Indian Airlines network is becoming more global every day.  Indian carriers are creating different alliances and new pacts every day.  Air India is part of Star Alliance Jet Airways is nearing itself to Skyteam members and is part of Etihad Partners group. Vistara is joint venture between Tata and Singapore Airlines Jet Airways recently signed metal neutrality pact with Air...
There are various ways to be upgraded and different airlines follows different systems. One answer doesn’t fit all the systems. Monetary upgrade A. Paying outright Basically, when you are checking in , ask about if there are any upsell offers. Mostly they do. They would charge you certain fee that is just a small percentage of revenue required. B. Bidding Many international airlines...
When I was on the peak of my travel, I used to use major cities as hubs to get great tickets and avoid carrying baggage. I  I have already written a post about - are low-cost really as low-cost as they say they are? Types of low-cost Airlines World of low cost differs at various destinations. There is Indigo in India which...
For a person who spends better part of the year on the road and doing basic tasks might feel like a huge issue.  These diary entries are amusing insights into FIRST WORLD PROBLEMS and their solutions.  How simple task as shopping online can be a big issue for someone who spends over 200 nights in hotels. Funny Example Online Shopping During...
What are you chasing? Not everyone wants to take a holiday to new far flung out land where they have to explore new realms, work out the language, work out the map and so many other things. They find all that very stressful.   Either they hire a travel agency who would book all the package, work a comprehensive itinerary for them. They...
Effect of Starwood/ Ritz Carlton/ Marriott partnership
PERSPECTIVE Okay, so for a short while the world had been revolving around presidential elections, demonetization process and climate change; meanwhile the travel & hotel domain witnessed a landmark agreement between two of the biggest names in hospitality industry, this September. With the merging of Starwood Hotel & Resorts Worldwide Inc. with Marriott International Inc. the benefits that can be availed...
Wyndham Rewards is a program that I don’t cover very much, largely because I don’t consider it penny on dollars return program. They do occasionally keep coming out with the promotions that are worthwhile. Wyndham property is usually low range to mid range property mostly where the price tag is usually between Rs 2500 to Rs 5000.  I have stayed...
  There is a famous adage- “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” i.e. things are not the same as they seem to be. The similar thing applies to World of Hyatt-one of a ridiculous logo-bearer and upcoming successor of Hyatt Gold Passport.  Yes, we are going to comprehend the radical changes and analyze the former and the latter and...
History of Indian luxury hospitality.  Indian hospitality has been renowned for centuries as we believed in a phrase "Atithi Devo Bhawa."  - The guest is the god. We treat our guests like God. However, Indian luxury hospitality doesn't have as illustrous past as European counterparts.  First Movers   Mr. Jamshethji Tata was the first person to open famous Taj Mahal hotel Mumbai in...
Ever faced with an absurd situation where the airline has left you stranded on the airport for an extended period of time at the airport without your own fault? You were left waiting for the moment when you will get to be on the flight to your destination? Your perfect vacation ruined because last minute - you were not allowed...