10,000 bonus Marriott points
One of the nice things about staying in a decent hotel is the lovely comfy bed. So much so that you wish you could take it home with you! Well, most of the time you can as many major chains sell their own beds such as Marriott and Sofitel. My own bed is a Hypnos which I bought after sleeping in one at The Corinthia London.
My pillows are actually from Marriott! If you fancy treating yourself, if you purchase a mattress from Marriott Bonvoy — including the famed Westin Heavenly Bed — you will earn 10,000 Marriott Bonvoy points. The mattress can be from any of Marriott International’s thirteen (13) online retail websites (Shop EDITION, The Ritz-Carlton Shops, The Luxury Collection Store, St. Regis Boutique, W Hotels The Store, Curated by JW, Shop Marriott, Sheraton Store, Westin Store, Collect Renaissance, Gaylord Hotels The Store, Shop Courtyard, Fairfield Store).
In order to be eligible for this promotion, you must provide a valid Marriott Bonvoy account number at the time of purchase. Name of the purchaser must match the name on the Marriott Bonvoy account. Points will be credited approximately 3-5 weeks following the acceptance of your mattress delivery. Subsequent to the point award, Marriott may deduct the points from a members account if the mattress is returned or if a partial credit provided. Members electing to earn miles are not eligible for this promotion. The offer is open for purchases until 31 December 2020.
New onboard bar for Emirates
In an interview with Australian magazine Executive Traveller, Sir Tim Clark, Emirates CEO has confirmed that the airline are working on yet another new design from their A380 onboard bar. I really liked their onboard bar although Qatar definitely has the edge for me in terms of design. You can read about what I thought of the lounge in this business class review. The new design will be rolled out late next year or early 2021.
It was also revealed that their new aircraft orders for the A350 and B787 will not include first class. Instead, they will feature premium economy as well as business and economy classes. They will however all have a standard 1-2-1 aisle access seat in a plan to get a consistent seat type across the fleet. This is one thing I have never understood about people that rave about Emirates. With the exception of the A380 the business class seats are years behind the competition and even include sloping seats!
Qantas selects aircraft for Project Sunrise – non stop flights London to Sydney
After detailed evaluation of the Boeing 777X and Airbus A350, Qantas has selected the A350-1000 as the preferred aircraft if Sunrise proceeds. Airbus will add an additional fuel tank and slightly increase the maximum takeoff weight to deliver the performance required for Sunrise routes.
No orders have been placed but Qantas will work closely with Airbus to prepare contract terms for up to 12 aircraft ahead of a final decision by the Qantas Board.
Airbus has agreed to extend the deadline to confirm delivery slots from February 2020 to March 2020. This provides additional time to negotiate an industrial agreement without impacting the planned start date of Project Sunrise flights in the first half of calendar 2023.
The last of three Project Sunrise research flights (New York to Sydney) will be conducted on 17 December. Once complete, Qantas will have almost 60 hours of ‘Sunrise flying’ experience and thousands of data points on crew and passenger wellbeing.
The data for crew will be used as part of final discussions with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority to approve an extension to current operating limits required for these ultra long haul services. Based on detailed information already provided by Qantas on its fatigue risk management system, CASA has provisionally advised that it sees no regulatory obstacles to the Sunrise flights.
Industrial negotiations with representatives for Qantas pilots, AIPA, are continuing. Design of the customer experience for flights up to 21 hours continues, including new cabins across First Class, Business, Premium Economy and Economy. Research flights have underscored the importance of dedicated space for stretching and movement for Economy passengers in particular, as well as the potential benefits from re-designing the service on board to actively shift people to their destination timezone.
Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said the national carrier’s support for Project Sunrise was stronger than ever, particularly after the success of recent ‘dry run’ research flights.
“Between the research flights and what we’ve learned from two years of flying Perth to London, we have a lot of confidence in the market for direct services like New York and London to the east coast of Australia.
“The A350 is a fantastic aircraft and the deal on the table with Airbus gives us the best possible combination of commercial terms, fuel efficiency, operating cost and customer experience.
“The aircraft and engine combination is next generation technology but it’s thoroughly proven after more than two years in service. This is the right choice for the Sunrise missions and it also has the right economics to do other long haul routes if we want it to.
“From the outset, we’ve been clear that Project Sunrise depends on a business case that works. We’ll only commit to this investment if we know it will generate the right return for our shareholders given the inherent commercial risks.
“We’ve done a lot of work on the economics and we know the last gap we have to close is some efficiency gains associated with our pilots. We’re offering promotions and an increase in pay but we’re asking for some flexibility in return, which will help lower our operating costs.
Would you fly on a direct 21 hour flight to Sydney if it was available? Let us know in the comments below or on social media.