Los Angeles Lakers icon and basketball superstar, Kobe Bryant has died in a helicopter crash (Sikorsky S-76) in Calabasas, northwest of Los Angeles on Sunday morning. Kobe was traveling with 4 other people in his private helicopter when it went down. Emergency personnel responded, but nobody on-board survived. 5 people are confirmed dead. The cause of the crash is under investigation.
Bryant was allegedly traveling in his own private helicopter when it crashed. At least three other people were killed.
Investigators are trying to determine the cause of the fatal crash.
To dear Kobe,
I am a huge fan of you growing. I love the feeling of flying up in the air or when soaring to the basket because of you. You will be sorely missed by me and many others. Mamba out
For the entire period of June, you will get to convert your Grab Points to Krisflyer Miles for half of the original rates. For platinum members, you would require 700 Grab Points instead of the usual 1400 points for 160 Krisflyer miles. For Gold and other status members, you will get to enjoy 160 miles for 750 Grab Points instead of the usual 1500.
This would be an excellent chance for you to get rid of some Grab Points given that some of the Grab Points expire in June. If you had followed my previous post on purchasing Grab points. You would have hit a jackpot. Essentially you have gotten 2240 Miles if you are a platinum member like me or 2080 miles for other members for just 10 dollars. Wow! What a great deal!
Remember the promotion lasts till the end of June and it takes about 1 working day for the conversion. If you are looking at the full 2000 miles, you will need to convert about 13 to 14 times. Grab only allows one time per conversion, so you will need some effort to get the best out of this promotion.
Grab Singapore is currently having a Grab Singapore Sales. One of the deals from 31 May to 6 June is one that might interest you. Grab is selling 10k of their reward points for 10 Singapore dollars.
10,000 Grab Rewards Points to Miles 1
So why does this excites me? You are using 10 dollars to purchase 1k of Krisflyer Miles to be exact. Assuming you sign up for a grab account today, you are essentially getting 960 miles for 10 dollars. Not a bad deal I would say. You are getting 1120 miles for 10 dollars if you are a grab platinum user like myself. Great chance for you to boost your Krisflyer account for cheap.
Garuda Indonesia Insane business class deals are back. From now until 31 May 2019, travelers who book in groups of 4, 5, and 6 can enjoy their award-winning business class fares at a special price. This includes a suite of destinations on offer, including North Asia and Australia. The prices go for as low as SGD845 per traveler to destinations like Seoul. These fares allow you to accumulate miles as well! WHAT A DEAL!
I picked them up very late as I was in Shanghai and chose the option of not working with VPN. This rather lucrative promotion by Garuda Indonesia that’s been surprisingly under-the-radar has only been picked up by one fellow boarding area blogger
Garuda Indonesia is one of the best airlines I have travelled with, they have a wide selection of wines and champagne in the business class cabin. They serve up authentic Indonesia cuisine together with western menu. They even offer fully flat bed on certain routes operating on their herringbone business seats layout
It is interesting to note that this offer is only valid for EX Singapore to these routes and not applicable to EX Jakarta or Denpasar Bali.
With a deal this lucrative, I can’t help but look out for partners and friends to travel with. The more that travels with you, the lower the fares – so spread the word to your family and friends! Do leave a message or comment to me if you are interested, will be matching suitable travel dates between people. For anyone that is interested, please go to the google sheets have I created here!
These deals are only until 31 May 2019, so you have to act quick
*This is just helping readers and travellers to pool together to enjoy business class at incredible rates, the blog does not earn any profit from it*
Mileslife officially welcomes its 17th airlines’ partner Qantas, the official airlines of Australia and also a Oneworld Alliance Network member. It would be the 4th Oneworld Alliance member (alongside British Airways, Iberia Airways, and Qatar Airways) to join Mileslife, allowing more Oneworld Alliance users to benefit from earning miles faster and living life better.
Following the partnership, Mileslife offers first-time app users with a Qantas membership to a sweet treat of 2,500 bonus Qantas points on the first eligible transaction of SGD 30. For every SGD 30 transaction after, Mileslife is awarding 150 points, capped at 7,500 points per user. This promotion is valid till 11 April 2019
I have recently flown with Qantas on my way back from Brisbane, and it’s a very decent flight accompanied by great food. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the flight as well, given that I travelled aboard an A330 installed with the latest economy seats. I will definitely share more about this experience, so stay tuned!
I’ve recently picked up a rather lucrative promotion by Garuda Indonesia that’s been surprisingly under-the-radar.
From now until 31 March 2019, travellers who book in groups of 4, 5, and 6 can enjoy their award-winning business class fares at a special price. This includes a suite of destinations on offer, including North Asia and Australia. The prices go for as low as SGD845 per traveller to destinations like Seoul. These fares allow you to accumulate miles as well!
With a deal this lucrative, I can’t help but look out for partners and friends to travel with. The more that travels with you, the lower the fares – so spread the word to your family and friends! Do leave a message or comment to me if you are interested, will be matching suitable travel dates between people!
After much speculation and buzz among aviation enthusiasts and rumours within the Airbus community, Airbus has confirmed that it will deliver its last A380s to Emirates by 2021.
Emirates and Airbus have reached an agreement in which Emirates will reduce the demand for A380s from 162 to 123; Emirates would instead order more of the A330-900 Neo & A350-900 models. The deal for the 70 new aircrafts is estimated to be worth 21.4 billion dollars.
Emirates was the last lifesaver for the A380 programme during a time when most international airlines were investing in other aircrafts. With the support plugged from Emirates, the announcement for the end of the super-jumbo aircraft programme comes as no surprise.
Within the Airbus company, I think there is a mixture of both sadness and relief. Building one of these aircrafts, from the design to its engineering, is a colossal feat; reaching the decision to stop its production is a mournful moment for aviation enthusiasts everywhere. On the other hand, there is also relief that comes from ending the quest for more airlines to support the programme as well as the huge costs of producing these jumbos.
Ample space like no other
A380 offers space unlike any other. When it was first launched in 2007, airlines were blown by the vast room it provides and what they could do with it. Airlines were able to provide Suites, a higher tier than the conventional First Class offerings. It also allowed Emirates to provide showers and a bar on board, heightening the experience they can offer to its guests.
I am personally saddened by the end of these superjumbo jets, given the experience I enjoyed travelling onboard such a majestic aircraft. As much as I will continue enjoying different airlines that offer an experience to remember, none holds a candle against the sheer size of the A380 that provide comfort and versatility. It is truly unfortunate that we are to see the end of the A380s in this lifetime. It was truly an aircraft ahead of its time
Luxury hotel group Aman sets to unveil their 3rd property Aman Kyoto in Japan. Nestled in the verdant foothills of the symbolic mountain of Hidari Daimonji, Aman Kyoto is a place of untold beauty, where small jizo statues sit contented among the yamamomiji maples. The resort perfectly tempers privacy, relaxation, and rejuvenation with the vibrancy of Japan’s ancient imperial capital, home to 17 Unesco World Heritage Sites. Aman Kyoto is an architectural masterclass in eschewing the obvious while embracing the subtle – a picture frame of a location that is as peaceful as it is otherworldly.
Ryokan Inn, perfect simplicity
Aman Kyoto’s latticed pavilions are a contemporary homage to the traditional Japanese ryokan inn – known for their strikingly minimalist geometry, each serving as a window that sprawls into their spectacular natural surroundings. The interiors are spacious and brightly lit, ingeniously crafted to foster peace, relaxation, and contemplation at every turn. The intricacy of the pavilions and their considered placement within the garden respects the simplicity and appropriateness of traditional Japanese architecture while allowing these contemporary buildings to exist and breathe with the landscape.
Japan authentic onsen experience
The fresh spring water that flows near Aman Kyoto is central to the philosophy at the resort’s Aman Spa. Traditional onsen bathing facilities deliver relaxation and healing in their purest forms while dovetailing with a range of treatments that tap into Japan’s plentiful natural apothecary including Kyoto’s popular green tea, Tanba Kuromame black beans, local sake, cold-pressed Camellia oil, and Kyoto silk cocoon.
I am thrilled to be experiencing this new Aman property for myself when I travel to Japan next year for the 2020 Olympics. I have unfortunately only been to one out of the many Aman properties so far, however, my Amanoi experience transcended beyond expectations. Aman Kyoto is a combination of the brand’s philosophy and Japanese hospitality with a touch of Kyoto serenity. Its signature restaurant in the Dining Pavilion will showcase Japanese haute cuisine, with multi-course dining experiences that make use of the local produce. Home-cooked Kyoto obanzai-style cuisine will be served throughout the day, and guests can also enjoy afternoon tea and reserve bamboo picnic hampers to be enjoyed al-fresco in the garden or forest glades. The garden itself is ideal for outdoor events, from small private dinners and function to weddings, yoga and mindfulness sessions. I look forward to experiencing more of what Aman has to offer, as well as becoming an Aman Junkie. Would you be experiencing any Aman properties soon?
To start off 2019, Singapore Airlines loyalty programme, Krisflyer, has partnered with Mileslife to have 5X miles promotion. Mileslife is a lifestyle and retail application that allows you to earn miles through the app and from your credit card. There is so much you can do, from retail shopping, spa and dining.
Up to 20 Miles per dollar
Given that you dine at a 3 miles per dollar restaurant, for examples like Wheeler’s yard or Kan Sushi. You will be able to enjoy up to 15 miles based on this Krisflyer promotion. In addition to the miles given by Mileslife, you can enjoy an additional 4 miles per dollar if you use your UOB Preferred Platinum Visa Card.
If you have participated in Mileslife Christmas giveaway or check-in promotion. You would be able to use the promo codes together with this promotion. I have an unused 100 promo code from the Christmas giveaway, by spending 72 dollars, I would be getting 1105 miles in my Krisflyer account. Not to mention all the miles you get from your credit card. Not a bad deal yeah?
This is an awesome campaign from the Krisflyer and Mileslife Team. Make use of this campaign if you need some miles boosting before the devaluation of the Krisflyer miles on 24 January. Do note that there is a capped of 1,000 bonus miles per user and the pool of 5 million miles shared among 3 markets ( China, Singapore, Hong Kong). This promotion runs from 22 January 2019 to 28 February 2019 or when the miles have been completely given out
NEW TO MILESLIFE?
If you do not already have a Mileslife account, signing-up for one using my Mileslife referral link will get you 1,000 bonus miles after making your first eligible transaction.
Mileslife is a lifestyle payment application that allows you to earn frequent flyer miles when you shop and dine. Since December 2018, Mileslife has partnered with Luxury Fashion Galleria Resorts World Sentosa to bring you more miles when you shop for your luxury items.
Luxury Fashion Galleria Resorts World Sentosa includes brand such as Tiffany & Co, Tumi, Rolex, Versace, Bvlgari, Omega, Salvatore Ferragamo. A wide variety of luxury brands & goods are also available besides the mentioned brands. It’s like a paradise if you like luxury items.
Mileslife is running an awesome campaign that rewards you up to 3000 miles for your purchases at Resort World Sentosa. You will get 1000 miles for every single transaction with a minimum purchase of 29sgd. In order to get the full 3000 miles, you will need to purchase 3 items using 3 different transactions. Note: I have contacted the Mileslife team, you are not allowed to split a single item transaction into 3 different transactions. So please take note of it.
As a mileschaser, I want to collect the most miles with the least amount of money spent. I shopped around and decided on Victoria Secret. What is awesome is that mileslife promotion can be used in conjunction with other promotion. I picked a makeup bag for the wife that is worth SGD 99 but after having a crazy sales discount of 60%, it amounted to only SGD 44.5. She was delighted by the present I gave her.
This is quite a good promotion and a great boost for miles. The lowest spending needed is only sgd90 for 3000 miles, which is a great value for the items you purchase. If you have any items on the luxury wishlist, this could be a time where you make use of this promotion and get those items. If you are new to mileslife, be sure to use my promo code: JOEL3112. You will get 1000 miles with a qualifying spend of SGD49 on your first transaction. Be sure to live the mileslife.
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