HURRY: Wide Open Australia Business Class Awards on Qantas, Book With American Miles

Jan 19 2018

Qantas is launching a new route on September 1, 2018: San Francisco – Melbourne on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday, operated by a Boeing 787-9.

Qantas rarely makes business class award space available, however on this new flight awards are wide open on the days of the week it operates. Some flights have as many as 6 business class award seats available.

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American’s 2018 Schedule Includes 52 New Routes, Chicago O’Hare Becomes a Shuttle City

Jan 18 2018

American is offering “52 new nonstop flights and enhanced schedules” in its 2018 schedule Only 8 are actually newly announced today. Like United, American Airlines is beefing up service to smaller markets where there’s less competition from ultra low cost carriers like Spirit and Frontier, and consequently less fare pressure.

In addition starting April 4 Chicago – New York LaGuardia is being upgraded to a ‘shuttle’ product along the lines of New York LaGuardia – DC and Boston

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Hyatt’s Chief Marketing Officer is Out

Jan 18 2018

When Hyatt hired Mark Vondrasek – formerly of Starwood – as Senior Vice President for loyalty and business platforms it was announced he would circumvent the CMO and report directly to the CEO. At the time I noted how unique that was.

Though Hyatt tried to dissuade me of the significance that their head of loyalty wouldn’t report to the Chief Marketing Officer the handwriting seemed to be there.

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First-Ever Hilton Business Card Now Live With 100,000 Point Offer

Jan 18 2018

American Express gained exclusivity to issue Hilton co-brand credit cards in the U.S. We’ve known they had huge plans for the products and benefits — and now that the cards are live it’s clear that Amex has come out swinging.

All four products are now available. In this post I’m going to focus on the business card, since it’s the first time there’s been a small business card product from Hilton and because it may represent the best ‘value’ out of the new cards.

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Students at Putin’s Top Pilot School Filmed in Bizarre BDSM Music Video

Jan 18 2018

Pilots aren’t supposed to let attractive passengers join them up front. Even when the passenger is a porn star. Or a Playboy Bunny. They’re supposed to fly the plane not film flight attendants having sex, look at porn in the cockpit, or check Facebook. Let alone this.

But what they do on the ground when not in class doesn’t concern me so much. As long as they pay attention in the cockpits of Aeroflot and S7 this doesn’t bother me.

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Incredible Cabin Video as American Passengers Told to Brace for Emergency Landing

Jan 18 2018

This week was the anniversary of the US Airways 1549 ‘Miracle on the Hudson’. When imagining a plane full of passengers bracing for impact it’s hard not to think about the scene inside that plane from Sully whose dramatization of that flight made the entire movie.

Yesterday an American Airlines flight from Phoenix to Dallas Fort-Worth operated by a Mesa CRJ-900 made an emergency landing and video from inside the cabin of passengers being told to brace and preparing to evacuate is incredible.

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