Weekly Roundup: October 16, 2016

Hello from Mumbai folks. Shipra & I have been chilling out in Mumbai drinking beer at the Hyatt Gold Passport organized Oktoberfest in Mumbai yesterday. They even had a band from Germany all the way! The rest of the fortnight has been spent for me being on the treadmill, going half way around the globe and then back to the other side, first to Amsterdam and then to Bangkok. Here are all the stories you should catch up on.

You must read about the power of social media, here: When @jetairways got my back! Also, I did not know that you could use a Schengen Visa on a cancelled passport very well.

Trip Reports

I have a lot of TRs to tell you about, but let’s focus on some of the recent ones for the time being. Last week I was in Bangkok, and this was an opportunity to dine at Gaggan, which is on the World’s best restaurant list. You must read about this one, because it is a visual treat as well. Apart from that, I discovered a new Business Class lounge at Mumbai Airport Terminal 2, before taking my flight to Amsterdam in Jet Airways’ Business Class.

Aviation News

Mumbai Airport will be shut down for a few days every week for the next 6 weeks. Please figure out your flight before getting to the airport. There is news floating around that Jet Airways is in the process of forming a JV with Delta/KLM/Air France. What if this is coming true? They are also exploring how to offer wifi on their planes now. Along with other Etihad Airways Partners, they are now launching a unified loyalty product as well, which can be called the fourth frequent flyer alliance.

Loyalty Promotions

There are some good promotions from Hyatt & Hilton for buying points, while JetPrivilege is offering a 30% bonus on converting points and Etihad Guest 20% bonus. Also, Qantas has now tied up with Airbnb for offering you loyalty points on your stays.

Here is hoping you have a great week ahead and you are all set for the festive season.

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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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