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Brussels Airlines to position itself 'as a hybrid airline'


Brussels Airlines (SN) announced last week its new market strategy, "a hybrid airline which offers a high value for money solution for all market segments and budgets, without having to compromise." Brussels Airlines will also launch a new slogan, "We go the extra smile"

The changes will ...

Air India Joins Star Alliance


After years of drama, Indian flag carrier Air India has formally partnered with Star Alliance and becomes the first Indian carrier to join a global air alliance. I remember all too well how the drama unfolded in 2011 while I was working at Star Alliance and am ...


United's seasonal scale-back in Europe underscores cost concerns

United Airlines is temporarily halting winter services to several secondary European markets, as well as a few key primary ones such as Rome and Manchester, from its largest East coast gateway hubs at New York/Newark Liberty International and Washington ...


Trip Report: Thai Airways A330 Business Class, Shanghai to Bangkok


If you haven't flown on Thai Airways before, here's one thing you should know about them. They switch out more airplanes on more routes than any other airline that I know. When I originally booked this trip, I was booked into first class on a Boeing 747-400. For ...


Lounge Review: Turkish Airlines CIP Lounge at Istanbul


The Turkish Airlines CIP lounge at Istanbul Ataturk International Airport is located on the departure level near gate 220.  The lounge is accessible by first and business class passengers on all Star Alliance flights, Star Alliance Gold members and Miles and ...


Trip Report: Thai Airways A380 First Class Bangkok to Paris


Flight: TG 930
Aircraft: Airbus A380
Bangkok (BKK) to Paris (CDG)
Depart: 12:10 AM on Thursday (12:42 AM actual)
Arrive: 6:50 AM on Thursday (6:30 AM actual)
Duration: 12hr 40mn
Seat: 3K First Class

The Royal Orchid Spa and Royal ...

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Turkish Airlines 777 Business Class from Istanbul to Houston


The last portion of my trip report of my Business Class award on Turkish Airlines is the return trip between Istanbul and Houston.  I had already had an eventful day, getting up early to see some of the sites in Istanbul.  I then returned to the crowded airport and had a brief visit at ...


Lounge Review: Star Alliance Lounge at LAX


This lounge visit was part of my trip to Turkey and China. My index including trip reports for Air Canada, Asiana, Thai Airways and Turkish Airlines, and lounge and hotel reviews can be found here. 

This was my first time ...

Lounge Review: Star Alliance Lounge at Paris Charles de Gualle (CDG)


My amazing Thai Airways A380 flight from Bangkok sadly ended too soon and we arrived at our gate in terminal one slightly ahead of schedule. I had a six-hour layover in Paris before connecting to Montreal on Air Canada and decided to check out the airport ...


Spin-Off of Thai Smile Another Blow to Star Alliance


Thai Airways will spin-off its Thai Smile Air unit into a separate subsidiary that will not participate in Star Alliance. Created in mid-2012 as a low-cost division of Thai Airways, Thai Smile has now obtained its own air operators’ certificate (AOC) and starting later this month ...


US Airways + TAM Join oneworld Alliance


As Star Alliance shrinks, oneworld grows. Effective today, both US Airways and TAM transition from Star Alliance to oneworld, adding a more robust route network across the U.S., South America, and Europe for oneworld ...

US Airways is a Huge Loss for Star Alliance

US Airways’ upcoming departure from Star Alliance on March 30, 2014 is a huge loss for the airline alliance and a particular burden for North American flyers using United MileagePlus miles.

My most-requested award redemptions are business class to Italy or ...


Should I Burn my US Airways Dividend Miles Now or Later?

US Airways is leaving Star Alliance on March 30, 2014 and we can only guess at what the future Dividend Miles loyalty program will look like. Will the award chart stay the same for now? Will you be able to get to where you need to go? Will fuel surcharges be introduced on carriers like British ...


Last Call on the US Airways 90K USA + Europe + Asia Business Class Award

US Airways is leaving Star Alliance on March 30th, 2014, meaning your last chance to book on many Star Alliance carriers with US Airways Dividend Miles is this week.

There are several gems on the chart, but the most valuable to North American flyers is round-trip business class to North ...