50% Off Tripit Pro – $32 AUD For 1 Year

Tripit pro would have to be one of the programs I use most when I travel. The program can import all your itineraries directly from your email, tracks points balances, shows you better seats and even provides flight information to your phone, often faster than the airline does!

Tripit Pro is currently offering 50% off their normal price of 65 which comes to $32 AUD with the current dollar.

Click here to get the 50% off the pro membership!

If you like to keep up to date with flight changes and information for your flight this app is brilliant for you.

This is not a paid endorsement, I just like to share deals that are around 🙂

 

Cathay Pacific Has Soft Opened Their London Lounge

Cathay Pacific has today soft-opened their much anticipated London Heathrow lounge in T3. The lounge will officially open on December 7th to eligible customers.

The lounge has been completely upgraded and is now 1200 square meters in size. The lounge features separate areas for business and first class passengers.

Per Cathay Pacific,

“At Cathay Pacific, we care about our passengers’ experience at every stage of their journey – from the moment they arrive at the airport until they reach their destination – and our exciting new Heathrow lounge was designed to enable our customers to travel well. Our aim was to provide our passengers with a tranquil haven to relax before boarding their flights to Hong Kong and we hope our customers are as enthusiastic about the new lounge as we are.”

First Class passengers will access to the ‘Dining Room’ and will also have dishes to order from a chef. First passengers can also use the ‘Pantry’ for grabbing snacks and drinks, very similar to the Pier in Hong Kong.

The Pantry - The Pier Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge

The Pantry – The Pier Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge

Business passengers will be able to access their famous ‘Noodle Bar’ and the ‘Food Hall’ which has many Asian and international dishes to choose from.

Cathay Pacific London Lounge

Cathay Pacific London Lounge (Image – Cathay Pacific)

The lounge also features eight shower suites and a whole lot of comfortable seating.

Here are some photos of the new lounge:

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The lounge is designed by Studioilse, and they have designed the London lounge around their award winning lounges in various airports.

Cathay Pacific London Lounge

Cathay Pacific London Lounge (Image – Cathay Pacific)

At 12000 square meters, the lounge is filled with new seating.

Cathy Pacific London Lounge

Cathy Pacific London Lounge (Image – Cathay Pacific)

First class & Business class  Oneworld Emerald & Sapphire members and Marco Polo elites will be able to access the lounge from 5:30 am from Monday to Saturday and 7:30 am on Sunday until 10:30 pm.

Bottom Line

The new lounge looks very impressive. I like how Cathay keep their lounge almost the same but also have some slight changes which make them great to visit.

Introduction – Battle of the ME3 – Etihad, Qatar and Emirates First Class

So by now I’m sure you can tell I love the Middle East, especially Abu Dhabi. I’m not sure how I got to love the place so much, but I do. In January I’m headed to London for the first time to visit. When I was thinking how am I going to get there, I had a rather nice idea. Because I’ve done Etihad quite a lot now why don’t I compare all ME3 in one trip? So I booked all 3 to compare one another in a single trip, and all on their flagship A380’s.

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Leg one:

For the first leg, I will be flying on Qatar in first on their A380 from Sydney to Doha. I’m excited to fly them on this route because this is their only true ”long haul” route for their A380. I’ve flown Qatar in business class on their A350 and found the hard product to be excellent, but the soft product was quite lacking compared to their opposition.

Qatar Airways A380 First Class image - Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways A380 First Class image – Qatar Airways

Leg 2:

Well, this leg is also on Qatar but on an A320 to Dubai. I’m also very excited to trial their Al Safwa first lounge which looks brilliant.

Qatar A320 Business Class Image: Qatar Airways

Qatar A320 Business Class Image: Qatar Airways

Leg 3:

Excessive bling, AKA Emirates. I’ve flown Emirates many times across to Auckland and found the experience pretty great. However, I have never flown them over 3 hours. I’ll be flying them to London, and I’m excited to test them on a longer flight.

Emirates First Class

Emirates First Class image: Zac George

Leg 4:

Well, this was a given. I’ll be flying my beloved Etihad back to Abu Dhabi. I’ve flown them eight times in the past year all long-haul, and I’m interested to see what they are like on medium haul flights.

Etihad A380 Apartments

Etihad A380 Apartments Image: Zac George

Leg 5:

To be decided.

Bottom Line

I’m extremely excited for this trip and be able to review all 3 in a single trip. I’ll also be reviewing the lounges, so there will be many posts from the whole trip.

Scoot Australia To Asia Sale Now On

Low-cost carrier Scoot are currently having a huge Australia to Asia sale, and the fares are hard to pass up. The fares are available from now through to May 2017. If you want to travel to Asia for a good price, I will jump on these fares as they sell out very quickly.

These are the cities you can travel to with the fares:

  • Singapore
  • Taipei
  • Bangkok
  • Nanjing
  • Hangzhou

Those are just a few of quite a list.

Scoot Depart from the following cities:

  • Gold Cost
  • Sydney
  • Perth

Usually, with these fares, you have to book through an OTA, but for these fares, you can directly book through the Scoot website which makes the process much easier if anything was to happen to the flights.

The fares are currently cheaper departing Perth and are sitting around the $258 dollar mark however, Sydney and Gold Coast fares range from $300-400 which is still pretty good value. The best thing to do is play around with dates and destinations and you’ll often find a better deal.

H/T: Secretflying.com

When Buying AAdvantage Miles Just Isn’t That Simple…

If you’re a frequent reader of my blog, you’ll probably know how much I love AA miles. Currently, they have a brilliant deal of 100,000 bonus miles which is very generous, and I thought I’d stock up which I do whenever they have large bonuses.

Normally you just go the website and select how many miles you want to purchase then proceed to pay, and you’ll have the miles within a few hours.

If only it were that easy…

A few months ago I tried to purchase miles on the account, and it rejected the purchase, I then tried a few months later, and the same thing happened, and that’s when I was starting to wonder why it keeps happening. It wasn’t the payment as I used three different cards.

Fast forward to last night. I went on the website and purchased the miles, the payment went through and was hopeful it would this time.

What a surprise.

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I woke up to the email and was quite frustrated as I want to book a few redemptions while the availability is open. I immediately rang AAdvantage and explained the situation; I also tried on Twitter, but that didn’t help.

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The agents were very apologetic and friendly but also very confused and took them a while to understand what was going on. They couldn’t exactly work out what was happening so they told me to try again which I did.

10 minutes later I get a phone call from the supervisor and explained that on the first attempt the Amex card I used had blocked the purchase and made my account unable to purchase miles with any card which was strange. The supervisor then unlocked the account and posted the miles manually.

Within 10 minutes I got this glorious email, phew!

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Bottom Line

The situation was a bit of a pain but kudos to AA for solving the problem quickly and professionally.