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Award Alert: Redeem For a Family of 5 in Etihad’s First Apartment

Jun 17 2018

Etihad is dropping one of its two New York JFK – Abu Dhabi Airbus A380 flights, and putting the A380 on Paris – Abu Dhabi. That means there will be two daily Paris – Abu Dhabi flights with the A380.

The Etihad A380 features the ‘First Apartment’ — one of the three best first class products in the sky. There’s a separate bed and seat, and living space which was unprecedented when the product was introduced. In addition it’s only one of two first class products with a shower onboard.

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7 Reasons You’ll Want the New IHG Credit Card

Jun 17 2018

The card is worth getting, in my opinion. And it’s worth keeping for the annual free night and for the 4th night free on IHG Rewards Club free night redemptions. But I wouldn’t use it for everyday spending.

Bottom-line is that the card has a good bonus — that many of you can actually get — with a low spend requirement, and once you have the card it’s worth keeping but not using.

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Biggest Starwood Points Sale Before the Program Effectively Ends Next Month

Jun 17 2018

Starwood is offering a 35% discount on buying Starpoints through July 20. They’re actually letting you buy points at a price which those points are worth which is great.

Technically Starwood Preferred Guest will still exists August 1, but that’s a legal distinction. Marriott, Starwood, and Ritz-Carlton will all have the same program at this point just with different names because contractual issues prevent them from calling it one program. For all intents and purposes though this is the last sale of Starpoints qua Starpoints.

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Airport Bans Sleeping and Sitting on the Floor, Employs Monitors to Wake Passengers

Jun 16 2018

Sleeping in airports is a time-honored tradition. It happens regularly during major storms, when flights are cancelled and airlines aren’t giving out hotel vouchers or nearby hotels are booked solid. Airports sometimes bring in cots.

Passengers with long layovers after an overnight flight may lay down in a quiet spot on the floor, too. There’s even a guide to sleeping in airports.

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Passenger Clapping Turns to Screams at Plane Goes Off the Runway

Jun 16 2018

On Thursday a Bravo Air MD-83 left Antalya, Turkey bound for Kiev, Ukraine. There were 169 passengers and 6 crew on board. On arrival the aircraft landed but veered off the runway before coming to a stop.

A passenger was videotaping the landing from inside the cabin. At 22 seconds you can hear clapping after touchdown, but at 37 seconds you can hear in turn to screams. It’s incredibly eerie.

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