Weekly Review: January 21, 2017

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I’m spending a few days in Mexico, and perhaps shockingly, it’s my first time visiting here as an adult (other than connecting through Mexico City Airport). This has made me reflect on my travels in a surprising way, so I’ll have a separate post about that. In the past I’ve always traveled halfway around the world to relax, so this has been an interesting contrast to that.


On the travel and points front, we’ve seen quite a few updates this week, including more information on American’s basic economy fares, Starwood and Uber devaluing their partnership, as well as some great promos.

With that out of the way, here’s a recap of this week on the blog:

Featured Stories

My 5 Favorite Places I Visited For The First Time In 2016


I travel differently than most — for me travel is more about the journey than the destination, as I’ve explained in a previous post. However, that’s a function of “my job” (if I can even call it that) and the niche I’ve carved out, and that I simply think there’s more value I can add talking about airlines and hotels than destinations.

That’s not to say that I don’t enjoy seeing new places, as I absolutely do. I often don’t get to visit places for as long as I’d like to, but I’ve made an effort to see as many places as practical in 2016.

2016 was a great travel for year for me, especially as I got to take some unforgettable trips with Ford.

Introduction: Flying With Royalty (Or Not)

grand-hyatt-amman-26In 2016 my goal was to review as many new airlines as possible, and that’s something I want to continue into 2017. So I figured I might as well get my year off to a good start, and plan a heck of a trip for the first week of the year.

The primary motivation of this trip was to review as many new airlines as quickly as possible, though I was also excited about having stopovers that allowed me to briefly visit two countries — Jordan and Brunei — for the first time.

I only planned this trip in late December, about a week before I was due to takeoff. Let’s briefly look at the planning process.

What To Do When You Get Your Amex Platinum Card

Amex-Centurion-Lounge-Houston - 5The Platinum Card® from American Express and The Business Platinum® Card from American Express are among the most popular premium cards out there.

They each have a high annual fee ($550 for the Personal Platinum, $450 for the Business Platinum), though in my opinion the benefits more than offset that.

The main reason I have these cards is because of the great perks they offer. However, if you’re a new cardmember it can be tough to navigate all these perks.


TIPS: Earning Miles & Promos

Get Your Kids Star Gold Status For $150 Each
Kids Can Fly To Europe For Nearly Free This Spring!
Chase Ink Cash & Chase Ink Preferred — Which Is Better?
Earn Bonus Miles For Transatlantic Travel On American
Today Only: Earn 15 Alaska Miles Per Dollar Spent At Select Retailers
Hilton Is Offering An 80% Bonus On Purchased Points
Comparing Credit Card Priority Pass Benefits
The 7 Best Hotel Perks Offered By Credit Cards
Which Hotel Programs Let You Earn Points & Elite Nights For Multiple Rooms?
What To Do When You Get Your Amex Platinum Card
Alaska Is Offering A 40% Bonus On Purchased Miles
An Opportunity To Try EL AL First Class (At Last)?
Great Deal: $1,300 Roundtrip Oneworld Business Class Tickets From Paris To New York
Deal On iTunes Gift Cards: 15% Off + 5x Points
Two Weeks Of Unlimited Flying In Norway For $398
Is The Chase Sapphire Preferred Or Reserve Better For You?
Amazing Deal! Free Flights And Hotels With JetBlue Vacations! Act Fast!
In Light Of IHG’s Latest Devaluation…

TRICKS: Redeeming Miles

Great Deal: JAL Business Class Awards Wide Open Between NYC and Tokyo!
Wide Open Peak Season American Business Class Awards To Australia!
Hilton HHonors Does The Right Thing, Temporarily Brings Back AXON Awards
The Starwood Amex 2017 Annual Elite Credits Have Posted!
What Happens To Your Miles When You Die?
How Long Is The IHG Annual Free Night Certificate Valid For?
Good Air New Zealand Business Class Award Availability!
Last Chance: Book IHG Award Nights Before Prices Increase Tomorrow

TRAVEL With Lucky

My Favorite Website For Tracking A Plane’s History
Grrrr: I Must Be On Some Sort Of A Government Watchlist
Why I’m Sort Of Obsessed With Azores Airlines
10 Places I’m Hoping To Visit In 2017
My 5 Favorite Places I Visited For The First Time In 2016
Airline Distressed Traveler Kits: Lifesavers Or Useless?

REVIEWS & Trip Reports

Review: St. Regis Kuala Lumpur
Review: Royal Jordanian Business Class 787 Amman To Kuala Lumpur
Review: Royal Jordanian Lounge Amman Airport
Review: Grand Hyatt Amman
Review: Royal Jordanian Business Class Embraer 175 Cairo To Amman
Review: Cairo Airport Lounge Terminal 2
Review: Sheraton Gateway Toronto Airport
Comparing First & Business Class On The Emirates A380
Review: EgyptAir Business Class 777 Toronto To Cairo
Review: Air Canada Premium Rouge 767 Tampa To Toronto
Introduction: Flying With Royalty (Or Not)

NEWS & Updates

Hurry, Milk This Settlement For All It’s Worth
Korean Air’s Bizarre New 787 First & Business Class Cabins
Surprising: Airberlin Adding Berlin To Hong Kong Flights As Of October 2017
Changes Are Coming To The Starwood & Uber Partnership
American Is Modifying Their Boarding Process (Again) As Of March 1, 2017
More Details About American’s New Basic Economy Fares
OFFICIAL: Full Details Of American’s New Basic Economy Fares
The Global “Airline Of The Year” Award Goes To… American?!?
The Search For MH370 Has Officially Been Suspended
Rumor: Etihad & Lufthansa Are In Merger Talks
Are Etihad And Lufthansa Really Considering A Merger?! Here’s An Update
Philadelphia Airport Is Getting An Amex Centurion Lounge
GREAT NEWS Regarding American Premium Economy Upgrades
One Strange Reason For American’s Operational Issues On Hong Kong Flights?
Horrible: Cargo 747 Crashes In Kyrgyzstan, Kills Dozens
British Airways Being Sued After Denying Boarding To Emotional Support Dogs
Air India Adding Flights Between Delhi And Washington As Of July 2017
Full Service Gyms Are Coming To U.S. Airports
The Armani Hotel Dubai Is Now Serving Up Gold Cappuccinos

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

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  1. You and ford better get married soon. No idea when gay marriage becomes illegal again. Will you invite me to your wedding?

    I hope the champagne will be top shelf.

  2. @Dan lucky mentioned yesterday that Ford booked his visit to the St Regis Kuala Lumpur through virtuoso. I think they are still together.

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