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An Update on Internet in China (And It Ain’t Pretty)

Many BoardingArea readers are heading to China in the coming weeks due to an American Airlines mistake fare. China is a wonderful country to visit, I lived there from 2002-2010 and am back this week for business with stops in Beijing, Shenzhen and Shanghai. The internet situation is the worst I have experienced. In prior…

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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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