Westjet 787

WestJet Reveals Additional 787-9 Routes

In May 2017, WestJet placed an order for up to 20 Boeing 787-9s (10 firm orders and 10 options), which was a huge move for the Canadian carrier. Historically WestJet primarily had 737s, along with a few 767s that they used for a few international routes.…

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Filed Under: Other Airlines
British Airways 787

UK E-Gates Now Open To US Citizens (And More)

Up until now, e-gates at immigration in the UK have only been available to those with passports from the UK, EU, EEA, and Switzerland. As of today, eligibility has been expanded by seven countries. This is awesome, since initially this change was only…

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Japan Airlines 787 Business Class – 2

Best Ways To Use Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Miles

Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles are among my favorite mileage currencies out there. On a per mile basis, I value Alaska miles more than any other airline miles. In this post I wanted to talk a bit more about actually redeeming Alaska miles -- the…

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Filed Under: Alaska, Awards
Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi

Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi Reopens After Mysterious Closure

The UAE can be a funny place sometimes. Construction in both Dubai and Abu Dhabi is seemingly endless, and often one has to wonder about the business sense behind some of the development. When you look at hotel rates in the UAE, overall they're as low…

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Filed Under: Hotels, Hyatt
Best Western

Best Western Offering $20 Gift Card For One Stay This Summer

While Best Western perhaps isn't a fan favorite around here, I think it's worth highlighting their promotions as well, especially given how reasonably priced many of their properties are. Not only can you score a great deal on a hotel stay, but you can…

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Filed Under: Best Western, Great Deals
Le Meridien

Weekly Review: May 18, 2019

It has been a rough week (as I covered in a previous post), thought I'm happy to have a bit of downtime. Ford and I are supposed to go to Japan next week, and we're still deciding whether or not to take that trip. On the points & travel front, this week…

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Aer Lingus Business Class A330 – 5

Aer Lingus Pushes Back A321LR Debut (Again)

This year Aer Lingus will start taking delivery of their A321LRs. The airline has eight of these aircraft on order. These fuel efficient narrow body planes will allow them to first replace the leased 757s that they operate on some flights, and then also…

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Twa Hotel Pool

“Day Stays” At The TWA Hotel JFK

I've written about the awesome-looking TWA Hotel JFK, which just opened this week. The hotel looks like a dream for aviation geeks, given all its TWA branding. Furthermore, JFK Airport is otherwise one that has a lack of decent hotels, so to have a great…

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Filed Under: Hotels
Qantas First Class Bedding 1

Qantas Points Plane: How Quickly Did Seats Sell?

Airlines are increasingly looking for ways to engage with loyalty program members in non-traditional ways. This week Qantas announced their first ever "points plane," where they'd fly an A380 from Melbourne to Tokyo on October 21, 2019, and would exclusively…

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Recent Trip Reports

Choice Points

Choice Privileges Blocking Award Nights? (Fixed)

This is an update to the below post from a couple of days ago to note that this issue has been fixed. All Choice Privileges properties appear to once again be bookable as normal. Earlier I wrote about how Daily Getaways is selling discounted Choice Privileges…

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Filed Under: Choice, Hotels
Satri House Luang Prabang 12

Review: Satri House Hotel Luang Prabang

Sorry for the delay on this folks -- not to get too much into the sausage-making, but we had planned to pause this particular narrative while Ben finished sharing details on his trip to Sri Lanka, with the idea being that I'd publish the rest of this…

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Filed Under: Hotel Reviews, Hotels
Aeromexico Business Class 1

Great Aeromexico Business Class Fares From Canada

If you're based in Canada or can easily position to Canada, Aeromexico has some exceptional business class fares at the moment, including out of Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver. There are some great fares available to Mexico, though perhaps the best…

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Filed Under: Aeromexico, Great Deals
Qatar A350 Business Class

American’s App Allowing Some Incredible Award Routings

All airlines have some sort of routing rules when it comes to the type of award tickets they will and won't allow. Every airline has different rules, and I'd say American has among the strictest out there. I've written about American's award routing…

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Filed Under: American, Awards
Jetblue A320

JetBlue Drops Coke In Favor Of Pepsi

JetBlue is making some changes to their inflight catering that might make some people pretty angry. The topic of Coke vs. Pepsi can be pretty divisive. There are those who prefer Coke products, and those who have bad taste (I'm kidding... I'm kidding...…

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Air Italy Business Class A330 – 10

Air Italy Rebrands Loyalty Program As @MyAirItalyClub

Air Italy has today revealed the details of their revamped loyalty program. Until last year, Air Italy was known as Meridiana, and the loyalty program was called Meridiana Club. Then when the airline was rebranded, the frequent flyer program was as well,…

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Four Seasons Bora Bora 2

Four Seasons Bora Bora Promotions

Bora Bora is one of the most picturesque places in the world, and the Four Seasons Bora Bora is regarded as the best major hotel there. If you're considering a trip to this island paradise, below is some information, including how to maximize value at…

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Filed Under: Great Deals, Hotels