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Singapore Airlines extends PPS Club and KrisFlyer Elite statuses

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Singapore Airlines (SIA) has confirmed that it is automatically extending all existing PPS Club and KrisFlyer Elite statuses, for memberships that will expire between March 2021 and February 2022, by another year. For PPS Club members, any Reserve Value that expires between March 2021 and February 2023 will also have… Read

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Flying in Japan? Your flight may soon be arriving at 'Hatsune Miku Airport'

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Most air travelers to Sapporo, the prefectural capital of Hokkaido, arrive at New Chitose Airport. Even if you don’t speak Japanese, it’s a pretty cool name for an airport, with “New” giving it an adventurous ring, and if you know that “Chitose” means millennium, it takes on a futuristic quality too. But… Read

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See some of Japan’s oldest bonsai trees at this exhibition in Shiga Prefecture

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Visit Shiga Prefecture’s Keiunkan at any time of year, and you are bound to see one of the best collections of bonsai trees in Japan. However, it is best to visit the venue at the beginning of the year, during the Nagahama Plum Tree Bonsai Exhibition, when all 300 of the trees… Read

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Jewerium: Amagical winter lights event at Enoshima Aquarium

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Enoshima Aquarium is holding a special winter event titled Jewerium. The name is a combination of jewel and aquarium. The organizers of the event say that they were inspired by the beauty of jewels, and their three most eye-catching elements: transparency, color and brilliance. Walk across the Shonan Festival Plaza,… Read

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Travel body calls vaccine requirement by airlines discriminatory

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Requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for international travel is akin to workplace discrimination and should be rejected, the head of the World Travel and Tourism Council said on Monday. "We should never require the vaccination to get a job or to travel," said the industry body's Chief Executive Gloria Guevara, speaking on… Read

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Iwate: Go your own way

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Iwate is in the northeastern corner of the Tohoku region and is filled with an abundance of nature. From the sheer cliffs of Kitayamazaki to the heavenly waters of Jodogahama all the way down to the ‘miracle’ surviving pine tree at Takata-matsubara, to travel Iwate’s coast is to witness the force of nature and… Read

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Korean Air upgrades app and website

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Korean Air has completed an extensive upgrade of its website and mobile app. The ticket reservation process has been simplified and made easier for customers to use. A new option showing the lowest ticket prices for a customer’s desired destination over a range of dates has also been added. Another… Read

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JAL, Qantas to form joint business

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Qantas and Japan Airlines (JAL) have unveiled plans to form a new joint business designed to better serve customers traveling between Australia, New Zealand and Japan. The airlines have submitted an application for authorization to regulators in Australia and New Zealand, with a decision expected within six months. Subject to… Read

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Kyoto hotel opens traditional 'machiya'-style Hello Kitty room

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If you’ve ever visited or even stayed at traditional places in Kyoto, you might have come across the word machiya (町屋). The term directly translates to “townhouse”, but as an architectural style, it refers to wooden structures that were quite popular in Kyoto during the Edo period in the early 1600s to… Read

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Airlines were on time in 2020, but passenger flight numbers half of 2019 level

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Over 180 of the major global airlines were on time in 2020, according to a new report by Cirium, the global aviation data company. The Cirium Airline Insights Review 2020 reveals that only 30 major airlines achieved this standard pre-pandemic. But over 60%—or 180 of 300 airlines globally—achieved a 90%… Read

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