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The fastest way to get through airport security: Courtesy Google Maps

I must admit that at airports at train stations I’m always the one who is hurrying around to make it for the flight and with ever increasing security checks things are only getting tighter. I am not the types that likes to come early to the airports for me the biggest enjoyments is the time in the air where I get to have my piece with no phones ringing (although that may be changing soon). So for me I always dreamt of a way whereby I could have a feel of the places beforehand just in order to save some time spent dashing around or maybe looking for the shop to pick up a souvenir or a request from someone at the duty free. Google…

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Jet Airways and IndiGo pull out inventory from Makemytrip.com

If you are planning a trip to India and use Makemytrip.com to book your travel, be warned. Jet Airways and IndiGo which among themselves fly nearly 50% of domestic traffic in India have pulled out their inventory from the travel site Makemytrip.com protesting the so called ‘opaque fare’ scheme the site was running. To give a brief background about the ‘opaque scheme’ the travel sites in India which were stuck with the loads of the ailing Kingfisher Airlines tickets offered heavily discounted air tickets without disclosing the airline name until the payment was made. However, the country’s aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) directed all airlines to immediately withdraw participation from such schemes through a directive on March 28, 2012 as they do…

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Accor A|Club 50% off sale for 9 days

The French hotel group Accor hotels has launched a 9 day crazy sale where they are offering upto 50% discount on the participating properties worldwide. The booking needs to be completed before 25th November 2011 and the stay has to be from 11th December 2011 to 12th February 2012. Accor’s loyalty program A|Club members enjoy the 50% discount whereas non-member enjoy a 40% discount. The list of the participating hotels can be found here and the booking can be made here. Accor which has Pullman, M Gallery, Grand Mercure, Novotel, Mercure, ibis, All Seasons, Orbis and adagio brands in its portfolio has a good network worldwide and this sale seems to be a good opportunity to try out their properties at reduced prices and earn…

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Virgin Atlantic eyeing to combine with BMI

As reported by Businessweek earlier, Virgin Atlantic CEO, Steve Ridgway said that the airline is actively looking to combine with bmi British Midland International, this news comes in the wake of bmi slot sale to British Airways and Lufthansa CEO Christoph Franz indicating that the ailing airline maybe on the block. Should this combine become a reality, it would provide Virgin Atlantic with a much needed domestic reach in the European markets which would help it feed its International operations which would be much a needed booster shot for the airline that is also reviewing its plans to look for potential investors after the 49% stake holder Singapore Airlines sending feelers in the market about its stake sale in Virgin Atlantic itself. In the past…

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American Express adds Virgin America to Membership Rewards program

American Express just announced that it will be adding Virgin America to it’s Membership Rewards program. Beginning October 5, 2011 AMEX card members who are registered for the Membership Rewards program will be able to redeem their Membership Reward points for Virgin America Elevate points. The exact details of the tie-up are awaited. This is a welcome addition to the program after they lost Continental which ceases to be a partner of the Membership Rewards program from October 1, 2011 onwards. I will blog about further details as and when they become available.

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Singapore Airlines removing A380 flights to Melbourne

As i had blogged earlier, Singapore airlines has been on a aircraft changing spree on many of it’s routes, now i hear that the new changes are going to happen on the Melbourne route. The exact reason behind these changes on this route are still unknown. I do find the change a little bit odd given that’s it’s one of the big revenue earning route for them but my suspicion is that it has got something to do with their recent changes to the Airbus A380 schedule on the Sydney route. Starting 15 January 2012: SQ227 and SQ238 will lose the Airbus A380 to be replaced with the refurbished Boeing 777-300. SQ237 and SQ228 will be flown using the archaic Boeing 747 replacing the Boeing…

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600 free Aeroplan miles

Via Flyertalk I know this offer has been around for a while now but still worth it to grab some free Aeroplan miles Home Hardware is giving away 100 Aeroplan miles for registering up with them with a valid Canadian postal code (it needs that to identify the nearest Home Hardware store for you). The link can be found here Enroll for the Fairmont President’s Club which is the loyalty program for the Fairmont Hotels and Resorts using the PROMO CODE: PASHN and update your profile with your Aeroplan number to earn 500 Aeroplan miles. Existing members can add the PROMO CODE: PASSION to their profile along with your Aeroplan number. For both the methods opt-in to communications in necessary, you may keep getting promotional…

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Miles & More offers 2000 Award miles on enrollment

Miles and More is offering 2000 award miles on enrollment for people with an Indian address. (Which get credited to your account onceĀ  you take your first flight with Lufthansa and it’s affiliates) : Thanks to AJ for pointing this out The link for the same is here. They are also running a Quiz in which they are running a weekly sweepstakes and can win a ticket to Europe. Miles and More seems to be going all guns to capture a big frequent flyer market share out of an important market like India. They have already been building up a good network of partners where one can redeem miles. They also have an interesting tie up with TripAdvisor.in where you can earn 100 Miles &…

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Complimentary Silver Status and up to 30,000 bonus miles on Marriott stays

Marriott is currently running a promo whereby it’s offering complimentary Silver Elite status for new enrollments which will be good till February 2013 and an opportunity to earn up to 30,000 bonus miles to Frequent Flyer members of the following airline programs with a residential / business postal address in Australia, China, Guam, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam: Air China PhoenixMiles China Eastern Airlines Eastern Miles China Southern Airlines Sky Pearl Club Cathay Pacific Asia Miles KingFisher Airlines King Club Jet Airways JetPrivilege The enrollment link can be found here and the stays have to be completed at the participating hotels between 8 September 2011 and 31 January 2012. The Silver Elite membership brings with it the…

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CAG raps AI for it’s financial mess

The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India today tabled a report in the Parliament of India stating that the Civil Aviation Ministry’s decision to change it’s order book from the initial 18 smaller capacity and 10 medium capacity aircraft in January 2004, to 50 medium and long range planes worth about $7.2 billion, and 18 more for Air India charters in November 2004 has imposed an “undue long term financial burden on the carrier” The report comes at a time when AI is already saddled with high debt caused due to inefficient processes and high interest payment on the accumulated part of which was to fund the buying of these planes. Also the botched up merger of AI-IA has caused a huge strain on…

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