Hello from Bora Bora! This is my first time in French Polynesia, which I’ve been wanting to visit for a long time, but haven’t made it to yet. I’ve always been curious about how it compares to Maldives (since the two are popular honeymoon destinations on opposite sides of the globe). I’ll be sharing my thoughts on Tahiti in a separate post, but big picture I’ve really been enjoying it.
On the points and travel front, this week La Compagnie announced a new route between Newark and Nice, JAL’s CEO took a pay cut over a drunk pilot, changes were announced to the Amex Business Platinum, a new opportunity to experience LAX’s Private Suite for under $100 per person availed itself, and more.
With that out of the way, here’s a recap of this week on the blog:
American Airlines is an operational mess. On top of that, I have really bad luck. In the past two months I’ve taken fewer than 10 flights on American. Of those:
- I had a flight on a 737 MAX from Miami to Quito that was delayed by around four hours due to a maintenance issue; the problem couldn’t be fixed, and they needed to find a new plane
- I had a flight on a 767 from New York to Miami that was delayed by hours due to a maintenance issue; the captain immediately said they needed to find a new plane, but after a couple of hours they determined the issue could be deferred, so the flight could operate
- I had a flight on a 767 from Miami to New York that was delayed by hours due to a maintenance issue; the problem couldn’t be fixed, and they needed to find a new plane
And then there was the issue I had on Tuesday.
Considering that Amex launched versions of the Gold and Platinum cards decades ago, this is hardly a surprise. If nothing else, these cards have long-served as a bit of status symbol for cardholders.
However, status alone shouldn’t be enough to make you apply for a card, especially when the Business Platinum carries a $450 annual fee through January 31, 2019 ($595 as of February 1, 2019) (Rates & Fees) and the Amex Business Gold Card has a lower $295 annual fee (Rates & Fees).
Let’s take a look at what each card has to offer and see which card might be right for you.
Scandinavia is a fantastic place to originate from if you are looking for cheap business class fares. For a long time Oslo was one of the best places to find cheap Qatar Airways business class fares to Asia and Australia.
Right now, we’re regularly seeing great fares from Sweden. There are excellent fares from Stockholm and Gothenburg, Sweden on oneworld airlines to Miami, Florida for as low as £1,039/$1,324 per person, return in business class.
Availability is both good and bad. I’m seeing availability:
- In late December
- Most days in the second half of April
- Most days from mid-June until mid-September
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REVIEWS & Trip Reports
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NEWS & Updates
Norwegian Moves From Oakland And Fort Lauderdale To San Francisco And Miami
Japan Airlines President Takes Pay Cut Due To Drunk Pilot
American Will Fly 777-300ER Between Los Angeles & Miami
Mexico’s President Dumps Private 787, Will Fly Commercial Instead
Alaska Quietly Devalues MVP Gold 75K Lounge Passes
British Airways Mobile Boarding Passes Now TSA Pre-Check Eligible
WestJet’s 2018 Christmas Miracle Video
La Compagnie To Fly Between Newark & Nice
China Eastern’s New A350s Have Business Class Seats With Doors And An ‘Air Living Room’
Emirates And Etihad Fly Together In Formation To Celebrate UAE National Day
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Have $250K+ To Spare? Celebrate New Year’s Eve Twice On A Private Jet
Air Canada’s New York LaGuardia Lounge Now Open
A New Way Banks Are Monitoring For Fraudulent Credit Card Use
Amex Centurion Lounge Coming To London Heathrow
Phoenix Likely Getting An Amex Centurion Lounge
Air Italy Will Fly To Los Angeles & San Francisco
Official: Royal Air Maroc Joining Oneworld In 2020
WOW Air Adds Fuel Stop To One US Route
PrivatAir Goes Out Of Business
Qatar Airways Qsuites Coming To Boston
Oneworld Connect: This Is Too Confusing
Ridiculous Lobbying Group Claims Air Italy Expansion “Disrespects Donald Trump”
Melbourne’s Second Airport’s First International Flight Takes Off
Hotel Des Indes Leaving Marriott/Starwood
Interesting: LOT Polish Will Operate London To Vilnius Flights For The Lithuanian Government
TAP Air Portugal’s First US Route To Get A330-900neo
American CEO Doug Parker Lost A Bet… BIG TIME
Kenya Airways Permanently Reduces Service To New York
Is Etihad Considering Eliminating The Residence?
Malaysia Airlines Drops First Class In Favor Of “Business Suites”
American Sends Out Concierge Key Invites
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I hope everyone has a great rest of the weekend!
The following links will direct you to the rates and fees for mentioned American Express Cards. These include: American Express® Business Gold Card (Rates & Fees), and The Business Platinum® Card from American Express (Rates & Fees).