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  • Deal: round-trip flights Amsterdam to Beijing for 317 EUR

    What?

    Round trip flights from Amsterdam to Beijing for only 317 EUR
    Flights operated by Ukraine International Airlines, so short stop in Kiev (+-1h)

    Why?

    If you plan to visit Beijing and do not want to spend a lot of money on flights. Fares are usually +450 EUR so it’s a good deal for those looking for a bargain. The 1h stop in Kiev is ideal if you do not want to hang out at the airport.
    Ukraine International Airlines is deemed perfectly safe by European Commission & Aviation authorities  so you needn’t worry about that.

    When?

    Quick search: January, February, March. Maybe other dates work as well.

    How?

    Try Travelgenio, 317 EUR is when […]

  • Review: Qantas First Class Lounge Sydney

    I flew Qantas A330 new business class a few weeks ago, but I also flew Qantas First Class on flight QF1 earlier this year from Sydney to London with a (fuel) stop in Dubai.

    As a First Class passenger I had access to the Qantas First Class lounge in Sydney, the entrance to the lounge is one level up from the concourse. The Qantas First Class lounge itself is another level up (+2), accessible by escalator. The Qantas Business Class lounge is on +1, but through a different door bit further down the corridor.

    Qantas contacts First Class passenger one day prior […]

  • Direct flights Brussels to Bangkok for 600 EUR

    What?

    direct flights between Brussels & Bangkok for 600 EUR on Thai Airways
    continuing on Thai Airways to Yangon (Myanmar) is 690 EUR

    Why?

    Good deal for travel in high season, normally +700 EUR for direct, Middle Eastern carriers often offer deals for +-540 EUR but this means you would have to connect

    When?

    Travel between 3 January and 23 June 2016

    How?

    Book on Thai Airways website

    Good to know

    Etihad, Emirates, Qatar Airways and even Lufthansa are offering flights for similar price but travel times are +15h, a direct flight on Thai Airways is only 11h-12h
    These fares are “W” booking class which means 0 miles earned with Miles & […]

  • Special Offer: visit Iceland from 205 EUR!

    What?

    Special offer from Icelandair to visit Iceland from 205 EUR ,departure from Brussels! Or 233 EUR from Amsterdam

    When?

    Book 15 December 12:00 – 17 December 12:00
    Travel from Brussels 5 January to 8 May 2016
    Travel from Amsterdam 12 January until 8 May 2016

    Why?

    Because it’s ICELAND and a good deal! I’m soooo looking forward to visiting Iceland soon!
    You can now earn Alaska Mileage Plan miles from travel on Icelandair, miles that you can use for Emirates First Class.

    How?

    Book on the Icelandair website

    Example booking

  • How I spent 9 free nights in Tahiti, Moorea & Bora Bora

    Last month I travelled all the way from Europe to French Polynesia so that I could celebrate my 29th birthday on one of the most beautiful islands in the world: Bora Bora.

    I first visited Australia for a few days before continuing the journey to ‘paradise on earth’ where I spent a total of 9 nights in Tahiti, Moorea and Bora Bora.

    The islands are often mentioned when you read about “Top 10 luxury holiday destinations in the world” and are even more idyllic than you can imagine, it’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before. It’s where the rich & famous go on honeymoon and “Keeping Up with the […]

  • Ocean View Suite at St. Regis Saadiyat Island Abu Dhabi

    After spending the night at Aloft Abu Dhabi, I took an Uber to the St. Regis Saadiyat Island, one of the two St. Regis properties in the city. I had visited the hotel a few months prior when I spent the day relaxing at the Iridium Spa and swimming pool, the photo report of that visit is here. I didn’t stay the night back then, but because I really liked the property, I wanted to return asap.

    I had booked my room through “SPG HOT ESCAPES” which is a list of last-minute deals or special offers, available to book every week from Wednesday […]

  • How to book Etihad First Class using American Airlines AA miles

    One of the sweet spots in the American Airlines frequent flyer program, AAdvantage, is travelling from Europe to Middle East / Indian Subcontinent in First Class which requires only 40.000 AA miles. Putting those miles to great use, is using them for travel on Etihad Airways onboard the A380 where a First Class seat is actually called “First Apartment” and features a 24″ tv, minibar and a sofa/ottoman that turns into a comfortable 205cm bed. Each First Class passengers can also enjoy showering at +36.000 feet. 

    Keep in mind that after 22nd March 2016 the program will ‘enhance’ and you will need 62.500 AA miles for the same […]

  • b.gift voucher by Brussels Airlines

    Brussels Airlines b.gift voucher

    What?

    B.gift voucher from Brussels Airlines to use for a return flight to 33 destinations in Europe in Light & Relax (includes checked bag up to 23kg, seat selection, …)
    Price is 99 EUR per person
    Routes are between Brussels and Barcelona, Basel, Berlin, Bilbao, Billund, Birmingham, Bologna, Bremen, Bristol, Budapest, Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Geneva, Gothenburg, Hamburg, Hannover, Krakow, Lisbon, London, Lyon, Madrid, Manchester, Milan Linate, Milan Malpensa, Nice, Oslo, Prague, Rome, Turin, Toulouse, Stockholm, Venice, and Warsaw

    When?

    Purchase b.gift voucher online at christmas.brusselsairlines.com from 8 December 2015 until 3 January 2016
    Gift b.gift voucher during holiday season
    Redeem voucher online from 6 January 2016 to 6 March 2016
    Travel between 15 […]

  • Lufthansa First Class to India for 865 EUR instead of 5.850 EUR!

    Fly Lufthansa First Class thanks to Lifemiles
    Update: Lifemiles promo extended until December 18th.

    I’ve written about Lifemiles “buy miles” promotions before and gave a few examples of great deals to be had when buying miles and using them for Business Class & First Class flights.
    Until 2 weeks ago it wasn’t possible to redeem your Lifemiles for Lufthansa First Class tickets, but now that it is possible again, there is another great deal to be had.

    The Lifemiles Award Chart dictates that for travel between Europe and “Middle East & “Central Asia” the following number of miles are required for a one-way ticket:

    “Central Asia” includes the following countries:
    Afghanistan, Pakistan, […]

  • Etihad 787-9 First Class – Review

    If there’s one airline that I’ve gotten quite fond lately, it has to be Etihad.

    Etihad’s First Class cabin on the A380 has an onboard shower and showering on an airplane at +38.000 feet is an experience completely out of this world
    The WiFi actually works and is reasonably priced
    Even medium-haul flights in economy are enjoyable. I flew them earlier this year between Brussels & Abu Dhabi. Of course my flight in business class to Jakarta was even better.
    The Etihad Guest frequent flyer program is a good deal, special thanks to their partnerships with a variety of airlines such as Jet Airways, Alitalia, Air Berlin, […]