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British Airways trade union representing Mixed Fleet flight attendants has given the airline two weeks notice that they intend to strike for additional two weeks between August 2 – 15, 2017 (both dates inclusive). This would be 11th strike since the dispute began in 2016.

BA Strikes

Mixed Fleet consists of around 2,900 flight attendants that work both on short and long-haul routes out from London’s Heathrow airport. [click to continue…]

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Air France has been mulling its own version of low cost airline already for a while but was disrupted by negotiations with its pilot and other unions (sometimes rather militant). Air France JOON

Pilots approved this week plans for the new airline that will be called JOON. It will launch this fall operating short/medium-haul flights from Paris Charles de Gaulle airport and is expected fly long-haul destinations starting sometime in 2018. [click to continue…]

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New ‘Enhanced Security Measures’ for U.S. flights from origins worldwide are now in effect and airlines as well as airports are advising passengers to check in for their flight at least 2 hours prior to departure.

The advance check-in time is more likely being spent in a security check lineup where electronics are being specially screened so one could imagine the less devices one carries the faster it will be. [click to continue…]

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Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) acquired Kimpton back in 2014 (read more here) and Kimpton emailed to Karma members late 2015 (read more here) indicating loyalty program integration in 2017. This hasn’t happened.

IHG Rewards Club & Kimpton Karma

IHG Rewards Club members can book Kimpton hotels via IHG’s booking channels but there are zero status recognition or nights/points earned for the stays. There is only one exception to this rule that is the Kimpton Amsterdam (read more here) that used to be Crowne Plaza in previous life. [click to continue…]

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Sebastian wrote on Saturday (access here) about China Southern (SkyTeam member) status match campaign that the airline had published on its Facebook page trying to win business from competing carriers in the North American market.

China Southern promised to match status even from other SkyTeam member airlines that would be valid through February 2019. [click to continue…]

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Avianca LifeMiles has launched new essentially buy miles promotion under the disguise of transferring them between member accounts and getting 100% bonus in the process.

LifeMiles has had similar promotions in the past and the current price per newly generated mile is 1.5 cents each which is pretty much the standard for LifeMiles promotions nowadays. [click to continue…]

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SPG releases its weekly Hot Escapes list 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 July 19 2017

The hotel listing has the lowest member prices for the next 6 weeks. The availability and the price can vary from date to date. [click to continue…]