Bart Lapers

North Vietnam with Cathay Pacific

Bart Lapers at Mua Caves Ninh Binh Vietnam 2019

Last year, I flew the inaugural flight from Brussels to Hong Kong with Cathay Pacific in Business Class. This year, I decided to give Premium Economy a try. As I had already explored Hong Kong before, I added a connecting flight to Hanoi with Cathay Dragon in Business Class.
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Brussels Airlines American Express: 26,000 bonus miles!

UPDATE JUNE 2021: The 26,000 miles offer has now expired. However, you can still get the Brussels Airlines Premium American Express card with 16.000 Miles & More bonus miles!
Brussels Airlines American Express welcome bonus 12000 miles
American Express has a very attractive limited time offer: the Brussels Airlines Premium American Express card with 26.000 Miles & More bonus miles for signing up and spending €1500 in the first 3 months using the card. This offer is only valid till 30/04/2019. To receive a personalised sign-up link for this offer, please complete the form below.
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My Best Travel Experiences of 2018

Pic: Shipwreck Beach at Zakynthos Island, Greece.
Once the travel bug bites there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected until the end of my life. – Michael Palin. I’m pretty sure that statement is valid for me too! Time to wrap up 2018 with an overview of my travel highlights of the year.


Cathay Pacific A350 Business Class Bart Lapers
Pic: Cathay Pacific A350 Business Class (Mar 2018)
After record years 2016 with 116 flights (160,432 miles flown) and 2017 with 122 flights (161,352 miles flown), I ended 2018 with slightly lower flight stats.

    • 95 flights (139,609 miles flown) (5.6x around the earth, 336 hours up in the air)
    • 1 First Class flight with Air France
    • 15 Business Class flights with Emirates, Kuwait Airways, Swiss, Cathay Pacific, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Thai Airways and Turkish Airlines.

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Cathay Pacific A350 Business Class Brussels – Hong Kong

On March 25th, Cathay Pacific launched its non-stop service between Brussels Airport and Hong Kong. I was invited to attend the inaugural event and had the pleasure to join the first non-stop A350 flight from Brussel to Hong Kong.
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10 Tips For Better Travel in 2018

1. Use Google Trips

If there’s one travel app you’re going to install on your smartphone this year, it should be Google Trips. The app gathers all your travel reservations (flights, hotels, rental cars, …) from your gmail inbox, organises them trip by trip and stores all details on your phone so you can still access your travel reservations while you’re offline. But the app does a lot more than that. It uses your travel plans to generate of number of handy list for your destination: “Things to do”,  “Food & Drink”, “Getting around”, “Need to Know”, … it even creates Day Plans using Google Maps so you don’t need to plan anything in advance. And what’s really great, all this information is available when you’re offline! Have a look at the video below for a nice overview of the features of Google Trips.

2. Keep track of Flight Deals

Checking flight deals should become a daily routine if you want to score the best travel deals. In my opinion, the most efficient way to keep track of deals is Twitter notifications. I get most of my deal notifications via:
@traveldealz_de (German)
@theyhbu (German)
If you are overwhelmed by the number of notifications, you can also limited the notifications to flight deals from Belgium via the pushapp of Fly4Free. In case you are looking for a particular flight deal, you can set an email alert via Google Flights to keep track of flights for your destination & dates. Don’t forget to also check your flights via Momondo, as they tend to regularly find cheaper or alternative fares.
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