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Tuesday, 30 August 2016

All about Marriott's MegaBonus promotion for fall 2016

Marriott has announced their promotion for the fall of 2016 called - no surprises here - MegaBonus. However, the sub-text this time is Your Bonus. Your Choice. Unlike earlier MegaBonus promotions, which offered targeted rewards for members based on their stay history, this time the options are fixed for all members, though you get to choose your option. Register is required, and the stay period is 15 September 2016 to 15 January 2017. Here's more.

Monday, 29 August 2016

SpiceJet passengers ditching the...bus! Predator aircraft alert

It all looks seamless when one's on a bus headed to drop you off at a remote bay or a stand that doesn't have an aerobridge. The heavies are constantly either pushing back, or taxing in, firing up their engines getting ready to head out. In the middle of all this, other equipment like baggage carts, fuel trucks, and ground transportation all run in sync. It all runs smooth, as long as one simple rule is being followed: the aircraft comes first and all else follows after.

Procedures and process notwithstanding, 30 SpiceJet passengers at Jabalpur airport in India had a "close one" in a literal sense, late last week. Read on...

Screengrab from Times of India

Defunct airlines of India - Part 1

ASan and I met for lunch over the weekend. If you knew us personally, you'd know that we're both forever thirsty, if you get my meaning. You'd also know that there are always discussions around ideas for posts. Most of them are flights of fancy (pun intended!), and almost always unviable. But two men with some alcohol in them can dream, can't they?

Anyway, this time the discussion finally got down to something that interests both of us, though in very different ways. ASan is a bit of a history freak, getting dreamy and bleary-eyed when you talk of anything 20 years or older (he thinks he’d have fit better into society a hundred years ago, than now). And I'm an AvGeek to the core and a huge fan of REG Davies. So when the talk finally came around to Indian airline companies that used to be, we hit paydirt!

After some decent and serious research, we think we've come up with our own Indian Aviation History 101. Given the volume there is to share, we’ll be splitting this up into multiple posts. Here’s Part 1.

Sunday, 28 August 2016

A 47-year layover in BKK, a naughty cafe, miles for nightclubs and more

...or, The week that was - 28 August 2016.

Here's a round up of the week that was - a summary of posts on this blog as also other things travel, aviation, points and miles that we found interesting.Hope you had a great week, and here's wishing you the very best in the next one!

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Review: GVK Premium Lounge Mumbai International airport

A couple of weeks back, I was on a short work trip to Bahrain. I wrote about my stay at the Sheraton Bahrain, but for some reason, I completely skipped writing about another aspect of the experience at the GVK Premium Lounge at Mumbai International Airport. So here you go!

Jet Airways 10% discount on international flights only today and tomorrow

Jet Airways is offering a 10% discount on flights in its international network, for bookings on just two days - today and tomorrow (27 and 28 August 2016) till 4 September 2016, for travel on or after 18 September 2016 (some exceptions apply). Here's more on the sale.

Friday, 26 August 2016

Coming soon ... Wifi over Indian airspace

Soon, you should be able to update your Facebook status or your Twitter feed, or chat on Whatsapp or browse the internet, when on flights in and over India. 

In what is an absolutely fantastic development, there is likely to be favourable news about the use of wifi on board aircraft inside Indian airspace. "We will soon, within 10 days, be allowed to wifi on board on aircraft flying in and out of the country," said RN Choubey, Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation, yesterday. 

Let's take a look at some of the history around this aspect, and how things are expected to change.

Buy JPmiles with 40% bonus till 31 August 2016

Jet Privilege has been running JPmiles sales every even month of this year, each with a bonus offer. First was the February offer with a 40% bonus, then the April offer with a 40% bonus (going up to 50% if you were the top buyer of the day), and finally the June offer – again for a 40% bonus.

Here's another such offer for up to 40% bonus on the purchase of JP miles. This offer is valid for purchases till 31 August 2016.

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Hilton continues 2x points as its promotion till 31 December 2016

In July this year, Hilton HHonors announced its Unlimited Bonus promotion for stays till 31 August 2016, which offered 2x points at all properties. No exclusions. This was largely the same as the Double your HHonors promotion for the first quarter of 2016 - the only difference being that the Q1 promotion offered a choice of points or miles.

Now, the promotion through the rest of this calendar year has been announced, and it will also be a 2x points promotion at all Hilton HHonors properties, with no exclusions.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

SPG Hot Escapes for 24 August 2016 announced

SPG has announced its latest list of Hot Escapes hotels, which are basically a selection of hotels hand-picked by SPG and made available at a reasonable to significant discount. Hot Escapes hotels are usually available at a discount of at least 15-20%, and going all the way up to 30-35%, but need to be booked by the Saturday. The deals are usually open for stays up to 6 weeks from the date they are announced.