Last Week At The Lounge: November 18, 2018

Hello everyone from Mumbai. It has been a busy week after Diwali got over. Shipra and I got back in town last weekend after Diwali, and after the last Mileage Mentor MasterClass of the year, Shipra is off now to Tokyo. There was tonnes happening around, and you can read all about last week’s action in our weekly roundup.

Weekly Recap

Our Top Stories

The week has been a busy one. It seems that in their 25th year, Jet Airways will perhaps change hands to be a Tata enterprise. Talks about the deal have been ongoing, and for the first time this past week, the Tatas confirmed that they had preliminary conversations with Jet Airways.

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Here are a couple of places you can watch my comments on this deal (Clip 1) & (Clip 2). We are tracking all the developments for you on Jet Airways.

News and Views

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There have been quite a few surprising moves last week. The Air Canada flight which we thought was gone for good, has been made seasonal. China Southern exited SkyTeam, sort of with immediate effect. While IndiGo went for a massive order of the A321 preparing for their international deals, Air India is still struggling to get their planes in the air.


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Ashwant has been diligently writing up about his trip to Bali. There are tonnes of great airline and lounge reviews in India, Singapore, Bali and Hong Kong. Not just that, there is a complete lowdown about everything you can eat and do in Bali. Check it out. Just a couple of more episodes to go which should come up this week.

Cards and Rewards

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The good news first, the Amex Membership Rewards Card I love is lifetime free for a few more days. On the warning shot, Iberia’s Avios are going to expire, so you have about ten days to redeem them or lose them. And if you are interested in TedX, you can now redeem JPMiles for the TedX conference too!

Deals with Appeal

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Last but not least, there are tonnes of deals out there you should be up to speed with. First up, a great Hilton Asia Pacific Sale is ending tomorrow. You can get the Conrad Bali for 100$ which is a steal of a deal. You can also stock up on Hilton Honors points at a 50% discount.

Have a great week ahead!

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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