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Etihad awards

Etihad Airways wins ‘World’s Leading Airline’ for the sixth straight year

Etihad Airways have been awarded the highly coveted title of ‘World’s Leading Airline’ for the sixth straight year at this year’s World Travel Awards. In addition to winning ‘World’s Leading Airline’, Etihad Airways scooped up two further awards ‘World’s Leading First Class’ and ‘World’s Leading Cabin Crew’. Read more about Etihad Airways at the World Travel Awards here....

Stuart McIntyre
IHG 100% Bonus Points

100% bonus on purchase of IHG Rewards Club points now available

IHG;s Rewards Club program is one of the most popular and successful hotel loyalty schemes.  With great worldwide coverage, hotels brands to suit most budgets, a mix of business and leisure travel locations, and regular promotions (including the current Into The Nights scheme).From today until 23rd December, IHG are enabling members to purchase Rewards Club points with a 100% bonus.  You may purchase points in 1,000 increments, at the following prices:1,000 - 10,000 points (receiving 2,000 - 20,000) for $13.50 per 1,000 points 11,000 - 25,000 points (receiving 22,000 - 50,000)...

Stuart McIntyre

Flybe launches ‘Purple Wednesday’ flash sale – 15,000 tickets at £15

Flybe have launched a one day sale, with 15,000 one-way tickets available for a flat fee of £15: Purple Wednesday has landed! Take advantage of our fantastic offer on selected flights for TODAY only (keep an eye on the countdown clock!)Available for travel between 05.01.15 and 11.02.15. Whilst not all destinations are included, there is a very good selection available. Perfect for a weekend in the warm in January!Also, don't forget that Flybe is now a member of the Avios scheme (accumulating mile points but not tier points, sadly). Another reason to check...

Stuart McIntyre
IHG Into The Nights

IHG Into the Nights promotion – just a month left!

IHG's autumn promotion, Into The Nights, was launched back in September.  Offering bonus Rewards Club points for completing certain targeted goals (three different brands, 7 nights, two Saturdays etc.), the promotion's name came from the option of collecting free nights at almost any IHG property if a number of the goals were completed.Here are the key details that were published at the time:Current IHG Rewards Club members and new members can register for the  “Into the Nights” hotel rewards promotion at www.ihg.com/freenights Members will receive custom offers to earn bonus points or bonus miles such...

Stuart McIntyre

BA Holidays offer two free hotel nights in Europe when booking transatlantic flights

This is a useful deal for those based in the US or Canada.This week, British Airways Holidays are offering 2 free hotel nights in Europe with the purchase of transatlantic flights.The offer runs from the 1st -8th December 2014, and is valid for travel between December 1, 2014 and March 31, 2015 with airfare and any additional charges paid for in dollars (US or Canadian).As usual, there are some terms that need to be understood - here are just the key ones:The 2 free nights hotel accommodation is based on double, triple...

Stuart McIntyre
Etihad - The Residence

Etihad continues to reimagine flying

Great to see examples of true innovation around the airline industry - new ways of servicing passengers, new cabin packaging, improvements to catering and the like. Sadly it's not all that common these days, with commoditised offerings being the order of the day.Etihad seems to be flying the flag for inspired cabin design though. Their 'Flying reimagined' page gives a little insight into their ideas for luxurious travel in the future, e.g.:The Residence (aboard an A380)With a living room, separate bedroom and ensuite bathroom, The Residence by Etihad is the only three-room...

Stuart McIntyre
Wolfe Air reel

Beautiful air-to-air footage

Really appreciated this highlights reel from Wolfe Air: These shots were filmed in close formation with the Vectorvision camera system installed in the highly modified Wolfe Air LearJet 25. Cameras used are the Red Epic and Arriflex Alexa.Awesome shots! Definitely gives a good justification for why I love air travel so much...

Stuart McIntyre
IHG Rewards Club member cards

Some positive news from IHG Rewards Club regarding redemption prices

After all this talk regarding reward program devaluations in recent weeks, it's good to finally get some positive news.International Hotels Group (IHG) appear to be reducing the cost of redemptions at over 100 hotel properties around the world. In all cases a reward night will require 5,000 fewer points than it did previously.Here is the list that has been revealed so far (via View From The Wing):InterContinental Hotel Shanghai-Puxi, China – 35,000 to 30,000 IHG Rewards Club points Crowne Plaza Geneva, Switzerland – 35,000 to 30,000 IHG Rewards Club points Holiday Inn Resort...

Stuart McIntyre

BA launches ‘My Flightpath’ tool for Executive Club members

Over the past 48 hours or so, British Airways have added a new option to their Executive Club pages, called ‘My Flightpath’:This gives a view on the flight data held by BA related to your account. It has three main views:1) The DashboardThis shows some stats on your account:Plus a timeline for the trips you’ve taken:which can be filtered and expanded as desired.2) My Countries and CitiesThis is a dynamic map showing all flight destinations:Clicking on a pin shows more details about the fights taken to that destination:As you might...

Stuart McIntyre
Expedia Spring Sale

Expedia launches Spring Sale

Whilst many business travellers will look to book direct with the airlines and hotel chains in order to get their loyalty miles or points, or else will be pushed to use the chosen corporate travel agency, there are still good reasons to use online travel services such as Expedia.One of the most common situations I find myself in is having to book short trips across the Atlantic to the USA, often at the last moment. That travel pattern tends to make airfares extremely pricey, in the region of £1,200-1,500 for...

Stuart McIntyre