United Airlines Travel Bank Now Offers 10% Bonus For Adding Funds Until August 5, 2020 (Be Careful!)

Written by Sebastian Powell @ LoyaltyLobby

United Airlines had for a long time a function called Travel Bank which is basically an online account where you can store funds to be used for future travel, deposited via regular payment methods. The airline has now rolled out a promotion where you receive 10% bonus on top of all your funds deposited into […]

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American Express Membership Rewards: 40% Hilton Honors Transfer Bonus Until October 31, 2020

Written by Sebastian Powell @ LoyaltyLobby

American Express Membership Rewards has a new promotion available for their U.S. based members, offering a 30% bonus on Membership Rewards transfers to Hilton Honors through October 31, 2020. This promotion is showing up on my Platinum Charge Card account and might be targeted as, once again, it has no expiration date listed, simply that […]

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British Airways Pilots Union BALPA Confirms Jobs Deal With The Company Involving Pay Cut

Written by Sebastian Powell @ LoyaltyLobby

The union which represents most of British Airways pilots (BALPA) has confirmed that their members have reached a deal with the company concerning their job conditions including a pay cut. It’s expected that there will be about 270 redundancies overall even with this deal taking effect and that the pilots have agree to an initial […]

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United Airlines Drops Regional Affiliate Express Jet, Sticks With CommutAir

Written by Sebastian Powell @ LoyaltyLobby

United Airlines has announced that it will end the longstanding partnership with Express Jet, a regional carrier who operated 50-seater planes like the Embraer ERJ-145 for United. In the future these regional flights will be operated by CommutAir as United seeks to shrink it’s operations overall. For Express Jet the end of this business relationship […]

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Bangkok Airways To Reopen Their Boutique Lounges In Bangkok & Samui From 1 August 2020

Written by Sebastian Powell @ LoyaltyLobby

Bangkok Airways has just announced that they’ll reopen their airport lounges (two locations) effective tomorrow, August 1st 2020. The PG lounges will be available at Bangkok Airport as well as Koh Samui Airport only, giving travelers some room to relax prior to their flight. I took a round trip flight on Bangkok Airways between Bangkok […]

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Etihad Guest Members Can Earn Up To 20,000 Tier Miles By Transferring Other Loyalty Points Until August 30, 2020

Written by Sebastian Powell @ LoyaltyLobby

Etihad Guest members considering to transfer points from their loyalty accounts of other currencies can now earn up to  20,000 tier miles counting towards their status upon completion. Transfers must be done until August 30, 2020 in order to benefit from this promotion and not every credit card company or transfer partner is participating so […]

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Union Warns British Airways About Plans To “Move Towards Industrial Action With Immediate Effect”

Written by Sebastian Powell @ LoyaltyLobby

British Airways and their respective trade unions have been in disagreements for years and most recently this fire has been fueled again as the carrier reveled a “fire and re-hire” solution to streamline the company through the Covid crisis. Union leaders have now sent an explicit warning to British Airways management saying that immediate industrial […]

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Munich (MUC) Airport Now Provides Coronavirus Tests Free Of Charge For Travel Returnees, 190 Euro Fee For Departing Pax

Written by Sebastian Powell @ LoyaltyLobby

As Bavaria is once again mulling stricter Covid-19 measures passengers returning to Munich Airport can now receive a Coronavirus test for free. Passengers who want to utilize this test upon arrival option don’t have have to register with the the airport’s emergency department, just provide the arrival boarding pass in order to be eligible for […]

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OneWorld Executives Are Teasing That Alliance Wide Upgrades Are To Come In The Near Future

Written by Sebastian Powell @ LoyaltyLobby

With the upcoming entry of Alaska Airlines into oneWorld the alliance is once again growing and it appear more positive changes are on the way: Alliance-wide upgrades! The guys over at Cranky Flier (great blog) had an exclusive talk with some executives of oneWorld and Alaska Airlines where they teased us fliers a little saying […]

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Fabulous Fridays: Hotel “Covid Packages” and PPE Equipment As Check-In Amenities

Written by Sebastian Powell @ LoyaltyLobby

Our Fabulous Friday today is about special Covid-19 protection utensils some hotels prepare for their guests and hand them over upon check-in. I visited a couple of hotels and resorts in Thailand this week and at least two properties stuck out with having prepared items for me. In Thailand as well as most countries worldwide […]

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More London Heathrow oneWorld Consolidations As Japan Airlines & Qatar Airways Move To Terminal 5

Written by Sebastian Powell @ LoyaltyLobby

Three weeks after American Airlines has completed it’s move to London Heathrow’s Terminal 5 more oneWorld carriers will follow suit with Japan Airlines as well as Qatar Airways shifting over to T5. JAL and Qatar will complete their move next week between Monday and Wednesday and there’s also speculation that Finnair will follow at a […]

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Taiwan’s Parliament Passes Proposal To Rebrand China Airlines, Dropping “China Label”

Written by Sebastian Powell @ LoyaltyLobby

Taiwan’s legislature passed a proposal on Wednesday which is calling to rebrand the countries largest airline China Airlines (CI) to get away from constantly being confused and likened to mainland China carriers. China Airlines is frequently mistaken for Air China and this isn’t the first time that there has been a push to rename it […]

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Thailand Officially Extends Visa Amnesty For Visitors Remaining In The Country Until September 26, 2020

Written by Sebastian Powell @ LoyaltyLobby

The government of Thailand has decided in a cabinet meeting on Tuesday that the visa amnesty concerning foreign visitors will be extended until September 26, 2020. There has been lots of speculation about what will happen to the amnesty which so far granted right of stay for foreigners in Thailand until July 31st even if […]

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Thai Airways Will Operate Three “Special Flights” To London In August To Repatriate Passengers

Written by Sebastian Powell @ LoyaltyLobby

Thai Airways has announced that it will operate three “special” repatriation flights to the UK in August to repatriate passengers while their international fleet remains grounded. The prices for these flights advertised from Bangkok to London are rather steep, especially in Business Class and don’t reflect market value or demand. This offer popped up in […]

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More Trouble With Marriott Gift Cards: Order Cancelled Without Reasons Given (Likely IP Address Related)

Written by Sebastian Powell @ LoyaltyLobby

Yesterday John wrote about Marriott having brought back its eGiftCards sale with a 15% off discount for orders through July 24th and I decided to give it a test run after the last sale was pretty much an administrative disaster. This time around the sale for gift cards is available only to customers in the […]

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U.S. Department of Transportation Rescinds Order Against Air India Requiring 30 Day Advance Approval For Flights

Written by Sebastian Powell @ LoyaltyLobby

The U.S. Department of Transportation took action in late June as the Government of India (GoI) was found to discriminate against U.S. carriers and had served Air India with an order requiring them to seek 30 day advance permission before operating any Third- and/or Fourth-Freedom charter flights. It appears that the U.S. Government has now […]

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