airberlin bankcruptcy – the end of topbonus rewards program?

Last week airberlin declared bankcruptcy, after their largest shareholder Etihad suddenly stopped their financial contributions that had been confirmed in June to keep airberlin running for the next 18 months, while it’s going through a restructuring. Now, they have also stopped the accrual or redemption of topbonus miles, the rewards program of airberlin that is owned by Etihad and run … Continue reading

Cebu Pacific Air eliminates change fees for 24h after purchase!

Cebu Pacific Airlines has eliminated the change fees for tickets within 24 hours of purchase. If you book a flight and notice an issue within 24h of buying the ticket, you can rebook your flight, changing the dates or times of your flight as well as the flight sequence. You still have to pay any difference in fare between your … Continue reading

airberlin declares bankruptcy – what happens to thousands of passengers now?

After years of financial losses, recent restructuring and talk with part-owner Etihad, Lufthansa, the German government and other stakeholders to mount a rescue or at least an orderly transition, the attempts have failed. Etihad (somewhat surprisingly) pulled the plug and declined to provide further financing, resulting in airberlin declaring bankruptcy because they can’t see a viable path forward. The German government … Continue reading

Chaos at Barcelona Airport due to Strikes – be prepared for long lines!

It seems like at least once a year there are news from Europe about strikes crippling air transportation on the old continent – Air France, Alitalia and Lufthansa all had their share of problems, causing flight cancellations and delays, inconveniencing travelers. This year, the (private) security workers at Barcelona’s International Airport have been staging work-stoppages to improve their negotiating position … Continue reading

Marriott Rewards wins 2017 Title as best Hotel Rewards Program

US News & World Travel Report reviews the best hotel rewards programs every year and when all the points were tallied, Marriott Rewards won, pushing last years surprise winner Wyndham Rewards off the pedestal! They are followed by the other budget program, Choice Privileges, revamped World of Hyatt and Best Western Rewards! … Continue reading

Singapore Changi Airport unveils new Terminal 4

Singapore’s Changi Airport has been voted as the best airport in the world year after year and, having lived in Singapore and flown regularly, I couldn’t agree more. Now, the new Terminal 4, replacing the former budget terminal, has been unveiled and is expected to start operations later this year. It’s the first fully automated airport, allowing you to go from … Continue reading

Scoot Air to fly to USA by June 2018

Scoot Air, the long-haul low-cost carrier owned by Singapore Airlines (SQ), just completed their merger with the short-haul LCC TigerAir, also owned by SQ. To celebrate the occasion, they announced 5 new routes, including flights to Honolulu, Hawaii! They will also start serving Harbin, Kuantan, Palembang and Kuching! … Continue reading

New IHG Hotel on Bali – Indigo Seminyak

IHG has six hotels on Bali, several Holiday Inn and HI Express Hotels, as well as an InterContinental. The latest addition is the Indigo Seminyak – it’s in a great location, looks amazing – but comes at a very high price. Find out if it is worth booking (yet). … Continue reading