Fabulous Fridays: Reasonable Upgrade Pricing With Emirates Skywards On HKG-BKK-HKG Route (Business to First Class)

Written by Sebastian Powell @ LoyaltyLobby

Our Fabulous Fridays series this week features a pretty decent upgrade opportunity with Emirates Skywards on their Fifth Freedom Hong Kong – Bangkok Route. Emirates Skywards as a currency itself is far from being ideal and I never collected points on them though a family member did and those points were short before expiring so […]

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Fabulous Fridays: U.S. Citizens Can Soon Enjoy Visa Free Entry To Brazil, Saving $44-$160 In Visa Fees

Written by Sebastian Powell @ LoyaltyLobby

Our Fabulous Friday topic this week is based on a fresh announcement of the new Brazilian government that the costly visa requirement U.S. citizens visiting Brazil would soon be dropped. Brazil is currently requiring U.S. passport holders (among others) to apply for a visa which is available in a 10 year version (US$160) or a […]

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Fabulous Fridays: Hotels Going Beyond The Brand Requirement Case Four Points Bangkok Sukhumvit 15

Written by John Ollila @ LoyaltyLobby

Four Points Bangkok Sukhumvit 15This week the Fabulous Fridays deals with hotels that go above and beyond what is required by the brand when it comes to the elite treatment. Fried of mine was staying at the Four Points hotel in Bangkok just before the New Years and I was glad to learn that they had brought back the […]

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Fabulous Fridays: Vending Machine For Electronic Gadgets At Hilton Madrid Airport Hotel

Written by Sebastian Powell @ LoyaltyLobby

Our Fabulous Fridays topic this week is about a machine that can help travelers making last minute (emergency) purchases of electronic gadgets at the airport hotel. It’s easy to forget or lose a charging device or headphones while traveling and if you arrive at night stores are often closed so it’s good to be independent […]

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Fabulous Fridays: Smooth Re-Booking Procedures During Irregular Operations & Maximizing Compensation

Written by Sebastian Powell @ LoyaltyLobby

Our Fabulous Friday topic this week is about re-booking procedures during irregular operations and airlines who actually fulfill their obligations and rebook passengers to alternate connections without resistance. One example is my experience with British Airways last week which was delayed by just an hour in it’s departure but would have caused a misconnect in […]

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Fabulous Fridays: Eurowings Christmas Flight To Palma de Mallorca – Ugly Christmas Sweaters For All!

Written by Sebastian Powell @ LoyaltyLobby

Eurowings had a pretty cool idea for a Christmas Flight this year including free ugly christmas sweaters for all passengers so I felt this should be featured in our Fabulous Fridays series. Eurowings flight EW9580 went to Palma de Mallorca yesterday and had several goodies for the passengers including hot chocolate, gluehwein, sweaters and lots […]

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Fabulous Fridays: Fixed Price Laundry At Hotels (All You Can Fit Bags)

Written by John Ollila @ LoyaltyLobby

W Bali Fixed Price LaundrySometimes during travels you need to rely on hotel laundry or to find a local shop that caters to travelers. Hotel laundry is often quite expensive while finding a laundry place is not always convenient if you are only spending couple of nights in the city. In the past couple of weeks, I have come […]

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Fabulous Fridays: Hong Kong Automated e-Channel Registration For Foreign Visitors

Written by Sebastian Powell @ LoyaltyLobby

Our Fabulous Friday topic this week is the Automated Visitor e-Channel Program in Hong Kong that allows nationals of certain countries to quickly register and then use the e-channel for immigration. These automated entry/exit channels can make a huge difference as the lines at Hong Kong International Airport and the Macau Ferry Terminals can be […]

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Fabulous Fridays: Priority Pass Dining Credit As Alternative To Lounge Visits At The Airport

Written by Sebastian Powell @ LoyaltyLobby

Our Fabulous Fridays topic this week is about Priority Pass and their added benefit of a dining credit ($28-30) for various airport restaurants that members are able to use. Priority Pass added the option of using an airport restaurant rather than an actual lounge roughly a year ago and since then the feature has received […]

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Fabulous Fridays: Surfers Galore – United Airlines Eliminates Excess Baggage Fee For Surfboards When Departing Or Arriving In California

Written by Sebastian Powell @ LoyaltyLobby

Those who love to go surfing and transport their equipment in or out of California have another perk on their hands when they fly United as the airline just dropped the excess baggage fee for surfboards. If the ticket starts or ends in California on a direct flight then United has now a waiver in […]

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Fabulous Fridays: Hotels that Give You a Choice between Breakfast, Brunch, Room Service or Take Out (case ANA Crowne Plaza Kyoto)

Written by Freddo Zabaleta @ LoyaltyLobby

We all have been there. There is always one day you do not want to get out of bed for breakfast, especially when late nights are involved. However, when you are at a hotel (and especially if you prepaid for it), most of the time you end up schlepping yourself to the breakfast room. When […]

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Fabulous Fridays: Qatar Airways ‘Super Wi-Fi’ High Speed Broadband On Boeing 777 & Airbus A350

Written by Sebastian Powell @ LoyaltyLobby

This week the Fabulous Friday is about the new Super Wifi on board Qatar Airways Boeing 777 and Airbus A380 fleet which has drastically improved their old unreliable system. The new broadband service is in the process of being rolled out on all Boeing 777 aircraft and Airbus A350 aircraft in Qatar Airways’ fleet while […]

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Fabulous Fridays: Arrivals Lounge At Frankfurt Airport Thanks To Priority Pass – Visiting the LuxxLounge

Written by Sebastian Powell @ LoyaltyLobby

Our Fabulous Fridays topic this week is PriorityPass and it’s option to facilitate the LuxxLounge at Frankfurt Airport as an arrivals lounge as most airlines don’t offer this service. Apart from Lufthansa which offers their Welcome Lounge to select Premium Passengers of Lufthansa and United Airlines flights other carriers don’t offer arrival lounge service at […]

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Fabulous Fridays: Publicly Available Gadget Charging Stations In The Hotel Lobby – Case Aloft Kuala Lumpur

Written by Sebastian Powell @ LoyaltyLobby

Our Fabulous Fridays topic this week is about gadget charging stations that many hotel brands have now set up in their lobby to offer guests the option to charge their mobile devices on the go. Especially the select service brands targeted to a younger audience such as aloft and moxy have started putting these stations […]

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Fabulous Fridays: Pool Flotation Toys For Rent By The Hotel To Use In The Private Swimming Pool

Written by Sebastian Powell @ LoyaltyLobby

It’s a Fabulous Friday again and our topic this week is Pool Floats that are available for rent at some hotels and can be used at public and private pools. Usually people don’t carry large pool floats around when traveling, even though you could probably buy them locally, and some hotels now started providing them […]

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Fabulous Fridays: Villa Upgrades At Hotels – Marvelous 1BR Pool Villa At W Retreat Bali As SPG Platinum

Written by Sebastian Powell @ LoyaltyLobby

Our Fabulous Friday topic this week is about excellent elite upgrades that occasionally happen at hotels that have villas available on the grounds (mostly resorts). Villas are often well sought after due to privacy and extra recreational value due to the private pool though they might not be for you if you’re after an ocean […]

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Fabulous Fridays: Proactive Lost&Found Notifications By The Housekeeping Department

Written by Sebastian Powell @ LoyaltyLobby

The Fabulous Fridays topic this week is about housekeeping that properly checks for Lost&Found items in the room and notifies the guest if anything has been left behind. When I stayed at the Sheraton Resort in Kuta, Bali this week (mediocre hotel overall) I left a charging adapter for my iPhone cable behind and housekeeping […]

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Fabulous Fridays: Taiwan Speedy Immigration Program At Taipei Taoyuan Airport

Written by Sebastian Powell @ LoyaltyLobby

Our Fabulous Friday topic this week is about Taiwan’s Speedy Immigration program that allows frequent visitors (min 3 visits within the last 12 months) to use the express immigration counters. Lines at Taipei’s airport are getting increasingly out of control, reason being that only a quarter or less of all counter positions are actually staffed […]

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Fabulous Fridays: Wide Selection Of Immigration Forms At China Airlines Lounge In Taipei

Written by Sebastian Powell @ LoyaltyLobby

Our Fabulous Friday this week is about a variety of immigration forms for a large number of countries that China Airlines offers in their Business Class Lounges at Taipei Taoyuan Airport. I’ve had it a couple times that there weren’t any immigration forms available in flight because someone forgot them or the airline wasn’t supplied […]

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