Category Archives for Asia.

JAL Discount Award Promotion on Bangkok Airways Extended to March 31, 2016

Japan Airlines has a partnership with Bangkok Airways and one of the longest-running award discount programs, now extended to March 31, 2016. JAL’s awards are distance-based and one-ways are allowed. A trip of less than 1,000 miles is 5,000 miles, discounted from 15,000. The next band, up to 2,000 miles, goes for 8,000 miles, down…

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Transferring SPG Points to Japan Airlines

Starwood Preferred Guest has a stable of over 30 airline transfer partners. Most transfer at a 1:1 ratio and SPG throws in a bonus 5,000 for every individual block of 20,000 or more points transferred. Some of these, like Japan Airlines (JAL), do not have transfer arrangements with other US-based credit cards or promotions. The…

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US-China Visas Now 10 Years!

Great news for frequent China travelers! The US and China have reached a bilateral agreement to reciprocally issue 10-year, multiple-entry visas for tourist and business purposes. As the US has made its visa processes increasingly difficult and expensive, China has been one among a number of countries to reciprocate. China progressively raised matching fees and…

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Delta’s Wacky Asia Award Regions

Philippines in Northern Asia, and Central Asia scattered all over the place. Award booker Chris from Juicy Miles and I were recently talking shop about China and he pointed me to oddities of Delta’s Asia regions. We thought some of these may be recent changes, however as far as I can tell from cached sources…

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This Airport Lounge Has a Boarding Gate, Moving Walkway, and Yes, Rambutans!

Mumbai Airport’s new Terminal 2 is distinctive, a visually interesting blend of modern (the textured white pillars) and hints of India (the palm leaf lamps that open and close to adjust brightness). The permanent lounge is not quite ready so some lower level gates have been commandeered to make a temporary lounge. I believe that…

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