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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About Ajay Awtaney

Ajay is a financial services pro, working to bring order to the chaos of the financial industry on an everyday basis! Beyond that, he dons the hat of India's favourite frequent traveller, trying to help people elevate their travel experience via tips and tricks they never knew before, or introduce them to the world of miles and points. Armed with an MBA from MDI Gurgaon and graduate degree in computer science from the University of Delhi, Ajay brings a systematic and objective approach on the table for his audience in dissecting travel and loyalty programs in India and around the world, and how to benefit from them. Ajay has been quoted in various reputed traditional and online media including The Hindustan Times, Inside Flyer, Bloomberg, DNA India, Conde Nast Traveller, The Telegraph, Mumbai Mirror, Mint, MoneyLife and The USA Today.

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