Etihad Residence – 9
Uh Oh: Etihad Removes All Mention Of The A380 & The Residence

Things are looking even worse for the future of the Etihad Airways A380... We're seeing some airlines retire the Airbus A380 early due to the pandemic. Both Air France and Lufthansa have announced plans to retire their A380 fleets, and Etihad's CEO has…

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Filed Under: Etihad
St Regis Maldives
Maldives Plans To Offer Vaccines To Tourists

The Maldives is heavily reliant on tourism, as the sector makes up 67% of the country's GDP. The country briefly shut down due to coronavirus in early 2020, and then reopened in July 2020 with limited restrictions. Ultimately the Maldives is a relatively…

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Filed Under: Travel
Four Seasons Surfside – 6
Wow: Florida Resort Revenue Up 36.1% Compared To 2019

We know that domestic travel is booming, and that we're seeing an incredible number of people traveling to Florida. So while hotels in Florida are doing better than hotels just about anywhere else, how do those numbers compare to 2019 levels? Travel…

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Filed Under: Travel
Corsair A330 900neo Taking Off
Corsair’s Swanky(ish) New Airbus A330-900neo

Corsair, has just taken delivery of its first Airbus A330-900neo, and the interiors look kind of swanky, and kind of miserable. For those of you not familiar, Corsair is a French leisure airline that operates long haul routes, primarily to French overseas…

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Filed Under: Other Airlines
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Qantas First Lounge A380
Qantas’ Impressive Approach To Reopening International Lounges

Qantas has been especially hard hit by the pandemic, given the extent to which Australia's borders have been closed. It looks like some international travel will finally start to become a reality for Australians, as the country is launching a quarantine…

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Filed Under: Qantas
Intercontinental Willard
Amex Offers: Save At Kimpton & InterContinental

The Amex Offers program frequently has promotions for hotel stays, which can save you money or earn you bonus points for stays you’d make anyway. The company has just rolled out its latest such promotion, which is one we’ve seen a few times before. There’s a…

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Filed Under: American Express, IHG Rewards
Delta A330 Watermark
Limited Time: Huge Delta Amex Welcome Bonuses

At the beginning of March, some phenomenal limited time welcome bonuses were rolled out on co-branded Delta Amex cards. This is a reminder of that, as these bonuses will be expiring in less than two weeks, so the clock is ticking. While Delta SkyMiles…

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Filed Under: American Express, Delta
Hyatt Centric Fort Lauderdale – 1
Earn 1,000 American AAdvantage Bonus Miles Per Night With Hyatt (Targeted)

American AAdvantage and World of Hyatt have a partnership, and many members are being targeted for a fantastic new offer (my guess is that it's primarily targeted at members with status). Select American AAdvantage and World of Hyatt members who have…

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Filed Under: American, Hyatt
Air France 787
Air France Launching Denver Flights

While we've seen airlines launch all kinds of short haul leisure routes during the pandemic, we haven't seen many new transatlantic routes. Well, here's a noteworthy exception. Air France will be launching a new flight between Paris and Denver, which…

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Filed Under: Air France/KLM
Air New Zealand A321neo
Air New Zealand Weighing Passengers This Week

If you're flying Air New Zealand this week, you may get weighed... Some passengers flying Air New Zealand this week have expressed embarrassment after being asked to step on a scale at the airport. That's something most of us aren't used to when flying…

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Filed Under: Air New Zealand
Jetblue A321neo Mint
JetBlue Schedules First A321neo With New Mint Seats

At the beginning of February JetBlue revealed its new Mint Suite and Mint Studio seats, which will eventually be used on transatlantic flights. However, these seats will first make an appearance on routes between New York and Los Angeles, and we now…

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Filed Under: JetBlue
Plaza Premium Lounge – Dfw Terminal E (domestic Lounge) – Entrance – Artist Impression
Major: Plaza Premium & Priority Pass Cut Ties

Here's a change that has some major implications for those who get lounge access through credit cards, as reported by Executive Traveller. Priority Pass is the world's largest network of independent airport lounges, with over 1,300 lounges around the…

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

Today a new offer has launched for those considering signing up for or renewing an InterContinental Ambassador membership. IHG has a rather complicated rewards program structure. In addition to the IHG Rewards Club program that covers all of IHG’s brands,…

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Filed Under: IHG Rewards

Recent Trip Reports

Bahamasair 737
Woman Jailed For Six Months Over Fake COVID-19 Test Result

A lot of places require a negative coronavirus test result to travel. Some people seem to think it's easier to just fake a test result, so here's a good reminder of why you shouldn't do that, as reported by The Nassau Guardian. A 21-year-old Bahamian…

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Filed Under: Travel
Madrid Edition
EDITION Opening 8 New Hotels By 2022

EDITION has today provided an update on the opening schedules for new hotels, which I think are worth covering, given how many are in the pipeline, and since I'm pretty excited about some of these. Stylistically EDITION is probably my favorite Marriott…

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Filed Under: Hotels, Marriott
Credit Cards Watermark
Can Credit Cards Be Canceled Due To Inactivity?

One question I'm often asked is if credit card issuers close card accounts due to inactivity. In other words, could your card be canceled if you don't put any spending on it? I figure it's time to revisit this topic in light of a recent experience. Many…

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Filed Under: Credit Cards
Mystique Santorini – 91
Report: Greece Reopening To Tourists Next Week

Greece is one of my favorite places in the world to visit in summer. What's not to love about the food, the breeze, and the landscape? While most European Union (particularly Schengen) countries have been closed to most foreigners for around a year now…

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Filed Under: Travel
Cathay Pacific A350 Business Class – 2
Recap: 10 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 many loyalty programs offer promotions when…

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Filed Under: Great Deals
Cubana Il 96
Why Are Cubana Ilyushin Il-96s Flying To Gander?

Here's a fun avgeeky topic that's ultimately of very little consequence, but that has an element of mystery to it. Cuba's flag carrier is Cubana, and Cubana's flagship long haul aircraft is the Russian-built Ilyushin Il-96. The airline has four(ish)…

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Filed Under: Other Airlines
Mystique Santorini – 34
Details: New Marriott Bonvoy & Uber Partnership

Marriott and Uber have just launched an exciting new partnership, giving Bonvoy members the ability to earn points for purchases with Uber. Starting today, members of Marriott Bonvoy can earn points when ordering food delivery with Uber Eats and requesting…

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Filed Under: Marriott, Uber
Southwest 737
Ugh: Southwest Rapid Rewards Devalues Points With No Notice

For as customer friendly of an airline as Southwest is, that doesn't seem to extend to the frequent flyer program. Southwest Rapid Rewards has devalued points overnight, with no advance notice, in the middle of a pandemic (or I suppose towards the end…

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Filed Under: Southwest
Swiss Business Class 777 – 5
United MileagePlus Selling Miles With 85% Bonus

United Airlines MileagePlus has just launched its latest sale on purchased points. Through 11:59PM CT on Friday, April 30, 2021, United MileagePlus is offering a sale on purchased miles. Different accounts may be eligible for different bonuses, so you'll…

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Filed Under: Great Deals, MileagePlus
Waldorf Astoria Maldives The Private Island 10
Donate $5+, Earn 2,000 Hilton Honors Points

Here's an opportunity to donate to a great cause, and potentially come out ahead purely in terms of the points you earn. Hilton and Lyft have a partnership that allows Hilton Honors members to earn bonus points for Lyft rides (if you're not yet enrolled…

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Filed Under: Hilton, Hotel Deals