Plaza Premium First Lounge Hong Kong – 19

Plaza Premium Refreshes Loyalty Program

Plaza Premium operates lounges around the world, and as far as contract/third party lounges go, I find that they're among the better ones out there. In early 2017 I wrote about how Plaza Premium launched a loyalty program, called Arrture. Well, the program…

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Filed Under: Great Deals
Cathay Pacific A330

Cathay Pacific Asia Miles No Longer Expire (With Activity)

One very positive development has just been announced for the Cathay Pacific Asia Miles frequent flyer program (this comes after some negative changes were made to the program last year). Different loyalty programs have different policies on mileage…

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Filed Under: Cathay Pacific
Aeroflot A350 Business Class 1

Wow: Aeroflot’s New A350 Business Class With Doors

Aeroflot will soon be taking delivery of their first Airbus A350, as the airline has 15 of these planes on order, which they'll take delivery of between 2020 and 2023. Over the summer I wrote about how Aeroflot was planning on introducing a new business…

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Changi Lounge Jewel – 9

Review: Changi Lounge At The Jewel Singapore

Welcome to a review of what's possibly one of the most beautiful Priority Pass lounges I've been to, but also by far the most pointless. This is a lounge that's inside a mall that's within an airport. A couple of installments from now I'll be reviewing…

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Filed Under: Airport Lounge Reviews, Trip Reports
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Sas New Livery 4

SAS Airbus A350: Routes, Cabins, And More

Over the past few years we've seen quite a few airlines add the A350 to their fleet, and it has been popular with both airlines and passengers. The airplane is fuel efficient and can fly long distances, and as a passenger it's also a joy to fly, thanks…

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Filed Under: SAS
Park Hyatt Bangkok Watermark

Ink Business Cash Card: 8 Reasons To Apply

The Ink Business Cash℠ Credit Card (review) is one of the all-around most lucrative business credit cards out there. The card has a big welcome bonus, no annual fee, and offers up to 5x points. In conjunction with cards earning Ultimate Rewards points,…

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Filed Under: Chase, Credit Card Reviews
St Regis Maldives

How To Combine Marriott Points Between Accounts

The major hotel loyalty programs all have different policies when it comes to combining points across accounts. Hilton Honors is by far the best in this regard, as they let you transfer points instantly to any other member online, and you can transfer…

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Filed Under: Marriott
Finnair A350 Business Class – 5

Review: Finnair A350 Business Class

For my second back-to-back redeye, it was time to fly Finnair's A350-900 business class from Helsinki to Singapore. I had flown Finnair's A350 business class from New York to Helsinki a few years ago, but was curious how the experience to Asia compared,…

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Filed Under: Airline Reviews, Finnair
Qatar Airways Qsuites A350 – 41

American’s December Promo On Purchased Miles

American AAdvantage constantly has promotions on purchased miles. Yesterday their "Black Friday" promo on purchased miles ended, which was the best promo of the year for buying American miles. With that, you could buy miles for as little as 1.78 cents…

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Filed Under: American, American AAdvantage
Singapore Airlines New Suites A380 – 1

Redeem Miles For Singapore’s New Suites On A Long Haul Flight

In late 2017, Singapore Airlines introduced their new A380 Suites. It's an impressive product, and one that I know many people want to try. As of now only select A380s feature the new Suites, and those are flown to Delhi, Hong Kong, London, Mumbai, Shanghai,…

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Filed Under: Awards, Singapore
Qantas 787 Business Class – 3

New Air France-KLM & Qantas Frequent Flyer Partnership

Air France-KLM and Qantas launched a codeshare agreement as of mid-2018, allowing customers to travel between Australia and Europe via Hong Kong and Singapore. Now the companies have taken cooperation to the next level, which is pretty exciting. Up until…

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Filed Under: Air France/KLM, Qantas
Gulf Air 787

Unbelievable: How Gulf Air Planes Are Flying To Doha

The Gulf blockade, which has isolated Qatar from neighboring countries, has been going on since June 2017. This has all kinds of political and economic implications, and has also significantly impacted Qatar Airways, the national airline of the country.…

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Filed Under: Other Airlines
Apple

Earn Up To 10x Airline Miles On Apple Purchases

Online shopping portals can be a great way to pick up additional miles & points for purchases you’d make anyway. Just for following a specific link you can earn bonus points in addition to the ones you’d earn for credit card spending. Whenever I make…

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Filed Under: Great Deals
Cathay Pacific New First Class 2

What I Booked In Place Of Hainan Business Class

I'd say I just "upgraded" big time, and I hope it makes an even more interesting review. Later this week I was supposed to fly Hainan Airlines from Beijing to Boston. I was looking forward to this, because Hainan's reverse herringbone business class…

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Filed Under: Cathay Pacific, Hainan
Thai Airways Watermark

Chase Sapphire Preferred Review (2019)

There are a lot of amazing travel rewards credit cards nowadays, and in many ways credit card issuers have become significantly more competitive when it comes to the perks associated with cards. In this post I wanted to take a close look at what has…

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Filed Under: Chase, Credit Card Reviews

Recent Trip Reports

Intercontinental Johannesburg Airport – 14

IHG’s Amazing 4x Points Promotion Extended

In late October, IHG Rewards Club revealed the details of their current global promotion, which is incredibly lucrative. Well, the booking period for the window has just been extended (though the stay period hasn't). Let's take a look at the details.…

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Filed Under: Great Deals, Hotel Deals
Finnair Platinum Wing Helsinki – 22

Review: Finnair Platinum Wing Helsinki Airport

I had a roughly five hour layover in Helsinki, as I arrived shortly before 7PM from London, and would be departing shortly before midnight to Singapore. I was quite looking forward to this layover, because earlier this year Finnair opened their new Platinum…

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Filed Under: Airport Lounge Reviews, Finnair
Finnair Business Class A321 – 3

Review: Finnair A321 Business Class

After spending my layover at the British Airways Arrivals Lounge and then the Aerotel, it was time to continue my journey on Finnair to Singapore via Helsinki. While I could have redeemed British Airways Avios (or other oneworld miles) for this trip,…

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Filed Under: Airline Reviews, Finnair
Cathay Pacific A350

Weekly Review: December 7, 2019

Hello from Miami! I'm spending the weekend at home after a long week of travel, and next week am embarking on my last review trip of the year. I've got to fly some great airline products, which I'm happy about, and look forward to sharing full reviews…

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Japan Airlines First Class Watermark

10 Best Credit Card Offers December 2019

Every month I make a post with what I consider to be the best credit card offers at the time, with a particular focus on the best travel credit cards. While there are several excellent long-standing credit card offers, the specifics of the top offers…

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Filed Under: American Express, Bank of America
Delta A350 Business Class – 1

79 Year Old Delta Flight Attendant Fired In Bizarre Case

This has to be one of the strangest instances of a former airline employee suing the company for wrongful termination. Ida Gomez Llanos, a 79 year old who had been with Delta for 56 years, claims she was targeted by the company and colleagues, and wrongfully…

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Filed Under: Delta
American 737 Max Business Class – 3

Free Executive Platinum Status For Some Hyatt Globalists

If you're a World of Hyatt Globalist member you may want to answer any upcoming phone calls from Hyatt, which might be offering you free American AAdvantage Executive Platinum status. Earlier this year American Airlines and Hyatt launched a partnership,…

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Filed Under: American, Hyatt
Aman Tokyo – 8

Aman Hotel To Open In Miami In 2023

Aman Resorts are among my favorite in the world. They have properties in a lot of incredible destinations, with a big focus on nature. While I don’t follow the brand as blindly as I used to, I still think they offer some fantastic hotels. Currently Aman…

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Filed Under: Hotels
American 777 300er

American Passenger Forced To Remove “Hail Satan” Shirt

American Airlines is in the news once again for threatening to kick someone off over their clothing choice. As reported by BuzzFeed News, Swati Runi Goyal and her husband were traveling from Florida to Nevada on October 30, when the crew advised her…

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Filed Under: American
Jakarta Gellman 0816

Help Me Understand The Uber Cancelation Scam?

Ridesharing apps have radically changed the way we get around on the ground. It's not just that being able to order a car through an app at any time is useful, but historically I enjoyed Uber because I felt like they offered great customer service. Over…

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Filed Under: Uber