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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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“Our Flight Attendants More Beautiful” – China Southern NYC Inaugural Gala

“Our China Southern service is good, passenger cabin is big, and China Southern’s flight attendant’s [sisters] more beautiful!” proclaimed a China Southern executive at the inaugural gala held at The Plaza Hotel for the inaugural Guangzhou-New York JFK flight on August 6. (Original Chinese, “我们南航服务好,客舱大, 南航的空姐更漂亮!” My wife attended through a connection that she helped…

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My Favorite Airport Lounge Is…

My favorite airport lounge has: Lots of local soft drinks All day breakfast cereal Tofu salad Bulgogi (that’s a giveaway) Rambutans…the list need not go farther, rambutans! I am no airport lounge connoisseur, have never flown first class so never sampled the most rarefied of lounges, but the lounges I love have several things in…

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China Flights With No Credit Card Fees via Ctrip App

Domestic flights in China are based on percent discounts from government-set full fare. The major international booking websites generally only price the full fare. To get local prices, sites such as Ctrip, eLong (owned by Expedia) and TravelZen are needed. See my China Booking Sites post for more detail. These companies accept foreign-issued (non Chinese)…

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Solving the Hotel Ironing Board Dilemma

Should housekeeping put the ironing board away or leave it out? The Intercontinental Shanghai Expo has a simple solution, a red-green card attached to the board by a string. How clever! For any considering a stay, the hotel inside is nice with a good river view, but in a desolate area of apartment buildings empty…

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