Virgin Atlantic to end Pakistan flights

Virgin Atlantic is terminating its Pakistan flights later this year as the airline continues to restructure its route network following the pandemic.

Flights to Lahore will end on 1st May whilst flights to Islamabad will continue a while longer, until 9th July.

Virgin confirmed the news to us in a statement:

Virgin Atlantic to end Pakistan flights

“It is with regret that we’ve taken the difficult decision to suspend our services between London Heathrow and Pakistan. Since commencing operations in December 2020, we have been proud to offer choice for customers travelling between London and Manchester in the UK, and Islamabad and Lahore in Pakistan. During that time, we have also provided important cargo capacity, as well as delivering vital medical supplies. ​

This is not a decision we have taken lightly, and we’d like to apologise for any inconvenience caused.  We would like to wholeheartedly thank everyone in Pakistan; our customers, teams, partners and the authorities for their support over the past two years.”​

Both flights were launched in August 2020 as a way to diversify away from the United States, which didn’t re-open to tourists for another 15 months. The routes catered to the ‘visiting friends and family’ market which remained fairly buoyant during covid.

Virgin Atlantic clearly feels it can use those aircraft more profitably on other routes. As well as forthcoming new routes to the Maldives and Turks & Caicos, two more new routes were rumoured to be on the cards. The Korean press has speculated that Seoul may be one of them – home of Virgin’s upcoming SkyTeam partner Korean Air – with a deal done to get EU approval for the pending Korean / Asiana merger.

The move may also have been spurred by rumours that the EU flight ban of Pakistan International Airlines will soon be lifted.

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TSA PreCheck vs Global Entry vs CLEAR

If there’s one thing everyone can agree on about flying, it’s that nobody likes a long security line at the airport. Thankfully, when it comes to paying a little extra to skip the crowds, there are a few options to choose from.

Increasingly, statement credits for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck application fees (of up to $100 every four years) are becoming a standard benefit of many travel rewards cards. And with a third alternative added to the mix, CLEAR®, the decision of which program to choose for expedited security at the airport can be a difficult one to make.

If you travel often, these are great benefits that can save you both time and money — but which program does what?

Below, CNBC Select reviews the difference between each travel perk — TSA PreCheck, Global Entry and CLEAR.

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TSA PreCheck

If you rarely travel abroad and don’t want to pay for Global Entry, TSA PreCheck is $85 for a five-year membership and gives you expedited security checks at more than 200 select airports in the U.S. If you don’t have a U.S. passport, this is the best option.

For anyone who has experienced TSA PreCheck, the process is also less invasive than the standard security screenings. You don’t have to remove your shoes, belt, light jacket, laptop or TSA-approved liquids.

To apply, you have to submit an online application and then schedule a 10-minute in-person appointment at one of the many enrollment centers. The appointment includes a background check and fingerprinting.

Global Entry

Global Entry is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival

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IHG One Rewards guide

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The InterContinental Hotels Group includes 18 hotel brands and over 6,000 hotels around the world. A stay with the InterContinental Hotels Group could include a luxury vacation at a Hotel Indigo, an InterContinental resort property or a Crowne Plaza, or a quick stop at a local property like a Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express or Staybridge Suites, among others.

This hotel group also has a loyalty program, IHG One Rewards. In this guide, we’ll explain how the IHG One Rewards program works, how to earn points and the best ways to use them.

IHG One Rewards basics

In early 2022, the InterContinental Hotels Group revamped its loyalty program. In addition to changing its name from IHG Rewards Club to IHG One Rewards, it now offers more benefits, redemption methods and elite status tiers. Members will continue to earn points on hotel stays and more, which can then be used for free nights, airline miles, merchandise and a handful of other redemption options.

As of November 2022, free hotel stays within IHG One Rewards start at just 5,000 points (previously, they started at 10,000 points). Plus, you can pay for a redemption entirely with points or a combination of points and cash. And like other hotel programs, IHG One Rewards has elite status tiers you can earn, which come with more travel perks.

How to sign up for IHG One Rewards

To sign up for IHG One Rewards, head to the IHG website and click on “IHG One Rewards” in the top-right corner. Then, scroll down on the rewards page and click “Join for free.” On the enrollment page, you’ll enter information like your name, email address, home address, country of residence and password to create your account.

Once you provide the information required to create

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Plan your next adventure with the best flight deals from Expedia, Kayak and Google Flights

End your summer with an adventure by shopping these travel deals.

End your summer with an adventure by shopping these travel deals.

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August is nearly here, which means it is time to start thinking about your end-of-summer travel plans. The good news is that there are plenty of ways to travel without breaking the bank. Whether you want a tropical island getaway or somewhere quiet and cozy to jet off to, we found the best flight deals from the likes of Expedia, Google Flights and more.

There’s more where this deal came from. Sign up for Reviewed’s Perks and Rec newsletter and we’ll keep ‘em coming every Sunday through Friday

Though airline prices rose between January and June of this year, 2.4 million people went through TSA checkpoints in July. If you don’t want to miss out on the best deals on airline tickets, you should start looking for flights as soon as you have travel dates picked out. Whether you’re traveling internationally or domestic, there are many websites to help you compare flight costs to get you started. Google Flights and Kayak are ideal for looking at a wider view of flight prices across multiple airlines and they will send you to the website that offers the cheapest fare. This differs from Expedia, which is an online travel agency (OTA) that books flight reservations under the OTA, not directly through the airline. If you’re looking to save on your next flight, keep reading for the best flight deals using popular travel websites.

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Book with Expedia, Google Flights and Kayak

End your summer with an adventure by shopping these travel deals.

— Recommendations are independently chosen by Reviewed’s editors. Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission.

August is nearly here, which means it is time to start thinking about your end-of-summer travel plans. The good news is that there are plenty of ways to travel without breaking the bank. Whether you want a tropical island getaway or somewhere quiet and cozy to jet off to, we found the best flight deals from the likes of Expedia, Google Flights and more. 

There’s more where this deal came from. Sign up for Reviewed’s Perks and Rec newsletter and we’ll keep ‘em coming every Sunday through Friday

Though airline prices rose between January and June of this year, 2.4 million people went through TSA checkpoints in July. If you don’t want to miss out on the best deals on airline tickets, you should start looking for flights as soon as you have travel dates picked out. Whether you’re traveling internationally or domestic, there are many websites to help you compare flight costs to get you started. Google Flights and Kayak are ideal for looking at a wider view of flight prices across multiple airlines and they will send you to the website that offers the cheapest fare. This differs from Expedia, which is an online travel agency (OTA) that books flight reservations under the OTA, not directly through the airline. If you’re looking to save on your next flight, keep reading for the best flight deals using popular travel websites. 

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