UK’s Monarch Airlines bankrupt – 3rd European airline to fold in 2017, who’s next?

After airberlin and Alitalia entering insovlency this year, now Monarch Airlines went bankrupt and abruptly halted operations. The UK government refused to provide a loan like Germany or Italia had done and instead organized a “rescue mission” to bring back 110,000 Monarch customers stranded abroad! More than 700,000 customers have lost their future tickets and will have to pay for … Continue reading

The end of airberlin is near – don’t book a ticket or risk loosing it!

I have seen quite a few airline bankruptcies: every major US carrier, including United, Delta and American, has filed for Chapter 11, and most recently, Alitalia (finally) went into administration. But in all of those cases, the reorganization proceeded fairly orderly. In contrast, German airberlin has been in a fast and furious downward spiral since it declared insolvency two weeks ago. … Continue reading

Rated best US airline award program 2017: Alaska Airlines MileagePlan!

US News & World Travel Report rated – again  Alaska Airline’s Mileage Plan as the top rewards program for airlines in the US. This year’s runner up is Delta SkyMiles, followed by JetBlue’s TrueBlue. While this might come as a surprise to many miles & points fans, different people look for different things in an airline award program. US News … 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

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