Etihad A380 First Class Apartment – 5

7 Great Opportunities To Buy Points

We frequently see loyalty programs sell points at a discount, and for many this is an opportunity to buy points at a cost that makes sense, especially for aspirational redemptions. At the moment we're seeing several loyalty programs offering great deals…

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Filed Under: Great Deals
United 787 Polaris – 2

United Airlines Reveals New Tokyo Haneda Routes

Last week the US Department of Transportation formally granted US airlines 12 additional daytime slots for Tokyo Haneda. This is Tokyo's most convenient airport, and there was quite some competition for these slots. Of these 12 slots, Delta was granted…

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Filed Under: United
Turkish Business Class Watermark

Chase Ink Business Cards & 5/24

Chase is known for having the 5/24 rule, which impacts your ability to be approved for their cards. However, this also seems to cause quite a bit of confusion, especially when applying for business cards. So I wanted to explain what you need to know…

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Filed Under: Chase, Credit Cards
Miracle Lounge Bangkok Airport – 6

Review: Miracle First Class Lounge Bangkok Airport

Continuing my tour of Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport lounges, I decided to next check out the Miracle First Class Lounge, located in Concourse D. Bangkok Airport has at least nine(!!!) Miracle Lounges -- some are technically "first class" lounges while…

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Filed Under: Airport Lounge Reviews, Trip Reports
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SLH Makes Changes To “Invited” Loyalty Program

Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) is a group of over 500 independent boutique luxury properties in 80 countries. While SLH has their own loyalty program, they also have a partnership with Hyatt, allowing World of Hyatt members to earn and redeem…

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Etihad A380

Etihad Offering 20% Bonus On Purchased Miles

I write all the time about opportunities to buy miles with programs like Alaska Mileage Plan, American AAdvantage, and Avianca LifeMiles, though at the moment there's another airline loyalty program selling miles that some might find useful. Etihad Guest…

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Filed Under: Etihad, Great Deals
Amex Gold Card Watermark

Earn 1,500 Bonus Amex Points With Resy

In mid-May we learned that American Express is acquiring Resy, which seemed like an unconventional acquisition. For those of you not familiar with Resy, it's a digital restaurant reservation booking and management platform. American Express explained…

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Filed Under: American Express, Great Deals
Thai Airways Royal Barge 777 2

Thai Airways’ Special 777 Royal Barge Livery

I love a cool airline special livery, and Thai Airways has just unveiled an especially awesome one. This week Thai has revealed their new Suphannahong Royal Barge aircraft livery. The plane sporting this special livery is a regionally configured Boeing…

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Filed Under: Thai
Twa Hotel Jfk – 96

TWA Hotel Now Selling Gym Memberships

The TWA Hotel at JFK Airport is an aviation geek's dream come true, thanks to the incredible design, amenities, and plane spotting. I reviewed the hotel several weeks ago, and was mostly very impressed. One thing I noted in my review was that I was surprised…

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Filed Under: Hotels
Cathay Pacific A350

Ridiculous: Cathay Pacific CEO “Resigns” Suddenly

Cathay Pacific has just announced some shocking senior management changes. Obviously a lot has been going on in Hong Kong. There have been protests for months, and these have increasingly impacted the airport and airline over the past couple of weeks.…

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Filed Under: Cathay Pacific
Turkish Airlines Lounge Bangkok – 7

Review: Turkish Airlines Lounge Bangkok Airport

After visiting the rather underwhelming Thai Airways Lounge, I figured it was time to check out the Turkish Airlines Lounge, which just recently opened. I had access to this lounge on account of my Star Alliance business class ticket, though the lounge…

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Filed Under: Airport Lounge Reviews, Trip Reports
American 777

AAdvantage MileUp No Annual Fee Card Review (2019)

In the summer of 2018 we saw the introduction of the American Airlines AAdvantage MileUp℠ Card, which is a no annual fee co-branded credit card being issued by American Airlines and Citi. While there are lots of airline credit cards out there, historically…

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Filed Under: American, Citi
Conrad Bora Bora – 7

Hilton Honors Adjusts Status Match Program

Since mid-2016, Hilton Honors has been offering a status challenge program (prior to that they offered outright status matches). All things considered they're one of the most generous loyalty programs when it comes to giving out status, whether it's…

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Filed Under: Hilton, Hotels
Virgin Atlantic A350

Delta & Virgin Atlantic’s 2020 Transatlantic Expansion

Delta and Virgin Atlantic have a transatlantic joint venture, and as part of that the airlines have just announced some significant expansion for next summer. There are a couple of things that make this interesting, right off the bat: -- In April 2019…

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Filed Under: Delta, Virgin
Thai Airways Business Lounge Bangkok – 11

Review: Thai Airways Business Lounge Bangkok Airport

I was flying Thai Airways business class from Bangkok to Europe shortly after midnight, and ended up getting to the airport at 5PM. I figured this would be a good opportunity to review a few different lounges, and also to get some work done. I've reviewed…

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Filed Under: Airport Lounge Reviews, Thai

Recent Trip Reports

Singapore A350 900ulr – 2

Great Deals With New Singapore KrisFlyer Award Promo

Singapore Airlines' KrisFlyer program offers monthly "Spontaneous Escapes" promotions, where they constantly have a list of flights that can be booked at a discount when redeeming miles. Presumably they're primarily discounting flights that they don't…

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Filed Under: Awards, Singapore
777 9

Boeing Delays Ultra Long Range 777X

This has the potential to be yet another big blow to Boeing. Yesterday I wrote about how Airbus is expected to soon announce the A350-1000ULR, which would be the longest range plane in the world. While this plane would be useful for quite a few airlines,…

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Filed Under: Misc.
Money

Senator Warren Wants Answers From FTC Over Equifax Breach

In September 2017 Equifax had a massive data breach that exposed the personal information of about 147 million Americans, and several weeks ago a settlement was finally reached with the Federal Trade Commission. If you’re one of the people who was impacted…

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Filed Under: Misc.
United 777 200

United Flight Attendants’ New 12 Hour Drinking Policy

Over the weekend United Airlines issued a memo to pilots, informing them that they have to stop drinking 12 hours prior to departure, compared to the previous policy of having to stop drinking eight hours before departure. This followed an incident where…

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Filed Under: United
United 737 11

United May Offer Personal TVs On 737 MAX Aircraft

We know that of the "big three" US carriers, Delta is by far the best when it comes to the entertainment they offer inflight. They have personal televisions throughout virtually their entire mainline fleet, and that trend continues even on newly delivered…

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Filed Under: United
St Regis Aspen

Marriott Introducing Peak Award Pricing (And More)

Over the past 12 months we've seen huge adjustments to Marriott's loyalty program: -- This started last summer, when benefits were aligned across Marriott Rewards, Ritz-Carlton Rewards, and Starwood Preferred Guest, last summer -- Then this winter Marriott…

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Filed Under: Marriott
Chase Unlimited Watermark

Chase Freedom Unlimited Vs. Chase Ink Unlimited

In my opinion Chase's best personal and business cards for non-bonused spending are the Chase Freedom Unlimited® (review) and Ink Business UnlimitedSM Credit Card (review), respectively. Actually, I'd argue these are the two best cards for everyday spending…

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Filed Under: Chase, Credit Card Comparisons
Ethiopian 787

Ethiopian Airlines Launching Houston Flights In December 2019

In late January I wrote about some significant changes that Ethiopian Airlines was supposed to make to their US route network. The airline announced that as of summer 2019 they'd discontinue flights to Los Angeles, and would instead add flights to Houston.…

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Filed Under: Ethiopian
Samoa Airways

Samoa Airways Plans To Fly To LAX

While I'm skeptical of this actually ever happening, American Samoa governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga has indicated that Samoa Airways plans to launch flights to Los Angeles International Airport. The airline is owned by the government, which would explain…

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Filed Under: Other Airlines
Air Canada A220 300

Air Canada A220 Details: Cabins, Routes, And More

The Airbus A220 is a nifty plane that offers both a a great experience for passengers, as well as favorable economics for airlines. While Delta was the first North American airline to take delivery of the A220, another airline on the continent will soon…

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Filed Under: Air Canada