American 777 Business Class
American & Alaska Introducing Reciprocal Upgrades

There's an exciting development for Alaska Airlines and American Airlines frequent flyers. This comes as Alaska prepares to join the oneworld alliance as of March 31, 2021. The connection between American and Alaska goes beyond that, though, as the two…

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Filed Under: Alaska, American
Mom Air Hoax
MOM Air “Founder” Admits Airline Is Artwork, Not Real

In an update that will likely surprise no one... A couple of weeks ago I wrote about MOM Air, which alleged to be an airline startup in Iceland that would put flights on sale within days. The airline called its inflight catering "mommy food," and claimed…

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Filed Under: Other Airlines
Money
Up To 10% Cash Back (Or 10x Amex Points) With Rakuten

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 or cash back in addition to the rewards you’d earn for credit card spending.…

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Filed Under: Great Deals
American 777
Wow: American Airlines Eliminates International Change Fees

I'm very impressed -- American Airlines is continuing to lead the way when it comes to eliminating fees among US airlines (well, at least if you take Southwest out of the equation). While airlines have introduced change fee waivers temporarily due to…

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Filed Under: American
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Kimpton Tokyo
IHG Credit Cards Offer Best-Ever, Limited Time Bonus

At the beginning of October, Chase and IHG rolled out best-ever, limited-time offers on their two co-branded credit cards. These offers are better than anything we've seen on these cards before, so this is absolutely a reason to pick up one of these…

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Filed Under: Chase, Credit Cards
Eva Air A321
EVA Air’s Bizarre Speed Dating Flights To Nowhere

We've seen several airlines offer flights to nowhere before, but not like this. I have a lot of questions... EVA Air was among the first airlines to offer a flight to nowhere during the pandemic, as a way of letting people experience the joy of flying…

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Filed Under: EVA Air
Turkish Airlines 787 Business Class – 2
Aeroplan Selling Miles With 50% Bonus

Aeroplan has just introduced its first promotion on the purchase of miles since the new program launched a bit over a week ago. For that matter, Aeroplan only got into the business of selling miles several months ago (in May), and has only run a few…

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Filed Under: Air Canada, Great Deals
El Al Business Class 787 – 2
EL AL & Etihad Will Codeshare, Offer Reciprocal Frequent Flyer Benefits, And More

Not only have Israel and the United Arab Emirates recently started cooperating, but we've now learned about plans for the national airlines of both countries to cooperate as well. Abu Dhabi-based Etihad and Tel Aviv-based EL AL have signed a memorandum…

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Filed Under: El Al, Etihad
Bodrum Edition 3
Buy Marriott Bonvoy Points With Best-Ever 60% Bonus

There are quite a few loyalty programs that frequently run promotions on purchased points, which can represent a great deal, especially for aspirational redemptions. Back in the day Starwood Preferred Guest would often have promotions on purchased points,…

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

Unsurprisingly, Americans shouldn't expect to be able to travel to Canada anytime soon, as the border closure is expected to once again be extended. The border between the US and Canada has been closed for non-essential travel since March 21. Up until…

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Filed Under: Travel
Waldorf Astoria Watermark
What To Do When You Get Your Amex Platinum Card

The Platinum Card® from American Express (review) and The Business Platinum Card® from American Express (review) are among the most popular premium cards out there. I know the personal version of the card is especially popular at the moment, given the…

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Filed Under: Advice, American Express
Pobeda Phallus 2
Russian Pilots Secretly “Draw” You-Know-What In Sky

The concept of airplanes "drawing" something in the sky with their flight paths is nothing new -- we saw EL AL draw a 747 in the sky for its last 747 flight, Qantas draw a kangaroo in the sky for its last 747 flight, Virgin Atlantic draw a heart in the…

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Filed Under: Other Airlines
Alila Marea 3
Alila Marea Beach Resort Encinitas Opening February 2021

It's always exciting when there are new luxury points hotels in the pipeline. I've written before about how this property is expected to open soon. Well, this is a heads up that the hotel opening has just been pushed forward by about a month, for anyone…

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Filed Under: Hotels, Hyatt

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Calala Island Nicaragua – 121
Hyatt Card Being Converted To World Of Hyatt Card

Those with the legacy Hyatt Credit Card can expect that their card will automatically be converted to the World Of Hyatt Credit Card as of early 2021. The World Of Hyatt Credit Card was introduced in 2018, and it replaced the previous Hyatt Credit Card.…

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Filed Under: Chase, Credit Cards
Delta Seat Blocking
Delta Extends Seat Blocking Policy To March 2021

Delta is very much countering the trend, and has announced that it will continue blocking seats through early spring of 2021. Delta Air Lines' seat blocking policy applies through March 30, 2021, and includes the following restrictions: Delta will block…

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Filed Under: Delta
Al Mourjan Lounge
Did Qatar Airways Cut Lounge Access For Business Class Award Tickets? (Update)

A Qatar Airways spokesperson tells me the following: "We have also not made any changes to award ticket policies as a result of fare family changes. Our valued Qatar Airways Privilege Club members booking a Business Class award flight will receive the…

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Filed Under: Qatar
Norwegian 737
Norwegian Air Files For Bankruptcy Protection

Norwegian Air has just filed for bankruptcy protection in Ireland... is the end near? Norwegian Air was struggling long before the pandemic started, and of course coronavirus made things significantly worse. Recently it was announced that Norway won't…

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Filed Under: Norwegian
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Revealed: Virgin Australia’s New Business Plan

In April Virgin Australia entered voluntary administration, given the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. Bain Capital has now completed its takeover of Virgin Australia, and as a result the airline has also emerged from voluntary administration. The…

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Filed Under: Virgin Australia
Frontier Airlines Planes
Frontier Airlines Launches Status Match Promotion

Frontier Airlines has just launched a status match promotion, and I kind of love that there's a fee to apply, since it's the most Frontier Airlines thing ever. Frontier Airlines is offering a limited time status match promotion: You need to apply by…

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Filed Under: Frontier
Emirates Economy
Rappers Get In Fight On Emirates Plane In Dubai

At least it wasn't Spirit Airlines for once? But in all honesty, I'm surprised there wasn't more of a punishment... Two British rappers I hadn't heard of -- Tion Wayne (Dennis Odunwo) and Headie One (Irving Adjei) -- got into a physical pre-flight altercation…

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Filed Under: Emirates
Boeing 737 Max
Official: Boeing 737 MAX “Ungrounded” By FAA

The Boeing 737 MAX was grounded in March 2019, following two fatal crashed. Boeing has spent the last 20 months making fixes to the plane so that it can once again be certified by international aviation authorities. Well, a major milestone has been reached…

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Filed Under: Misc.
Aer Lingus A321lr Business Class – 8
Aer Lingus Plans Manchester Transatlantic Flights

Airlines sure are trying new things during these tough times, with Aer Lingus planning on operating four transatlantic routes out of Manchester in the summer of 2021. Aer Lingus’ transatlantic Manchester plans While Aer Lingus hasn’t officially…

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Filed Under: Aer Lingus
Lxr Mango House
Mango House Seychelles: New Hilton LXR Hotel

Hilton's luxury footprint is continuing to grow, and there's now another great option for earning and redeeming points for a luxury hotel on the beach. Hilton has announced that Mango House Seychelles will be the latest hotel to join LXR Hotels & Resorts,…

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Filed Under: Hilton, Hotels