Author: Shane

Hong Kong airport to accept transit passengers from 1 Jun

The airport joins Singapore in opening up air passenger transit traffic once again Hong Kong’s chief executive Carrie Lam announced on 26 May that transit services at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) will “partly resume” from 1 Jun. This announcement came weeks after Singapore announced a similar move to allow transit traffic from 2 Jun. Hong Kong implemented a ban on all non-resident visitors into Hong Kong, as well as transit passengers through HKIA since 25 Mar. All returning residents were also required to go to AsiaWorld Expo site for a compulsory Covid-19 test, before they were dispatched home to serve a 14-day self-quarantine. Cathay Pacific group to benefit Since the ban on transit passengers kicked in from 25 Mar, Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon collectively saw a drastic drop in passenger numbers, well over 99% compared to same period last year. Cathay Pacific, which has been hard-hit by the coronavirus pandemic, has since April operated to “a skeleton schedule” of barely a dozen destinations served by just a handful of flights per week. The reopening of …

Changi Airport to allow transit passengers again from 2 Jun

The opening of transit facilities come after an all-out ban on transit and short term visitors into Singapore since 24 Mar Singapore earlier this week (19 May) announced that it will officially be ending its ‘circuit breaker’ on 1 Jun, and doing a slow re-opening of the domestic economy in a three-phase approach. Later in the evening, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) also issued a media release announcing that it will be allowing transit passengers through Changi Airport from 2 Jun as well, after local lockdown restrictions ease. Transit visitors banned since 24 Mar Since 24 Mar, Changi Airport has banned transit passengers on top of barring all short term visitors in order to combat the spread of Covid-19. Of course, with no more leisure visitors and the absence of transit passengers, Changi’s passenger movements fell drastically. In April alone, Changi Airport only handled 25,200 passengers, 99.5% lower than the previous year’s 5.58 million passengers. Changi will welcome transit passengers from 2 Jun According to the CAAS announcement, transit travellers will be allowed through Changi …

Qantas to provide face masks to all passengers

Qantas has introduced a new programme called “Fly Well”, which essentially outlines changes check-in, pre-departure and in-flight arrangements in the near future. This comes ahead as Qantas prepares for the gradual resumption of domestic and trans-Tasman services, which the Australian and New Zealand governments are exploring. So… what does Fly Well entail? In its press release, Qantas said that the new programme “brings together a number of temporary and existing wellbeing measures to give you peace-of-mind at each point of your journey as restrictions ease in the months ahead and domestic travel resumes”. Essentially this is what Qantas will be doing: Providing hand sanitising stations throughout the terminal and at departure gates Providing a “wellness kit” comprising masks and sanitising wipes to all passengers Removing all in-flight entertainment and seatback literature The airline also said that they have ‘ reduced our food and beverage offering’. In the last couple of weeks, Qantas has removed all in-flight food and beverage on domestic flights, so it remains to be seen what ‘reduced’ service means. In addition, Qantas …

Qatar Airways’ ridiculously good rebooking policy

“Travel with Confidence” campaign gives you free rebooking So the miles and travel community went abuzz last week because Qatar Airways launched a new campaign “Travel with Confidence“, boasting free rebooking of tickets bought from now till 30 September 2020, for travel on or before 31 December 2020. The mechanism The ‘promotion’ first started off affording customers maximum flexibility for tickets bought between now till 30 Sep, for travel commencing on or before 31 Dec 2020. Qatar is offering practically all kinds of flexibility you can imagine: Hold your ticket: You can hold your ticket for a maximum of two years from the time you bought the ticket, Swap for miles: You can swap the value of the ticket for Qmiles, at a rate of USD1 = 100 Qmiles. Effectively, you are paying 1 US cent per mile. Credit voucher: You can exchange the value of the ticket in the form of credit, with a 10% bonus. Rebook your flight to a different destination: Rebook another flight to a different destination within 5,000 miles radius …

Bank of China slashes BOC Elite Miles card earn rate from 15 Jun

The revised rates are abysmal, so remember to cash out your points by 15 Jun BOC with its spectacular BOC Elite Miles card, has finally blinked. The card, which has one of the highest local spend earn rates for a general spending card, will be effectively reducing the earn rate of BOC Elite Miles card from 15 Jun, according to a revised terms and conditions document sent out to cardmembers yesterday (via SMS, no less). The keyword here being ‘effectively’ because of the way the change is made. Most other banks will usually change the earn rate of the cards, but BOC has taken the other approach by changing the conversion rate. BOC will be changing the conversion rate of your BOC points to miles from 15 Jun, as follow: Frequent Flyer Programme Currently From 15 Jun Krisflyer 30,000 points to 10,000 miles 45,000 points to10,000 miles Asia Miles 18,000 points to6,000 miles 27,000 points to6,000 miles This means that the conversion cost of your BOC points has gone up by 50%, effectively reducing your …