Last Week At The Lounge: January 26, 2019

Hello from Delhi folks, and best wishes for the 70th Republic Day of India. I’ve been parked here for a couple of days now, taking in the nip in the air, and reporting from the ground on the Etihad Guest – SBI Credit Card tie-up which launched on Thursday evening. Here is a quick recap of everything that is happening in the world this week.

Top Stories

Etihad SBI Card launch

Our top story of the week was about Emirates. The airline is cutting down the baggage allowance in Economy class in the coming days so book now if you need to. Etihad has launched a new co-branded partnership with SBI Cards, and I wrote about my fantastic experience with the Singapore Airlines 787-10 Business Class.

News & Views

a plane on the runway

This week has been a lot about new flights and new ambitions. IndiGo has declared it will add 30% of its new capacity on international routes, and then added their first flight to Istanbul. JAL and ANA are both planning to launch flights from south India to Tokyo in the coming months. And last but not the least, we find out about Air India’s 787 that stayed in Stockholm for 45 days.


I have been all over the place and hence been a bit slow writing up the trip report as compared to how quickly I’d have liked to push it out. But enjoy the Singapore Airlines 787-10 in pictures with me here.

Card & Rewards

The credit card space has heated up this week. SBI Cards and ICICI Bank both fired shots. Here is a quick recap of everything new in the space.

Last but not the least, given it is the Republic Day, we are very happy to extend a discount on our upcoming Mileage Mentor MasterClass to be held in February 2019. The workshop is 4-5 hours of nice discussion and learnings about points and miles, credit card strategies, and I will also spend some 1-1 time with you all. Hurry, because we really want to see you there.

Also, remember, there is a free American Express Platinum Credit Card going out if you want to sign up now!

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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  1. Would like to know if there is any other high end credit card launch happening soon

    I have amex play charge , Citi prestige and hdfc infinia with me at present

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