For my birthday in 2015 I had set the bar high: waking up in an overwater villa in Bora Bora.
It’s all about the experience…
Getting there from Europe takes quite some time and flights can be awfully expensive, easily exceeding 1.700 EUR in economy. And that’s just to Tahiti, for Bora Bora you need to purchase an additional ticket on Air Tahiti, the airline connecting the islands, not to be confused with Air Tahiti Nui which offers flights to international destinations only.
This is an explanation how I used miles for flights in business class from Europe to Australia, New Zealand and Tahiti.
UPDATE: even for as low as 204 EUR (HT: meneervanboxem)
Quick! There’s currently a deal with Turkish Airlines to fly to Aqaba (Jordan) for as low as 226 EUR from Brussels! Aqaba is a great place to relax at the beach, do a day trip to Israel (Eilat), visit Wadi Rum or Petra! Starting from Amsterdam is even lower at 221 EUR!
Here’s a sample of the current sale with Turkish Airlines, there’s a short stop of +1h in Istanbul each way, but if you wish you can also add an actual stopover (+24h) for a little more money.
You can easily search on Kayak.com […]
On Sunday November 29th 2015, Sheraton Brussels will organize, in collaboration with UNICEF, the 5th edition of “Stair Climbing” and you can join!
To reach the top of one of the tallest buildings in Brussels, participants (=you!) will have to climb 466 steps (30 floors) which will take approximately 5 minutes.
Runners will start one-by-one on in ad random sequence between 9:30 & 12:00.
After the event, there’s also a Road to Awareness Lunch starting around 12h15 which is €8 per adult and €5 per child under 12 y.o.
Tom Waes (Reizen Waes, Wauters vs Waes, …), ambassador for UNICEF Belgium, will also compete in the event. (Tom […]
About a week ago, Etihad announced that they will operate the A380 to Melbourne from June 1st, in addition to routes from Abu Dhabi currently being served by the aircraft: Sydney, London & New York.
Today airlineroute.net indicates that the A380 will also be added on the Abu Dhabi to Mumbai route, starting May 1st 2016. What’s even more interesting is that they are releasing a ton of award seats in First Class!
The inaugural flight has 5 (!) Guest First seats available! And many dates after that have the same number of award seats!
Getting the best value out of your miles would be to […]
What is LOOP?
LOOP is the new loyalty program launched by Brussels Airlines to attract and reward customers by giving them the opportunity to earn & spend “LOOPS” for flights with Brussels Airlines. LOOPS are a ‘ficticious’ currency that can be used to pay for (a portion of) your flight.
LOOP members earn 3 LOOPS for every euro spent on Brussels Airlines flights within Europe on the base fare & fuel sucharge, not the taxes. Note: for flights booked before December 31st 2015, you earn 6 LOOPS per euro spent.
Redeem your LOOPS for flights with Brussels Airlines with no black-out dates. You need to […]
New Miles & More Mileage Bargains deals have been added to the website!
If you’re unfamiliar with the term, Mileage Bargains are a list of destinations for which you can redeem your miles for travel in economy or business class (not First class) at a discounted rate (40%-60%) for round trip flights operated by Lufthansa, Swiss, LOT and Brussels Airlines. When demand is expected to be low during a specific time frame, the destination may pop up on the list.
The deals can offer GREAT/FANTASTIC value if used for travel in business class to destinations outside of Europe.
Currently on the list are (destinations offering business […]
Austrian Airlines is offering a 10% “Halloween” discount for flights within Europe in economy class when you book tomorrow October 31st. This offer is valid for flights between 1 November 2015 and 15 March 2016.
The following terms & conditions apply:
Voucher code Halloween2015 is redeemable on www.austrian.com only
Booking period: 31.Oct.2015 from 00:00 a.m. to 23:59 p.m. (Austrian local time)
-10% on ticket price (incl. taxes and surcharges)
Travel period: 01.Nov.2015 to 15.Mar.2016
Valid for bookings containing OS flight numbers only
Valid for Economy Class
Valid for flights within Europe
Conversion into cash is not possible
Enter the voucher code Halloween2015 before searching for the flights.
Austrian Airlines Economy Light fares (hand baggage only) start at 89 EUR […]
During my one night stay in August at St. Regis Abu Dhabi, I spent the night in the Al Mushref Suite (review). From the study, I could have a little peek inside the living room of the Abu Dhabi suite which is located in the skybridge suspended between the hotel towers.
As luck would have it, no one was staying in the Abu Dhabi suite at the time so I was fortunate to get a tour of the suite. “Tour” is the right word for it because the suite covers, wait for it, 1.120 m² (or 12.056 sq ft).
The largest suite I have […]
Per airlineroute.net , Etihad will start operating the A380 to Melbourne from June 1st 2016! The route is currently being served 2-daily by 77W aircraft, however flights EY460/461 will switch to A380 service. This is the schedule:
EY460 AUH2145 – 1720+1MEL 388 D
EY461 MEL2240 – 0645+1AUH 388 D
Although there is currently no GuestSeat in First Class available for the inaugural flight (only if you want to spend 628.554 Etihad Guest miles), award availability is EXCELLENT ON OTHER DATES! However, you can fly the inaugural in BUSINESS CLASS for 93.466 Etihad Guest miles or 45.000 AAmiles!
There are TWO First Class award seats on June 3, 5, 6 […]
Etihad is having another sale for 96h with some very attractive fares from BRUSSELS, AMSTERDAM & DÜSSELDORF to destinations in the Middle East, Asia & Australia. Qatar Airways had a similar “Fantastic fares” promotion to destinations in Africa & Asia during the weekend but that deal has now ended.
Etihad is sweetening the deal with (yet again) a DOUBLE MILES promotion for flights in economy or business class between 18 January to 15 June 2016. If you’re taking advantage of this 96hr Early Bird sale, make sure to register for the this promotion to earn double Etihad Guest miles.
Some interesting deals:
Brussels to Bangkok […]