Ascott offering triple Krisflyer miles and discounts

Citadines Kuta Beach Bali

Singapore-based serviced residence company The Ascott Limited is running a new three-month-long campaign that awards members of Singapore Airlines’ Krisflyer frequent-flyer programme bonus miles as well as discounts.

Running from November 1, 2017 to January 30, 2018, the offer enables Krisflyer members to earn triple miles on each eligible night booked during this period as well as 20 per cent discounts on best flexible rates using the promo code KF20. Elite Gold and PPS members also get complimentary late checkout.

The offer is good for stays at select serviced residences in China, Japan, Southeast Asia, Australia and Germany. A full list of participating hotels as well as terms and conditions can be found at Ascott’s website.

Typically, stays with Ascott properties award a total of 150 miles per eligible night, but under the triple miles promotion this amounts to a total of 450 miles per night.

This effectively means that Krisflyer members can earn almost the same number of miles in a single night at an Ascott property as they would during an entire stay at a lot of other hotels.

While some groups such as Alila Hotels and Resorts, Constance Hotels and Resorts and Hilton offer one mile per US$1 spent, the majority of Singapore Airlines’ hotel partners offer 500 miles per qualifying stay. Others, such as Accorhotels and Starwood Hotels and Resorts allow members to convert their hotel points into airline miles.

the-ascott.com; singaporeair.com

Vistara adds Ranchi to its network

Vistara Airbus 320

Vistara adds Ranchi, the capital of the state of Jharkhand, to its network.

The city of temples, flora and fauna, Ranchi is known for its steel and textile industries, and prominent colleges.

Vistara will operate two flights a day between Delhi and Ranchi. Bookings are now open, with one-way fares starting at ₹2,199 inclusive of taxes.

With this, Vistara’s network increases to 21 cities across the country.

Flight no Origin Destination Departure Arrival Frequency
UK 751 Delhi Ranchi 06:45 08:25 Daily
UK 752 Ranchi Delhi 09:00 11:00 Daily
UK 733 Delhi Ranchi 17:55 19:40 Daily
UK 734 Ranchi Delhi 20:15 22:10 Daily

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Vistara adds Ranchi, the capital of the state of Jharkhand, to its network.

The city of temples, flora and fauna, Ranchi is known for its steel and textile industries, and prominent colleges.

Vistara will operate two flights a day between Delhi and Ranchi. Bookings are now open, with one-way fares starting at ₹2,199 inclusive of taxes.

With this, Vistara’s network increases to 21 cities across the country.

Flight no Origin Destination Departure Arrival Frequency
UK 751 Delhi Ranchi 06:45 08:25 Daily
UK 752 Ranchi Delhi 09:00 11:00 Daily
UK 733 Delhi Ranchi 17:55 19:40 Daily
UK 734 Ranchi Delhi 20:15 22:10 Daily

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IndiGo will introduce connections between Tirupati, Rajamundry to domestic and international destinations

IndiGo

IndiGo Airlines has announced the expansion of its regional network by adding 63 new connections.

IndiGo will connect Tirupati and Rajamundry to Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Dubai, Muscat, Singapore among other cities via Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chennai and Mangalore. It will deploy its Airbus320 and ATR aircraft for these services. 

“With amplifying demand from regional sectors, we are pleased to announce the introduction of these new connections within and beyond India. We are looking at providing affordable fares on these flights for 6E travellers,” says Sanjay Kumar, chief commercial officer, IndiGo Airlines. 

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IndiGo Airlines has announced the expansion of its regional network by adding 63 new connections.

IndiGo will connect Tirupati and Rajamundry to Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Dubai, Muscat, Singapore among other cities via Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chennai and Mangalore. It will deploy its Airbus320 and ATR aircraft for these services. 

“With amplifying demand from regional sectors, we are pleased to announce the introduction of these new connections within and beyond India. We are looking at providing affordable fares on these flights for 6E travellers,” says Sanjay Kumar, chief commercial officer, IndiGo Airlines. 

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Both legacy and low cost airlines expect ticket prices to rise in the U.S

Southwest Airlines

U.S. Airlines Expect Ticket Prices to Rise

 

By Bob Curley

 

High demand from both business and leisure travellers is likely to push average U.S. airline ticket prices higher in the coming months, the Chicago Tribune (http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-higher-airline-fares-20171026-story.html) reported October 26, 2017.

 

High demand from both business and leisure travellers is likely to push average U.S. airline ticket prices higher in the coming months, the Chicago Tribune (http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-higher-airline-fares-20171026-story.html) reported October 26, 2017.

 

Both American Airlines and Southwest Airlines told investors that they anticipate an increase in revenue per seat per mile flown — an industry financial metric based on average fares and how many seats are filled on aircraft — through the end of 2017. Southwest told investment analysts that revenue per mile is expected to rise 1.5 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2017, while American Airlines predicted a rise of 2.5 to 4.5 per cent.

 

If those predictions hold, it could signal a shift away from the fare wars that have helped keep airline ticket prices low and negatively affected airline stock prices.

 

Both airlines posted solid earnings in the third quarter of 2017 despite taking financial hits due to flight cancellations related to hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.

 

“Despite all these challenges, it was a very strong quarter, and fourth quarter looks better,” Southwest Chairman and CEO Gary Kelly said.

 

 

 

 

United now flies the longest non-stop route from the US

United Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

United Airlines has reinforced its claim to the mantle of longest non-stop flight out of the US with the launch of its new Los Angeles-Singapore service on Sunday, which it first announced back in June.

Clocking in at about 14,000 kilometres, the route supplants the previous titleholder, Qantas’s Airbus A380 superjumbo flights between Sydney and Dallas. United’s new route is operated by its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, which has 48 business, 88 Economy Plus and 116 economy class seats.

And while this is a new route for United, it’s not the first time a non-stop service has flown between the two cities. Fellow Star Alliance member Singapore Airlines previously operated the route, but dropped it in 2013 when rising fuel costs made it unfeasible. That said, the carrier is aiming to re-launch the service when it receives its new Airbus A350-900ULR (Ultra Long Range) aircraft.

This service is also slightly longer than United’s San Francisco-Singapore flights, which it launched last summer and had previously held the title for the longest Dreamliner flight from the US.

But although the 17 hour 55 minute flight edges past Qatar Airways’ 17 hour 40 minute Doha-Auckland service – the current titleholder for longest non-stop commercial flight in the world – it still loses out by distance. Qatar Airways’ flight comes in at 14,535 kilometres, over 500 more than United’s new flights.

There are, however, other flights in the works that are nipping at the heels of both these services. Qantas is launching its non-stop Perth-London flights in March, which will take about 17 hours and cover approximately 14,498 kilometres.

Meanwhile, Singapore Airlines has expressed its intention to re-launch its Singapore-Newark service, which it also cut in 2013 alongside its Los Angeles flights, with its A350-900ULR that will come in at 15,344 kilometres and a flight time of between 18 and 19 hours. This was previously flown by the A340-500, the only aircraft that could make the journey.

None of these come close to the longest commercial flight ever made, however, which was a one-off flight by Qantas between Sydney and London using one of its Boeing 747s, which took just over 20 hours and covered about 18,000 kilometres. That said, Qantas is currently looking to re-launch the service by around 2022, and while no aircraft can currently make the journey economically, both Airbus and Boeing have heeded the airline’s call to develop aircraft that could fly the distance.

united.com

SriLankan touches down in Melbourne for the first time

SriLankan Airlines' A330-300 touches down in Melbourne

SriLankan Airlines’ inaugural service between Colombo and Melbourne touched down yesterday marking the first ever non-stop connection between the two cities.

Travellers now have a daily offering, which takes off from Colombo at 2350 and arrives in Melbourne at 1525 the following day. The return leg, meanwhile, leaves Australia at 1655 and arrives back in Sri Lanka that evening at 2215.

The Oneworld alliance member’s newest service is flown by its Airbus A330-200 aircraft (though its online schedule currently lists the A330-300) and takes approximately ten hours. All 18 of the business class seats on the airline’s A330-200 are fully flat, though with the configuration being 2-2-2, not all have direct aisle access. There are also 251 seats in ecomomy.

According to SriLankan Airlines’ manager for Australia and New Zealand, Sanjeeva Jayatileke, the new route complements the growth in travellers between the two cities via existing hubs such as Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.

“Tens of thousands of Australians flock to Sri Lanka and the Maldives each year, whether that’s to visit friends and family, on business, or to experience some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, best surf breaks and untouched wilderness.”

Meanwhile Australia – and Melbourne in particular – is home to one of the largest Sri Lankan expatriate communities. According to 2011 census data, Victoria is home to 50 per cent of Australia’s Sri Lankan population.

Sri Lankan will be hoping these potential regular travellers will result in a lucrative service, something the airline is in need of following recent financial difficulties. This notably resulted in the cancellation of its lease of four new A350 aircraft last year – a decision that set the airline back US$170 million. Sri Lankan also began leasing out four of its A330-300s last year as part of a measure to recoup losses.

Despite this, the airline managed to break records for the number of passengers carried over the 2016/2017 financial year, seeing higher passenger numbers than any other year in its history. That said, its financial woes have not dissipated, with the airline reporting an un-audited net group loss of US$15.12 million for the year – up from the US$3.15 billion recorded the previous year but notably less than its budgeted deficit for the year.

srilankan.com

Air France adds music to its smartphone app

Air France play app

Air France has renamed its smartphone and tablet app and added music to it. The free smartphone and tablet app is available on the App Store and Google Play and now has a choice of newspapers and magazines, videos and music.

The majority of the content is only available to those with a reservation on an Air France flight. The content is accessible from 30 hours before the flight’s departure and includes

  • Newspapers and magazines – including Le Monde, The New York Times or China News Weekly.
  • Videos – music, films, TV programmes, cartoons, news programmes and documentaries such as France 24 and Euronews.
  • Music – a selection of Air France Music playlists.

Only the Air France magazine and music podcasts are available without a reservation.

For those with a reservation, passengers can log in any time 30 hours before their flight and download press, music or video selection. This content can then be used at any time, online or offline – before, during and after the flight. The offer only applies to flights lasting 2 hours or above between France and Europe, North Africa or Israel, and flights within the regional Caribbean network.

The Air France Play app is a separate download from the Air France app which allows passengers to  book tickets, display boarding passes and manage their Flying Blue accounts.

Airfrance.com

This Japan Airlines app provides wifi connectivity across Japan

Japan Airlines' JAL Explore Japan Wifi app

Japan Airlines (JAL) has unveiled a new app for Android and iOS devices that allows travellers to connect automatically to more than 200,000 wifi hotspots around the country.

The JAL Explore Japan Wifi app has been developed by Wire and Wireless Co. Ltd. (Wi2) and is designed to connect to wifi spots operated by the company across Japan, namely in public areas such as airports, major train stations, restaurants and key tourist locations. Connectivity is free of charge and without limit.

Users of Wi2’s existing Travel Japan Wifi will be familiar with the service – the new JAL-backed offering adds links to the airline’s overseas visitor information websites and services. Most notably for overseas travellers, this includes the airline’s JAL Japan Explorer Pass, launched back in 2015, which is a flexible fare for domestic flights only available for non-resident travellers.

The new wifi app is similarly aimed at overseas travellers – residents of Japan are not able to download the app – and is available in English, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Korean and Thai.

Access to a social media account is required as part of the sign up process once the app has been installed – Facebook, Google+ and Weibo are all options.

jal.co.jp

Uber rides will soon award Qantas frequent flyer points

Qantas Uber loyalty tie-up

Qantas Frequent Flyer members will soon be able to earn Qantas Points when booking trips with rideshare app Uber to and from 15 airports in Australia.

Beginning November 3, members will earn points on Uber rides based on their Qantas Frequent Flyer tier. Gold, Platinum and Platinum One members will earn three points per A$1 (US$0.77) spent, while Silver members will earn two points and Bronze members one point. A new Uber icon will now appear in the Qantas app, through which travellers can book rides directly.

Qantas is also offering 2,000 bonus miles for members who sign up to Uber for the first time and book a ride through the airline’s app (this can only been done once and applies to travellers’ first ride).

“We know [Uber] is a service our customers already like using and now they have the ability to earn Qantas Points on their rides to and from the airport,” said Olivia Wirth, the airline’s chief customer officer. “Our focus is how we can make people’s entire journey more seamless, and incorporating the option to order an Uber through our app helps do that.”

Members can now book and earn miles on Uber rides, flights and hotels through the Qantas app.

Uber has made grounds in Australia in recent months following wide-ranging government approval for ride-share services being granted back in August.

Currently, Qantas Points can be earned on rides to and from the following Australian airports: Adelaide, Avalon, Brisbane, Byron Bay, Cairns, Canberra, Gold Coast, Hobart, Maroochydore, Melbourne, Newcastle, Perth, Sydney, Toowoomba, and Townsville.

This is good news for travellers who regularly use ride sharing as opposed to chauffeur, car rental or taxis. A recent report by New Zealand-based Go Rentals found that Uber rides to and from the airport in most cities worldwide tended to be cheaper than taxis or car rentals.

This is particularly the case for Australia, with Uber rides being up to 83 per cent less expensive than taxis in Brisbane, and 190 per cent cheaper than car rentals in Melbourne.

Qantas also launched a new miles-earning credit card earlier this year, which offers two Qantas Points per dollar spent with Qantas using the card.

qantas.com.au