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Ajay Awtaney is the Founder and Editor of Live From A Lounge (LFAL), a pioneering digital platform renowned for publishing news and views about aviation, hotels, passenger experience, loyalty programs, travel trends and frequent travel tips for the Global Indian. He is considered the Indian authority on business travel, luxury travel, frequent flyer miles, loyalty credit cards and travel for Indians around the globe. Ajay is a frequent contributor and commentator on the media as well, including ET Now, BBC, CNBC TV18, NDTV, Conde Nast Traveller and many other outlets.

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Travelled SpiceJet 10/Nov through 13/Nov? Hope you got your 1,001 voucher

If you flew SpiceJet from 10th November to 13th November 2012, to mark the festive occasion of Diwali, SpiceJet has been handing out gift vouchers of Rs. 1,001 to everyone. This was not a promotion they’d spoken about earlier or on the website, but they posted on their Facebook page on 12th November. This post never stated the terms and conditions, but at a later stage, here are the terms & conditions clarified: This basically clarified that everyone travelling during that period was eligible to receive this voucher. However, seems like a lot of people did not receive them, including my brother who flew SG in these dates. I was asked to send them the PNR, and they would respond…

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25% off on long-haul redemptions in British Airways/Iberia

Avios was formed a year back, and that is when British Airways switched to this new mileage currency. Now, to celebrate a year of the switch, Avios is offering a discount of 25% on long-haul redemptions on the British Airways and Iberia network, in all their cabins (economy, business and first). While Iberia is not servicing India, British Airways serves quite a few bases in India, including Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore. Now, British Airways is known for passing on the high fuel surcharges on their flights to the passengers. However, a 25% discount should make you feel better. So, BOM-LHR is 25,000 Avios + Taxes/Fuel Surcharge in Y. However, the lesser redemption value would show up as 18,750 Avios +…

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So I had another good flight with Jet Airways Premiere

I must admit I have not been flying Jet Airways on my domestic routings of late. I have heaps of trip reports to write, but essentially, when I went by for my little holiday to the Park Hyatt Goa in June, I had a no air-conditioner flight on Goa to Mumbai. I decided I when I got back to be treading away from them for a while, but I already had reservations with them for this November trip so I thought I’d brave it out this one time then. Jet Airways, on the other hand, seemed to have other plans for me. I was travelling my regular BOM-DEL segment, something I do a zillion times. I’d asked for an upgrade…

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Diwali wishes, and keep travelling…

Since the lone writer at the blog (yours truly), prefers to come home to the family during the Diwali festivities, you may notice a reduced posting frequency over the next few days. However, wanted to wish all of you in India and around the globe, a Happy Diwali. May your windfalls not just come in terms of cold cash, but also lots of miles and points to travel! If you’re travelling, safe landings and cheers! Live From A Lounge is present on Facebook, Twitter & available via email, RSS.

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Last few hours to book tickets on Indigo and Spicejet in a sale

A quick reminder, like I wrote two days back, there is a sale going on till 12 midnight tonight at Indigo airlines, where you can book to travel between January and March 2013 with a significant discount. Rush to their site if you have any travel plans in mind and you’d like Indigo to bring you there. Also, it totally missed my attention till today, that SpiceJet is running a similar flash sale as well till midnight tonight, with the exact same terms and conditions as Indigo, and the sale ends tonight again. Remember, the India domestic flights are only covered in this promotion. So, if you know what you want to fly to where between January and March 2013,…

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Flash Sale: Indigo 72 hour sale, travel Jan-March 2013

Indigo just put up a flash sale at 12 midnight India time valid for the next 72 hours, where they are offering flight tickets on all domestic routes at a significant discount on the base fare. You could end up saving quite a bit if you have your travel plans for early next year firmed up during this time frame. Take a look at some comparisons I made for you below: Mumbai to Delhi would cost about Rs. 4,800 one way on 9 January 2013 which is not in the sale period. But with the sale on, it goes down to Rs. 3,500 one way. Sweet. This is only valid on the domestic segment flights of Indigo, not the international…

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Are you ready to travel this weekend?

Diwali is here, which means, that time of the year when I will find the most number of people on the airports going over somewhere. Here is a screenshot from the Jet Airways website last evening on a trunk route: And here is this morning, when I had tried to check-in… most people were still waiting for a sign from God to web check-in! That made me think, let me do a post for you guys to get ready for holiday travel! Here are the things to do: a) Check-In: If you’re planning to get on a plane, go and check-in now on the airlines website. Don’t worry about the disclaimer from Indigo and SpiceJet that only hand baggage passengers…

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Do NOT behave like this on a plane

There are and there will continue to be weirdo’s in this world. A couple of days back, on a Mumbai – Delhi Indigo Airlines flight, one of these blokes stood up and acted violent on a plane. When he started charging towards the cockpit, the crew had to block the way with a food cart. He went to the extent of slapping an airhostess as well.   The passenger was brought under control, and handed over to airport security on touchdown. These are the kind of passengers who don’t just bring us shame, but stricter security procedures! Do not behave like this on a plane, okay? Live From A Lounge is present on Facebook, Twitter & available via email, RSS.

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Ethiopian upgrades Mumbai flight to a 787 daily

Ethiopian, the first African carrier to receive the Boeing 787, is now putting up a daily service to Mumbai from 11th November onwards with their 787. The initial plan for this service was 25 November, but ET brings it up ahead and replacing the Boeing 767 which flew this route earlier. As per AirlineRoute.net, here is the schedule of the flights: Addis Ababa – Mumbai Service begins from 11NOV12, previously planned from 25NOV12 ET610 ADD2120 – 0450+1BOM 788 DET611 BOM0540 – 0800ADD 788 D ET611 with 787 service from 12NOV12 Ethiopian is a Star Alliance member airline, and their 787 looks amazing from the inside, as compared to national carrier Air India’s 787. This gives one more option to those…

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Jet Airways ICICI Bank CC: Increased Sign-up bonuses till Nov 30

You must be wondering why I haven’t spoken much about this card yet. A few weeks back I’d detailed the launch of the Jet Airways ICICI Bank Credit Card range, and also how it was a better product than the HDFC Bank Jet Airways Credit Card. Somehow, the actual delivery of the card to the customers was delayed, but I now hear things are all good to go, and card applications are all set and being processed. ICICI Bank had launched a pre-booking offer, offering 50% bonus on the welcome miles they were going to provide. So, with the highest end card, i.e., Sapphiro, you could earn up to 5,000 bonus JP Miles over and above the 10K you were…

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Citibank PremierMiles offers 30% transfer bonus on British Airways Avios & 20% on Etihad Guest miles

I don’t know if Citi is playing catch up with the American Express offer for 30% bonus miles on Avios transfers / Etihad Guest Miles or it is their own initiative, but they just got some new brownie points in my book. I’d been secretly wondering if there were ever going to be bonus offers on mileage transfers via Citi PM, but looks like Christmas did come early. For those of who look to redeem your miles for international travel, I find British Airways Avios to be an acceptable program over some other partners Citibank has for their card. Delta – bad availability,  Singapore Airlines – expensive (as compared to others), Etihad – very expensive redemptions. With BA’s distance based…

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