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  • Qatar Airways catering: difference between First Class & Business class

    In May I flew Qatar Airways First Class on the A380 and was unfortunately quite disappointed by the whole experience, in particular by the crew, privacy of the seat and the catering on board. When we deplaned in Paris, I was even a bit hungry which is rather remarkable after a First Class flight, something that normally tends to be a feast in the skies.

    I mentioned in the review that I would be flying Qatar Airways Business Class again later this year, which happened to be last week. Their Business Class is absolutely fantastic in terms of value for money: stunning Al Mourjan lounge in Doha, the […]

  • Qantas A330 NEW Business Class review

    As previously explained, on the return from my trip to Tahiti, Moorea & Bora Bora I chose to fly Melbourne to Singapore, giving me a chance to try Qantas’ new Business Class seat on the A330, which they began introducing at the end of 2014 on domestic routes and later also on international ones. The A330’s are being progressively retro-fitted with the new seats, my flight from Perth to Melbourne two weeks prior still featured their old business class product, which is a recliner seat and similar to the business class seat on Turkish Airlines A320.

    It is quite clear that the new seat is a gigantic step up from […]

  • Alitalia 20% off discount code

    What?
    20% discount code for Alitalia flights from Brussels to Italy
    When? 
    Book your tickets from today (4/12) until 7/12/’15

    Travel from 11/1/’16 to 30/6/’16; except from 24/03/2016 to 29/03/2016 and from 22/4/2016 to 26/4/2016
    How?
    Use e-coupon code GALBE after selecting the flight, see example booking below
    Why?

    20% discount is calculated on all inclusive fare, so not just on taxes & fees…
    on all Alitalia flights from Brussels to destinations in Italy

    Destinations

    Example booking
    Return flights from Brussels to Napoli, connecting in Rome (FCO), e-coupon code is applied after selecting the flights, but before proceeding to payment. E-coupon discount is 37,14 EUR for this booking.

     

  • Airlines & baggage – lost, damaged or delayed

    Travelling with no checked luggage, carry-on only, means less hassle, no need to worry about bag drop-off timings, being able to proceed to the gate immediately and no waiting after landing. But sometimes it is convenient or necessary to check a bag.

    Unfortunately my checked bag on a recent Air New Zealand flight was badly damaged and could not be used again, so I proceeded to the dedicated bag service desk located in the baggage reclaim area. It was already midnight at the time, I explained the situation to the agent, mentioned that I had an onward flight at 7:30 and […]

  • Air Tahiti flights & multi-island pass

    Discovering French Polynesia starts in Tahiti where Fa’a’ā International Airport is the only international gateway for flights entering the country, all other airports only have domestic flights scheduled.

    Air Tahiti Nui operates flights to & from international destinations (Tokyo Narita, Los Angeles, Auckland …), however the airline linking the islands is Air Tahiti, offering flights to 46 islands in French Polynesia and also Rarotonga in the Cook Islands.

    The network is as wide as Europe (!) and these islands are spread out over 5 archipelagos:

    Society Archipelago (Bora Bora, Huahine, Maupiti, Moorea, Raiatea, Tahaa & Tahiti)
    Tuamoto Archipelago (Takaroa, Rangiroa, …)
    Tuamoto East & Gambier Archipelago
    Marquesan Archipelago (Hiva Oa, […]

  • Brussels Airlines Cyber Monday up to 100 EUR off

    What?
    Cyber Monday Sale for Brussels Airlines flights
    When? 
    Book TODAY (November 30), travel from January 11th to March 20th 2016
    Why?

    40 EUR discount on Brussels Airlines flights within Europe (base fare > 40 EUR)
    100 EUR discount on flights in economy class to all destinations in Africa (base fare > 100 EUR)
    1000 LOOPS per reservation on the name of the account holder

    Conclusion
    To receive the 40 EUR off of Brussels Airlines flights within Europe, you need to book a Light & Relax fare (or Bizz & Class), these fares are 40 EUR more expensive than Check & Go, so basically you are getting the […]

  • Rio de Janeiro from Brussels for 400 EUR with Edelweiss Air!

    Starting April 22nd 2016, Edelweiss Air will operate codeshare flights for Swiss International Airlines from Zurich to Rio de Janeiro! The flights are two weekly on Monday & Friday:

    departing Zurich at 12:15 arriving in Rio de Janeiro (GIG) at 19:15
    departing Rio de Janeiro (GIG) at 20:55 and arriving in Zurich at 13:10, the next day.

    The flights are operated by A330-300 aircraft and although Edelweiss Air is more focussed on leisure travellers, the airline is still wholly owned by Swiss International and actually has the same business class seats as Swiss, Brussels Airlines & Austrian, all with direct aisle access. 22 business class seats, […]

  • Bora Bora, Moorea & Tahiti: favourite pictures

    Good evening from Bora Bora!

    The scenery is absolutely amazing here. French Polynesia is by far the most beautiful & colourful destination I have ever visited. Perhaps it is even best described as “50 shades of blue & green”. Rays of sun can light up the entire lagoon so quickly that the water changes from baby blue to aquamarine to turquoise in a split second, it is different wherever you look. Green has never seen so many shades and can easily compete with lush tea plantations on Java.

    You have to see it to believe it.

    During the past 10 days, I’ve taken over 2.375 pictures and already shared some of […]

  • Australia & New Zealand to Tahiti using miles

    This is the second part of the story about how I used miles to get from Europe to Tahiti, so feel free to catch up on the first part which already brought me to Australia & New Zealand.

    Personally I prefer to use miles for flights in premium cabins and although I have always said that you absolutely should not use your Miles & More miles for flights in economy, there are however a few exceptions.

    None of them are for travel within Europe, because of the insane amount of taxes you need to pay in addition to using your miles.

    However, travel […]

  • Cheap flights to Romania! Blue Air 14,99% discount!

    Blue Air, a Romanian low-cost airline, is having a sale where they are offering 14,99% discount on all Blue Air flights, including new routes.

    Blue Air serves several airports in Europe including Brussels, Köln, Stuttgart, Birmingham, Luton, etc. But not Amsterdam, quite surprisingly. You can check the routes between airports here

    From Belgium the only airlines operating direct flights to Bucharest Airport (OTP) are Ryanair (Brussels Charleroi), TAROM (Zaventem) and Blue Air (Zaventem). Brussels Airlines does not serve the destination.

    So the current sale is a good idea if you’re planning to visit Bucharest, Bacau or Iasi and don’t want to depart from Brussels Charleroi (then […]