FCO on Bangkok: “Avoid All But Essential Travel”

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office has updated its travel advice for Bangkok - and the message is clear We now advise against all but essential travel to the city of Bangkok and the 26 provinces in Thailand affected by flooding. Our advice against all but essential travel to the city of Bangkok does not include transit through Suvarnabhumi international airport. … [Read more...]

New BMI Credit Card offer from MBNA

Well, I see my writing has been superseded thanks to MBNA who have re-launched the BMI Credit Card. As suggested through earlier posts, MNBA have launched a two-card, one statement product There are two offers on the table: The "Free" Version: Up to 25,000 destinations miles when you spend £250 within the first 90 days (to get the extra miles you must apply before … [Read more...]

ORDXI: Pictures are up, Videos are on the way.

As my sleep patterns are completely smashed after a 5 day trip to the USA (5 days to wreck my sleep pattern? It's getting worse I tell you...), I've decided to get the pictures from my trip report up. For those of you new to GhettoIFE and how things are done with trip reports, this is how I sort of do it (and there's a bigger document I wrote and must publish in the near … [Read more...]

Doung Mang temporarily closed due to the Thai Floods

Hot off the press from Reuters is news that Bangkok's Doung Mang airport has been closer due to flooding. According to Radio 2 on the coach, the floods have breeched the outer perimeter, but not the runway. Additionally, staff and passengers have not been able to reach the airport, adding further complicarions. Bangkok Suvarnabhumi is still operating as … [Read more...]

ORDXI: Last post till London – Greetings from the Udvar-Hazy Centre…


... as United seem to run out of Free WiFi cards for T-Mobile. Is it a change I like? I'll let you all figure that one out. How.... inconvenient. And I'm not spending $9.95 for Interweb access at IAD. UPDATE: FREE WIFI in IAD... in the public zones. Will see if it scretches to C7 Lounge.... Speaking of which... 382 to IAD was... busy. Nothing special... which is … [Read more...]

ORD XI: 6am already? But WHY do people hate Hyatt’s White Ginger?

Well I'm preparing to break camp after a good weekend in Chicago, and I'll have a review of the Hyatt Regency O'Hare a  bit later (Key points - don't carry your room key next to your phone or you'll be stuck waiting 30 minutes to be let back into it, and avoid the King Rooms) But as I'm off to DC for a bit, then off home it's time for me to open up a point of contention and … [Read more...]

Airplane Art – United Airlines 747-400

United Boeing 747-400 in United White and Blue... and flaking paint

It's Sunday, so it must be time for some Airplane art. This week, United Airlines get another poking from me from letting their planes in the air in a state, with a Boeing 747-400 in United 2004-2011 "Blue Tulip" Livery More Airplane art of course, next week! … [Read more...]

Credit Cards in UK: Non Alligned Credit and Charge Cards

Last week, I wrote about Credit Cards that are tied to airlines and benefits. This week, we're going to look at the non tied ones. As such there are two major issuers of such card (as MBNA seem to have withdrawn from this end of the market), American Express, and Lloyds TSB). There are other reward programmes such as Barclaycard Freedom which is comparatively complex and will … [Read more...]

Safety Video Saturday – United Boeing 747-400

It's Saturday again, so it's time to put your seat in the upright position, tray in the stowed position, count the number of rows back and forth to the nearest emergency exit as United Airlines present safety on their 747-400s... Or if you're stuck in Row 43 (Like I was this week), a vision of hell. More of course next week! … [Read more...]