Last Week At The Lounge: December 1, 2018

Hello everyone from Mumbai. The nip in the air is finally setting in and the final month of the year is here. December is our favourite month of the year around here at LiveFromALounge, because it signifies the end of the year status runs, but it also signifies holidays are here and the joy of the holidays.  Catch all of last week’s action in our weekly roundup while you enjoy your eggnog and set up your tree.

Top Stories

Things continue to remain a bit on the tenterhooks in the world of travel. Starwood has been under a hack since 2014, and Marriott only found out in 2018. And then they told us about it 2 months after they found out. And the number of reservations affected is staggering at half a billion reservations. While they were up to that, we discovered the best way to get 33% rewards on your international spends even without the Diners Black Card.

News & Views

There has been a lot of tossing and turning in the aviation world this past week. JOON innovated new stuff, but have been reliably told they will be shut down. On the other hand, WOW Air, which is supposed to be starting their first flight to India this coming week, was almost going to sink with Icelandair walking off. Then they got a lifeline by Indigo Partners, not to be confused with IndiGo of India. And in my personal tossing and turning, I figured I am still a Jet Airways customer despite the cut downs.

Cards & Rewards

If you are affected by Jet Airways cutbacks, prepare to get lounge access with these cards in your wallet we recommend. Also, if you waited to the last minute to redeem your easy 90,000 Avios from Iberia, did you find them gone? We did.

Deals with Appeal

Qatar Airways A350-1000 A7-ANA

And last but not the least, we bring you some crazy good deals which will save you money or bring you closer to your status aspirations.

Keep travelling and have a very nice December.

Check out the Everyday Spend American Express Gold Credit Card India, which will get you 10X on Ola and Flipkart spends.

About Ajay

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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