QANTAS: The Alan Joyce AU$16 million bonus
Cast your minds back to late last year, 2023. The reputational damage caused by Alan Joyce’s continuing employment as Qantas CEO caused him to leave the job early. Qantas then promised to review whether he should qualify for some of his bonus package. The Qantas Board has decided to outsource...
HOTEL REVIEW: The George Hotel, Christchurch (Ōtautahi). Luxurious local comfort.
Introduction The question of where to stay becomes a little piquant in a city that an earthquake nearly destroyed in 2011 and nonetheless killed 185 people. Do you stay in something that survived the calamity or one that has been built to withstand one in the future? I’d spent considerable...
CHINA: Visa-free travel for Australians available soon
With Li Quiang, the Chinese Premier, visiting Australia this week, comes the announcement that Australia will soon be included in the visa-free waiver program for visits to China. Australian citizens will join New Zealand and other nations in the 15-day visa-free entry program for tourists visiting China. “We agreed to...
QUEENSLAND AIRPORTS: 74.25% of airport owning company up for sale
The process of selling a 74.24% stake in Queensland Airports is now out of the starting blocks with Barrenjoey and Macquarie Capital for the sellers, sending out sales process letters over the weekend. Queensland Airports Ltd (QAL) owns several Queensland secondary airports, including Gold Coast, Longreach, Mount Isa, and Townsville....
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Live and Let’s Fly
American Airlines Flubs “Passenger Of Size” Incident
If a passenger spills into your seat, it should not be you who has to suffer. One American Airlines passenger did not even get compensation when he was squished beside an obese passenger on a full flight. That is not how such situations should be handled on AA or any...
Frequent Flyer Bonuses
Air France KLM Flying Blue elite status match expanded to the U.S. and Mexico
The Air France KLM Flying Blue Status Match offer that came out earlier this year for UK residents only (read more here) and then expanded to include Canada, Germany, Spain and other European countries (read more here) has been expanded further to include the U.S. and Mexico. There is one...
View from the Wing
Cathay Pacific’s Downfall: Hong Kong’s Former Glory Now Government’s Target [Roundup]
A roundup of the most important stories of the day. I keep you up to date on the most interesting writings I find on other sites – the latest news and tips. Continue reading Cathay Pacific’s Downfall: Hong Kong’s Former Glory Now Government’s Target [Roundup]...
Live and Let’s Fly
SFO Flyers Rejoice: Runway 28L Open Again
San Francisco International Airport (SFO) travelers can expect reduced delays and smoother operations, with the airport’s taxiway improvement project completed ahead of schedule and runway 28L now open again. SFO Runway 28L Opens Ahead Of Schedule After Completion Of Taxiway Project Earlier this year, SFO launched the project to realign...
Paddle Your Own Kanoo
Woman Sues Her Own Long-term Boyfriend For Failing to Take Her to the Airport, Making Her Miss Her Flight
A woman in New Zealand has tried to sue her own long-term boyfriend after he failed to take her to the airport, meaning that she missed her flight and had to buy a new ticket in order to arrive at her destination in time to attend a concert. The unnamed...
The Bulkhead Seat
10 US Escape Lounges Join the Priority Pass Network
Escapes Lounges are located in 21 airports globally with 15 of them in the… The post 10 US Escape Lounges Join the Priority Pass Network appeared first on The Bulkhead Seat.
One Mile at a Time
Southwest 737 Buzzes Oklahoma City Suburbs In Bizarre Incident
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is investigating yet another incident involving a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737. This incident is especially strange, since conditions were good, so one has to wonder what exactly was going on with the pilots.
View from the Wing
American Airlines Nightmare: Man Forced to Share Seat With Obese Passenger
An American Airlines customer flew beside an obese passenger. It was a full flight and they could not move. They did not get to use their entire seat, because the other passenger spilled over into theirs. Does American owe them compensation? Continue reading American Airlines Nightmare: Man Forced to Share Seat...
One Mile at a Time
American Express Acquiring Tock To Enhance Dining Platform
In 2019, American Express acquired Resy, a digital restaurant reservation booking and management platform. Now the credit card issuer has announced that it’s acquiring Tock, a competitor to Resy.
Frequent Miler
How Greg found awesome awards like A320 business class, new Hyatt & Delta point values, and more [Week in Review]
One of the outcomes of our recent challenge is that it gave us all a lot more practice with numerous award booking tools to help us find awesome awards at the last minute. This week at Frequent Miler, Greg details how he used those tools and his experience with one...
Frequent Floaters
Tiktoker Tampering With Cruise Water, Bidding for Windstar Yacht Cruise, Using $300 Year Travel Credit for Cruise Costs, The Insanity of Embarkation day for Crew and Carnival Entertainment!
I have barely left my house this week because the “feels like” temp every day was over 100*! I mean I like warm but this has been ridiculous. Speaking of ridiculous… I am not on TikTok. I don’t get TikTok. But what I really don’t get is someone tampering with...
Eye of the Flyer
How a Wedding Ring Reminds Someone of Flying Delta Air Lines. Using Credits for a Three-Night Stay in Minnesota
A man's wedding ring serves as a daily reminder of flying Delta Air Lines. Plus, we used our Delta Stays credits for a great three-night stay in Minnesota. The post How a Wedding Ring Reminds Someone of Flying Delta Air Lines. Using Credits for a Three-Night Stay in Minnesota appeared first...
View from the Wing
American Airlines Flagship Lounge Philadelphia Opens Next Year (And Will Be Worth The Wait)
American Airlines has business class lounges at New York JFK, Los Angeles, Chicago O'Hare, Miami and Dallas - Fort Worth. They've been promising a lounge for their primary transatlantic gateway, Philadelphia, for many years and it's finally in sight. Continue reading American Airlines Flagship Lounge Philadelphia Opens Next Year (And...
One Mile at a Time
Alaska Flight Attendants Have Tentative “Record Contract”
At the moment, were seeing flight attendants at most major US airlines trying to ratify new contracts (except at Delta, where flight attendants arent unionized). Flight attendants largely havent had pay increases since before the pandemic, and are looking for significant raises, to reflect the inflation weve seen in recent...
One Mile at a Time
American Flagship Lounge Philadelphia Opening 2025
While we’ll have to be patient, American Airlines has officially revealed that it plans to open two new lounges at Philadelphia Airport (PHL) in 2025, including a new Flagship Lounge. Let’s go over the details, though let me say that I’ll believe it when the lounge actually opens, given how...
Paddle Your Own Kanoo
Garbage Truck Collides With American Airlines Boeing 737 And Leaves Piece of Bodywork Embedded in Wing
A garbage truck collided with an American Airlines Boeing 737 at Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro on Friday morning as the plane was preparing for departure to Dallas Fort Worth. At the time of the incident, the aircraft was stationary and parked at the gate while passengers were still...
One Mile at a Time
British Airways Retrofitting Boeing 787s With Club Suites
In 2019, British Airways introduced its new Club Suites business class, featuring direct aisle access and doors. This marks a massive improvement to the carrier’s business class experience. As is always the case when new business class products are introduced, the big question is the timeline with which seats will...
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India prepares to launch fast-track immigration for Indian citizens
India is preparing to launch its own version of the US CBP's Global Entry Programme, where Indian citizens and OCIs won't have to wait to get back into the country and they can use biometric gates to enter the borders. The post India prepares to launch fast-track immigration for Indian...
Nerd Ka Travel
Expliseat TiSeat 2X New Seat Hopping Into HOPs’ E190 Fleet in Fall 2024
New seats are hopping onto Air France Regional Affiliate HOP E190 as part of HOP!’s cabin renewal program. The Expliseat TiSeat 2X base seat is designed to be lightweight, weighing 8kg (17 lbs) providing the airline with weight reduction while
The Shutterwhale
How and Why I Redeemed My Max Miles for World of Hyatt Points: A Slightly Troublesome Process
Max Miles is a great platform to earn extra World of Hyatt points from online transactions (including flight and hotel bookings) - especially for those in markets without a co-branded credit card!
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TSA at Philadelphia Airport Stop Yet Another Airline Employee With a Loaded Firearm Trying to Get Through a Security Checkpoint
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at Philadelphia Airport have stopped yet another airline employee trying to get through a security checkpoint with a loaded firearm in what has been described as a potential ‘insider threat’ incident. In the latest interception on June 21, the TSA spotted a loaded 9mm handgun...
Frequent Miler
Podcast: Best ways to get to Hawaii | Frequent Miler on the Air Ep260 | 6-21-24
Are palm trees and sunshine perpetually on your mind? This week, Frequent Miler on the Air discusses all of your best options for getting to the islands of Aloha from as few as 10-15,000 points each way from almost anywhere in the US — and how to find the right...
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Qatar Airways: Earn up to 6,000 bonus Avios + save up to 10% on flights out of Australia & New Zealand
Qatar Airways is offering travellers flying out of Australia and New Zealand an opportunity to earn up to 6,000 bonus Avios and save up to 10% off flights. Privilege Club members simply need to login before booking and then use promo code EOFY24 during check out to receive the bonus...
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My Glimpse Into Akureyri in Iceland: Hilton Announces New Hotel Property
Hilton officially announced a franchise agreement with Bohemian Hotels ehf. to open the Akureyri “Skáld” Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton hotel property, which will be the first internationally branded countryside property in the north of Iceland sometime in the summer of 2025. This article contains some photographs which give my...
QANTAS: Buys the rest of TripADeal holiday packager
Today, Qantas announced its intention to purchase the 49% of TripADeal online travel business that it doesn’t already own. Back in 2022, it bought a 51% stake in the Byron Bay originated holiday packaging company. This allowed Qantas Frequent Flyers to earn and burn Qantas Points on TripADeal packages. It...
CATHAY PACFIC: Final aircraft leaves storage in the desert at Alice Springs
After nearly four years in the Australian desert, at the Alice Springs Airport, Cathay Pacific’s Airbus A330 (B-HLV) returned to Hong Kong earlier this month. It resumed active service today (Tuesday 11 June, 2024). This is the 85th and final aircraft to be returned from long-term storage overseas. It will...
QANTAS: Opportunities for sacked Bonza staff and free flights for customers
Qantas has got straight onto the bandwagon of the collapsed, but not quite liquidated Bonza Airlines. It is extending its offer of free flights to affected Bonza customers, and a registration process for ex-Bonza staff. Bonza staff Now ex-Bonza staff who were sacked today, can register on the Jetstar career...
It looks like the sale process for Bonza Airlines run by administrator Hall Chadwick is a ‘no-sale’. 323 staff have been terminated after a six-week process to try to sell the airline and preserve the jobs. Last week, it looked like the process was pretty much dead in the air,...
VIRGIN AUSTRALIA: Partnership with Air New Zealand – half way there.
Virgin has received Australian approval to revive its partnership with Air New Zealand. It still awaits approval at the New Zealand end. The revived partnership across the Tasman, when fully approved, will allow Virgin Velocity members to earn points and status credits on Air New Zealand (AirNZ). The flights will...
QANTAS: Adelaide Business and Club Lounge schedule and images released
With work commencing this month, Adelaide Airport should see the opening of a refurbished Qantas Club by mid-November 2024. The new Domestic Business Lounge will not be opening until at least six months later in mid-2025. Qantas is working within the same space envelope as the current Qantas Club and...
QANTAS: New onboard Winter menu and drinks, plus Campari at last!
Qantas has just announced its new onboard winter menu and a revamp of its spirit selection. They are talking about a new gin, Campari, and a Tasmanian whiskey. Qantas Creative Director of Food, Beverage, and Service Neil Perry, who received a new ‘Icon’ gong at the World’s 50 Best Restaurants...
VIRGIN AUSTRALIA: Starts flights to Uluru from Brisbane and Melbourne
Virgin is starting routes between Uluru in Australia’s Red Centre, Brisbane, and Uluru and Melbourne. These routes to one of the most notable features of the Australian landscape, Uluru, formerly known as Ayers Rock, are subsidised by taxpayers via the Northern Territory Government and Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia (operators of...