Last Week At The Lounge: January 12, 2019

Hello from Mumbai folks. The Lounge has been open for business all week, and we have a great collection of stories from the last week. There is a lot of news on the promotions and credit cards front this week. Let us check it out.

Our Top Stories

The year has started with us announcing the first Mileage Mentor MasterClass for the year. We also launched the Reader Success Story section again, where we have an exciting story from one of our long-time readers about her first international business class trip, on miles, of course. We’ve also compiled the full list of hotel promotions to benefit from this month.

News & Views

Last week was light on the news from the airlines and hotels. But we discovered about how SpiceJet was also hoping to launch flights to London, but with an A330, not a smaller plane.


Right before the festivities started in November, I visited Singapore on a quick trip, and also managed to try out the Singapore Airlines Boeing 787-10, which was flying from India for the first time. SQ started taking delivery of their new aircraft in March 2018, and Delhi is one of the first markets they inducted the aircraft to. It is a long-haul business class for just a 5-hour flight. I also checked out the beautiful Singapore Airlines Lounge at Delhi Airport.

Cards and Rewards

Perhaps the most amount of news that came out of last week, was from HDFC Bank and American Express. The American Express Platinum Travel Credit Card is going for free at the moment. But there is tonnes happening on other fronts too. You should make your IHG and Singapore Airlines redemptions soon, given prices are going up. Here is a quick recap of everything that is happening and all the changes coming.

Deals with Appeal

Last but not least, there are some great deals on offer at the moment. You can get yourselves dining discounts through August 2019, 4X points for Vistara flights, IHG hotels at 10% off with free breakfast and more. Check out the deals here.

Have a good weekend, and we will be back with more news in the days ahead. In the meanwhile, if you haven’t registered for the Mileage Mentor MasterClass next weekend, do so right away, and I’m looking forward to seeing you folks next weekend.

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