As part of the on-going Tastes of JAPAN programme (read about the feature in June to August this year), ANA will be showcasing the quality produce and specialties from the Akita, Saitama and Shimane prefectures in-flight as well as at the various airport lounges from September to November 2016.
Revered as one of Japan's three tastiest local chicken brands, international Business Class flights will feature the Hinajjidori Chicken from the Akita Prefecture. It will also be served in the classic Akita specialty of kiritanpo nabe (skewered mashed rice hotpot). In October, customers at the “DINING h” restaurant inside the ANA SUITE LOUNGE at Haneda Airport can enjoy beef filet and foie gras sauté with “Fukura” French toast in blueberry sauce. Fukura refers to a spicy French toast version of cake made from Akita tofu, which pairs immaculately with the meat sauté and vegetable side.
This November, the “DINING h” restaurant at the ANA SUITE LOUNGE at Haneda Airport will offer “Musashi wheat-fed pork loin” from Saitama Prefecture, fried in onions and ginger. A delicacy of late fall, this pork is renowned for its delectable balance of rich red and sweet fatty meat. Also served at the ANA SUITE LOUNGE at Haneda and Narita Airports is gourmet onion bread made with “Hanamanten” brand wheat grown in Saitama – kneaded with onions, black pepper and coarse-grained green pepper, then baked to a scrumptious finish.
Served on International First Class flights, savour the light and tender texture of fried tilefish caught in Shimane Prefecture, paired with sautéed abalone and flavored with garland chrysanthemum puree and olive oil. In September, the “DINING h” restaurant inside the ANA SUITE LOUNGE at Haneda Airport will feature rockfish harvested from the waters of Shimane prefecture, prepared in a sauce of seaweed salt from the Hamada region. The rich fatty meat of the rockfish is fried to a mouth-watering finish in mellow salty sauce marketed under the Hamamori brand.
As part of the project, ANA customers can also sample Japanese sake and shochu, the 'Kokushu' or national spirits of Japan, at ANA airport lounges in Haneda, Narita and Kansai Airports.
I have recently flown on SilkAir from Singapore to Phuket and could not justify paying more than five times more (S$1,300) for a 90-minute flight - the same flight in Economy costs approximately S$240. With that being said, the MI Upgrade is something that people do not talk about often. It is basically a bidding system that allows you to make an offer to SilkAir to upgrade your flight from Economy to Business - if the bid is unsuccessful, you do not pay anything at all and if it is, you pay the amount that you have offered.
Singapore Airlines has just announced the KrisFlyer Spontaneous Escapes redemption specials for November 2017 travels. KrisFlyer members will be able to enjoy 30% discount on KrisFlyer Miles required on selected Singapore Airlines and SilkAir flight that is done online - bookings must be made before the end of 31 October 2017 for travel between 01 November 2017 and 30 November 2017 (inclusive).
Users of Mileslife and Emirates Skywards members will now be able to earn miles from dining, hotel stays, spa experiences and other recreational activities when transacting on Mileslife. The miles-earning app which has only been launched back in June 2017 now offers the opportunity for eligible members to earn up to 5 Skywards Miles and an additional bonus based on their Emirates Skywards tier per dollar. Link you Emirates Skywards account before 30 November 2017 for 200 free Skywards Miles!
Previously known as The Green Market, TGM is Plaza Premium Lounge's only airport lounge in Terminal 2 of the Singapore Changi Airport. TGM is probably one of the best-kept secrets in Changi Airport where airport lounges are concerned - it serves a mixture of Japanese and Korean Cuisine (as well as healthy options) here and it really resembles more of a restaurant than a typical airport lounge. TGM is located on Level 3, next to DFS's Whiskey House in Terminal 2 and it is accessible (and free!) to anyone with a valid Priority Pass Card or Plaza Premium Lounge access - TGM is also open to public and there is a rather extensive a la carte menu (chargeable) to select from.
The five-times-weekly services on Scoot to Yangon, Myanmar will be taken over by the regional wing of Singapore Airlines, SilkAir from 29 October 2017. This will boost SilkAir's operations to Yangon to 15 non-stop flights each week. Parent company Singapore Airlines also operates daily services to Yangon.
Like most miles that you can accrue on an airline, KrisFlyer Miles are best used for Business Class flights and above - it allows you to travel on an aspiration-class of service that you may not necessarily want to pay for. For example, flying on Suites is extremely attainable with careful planning and spending (charging your expenses carefully is not the same as being frugal - it is about using the right credit card!).
After months of anticipation, SilkAir has finally unveiled the brand new Boeing 737 MAX 8 today with improved seats, new sky interior (which changes colour according to the time of day) and quieter engines for greater comfort. SilkAir plans to retire the older Airbus A320s and A319s eventually and replace them with the newer Boeing 737-800s as well as the Boeing 737 MAX 8s.
Following the announcement of seasonal flights to Sapporo and Harbin this upcoming winter, Scoot will be launching ticket sales to Honolulu (the airline's second long-haul destination after Athens) tomorrow. The new service between Singapore and Honolulu also marks Scoot's maiden entry into the United States of America.
Singapore Airlines and Grab has just announced a partnership that will provide customers with a more seamless travel experience moving forward. The mobile applications of both companies will feature integrated components to allow customers traveling to the airport in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam to book a Grab ride easily. More importantly, users will also be able to redeem their GrabRewards Reward Points for KrisFlyer Miles!
Taking effect on 01 October 2017, all Economy class flights on United Airlines will no longer earn 100% miles on Singapore Airlines' KrisFlyer program. As shown in the image below, all fare classes ticketed for Economy flights use to earn 100% of the actual miles flown (great for SIN-HKG flights for passengers in Singapore) but all eligible Economy flights now earn only 25% - 100% of actual miles flown.