Air Serbia A330
Air Serbia’s New A330 Entering Service

About a month ago I wrote about how Air Serbia is swapping its sole Airbus A330 for another A330. We now have more information about when this plane will enter service, and what the business class product will look like. Serbian national airline Air…

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Etihad 787 First Class – 2
Etihad Guest Offering 50% Hotel Transfer Bonus

Etihad Guest can be a useful frequent flyer program. Etihad Guest miles can be easy to earn with transferrable points programs like Amex Membership Rewards, Citi ThankYou, and Capital One. On top of that, Etihad Guest has some hotel transfer partners,…

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Weekly Review: April 10, 2021

I hope everyone is having a good weekend so far! I'm grateful to be spending time with my family. On the points & travel front, this week the new Chase United Quest Card was introduced, IHG Rewards Club devalued, the value of redeeming Virgin Atlantic…

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Thompson Chicago – 13
Review: Thompson Hotel Chicago

I recently had to be in Chicago for a couple of nights (and before anyone asks, I both got tested and was traveling for a reason exempt from the quarantine requirement), and decided to book the Thompson Chicago. Why? Well, I've really come to love the…

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Filed Under: Hotels, Hyatt
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Etihad Business Class Watermark 1
How Long Do Capital One Mileage Transfers Take? (2021)

If you’re collecting miles & points through credit card spending, I always recommend doing what you can to accrue transferable points currencies. That’s because these points are much more flexible than when you’re earning an individual airline or hotel…

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Filed Under: Capital One, Credit Cards
Four Seasons Lanai – 115
Hawaii Plans To Exempt Vaccinated Travelers From Testing

While the timeline remains to be seen, it's great to see that this is something that Hawaii is working towards. Yesterday Hawaii Governor David Ige issued an Emergency Proclamation. Among other things, this calls for fully vaccinated travelers to be…

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Hotel Indigo
IHG Rewards Club Dials Back Devaluation

It looks like IHG Rewards Club has somewhat dialed back its award pricing devaluation, though only time will tell to what extent. Several days ago IHG Rewards Club significantly devalued award redemption rates. While IHG Rewards Club didn't have any…

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Filed Under: IHG Rewards
Pakistan Business Class 777
Pakistan Airlines Tells Crews Not To Fast When Flying During Ramadan

With Ramadan starting on Monday, one airline has issued a safety alert to pilots and flight attendants. Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has issued a safety alert to employees, advising both cockpit and cabin crews not to fast during flights. According…

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Filed Under: Other Airlines
American A321 First Class – 36
American Removes First Class Espresso Machines From Planes

American Airlines has just revealed its latest premium cabin cost cutting measure... American Airlines has historically served espresso-based drinks in three cabin first class, on Boeing 777-300ERs and Airbus A321Ts. As someone who is a bit obsessed…

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Turkish Airlines A319 Business Class – 20
Turkish Airlines Resumes Full Onboard Dining Service

Turkish Airlines has historically offered the world's best business class catering, though that was cut back due to coronavirus. Well, it looks like the carrier's award-winning catering is making a comeback. Effective immediately, Turkish Airlines has…

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Alaska Airlines First Class 737 – 3
Alaska Airlines First Class Impressions

After an amazing five days in California, it was time for my mom and me to fly back to Tampa. While we flew United Airlines first class on the outbound (with a connection), we returned nonstop on Alaska Airlines. It's pretty simple -- at the time we…

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Filed Under: Alaska
United Polaris Lounge Houston – 16
Fantastic New United Quest Card Offers Up To 100K Bonus Miles

Chase and United Airlines have a co-brand credit card agreement for both personal and small business cards. Well, the New United Quest℠ Card has just been launched, and I'm extremely impressed by the value proposition of this card. In this post I wanted…

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Filed Under: Chase, Credit Cards
Andaz Bali Room Bathroom
Finally: The Andaz Bali Is Now Open

After a roughly five year delay, the Andaz Bali has finally opened today. The Andaz Bali is now open, and it marks the first Andaz property in Indonesia, and the first Andaz resort in all of Asia. For those of you not familiar, with Andaz, it's Hyatt's…

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Recent Trip Reports

American 737 Max 8
Uh Oh: Electrical Issues Ground Some Boeing 737 MAXs

While seemingly unrelated to the issues that grounded the 737 MAX back in early 2019, this still isn't a good look for Boeing, given that the plane has just been recertified by many aviation authorities around the globe. Boeing is recommending that 16…

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Intercontinental Maldives
InterContinental Ambassador Enrollment Offer: Free Night After One Stay

If you're considering signing up for the InterContinental Ambassador program, you may want to wait a few more days, as there's a lucrative new offer being introduced soon. IHG has a rather complicated rewards program structure. In addition to the IHG…

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Filed Under: IHG Rewards
Winston Face Mask 1
Will Masks Be Required On Airplanes Forever?

While I think the mask mandate on planes and at airports has made a lot of sense during the pandemic (and continues to make sense, until things are more under control), I can't help but wonder when it will be lifted... if at all. When you look at the…

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Tui 737
Oops: Title “Miss” Causes TUI 737 To Take Off Overweight

The UK Air Accident Investigations Branch has released a report about a "serious incident" that occurred with a TUI Boeing 737 in July 2020. The cause? Confusion over "Miss" vs. "Ms." This incident involves a TUI Airways Boeing 737-800 with the registration…

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Filed Under: Other Airlines
Centurion Lounge Denver 1
Wow: Amex Cutting Centurion Lounge Guest Access

This is major -- American Express has revealed significant changes to Centurion Lounge access, but they only kick in as of early 2023, in just under two years. According to the Amex Centurion Lounge terms & conditions, many Amex Personal Platinum and…

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Filed Under: American Express
Latam A350
Ouch: LATAM Retiring Entire Airbus A350 Fleet

LATAM has just announced that its entire Airbus A350 fleet will be retired. LATAM Brazil currently operates a fleet of 11 Airbus A350-900, and the company's CEO has today announced plans for those planes to be retired effective immediately. LATAM Airlines…

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Filed Under: LATAM
Intercontinental Hotel Room
New IHG Premier Card Bonus: 125K Points + Free Night

The IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card is offering a potentially excellent new welcome bonus. The $89 annual fee IHG Premier Card is now offering a two-part welcome bonus when you spend $3,000 within the first three months: Earn 125,000 IHG Rewards…

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Filed Under: Chase, Credit Cards
American 737 Max – 1
American Improving Domestic First Class Catering

We've seen most airlines reduce inflight service due to the pandemic, to minimize contact between people, and also to maximize the amount of time that people have their masks on. Recently Delta announced that it would improve inflight service as of April…

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Filed Under: American
Centurion Lounge Hong Kong – 15
Rumor: Big Amex Platinum Card Changes Coming

For a while there have been rumors of some major changes coming to the personal version of the Amex Platinum Card (in addition to the changes to Amex Centurion Lounge access that we are expecting to see as of 2023). These rumors keep getting stronger,…

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Filed Under: American Express
Alaska Lounge Jfk – 10
Alaska Lounge Membership Cost Increasing

To coincide with the announcement of the Alaska Lounge SFO opening this summer, Alaska Airlines has revealed plans to increase the cost of lounge memberships as of this fall. Alaska Airlines will update its lounge membership structure. As of October…

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Filed Under: Alaska