Cathay Pacific A350
Sad: Cathay Pacific Closing Foreign Pilot Bases

In the past couple of years, Cathay Pacific closed its flight attendant bases in North America (including in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Toronto, and Vancouver), and now the airline is closing its pilot bases in Canada, with more foreign pilot…

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Filed Under: Cathay Pacific
Six Senses Bali
Redeem IHG Points At Six Senses Resorts

In early 2019 it was announced that InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) would acquire Six Senses, a luxury hotel brand. Up until recently Six Senses hadn't really been integrated into the IHG Rewards Club program, but that has finally changed. A few…

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Filed Under: Hotels, IHG Rewards
Tap Portugal Business Class A321lr – 2
Transfer Capital One Miles To TAP, Get 5K Bonus Miles

Here's an opportunity that's worth being aware of, but probably not actually worth taking advantage of. Capital One has just added TAP Air Portugal Miles&Go as a mileage transfer partner, and best of all miles transfer at a 1:1 ratio. To celebrate the…

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Filed Under: Capital One, TAP Portugal
Air Manas A220 300
Cool: Kyrgyzstan’s Air Manas Acquires Airbus A220

As someone who is a big fan of the 'Stans (or a stan of the 'Stans, as the kids would say nowadays), this is kind of awesome... Air Manas has just taken delivery of its first Airbus A220-300, and the airline plans to take delivery of up to three of these…

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Filed Under: Other Airlines
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Etihad 777 300er
Etihad Airways Retiring Entire Boeing 777 Fleet

Etihad Airways is undergoing a radical transformation in an effort to cut losses by 2023. It appears almost certain that Etihad will retire its entire Airbus A380 fleet, and now the airline has revealed plans to retire its entire Boeing 777 fleet as…

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Filed Under: Etihad
Jetblue Economy A321lr
JetBlue Will Fly To Vancouver (First Route To Canada)

Yesterday JetBlue and American announced a slew of new routes as part of their Northeast strategic alliance. I covered a couple of the interesting American changes, like American adding a New York to Delhi route, and American soon flying A321Ts between…

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Filed Under: JetBlue
Southwest Airlines Ramp Agents De Ice Aircraft Prior To Takeoff
Southwest Airlines Selling Points With 75% Bonus

Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards has just rolled out its latest promotion on purchased points. The concept of a revenue based frequent flyer program selling points has always been strange to me, so let's take a look at the details (but I'll say up front…

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Filed Under: Southwest
Radisson Hotel Room
Coming Soon: New Radisson Rewards Americas Loyalty Program

A couple of weeks ago we learned about a strange change coming to the Radisson Rewards loyalty program. This week we learned that we can also expect changes to award redemptions, and we now have the details of that, as Radisson Rewards has published…

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Filed Under: Hotels
Best Western
Best Western Selling Gift Cards With 20% Bonus

In the past year we've seen some hotel groups offer promotions on purchasing gift cards, in an effort to raise cash during these tough times. Most of the best deals are probably behind us in this regard (as a rebound is around the corner), but Best Western…

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Filed Under: Best Western, Great Deals
Four Seasons Lanai – 115
Hawaii Plans To Exempt Vaccinated Travelers From Testing… Eventually

If you're considering traveling to Hawaii anytime soon, there are a couple of updates regarding testing and vaccination. Both of these changes had been rumored, so let's take a look at what you need to know. Unfortunately this will probably turn out…

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Filed Under: Travel
Turkish Business Class 777 – 37
US Adds “Do Not Travel” Advisory For 137 Countries

Yesterday there were reports that the United States was in the process of updating guidance to tell Americans not to travel to a vast majority of countries. A full list has now been published broken down by country. In this post I wanted to take a look…

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Filed Under: Travel
American A321 First Class
American Will Fly A321Ts Between BOS & LAX

American Airlines has today announced a significant product upgrade on one transcon route, in addition to announcing a new route between New York and Delhi. As of November 2, 2021, American Airlines will begin exclusively flying A321Ts on flights between…

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American 777 200
American Airlines Launching New York To Delhi Route

American Airlines has announced yet another ultra long haul route, and it's an interesting one. As of October 31, 2021, American Airlines will launch a new route between New York (JFK) and Delhi (DEL). The route will operate year-round, with daily frequencies…

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Filed Under: American

Recent Trip Reports

Credit Cards Watermark 1
Best Credit Cards For Everyday Spending (2021)

For those in the United States with good credit, the best way to rack up points is through credit cards. This can include the welcome bonuses offered by cards, the points offered for spending on cards, and all kinds of other offers. I've written in the…

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Filed Under: American Express, Bank of America
Four Seasons Desroches Island – 122
Capital One Miles: Everything You Need To Know

In general I recommend earning transferable points currencies with your credit cards whenever possible, to give you flexibility. Capital One has one of the four major transferable points currencies, and in this post I wanted to take an in-depth look…

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Filed Under: Capital One, Credit Cards
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
Norwegian 737 Max
Norway Green Party Proposes Personal Flight Quotas

The Green Party of Norway (MDG) has revealed a series of initiatives targeting the aviation industry. This comes ahead of September's national elections -- while there won't be a Green Party Prime Minister, the party could play an important role in building…

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Filed Under: Travel
Air Canada 787
US & Canada Border Closure Extended (Again)

The border closure between the US and Canada has just been extended again, through at least May 21, 2021. I think it's worth revisiting this topic, given both the US vaccination timeline, as well as the rumors of President Biden's plans to lift travel…

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Filed Under: Travel
Cathay Pacific A350 Business Class – 3
How Much Are Capital One Miles Worth Now?

Recently some fantastic changes were announced to Capital One's mileage transfer program. Several readers asked if this impacts my valuation of Capital One miles, so I wanted to share my take on that. Up until this change I valued Capital One miles at…

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Filed Under: Capital One, Credit Cards
Qatar Airways Qsuites A350 – 1
A Qatar Airways Privilege Club Award Sweet Spot

Qatar Airways offers the world's best business class product, with its amazing Qsuites. There are lots of partner airline frequent flyer programs that allow you to redeem miles for travel on Qatar Airways, and in very few cases do I actually book through…

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Filed Under: Awards, Qatar
Delta Business Class A350 – 32
Delta Launching Portland To Seoul Incheon Route

Delta has just loaded a cool new long haul route into the schedule. As of September 9, 2021, Delta will launch 3x weekly year-round flights between Portland (PDX) and Seoul Incheon (ICN). The new service will operate with the following schedule: DL278…

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Filed Under: Delta
American Airlines Beverage Service
American Airlines Resuming Economy Inflight Service

American Airlines has today announced plans to resume more inflight service on domestic flights. Delta recently made a similar announcement, and it looks like American is largely following, so let's go over what's changing. First I should mention that…

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Filed Under: American
Waldorf Palm
Details: Hilton Honors Summer 2021 Promo (Register Now)

Hilton Honors has just revealed the details of its next global promotion, and it's very good. First let's recap the current promotion that's available for stays through May 2, and then we'll go over the details of the next promotion, available for stays…

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Filed Under: Great Deals, Hilton