April 2019 was only the third month in the life of this blog. It was very eventful.
The focus for this month was hotels and loyalty programs in Middle East. I had covered three loyalty programs which many readers may not have come across
There were some great deals on hotels (many have expired since). Preferred hotels offered upto 50% cashback, Wyndham had 30% discount and you could earn triple miles on your stays in AccorHotels and Jumeirah hotels.
While we are on the topic of shutting down, Jet Airways – once India’s largest airline – stopped operations due to lack of funding. Although, its loyalty program, JetPrivilege continues to function. Etihad – the majority owner of JetPrivilege – allowed members to redeem their miles on other airlines. However, the value obtained is questionable.
Etihad was in news for other reasons as well. It launched its ‘Fully-Customizable Economy Experience‘ with two major changes – doing away with screens and introducing buy-on-board concept for food. Etihad operated the first single-use plastic free flight. It made some interesting choices which you must read about.
Etihad also announced a free 2-night hotel stay when you transit through Abu Dhabi. There are some good hotels in the list.
I just cannot get over the fact that there were no Emirates tickets available (in Economy) for 13 Days on the DXB-LHR route.
Personal Finance (UAE)
In April, I discussed one of the most important topics for expatriates in UAE – remittance options. UAE Exchange – one of the largest exchange houses – had a great deal through which you could get cashback on your remittances.
This is an area I want to write more in future.
I would like to thank everyone who read these posts. I would also love to hear more from you on the topics you would like us to cover.
In May, I plan to focus on the following
- Best hotel deals for Ramadan. Some of these are incredibly cheap!
- Dissecting my credit card portfolio further
- Summer travel out of Middle East
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