A collection of interesting and eclectic pieces from around the world of travel and beyond…


Air France introduces FlexFly (resell your nonrefundable tickets)

Air France has introduced a new product called FlexFly.

FlexFly allows passengers to resell their unwanted tickets at 50% discount off the face value (if there is a buyer).

https://loyaltylobby.com/2018/10/23/air-france-introduces-flexfly-resell-your-nonrefundable-tickets


Japan’s famed cherry blossoms are already blooming — 6 months ahead of schedule

After typhoons and irregular weather, some of Japan’s famed cherry trees are already blossoming — months ahead of schedule.

Cherry blossoms typically begin to bud at the start of spring but earlier this month Japan’s Weather News reported that more than 350 yoshino cherry trees have already begun to bloom.

https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/cherry-blossoms-appear-early-japan


Norwegian Air, Icelandair join TSA PreCheck

Norwegian Air and Icelandair have joined TSA PreCheck, enabling passengers who are members of the program to use expedited security lanes when flying those carriers.

In addition, the Florida-based regional carrier ViaAir will begin participating in PreCheck on Nov. 1.

The number of carriers participating in PreCheck has reached 56.

ICYMI: BA finally joined PreCheck back in May. 

https://www.travelweekly.com/Travel-News/Airline-News/Norwegian-Air-Icelandair-join-TSA-PreCheck


Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park to reopen facilities after fire

London’s Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park is set to reopen its dining, event and spa facilities in December following the major fire at the hotel in June this year.

Two Michelin star restaurant Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, bistro Bar Boulud and The Rosebery tearoom will reopen on December 4, 2018.

The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, which had been redesigned by New York designer Adam D. Tihany, will also open the same day.

https://www.businesstraveller.com/business-travel/2018/10/16/mandarin-oriental-hyde-park-to-reopen-facilities-after-fire/


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2 thoughts

  1. sounds like it’s time for a last minute trip to Japan as there’s next to no availability for the true ‘cherry blossom’ season. Do you have any tips on sweet spots for miles or cash?

    1. You’re right – it might actually be an unusually cheap way to ‘do’ cherry blossom season. Miles-wise, a return redemption in First on ANA for 120,000 Virgin miles is probably unbeatable in terms of value (or business for 95k). Finnair via Helsinki is another interesting one.

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