Club AccorHotels has launched new promotion that is valid for one stay in Germany, Austria and Switzerland between July 11 – October 11, 2018.

Le Club AccorHotels Germany Austria Switzerland Triple Points Summer 2018

Membership can earn double points if the stay is one or two nights and triple points if the stay is three nights or longer. Member will receive additional 500 points if the reservation is made using app.

It’s Official: Singapore Airlines Non-Stop Flights To/From Los Angeles & New York Are Back This Fall!

After abandoning the route a couple years ago Singapore Airlines has now brought back both ultra long haul flights to the United States: Newark & Los Angeles, both which will start in the late fall.

As we reported previously the New York-Newark flights will begin on October 11th and now the Los Angeles date has been set for November 9th 2018.

Etihad “Enhances” Travel Experience – You Now Pay To Select Standard Seat!

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Etihad Airways, that has been bleeding for years (read more here) and lost billions investing in Airberlin and Alitalia, is in search for incidental revenue and has decided that it is now the right time to start charging for “Standard Seats” in economy.

Etihad Airways Standard Seat Fee

For a “small fee”, travelers can choose their seats in advance. These are available for free of charge within 24 hours of departure. Etihad nowhere discloses what these fees for various seating charges are.

Marriott Rewards 10,000 Bonus Points For Stays In Paris July 15 – September 15, 2018

Marriott Rewards has launched new bonus promotion for stays at five participating hotels in Paris between July 15 – September 15, 2018.

Renaissance Paris Vendome

Members can earn 10,000 bonus points for stays minimum of two nights that are booked using promotional code M41.

Airfare of the Day: British Airways PREMIUM ECONOMY CLASS Dublin (DUB), Ireland to Los Angeles CA (LAX), USA from 714 € Round Trip

Today’s Airfare of the Day goes to British Airways and their premium economy class round trip fares between Ireland and California.

Remember that you can always email me or send me a message via Facebook or Twitter with your airfare-related findings or questions.

Le Club AccorHotels Worldwide Up To 50% Off Private Sales July 11, 2018

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Le Club AccorHotels runs Private Sales in EuropeAustralasia, Middle East, South America and Asia weekly unless there is a global Super or Private Sale going on.

Le Club AccorHotels Private Sales July 11 2018

Le Club AccorHotels revamped these Private Sale pages few months back and seems that content is gone from some while still available on others.

Air China Hong Kong-Dalian Flight Deploys Oxygen Masks & Drops 25,000 ft After Loss Of Cabin Pressure

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Air China had an incident yesterday where a flight from Hong Kong to Dalian suddenly lost cabin pressure which prompted the pilot to descent down to 10,000 ft and deploy the oxygen masks.

The aircraft was a four year old Boeing 737 with 159 passengers plus crew, yet unbelievably the pilot continued to fly 3+ hours to Dalian with deployed oxygen masks instead of landing at the nearest airport.

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