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Weekly Discussion Thread – June 24, 2019

Welcome to the weekly discussion thread!

This thread is renewed weekly and is intended for all discussions that do not warrant their own thread.

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The Canaries with Blue Bay Hotels

Remember that feeling of stepping off the aeroplane? The warmth on your face, the smell of holiday in the air and the sun on your skin. Well, the Canary Islands pretty much guarantee you get that feeling 365 days of the year. With over 300 days of sunshine, a year-round mild climate and endless stretches of gorgeous golden sand, it’s pretty easy to see why the Canary Islands have been a holiday hotspot for many years.

But, what makes a sun-drenched Canary holiday even better? The perfect hotel of course. We’ve teamed up with one of our favourite hotel groups, Blue Bay Hotels, to show you where you could be spending your next holiday.


Affectionately named ‘The Island of a Thousand Experiences’, Tenerife is the largest of the Canaries and is sure to tick all of the “perfect holiday” boxes. It’s pretty easy to spend the whole time on the beach here but Tenerife has a lot more to see. Visit Europe’s largest waterpark – Siam Park, spend the day wandering the picture-perfect streets of La Laguna Old Town or take a hike up the Canaries largest active volcano – Mount Teide.

BlueBay Eden Tenerife

Located in a quiet area of Puerto de la Cruz, the BlueBay Eden Tenerife is perfect for a relaxing holiday in the sun. The hotel offers a wide choice of facilities including plenty of places to soak up the sun and three swimming pools – a large main pool, a children’s pool and a nudist pool for the more adventurous guests. There are plenty of activities available such as tennis, mini golf and Pilates as well as a seasonal kids club for little ones and a fantastic on-site restaurant.

Gran Canaria

Famous for its vast golden beaches and rolling sand dunes,
Gran Canaria boasts an incredible 60km of beachy coastline – perfect for those
beach bums out there. Steeped in history and alive with modern-day culture,
Gran Canaria is a perfect mix of old and new. Visit the Painted Cave for a
glimpse into the past, surf the infamous dunes and don’t forget to try the
world-famous papas arragudas
literally translated to wrinkly potatoes.

BlueBay Beach Club

Make the most of those famous beaches with this four-star beachfront beauty. Featuring a huge lagoon-style swimming pool with children’s section and outdoor Jacuzzi area, this hotel is perfect for a relaxing Canary Island holiday. Feel like getting active? The hotel offers a great choice of activities such as archery and water polo, a seasonal kids club for the younger guests and a fun-filled entertainment programme. All guestrooms here come with kitchen facilities as standard, so you’re free to whip up a meal in the comfort of your own place. Don’t worry – there’s also an a la carte restaurant and a snack bar for when you don’t feel like cooking.


The quirkiest and most fascinating of the Canary Islands,
Lanzarote is definitely a one-of-a-kind holiday destination. A lunar-like
landscape featuring craters, lava formations and underground caves is fringed
by white sand beaches and crystal-clear waters. Check out the underwater museum
of Museo Atlantico, wander the unique volcanic vineyards or take a trip
underground and experience dinner and a show lakeside… in a cave.

BlueBay Lanzarote

The BlueBay Lanzarote is located in the popular region of Costa Teguise, just 400m from the beautiful blue waters. Perfect for both families and couples alike, the hotel offers a range of great facilities and plenty of activities. Active guests can enjoy a game of football and tennis or start the day with a workout in the gym while those looking to be pampered can head to the spa for ultimate relaxation. There’s loads for little ones too, with a separate children’s pool, kids club and playground.

Learn more about the Canary Islands here, or take a look at more fantastic BlueBay Hotels here.

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Delta outlines re-configured 767-400ER service from Nov 2019

Delta Air Lines during the weekend of 23JUN19’s schedule update filed planned re-configured Boeing 767-400ER operation, scheduled to enter service in November 2019. The re-configured 767-400ER features the configuration of J34W20Y184.

Atlanta – Brussels eff 22FEB20 DL080/081
Atlanta – London Heathrow eff 12NOV19 DL030/031 (DL032/033 from 02JAN20)
Atlanta – Paris CDG eff 12JAN20 DL084/085
Boston – London Heathrow eff 20NOV19 DL058/059
New York JFK – Brussels eff 30JAN20 DL140/141
New York JFK – London Heathrow eff 16NOV19 DL001/002 (DL003/004 from 10JAN20)
New York JFK – Zurich eff 08DEC19 DL408/407

How to buy Hilton Honors Points

Hilton Honors points are great for redemptions at high-value Hilton-chain properties. While you can earn points through stays and credit cards, it is often easier to buy a large number of points when there is a promotion going.

This guide will walk you through all the steps needed to purchase points from Hilton.

Account requirements

In order to purchase points, your accounts need to fulfil one of these criteria:

  • Be at least 90 days old, or
  • Be at least 30 days old with eligible hotel stay activity, or points earned from partners.

New accounts under 30 days cannot purchase points, even if an eligible hotel stay has been recorded.

Members can purchase up to 80,000 points a year (excluding bonus points which are added separately). Each block of 1,000 points costs US$10 (AU$14.25 at the time of writing).

This represents a cost of 1.4 Australian cents per points if purchasing without a promo, which is quite high and not recommended unless you urgently need points.

During promotions, the price per points can drop to as low as 0.7 Australian cents per point, which is better value.

How to purchase points

If you do not have a direct link to a promotion, start by logging into your account and looking for ‘More Ways to Use Points’ on the dashboard (or try click this link).

Hilton Honors Account Overview

On the next page, look for ‘Buy more points’.

Hilton Honors buy points

On the final page, you will be able to choose how many points to buy, including any promotional offers.

Hilton Honors buy points

In this example, we are purchasing 160,000 points for $800 USD, or about $1139 AUD, which equates to 0.71 cents per points.

Hilton Honors buy points

Pooling Points

If you are travelling with other Hilton Honors members and want to pool your points together for a stay, you now can!

On the dashboard, select ‘Pool your points’.

Pooling Hilton Honors points

On the next page, you can invite up to 10 other Hilton Honors members via name and email address, and pool your points balances together to get that reward night.

Pooling Hilton Honors points

In practical terms, it means you and your partner or family members could each purchase up to 160,000 Hilton Honors points through the promotion, and pool your accounts together to redeem for an even bigger reward stay.

Transferring points

Eligible accounts can send Hilton points to other users, up to 500,000 points per year. A receiving account can take in up to 2,000,000 points per year.

Each account is also limited to making six transfers and six pooling transactions per year. Click here to transfer your Hilton points.

Summing up

Hilton Honors are fairly generous when it comes to points – you can buy, gift, transfer or pool points with other fellow travellers, making it easy to build up a balance big enough for your next redemption.

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How to Avoid Soul-Crushing Crowds at the Louvre

The Musée du Louvre is one of the biggest art museums in the world. With more than 35,000 pieces on display each day (which represents just over 10% of the entire collection), the Louvre is massive. And you’re not the only who wants to see all the famous — and not so famous — works of art the museum holds. The museum welcomes more than 10.2 million visitors per year — that’s almost five times the population of Paris.

But I figured out a way to avoid the soul-crushing crowds.

Photo by Matthew Kepnes.
Photo by Matthew Kepnes.

Built originally as a fortress in the 12th century then turned into an official royal residence in 1546, the Louvre first became a permanent art museum in the wake of the French Revolution. And, like most of Paris, the museum has suffered from serious overtourism in the last few years.

According to Skift, visitors are up 20% in the last year while staff numbers have simultaneously been reduced.

Since I started coming to Paris 10 years ago, I’ve visited the Louvre close to a dozen times. As a lover of art and history (in fact, I originally went to school to become a history teacher), the Louvre’s collection holds a special place in my heart.

But, where there used to be room to breathe and enjoy centuries of art and beauty, the Louvre has become unbearable to visit during the day. The crowds are too intense. You’re not in a museum. You’re at a festival. And everyone is trying to rush the stage of their favorite band.

There’s no room to move. There’s no room to see anything. There’s little enjoyment in visiting these days.

Want to go on a Monday thinking not as many people will be there? Nope, that won’t work, because the Musée d’Orsay is closed then so it’s extra crowded. First thing in the morning? Peak tour group time. End of the day? Nope, it’s still busy there — because everyone else had the same idea!

In fact, it’s gotten so bad that workers went on strike last month and now the museum is enforcing a policy of advanced ticket purchases and timed entry only.

I learned that lesson the hard way.

Twice a week — Wednesday and Friday — the Louvre is open until 9:45pm. Last week, I went to visit on Friday in hopes of enjoying the museum with fewer crowds. However, the cashier told me that, per their new policy, you can no longer buy tickets at the door. You have to buy them in advance.

He didn’t know when the policy would change back, but I suspect it will not change for a long, long, long time. We’re entering peak tourist season in Paris and, with the crowds only set to get bigger, I suspect this policy change is designed to mitigate the crowds and mollify the staff trying to control all the tourists.

There is one way around this rule if you don’t get to prebook a ticket: the Paris Museum pass, which will still get you entry into the museum. This two-, four- or six-day pass allows entry into over 50 museums and monuments. It’s a great deal if you plan to see most of the attractions on the pass, which also includes entry to the Arc de Triomphe, the Centre Pompidou, the Musée d’Orsay and many other major attractions.

At €48 (about $54) for two days, it will pay for itself after three museums. If you have that, you can still skip the line and visit — any time of day.

And the best time to visit the Louvre? At night.

By 6:30pm, most of the tourists have gone off to dinner and the tour groups have thinned out so you get the place virtually to yourself. I knew there would be only a few people there, but I didn’t know how few. This is what you get when you see the Louvre at night:

Photo courtesy of Matt Kepnes
Photo courtesy of Matt Kepnes

It’s empty. And it only gets emptier as the night continues.

I could get up close to the Mona Lisa without being elbowed by a tourist like we were in a mosh pit. I could marvel at the Napoleon apartments in peace. I could sit and stare at the beautiful works of art in silent reflection.

It was the most magical experience I’ve had at the Louvre — and I’m kicking myself for never visiting in the evening before.

Photo courtesy of Matt Kepnes.
Photo courtesy of Matt Kepnes.

So, if you’re heading to Paris this summer, be sure to visit the Louvre at night on a Wednesday or Friday to get the best experience.

While you have to make the best use of the time you have, I strongly discourage you from visiting during the day — especially Monday, when the crowds are arguably the worst.

Matthew Kepnes runs Nomadic Matt, a site helping people see the world cheaper, better and longer. He’s the best-selling author of How to Travel the World on $50 a Day and has a memoir called “Ten Years a Nomad” coming out on July 16. He’s also written a guidebook to Paris for budget travelers. 

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A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Flight Attendant Training

So you want to be a flight attendant? It’s much more work than just maintaining a clean cabin with happy passengers — you also need to be trained in some medical procedures, hair and makeup, table settings, and emergency protocols. Here, Emirates shares what the process is for training to work for them.

Being a flight attendant is more than just dealing with passengers and cleaning so you can travel to wonderful locations around the world. There’s a lot more to the job that you may not consider. Luckily, the team at Emirates gave Travel+Leisure a look into the airline’s training facility so any potential candidates can know exactly what to expect.

One Emirates hires a flight attendant, they’re required to move to Dubai. They’re put in shared accommodations with two or three other flight attendants, given a plane ticket once a year to visit family in their home, and allotted a certain amount of time family members can come visit (twice a year for 30 days max).

The duration of the safety and emergency procedures training is about 13 days. Flight attendants use life-size simulators to learn about decompression, water landings, ground landings, turbulence, and the safety protocols at every stage of a flight. They learn to put out in-cabin fires, in-bathroom fires and maintaining body heat in freezing water for a water landing. They also simulate using the slides and manually operating parts of the cabin if the power goes out.

Next is medical and security training, where they learn to resolve minor medical issues, assist in childbirth, conduct CPR, handle hijacking and sabotage, deal with unruly passengers and receive combat training.

The rest of training includes lessons on how to properly wear the uniform, wear approved makeup and preserve it, manage skin health, prepare healthy food choices, exercise on the go, properly handle food and beverage service, learn the dishware and how to use it, fold towels for Emirates’ shower spa, learn how to mix drinks and pair them with food choices, and run duty-free operations on the plane.


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United – $647: San Francisco – Shanghai, China. Roundtrip, including all Taxes

United – $647: San Francisco – Shanghai, China. Roundtrip, including all Taxes

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Highlighting the Paris Air Show’s Less Publicized Orders

Coming from all corners of the world, the aviation industry meets at Paris-Le Bourget Airport every two years since 1967. For four days, the latest industry advancement is showcased, the newest aircraft perform and manufacturers

NYC to Europe to Maldives – choice b/t 2 Options

Planning to fly into Europe and focus on Portugal, Spain, Italy for 2-3 weeks and then end up in Maldives and I have two options. JFK-LIS on TAP and then IST-MLE on Turkish for total 125k United. Or I can do JFK-FRA-SIN-MLE leaving the FRA-SIN as a stopover (they let you do that) for 121K KrisFlyer. Fees are relatively low on both, but will have to use FRA as a base and it’s a little bit of backtracking. Thoughts?

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