Trip Report: Halfway around the world for the OWMD

Introduction Clipper Lounge, Mumbai CSI Airport Terminal 2 Jet Airways Economy Class Mumbai to Brussels British Airways Galleries Club Lounge, Brussels National Airport American Airlines Business Class Brussels to New York JFK and Five-Star Arrival American Airlines Premium Check-in and Flagship Lounge, New York JFK American Airlines Economy Class JFK to London LHR American Airlines Arrivals Lounge, London LHR Sheraton Heathrow Hotel, London American Airlines Flagship Check-in and Flagship Lounge, London Heathrow American Airlines Economy Class London to Chicago American Airlines Flagship Lounge at Chicago ORD American Airlines First Class from Chicago ORD to Dallas Fort Worth Hyatt Regency Hotel, DFW Hyatt Regency Hotel, Bellevue Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel, Los Angeles Sheraton Gateway Hotel, Los Angeles American Airlines First…

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Jet Airways dishes out discounts on domestic and International tickets from HK,SIN,India, Sri Lanka and Middle-East

One of my favourite airlines is out there dishing out special discounts this month and they have quite some deals there all this month. From Hong Kong, Jet Airways is offering 28% off in case you are travelling in Business Class  to Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai. From Sri Lanka, 9W is offering a 10% off for planning a return travel in Economy to travel to any city in India on jetairways.com. You have to purchase your tickets  by 29th February 2012 using promo code SAARC2011. From the Middle-East (UAE, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman) and South Africa, 9W is offering 10% off to travel to any city in India in Economy or Business class. From Singapore, 9W is offering…

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Earn quick AA Platinum or Executive Platinum by signing up via HVCAA

If you do not hold status with American Airlines but wish to get some status on American, you might just want to take a look at this. As per this post on Flyertalk, if you register on AA.Com/offers with the promo code HVCAA till 29th February 2012, you could be enrolled for an expedited status challenge with American Airlines. You have to fly 10,000 base miles or 25,000 base miles on American’s metal to get upgraded to Platinum or Executive Platinum on AAdvantage. This is a targeted offer, so I am not sure yet if everyone who registers will be able to get it honoured or not. But read on… By flying 10,000 base miles on American Airlines or American…

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Let there be cheaper jet fuel…

Airlines in India have continuously blamed the price of jet fuel for their losses. And with Singapore Airlines latest quarterly results showing a 53% drop in profits on the back of high jet fuel prices, I’d sure believe them now! Aviation fuel taxes are a state subject in India, and some states charge up to 40% tax on jet fuel, considering it a luxury to fly and making it pricier. That, added to the high price of fuel already, took airlines to the brink. Kingfisher Airlines, in the throes of pain, asked for a concession from the government to be able to buy and import its own jetfuel from outside India. Looks like the politicos decided to have some fun with…

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“Nobody goes hungry on a MegaDo!”– Randy Petersen

It has been a week or so since I have come back from my first MegaDo, and apart from the many airline moments we had, there was a whole bunch of gastronomic delights lined up along the way. When not flying, we were sampling some very good food which I am assuming airline catering departments were told to keep from interfering with I can promise you these were not GateGourmet or SkyGourmet catering which we get on our flights. The title statement was made by Randy on the MegaDo blog in the planning stages, and I thought I’d test it out during this MegaDo. Let’s take a peep into all the interesting food on the ground! Monday, 23rd January, we…

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Travel anywhere in India for INR 2999 ($60)! [Updated]

Last night I posted about a good deal to book air tickets in India for INR 2,500 only. Looks like overnight they did enough business with the INR 2,500 tickets that they have now decided to up the price to INR 2,999 (all-inclusive). So, last night a few readers sent in comments to tell me the deal changed overnight. Here is the new deal: Even with $60, the pricing is very cheap I say. I will be making use of this promo as soon as my family decides on their travel plans. I hope this stays for a while to come. Here are the promo details: INR 2,999 per coupon for one-way adult ticket in India (all-inclusive) Buy as many…

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Now fly anywhere in India for INR 2,500 ($50)

Via.com, a travel portal which used to work the backends for many travel agents and has now gone direct to customers, is offering a promotional offer where you can purchase domestic flight tickets in India for INR 2,500, all taxes inclusive. Here is how it works. Via.com is selling coupons online , which are valid for a year from purchase. Once bought, log into your Via.com account, plonk the details of where you want to go and when (remember, at least 7 days in advance!) and at what time of the day, and you will get a ticket in your mailbox within an hour’s time. The tickets are valid for bookings on most sectors in India, and there is the complete list of…

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Air India’s Flying Returns now has some frequent flyer benefits!

I have been a dormant Air India Flying Returns member for the longest time. Air India was my first business travel airline, since it was the preferred carrier for my employer then, and back in the days I did fly a lot on them till other airlines such as Jet Airways found their way into this monopoly. At that point of time, I was a novice in the points game, and for my life could not figure out the perks of being loyal to an airline, except for collecting miles on my frequent flyer account. With Air India, the elite perks were always not very well defined, and it was a mystery how the guy next to me got preferential…

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Kingfisher Airlines entry to oneworld ‘on hold’

Kingfisher had announced to the world that it was going to be a oneworld member, and then, a familiar scenario happened which reminded of Air India stopping short of joining Star Alliance last minute. In a not so surprising move, Kingfisher Airlines entry to the oneworld alliance, which was supposed to become a full-member as of 10th February 2012, has been put on hold. What this means is that the airline and alliance have agreed to postpone the entry into OW till the time Kingfisher could find a way out of its financial mess. While the whole situation around Kingfisher was known long back, I cannot figure out what takes such decisions to come out at the last minute? This…

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The MegaDo Bounty winners are out, 5 of them!

If you guys have been wondering where did I go away with all your prizes after getting back from the MegaDo, you’ll be surprised. I am right here, except that a few hours after landing back home from a 24 hour bout of flying and airports, I got working on a project that has had me working 2-3 days flat out with no breathers. Apologies for the delay in reaching out to all of you for the winners of the prizes. Here we go with the correct answers: a) Which airline would you like to see join oneworld next? No one right answer…it’s your choice after all b) Where am I based out of? Mumbai, India c) Where all is…

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The MegaDo Bounty got bigger, and 72 hours more to get it!

I’ve been on the road and in the air many a times, but on a party flight, it was my first! I’m waiting to get the few hours of sleep time which I can eat into and post all I want to tell you guys here, and it shall happen soon. But for those who want to gather all the live action, Gary Leff from View from the Wing is blogging all at www.megado.com/blogs! So go ahead and find out about the party in the air which happened DFW-SEA-LAX. Including a 2-hour tarmac delay when we all boarded SEA-LAX and the flight needed a new part to fly next segment. AA was a gracious host, the beverages were flowing and…

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