British Airways SHRINKING Seats On 777's, 40% OFF HILTON, American Airlines SECRET Status No Longer Secret....


Sales, good. Cuts, bad. Secret stuff, cool. Today's round up of the most important travel news features the self destruction of a flag carrier airline, an amazing sale in an expensive part of the world to sleep in hotels and an interesting new twist in what has long been regarded as one of the coolest "secret" frequent flyer statuses...

40% Off Hilton Hotels In Asia + Pacific (Real Deals)...

If there's one travel trend you can depend on, it's top hotels in Asian and Pacific cities fetching outrageously expensive prices. Hilton for the second time this year is running a fantastic sale for bookings all throughout Asia and Pacific, in hotels that cover all price points and even include the most expensive cities such as Tokyo, Hong Kong, Sydney and the Maldives. A real highlight in the sale is definitely Hilton's highest end property in Tokyo, the legendary Conrad Tokyo for just $290. That's a representative savings of at least 40%. The sale is officially on and will run through 3AM EST November 11th, so try to book by November 10th. You can book stays from now up until April 17th, 2017. BOOK HERE.

British Airways New (Painful) Strategy And Cuts...

British Airways has released a graphic showing the new layout for their Gatwick 777-200's, which represent much of the leisure market. These planes will have less business class seats, less premium economy seats and MORE economy seats. Not just more as in more rows, but more as in fitting an extra seat across each row, moving to TEN across. British Airways are touting the increased capacity as competitive to low cost carriers, while pretending to carry the flag for its country and offer "full service" quality. The company slide deck even pits the aircraft directly against Norwegian Airlines, who has never marketed itself as a full service carrier, and certainly has the fares to match. If British Airways are really trying to beat Norwegian at their own game, it's a long road ahead. Gary Leff offers a brilliant take and analysis of it all...

American Makes (Not So) Secretive "Concierge Key" Official...

There are quite a few invitation only loyalty status programs out there which don't appear on any official webpages. Members receive extraordinary benefits, white glove service and sometimes the airline will even hold an aircraft for them if they're running late. American's (not so secret) version of this, Concierge Key, as featured in the George Clooney film "Up in The Air" has officially been made public, aligning it as the new highest tier within the American Airlines AAdvantage loyalty program. If you've gotta ask what it takes to qualify, you probably cannot qualify. Members will receive upgrades ahead of all other tiers, including Executive Platinum and the suite of benefits will be formalized.