Every week we picked the essential award travel news from the industry to keep you stay informed. This week, we are bringing you – You Will Soon Have Michelin-Star Meals on Japan Airlines First Class; 4 Other award travel news this week.
The principle of award travel is simple: spend less to enjoy more while you are traveling. And Japan Airline just announced a feature that perfectly aligns with this the statement. The carrier is going to provide an in-flight Michelin-star menu for first class, premium economy, and economy select international routes starting next month. Flying from Tokyo to Chicago, NY, LA, SF and London, Japan Airlines first class passengers can expect sashimi and Kaiseki dishes. For the record, Japan Airline is not the first carrier that begins offering the new menu of services from or to Aisa-Pacific. Notably, Finnair has offered a new menu for business class passengers to its Tokyo-Helsinki flights.
The airline industry has mixed updates for travelers today. Basic Economy is like a plague that just wouldn’t stop, isn’t it? Continuing from yesterday’s news on numerous airlines introducing Basic Economy fare, American Airline, and its partners are imposing more restrictions on their cheapest transatlantic routes as if flying economy for 8 hours isn’t unpleasant enough. It’s certainly nice to see Southwest CEO completely rule out the possibility of charging checked bags fee by saying that “bags will be free as long as I’m the CEO”, despite opposing voices from analysts. Japan Airline, already offering high-quality flights between Japan and US West Coast is planning to add new flights into their coverage.
Mommy Points revealed that some of HYATT’s properties tend to play games with their standard award availability, including desirable Hyatt resorts Andaz Maui and Hyatt Regency Aruba. By World of HYATT program rules, properties ought to make standard rooms available on points when they are available for cash. However, some of the Hyatt resorts have been found manually blocking their award availability and have been calling out several times by award travel bloggers. Thankfully Mommy Points also offered tricks that seem to work from time to time.
Ending tomorrow 2/28, Hawaiian Airline has an ongoing sweepstake this February with a chance to win up to 140,000 Hawaiian Miles. Chances are slim, but a chance it’s better than nothing! Simply follow Hawaiian Airline on Twitter or Instagram and submit a short form to enter. No purchase necessary!
After March 11th, 2018, numerous actions, including booking of award tickets, on the Qatar Airways Privilege Club loyalty program will become available online, and available online-only. It’s definitely nice to be able to perform some of these actions online, but leaving it as the only option can be problematic. Award tickets redemption using miles are known for its difficulty in locating available seats and understanding of the routing rules. The Qatar Airways Privilege Club Websites can be convenient when you know all the ins and outs of the program, but for those who are using their miles the first time, human assistance can be very helpful.