GoIbibo.com offering free cabs on booking flight tickets

GoIbibo.com, one of the many travel portals out there, recently launched a promotional offer called the GoIbibo VIP service, where they are offering a free cab transfer service at the arrival airport (in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore) for those who book domestic flight tickets with them. On using the promotion code FLYVIP while making your reservations, you will be eligible for a cab pickup at your destination airport (if it is BOM, DEL, BLR) where a representative of the company will provide you with your cab details. To avail of the promotion, you need to: Make a reservation to fly to DEL, BOM or BLR Book before 30 Sep 2012  31 October 2012 (make sure to book at least 24…

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And I picked up a new Standard Chartered Platinum Credit Card

I am not so much of a card churner, as you all know. I don’t actively seek new lines of credit from banks. The best I usually do is to call the bank to switch me to a new product by moving my existing line of credit to the new card. That is how I got rid of my Citibank Jet Airways Credit Card and got myself the PremierMiles Credit Card last year. However, a few weeks back, before the whole ICICI/HDFC Jet-cobranding effort was revealed, I was quietly beginning to like a new credit card product. It is an innocent looking ‘Platinum’ credit card in today’s era when perhaps I only carry more premium cards in my wallet and…

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Win a free stay at the Park Hyatt Goa Resort & Spa here!

Like I just posted, the Park Hyatt Goa is picking the tab for one reader to come over and experience their hospitality and spa treatments. Simply leave a comment on this post, and post a comment on which bit of the Park Hyatt Goa Experience are you looking forward to enjoy the most. You can participate once per calendar day (00:00 Hours India Standard Time to 23:59 India Standard Time). An example of an eligible comment would be: I’d love to visit the award-winning Sereno Spa at the Park Hyatt Goa You can check out the other post for ways to participate via Twitter and the fineprint. Good Luck! Live From A Lounge is present on Facebook, Twitter & available…

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We’re giving away a stay at the Park Hyatt Goa Resort & Spa

Two good things happened over the last few weeks. One, we completed a year of bringing Live From A Lounge in July, and two, I had a fabulous weekend, unwinding by the poolside with friends at the Park Hyatt Goa Resort & Spa. You can read all about my experience at the Park Hyatt Goa here. A gorgeous pool and the view from the pool at the Park Hyatt Goa.   What are we giving away? Now, while I’d pay any day to come back to this resort for a stay, the Park Hyatt Goa has generously invited for one reader of the blog to come over and stay at the hotel in a Park Room to experience their hospitality.…

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Jet Airways ICICI Bank Credit Card is better than the Jet Airways HDFC Bank CC

I wrote a couple of hours back about the ICICI Bank Jet Airways credit card being available. I jumped the gun in calling it is a boring card. Have a look. Sapphiro version: Highest end card offered has a bonus of 10,000 JPMiles on your Jet Airways ICICI Bank Credit Card + 5,000 JP Miles if you apply before September 30, 2012. (Better than HDFC Bank) A Jet Airways Complimentary Domestic Air Ticket as a joining benefit. (same as HDFC Bank) Get 5,000 bonus JPMiles + Complimentary Domestic Air Ticket as a renewal benefit. (Better than HDFC Bank) Enjoy premier check-in for all domestic flights of JetAirways. (same as HDFC Bank) Enjoy a 10 kg additional baggage allowance on all…

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Details out about the new Jet Airways ICICI Bank card

The full details of the Jet Airways ICICI Bank credit cards are going to be a short while away, the formal launch of the credit card happened yesterday, and some details are out as per the reports in the press and on the website of ICICI Bank. Here is what I can gather from the press so far: The cards will be offered in three different variants – Sapphiro, Rubyx and Coral in partnership with American Express and Visa, with JetPrivilege card members allowed to convert daily purchases to flying miles. Customers will have the option to apply for a standalone American Express or Visa Credit Card or enjoy the benefits of applying for both cards with a single application.…

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Will Jet Airways not go on to Star Alliance? What??

I know this makes no sense and it is getting ridiculous by the day. This game of playing hard to get and keeping everyone guessing seems to be not exactly some sort of charm offensive anymore Jet Airways seems to want to show with its alliance suitors. I noted in a post on the 1st of August, that Star Alliance had finally extended a formal invitation to Jet Airways to hop on board. Then, a few weeks later, it did look like Jet Airways seemed to have nailed its spot because the Air India pressures of joining before Jet Airways were going away. Now, if all this is true, then I am not sure what to make of this report…

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The Jet Airways ICICI Bank co-branded cards, coming soon!

Jet Airways and ICICI Bank tied up for a co-branded credit card, along with their tie-up with HDFC Bank and American Express in July. The HDFC Bank version of the credit card, which came up in August, has not exactly been creating ripples in the market. At the time of announcing their tie-up with HDFC Bank, Jet Airways had also stated that they are working on a co-branded product with ICICI Bank. Now, it seems this is going to be coming up soon. Here is a sneak preview of things to come I caught on the ICICI Bank website, after reader sameer sounded me off via a comment in an earlier post. So, heightened expectations again. I am trying to…

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Citibank PremierMiles: Changes and promotions

My go-to credit card these days is the Citibank PremierMiles credit card, and I’ve noticed I must have missed some terms & conditions which now seem changed. I earlier told you in this post, that the Citibank PremierMiles card only earns 10 Miles per Rs. 100 for the first Rs. 500,000 of airline transactions. Earlier, the Terms & Conditions did not explicitly make the Premiermiles.co.in website spend a part of this limit. However, seems like the T&C were reworded recently, and now, the limit is clubbed within the same limit. Have a look: So, while I personally don’t like this new update, where I get only Rs. 500K worth of tickets with 10 PM/ Rs. 100, I’m going to live…

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My interview with Inside Flyer

A while ago, Inside Flyer, perhaps the only paper magazine I know of that concentrates on topics of interest to the frequent traveller, reached out to me for an interview in the magazine. The conversation made its way to the September issue of the InsideFlyer magazine, who are the same guys behind milepoint and BoardingArea. Here is a link to the online version of the interview. As always, please do send me your feedback here or via email to let me know what all would you want me to cover on this blog, and I’ll be only to happy to help. Thank you for your continued support over the past year for the blog. Live From A Lounge is also…

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And the next Lufthansa 747-8i destination is Bangalore!

Ok, no great news there. If you read my earlier posts then you already know about it. After bringing the 747-8i to Delhi on August 6 and launching the new lounge in Delhi Terminal 3 a week after, Lufthansa is putting the Bangalore-Frankfurt route up for operation over Los Angeles. As per an announcement on the website of Lufthansa, from 13 September 2012, FRA-BLR will be flown on the new plane, which means BLR-FRA will go to the 747-8i from 14th September 2012 onwards. Bookings for the new plane are now open. The launch of these two routes will complete Lufthansa’s plans to upgrade its Indian routes for the time being, along with the upgrade of the Business Class product…

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