Last Week At The Lounge: August 18, 2018

Hello everyone from Mumbai. This has been an extraordinary week in the space. As I write this, Marriott & Starwood websites are both down, as they integrate the loyalty programs to make one massive loyalty program. Hopefully, all of this goes glitch-free, and we will all see the fruits of our loyalty in the next 24 hours.

Ashwant took off on his vacation two weeks into his joining the team, so keep an eye on his adventures on Instagram. I’m finally glad we managed to get our 90,000 Avios from Iberia’s fantastic offer, just two months late, but what the heck. On the other hand, we’ve been slightly preoccupied trying to help where we can with the Kochi/Kerala incidents. Remember, if you’d like to help, donate. I know you’ve heard a lot of that by now, so we won’t plug that often, but do what you can.

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Our Top Stories

Last week, we rolled out LiveFromALounge.Plus, our events website. We also added a few events which we do invite you to explore. Mumbai, Bangalore and Delhi NCR all get Mileage Mentor MasterClass workshops in the coming months. If you would like to learn everything miles and points we can share, sign up.

There are significant developments in Kochi as well, and we are keeping an eye on them for you. Commercial flights will restart to the Kochi Naval Airbase on Monday. SpiceJet became the first no-frills airline in India to launch IFE. And we have the exclusive scoop on Air Vistara’s retro aircraft.

New and Views

Kochi Floods

There is news that JetPrivilege may be in play to get more funds for Jet Airways. Not just that, we have planned the first Points & Pints for Mumbai on September 1, so join in. We are trying to bring together the miles and points community in Mumbai at a taproom, and you can hope to meet other smart minds like yourself and network. Also, some giveaways are happening too! Wink Wink.

Cards and Rewards

Shipra finally signed up for the Jet Airways ICICI Bank Sapphiro Credit Card while there are special offers going on. On the other hand, I’ve been saving up dining out with the EazyDiner Prime Dining program for American Express customers. Spending on my Axis Bank Credit Cards has been earning bonuses too.

Deals with Appeal

Grand Hyatt Kochi Bolgatty

If you were planning on booking travel later in the year, Hyatt has an excellent 30% off sale. Plan your Diwali hotels if you want right now because there are some sweet prices there.

Mileage Mentor MasterClass Tickets

And while we are on the topic of discounts, you may want to look at the Jet Airways ICICI Bank Sapphiro Credit Card, which is available half the usual price with 100% of the benefits.Happy reading and hope you 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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  1. @Ajay – I was expecting to see something about the recent troubles of Jet on LFAL.

    There is a lot of noise going on about 9W and it’s sustainability at the moment and I am sure other readers (mine included) will be interested to know what it means for them. Case in point – I had vacation plans for the year end. Haven’t been able to make up my mind if I should use Jet (or choose AI), also the scenario what happens to JPmiles in case 9W goes belly up?

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