Weekly Review: January 25, 2020

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Hello from, well… you guys will find out soon enough. 😉 I’m enroute to Asia to fly Starlux Airlines, which I’m looking forward to. I changed my outbound trip to not route through mainland China, so stay tuned for the full details of this whirlwind review trip.

On the points & travel front, this week the Wuhan coronavirus caused quite some disruptions for travelers, we saw the launch of a new United credit card, a 140K bonus was launched on the IHG Premier Card, South African Airways scheduled the A350 on their New York route, the DOT proposed major restrictions on emotional support animals, and more.

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

Featured Stories

Best In Business: ANA The Room Vs. Qatar Qsuites

Over the past several months we’ve seen some fantastic new business class products introduced, including from All Nippon AirwaysBritish Airways, and Virgin Atlantic.

Of those, I was particularly impressed by All Nippon Airways’ new 777-300ER business class, known as “The Room.” As of now this is only available on a very limited number of routes — currently you can find it to London and New York, and soon it will be available to Frankfurt.

Previously I’ve always said that Qatar Airways Qsuites is the world’s best business class, so how do the two products compare? I figured I’d take an in-depth look at that in this post.


Which Hotels Let You Earn Points & Elite Nights For Multiple Rooms?

Different hotel loyalty programs have different policies regarding how many points, elite qualifying stays, and elite qualifying nights you can earn if booking multiple rooms.

In other words, if you often travel with family and book two rooms, can you receive elite credits and points for each of the rooms?

The rules vary by program, so in this post I figured I’d look at the policies of the major hotel loyalty programs, as they impact earning points and elite qualifying credit for multiple rooms

New United Airlines Business Card With 100K Bonus

Chase and United Airlines have just launched a new business credit card, which has an incredible sign-up bonus and potentially awesome perks. Let’s take a closer look at the UnitedSM Business Card, which joins United Airlines’ suite of cards.

Through April 2, 2020, the United Business Card is offering a limited time bonus of 100,000 MileagePlus bonus miles after spending $10,000 within the first three months of account opening.

That’s a huge bonus, as you’re essentially earning an extra 10 bonus miles per dollar for the first $10,000 spent.


One Week at a Time

TIPS: Earning Miles & Promos

Amex Hilton Honors Surpass Card Review (2020)
American Express Gold Card Review (2020)
Which Hotels Let You Earn Points & Elite Nights For Multiple Rooms?
The 9 Best Small Business Credit Cards (2020)
One Week Left: HUGE Spark Business Card Bonuses
Hilton Honors Card From American Express Review (2020)
Chase Freedom Unlimited Review (2020)
The Best Cards For Everyday Spending (2020)
Buy Alaska Mileage Plan Miles With 40% Bonus
Buy IHG Rewards Club Points With 75% Bonus
New IHG Premier Card Best-Ever 140K Bonus
New United Airlines Business Card With 100K Bonus
7 Reasons To Get The IHG Premier Card
Chase Freedom Card Review (2020)
How The Benefits On The IHG Premier Card Work
8 Reasons The Ink Business Preferred Is The Best Business Credit Card

TRICKS: Redeeming Miles

Transfer Citi Points To Qantas With 25% Bonus
How Does The Hilton Weekend Night Reward Work?
Finnair Restricts Partner Business Class Awards In Advance
Delta’s Fascinating Milestone Awards
American Airlines’ Award Chart No Longer Reflects Reality
Is The British Airways Companion Voucher Worth It?

TRAVEL With Ben (Lucky)

Mystery: Who Is “Felipe” At JetBlue?
Grrr: Hainan’s 787-9 Aircraft Swap Insanity
Best In Business: ANA The Room Vs. Qatar Qsuites
Would You Cancel Trip To China Due To Wuhan Virus?
I’m Canceling My Flights Through China… Should I Cancel My Asia Trip Altogether?

REVIEWS & Trip Reports

Review: Lufthansa Business Lounge Munich
Review: Lufthansa A320neo Business Class
Review: The Langley, Marriott Luxury Collection Hotel
Review: NEW ANA 777 “The Suite” First Class
Review: Andaz Tokyo, A Hyatt Hotel
Review: Delta One Business Class A330-900neo

NEWS & Updates

Oh My: American Wants Employees To Be “American Champions”
Swiss A340 Cabin Refresh Project Complete
ANA & Singapore Expected To Form Joint Venture
Air France-KLM Wants To Buy Malaysia Airlines Stake
South African Airways Cancels Flights Last Minute To Conserve Cash
Cebu Will Be Starlux Airlines’ Fourth Destination
Boeing 777X Expected To Make First Flight Shortly
Cathay Pacific Staff Can Now Wear Face Masks Due To Wuhan Coronavirus
Trial: Some Uber Drivers Can Now Set Their Own Fares
Government Asks Money-Losing SriLankan Airlines To Launch New Routes To Europe
DOT Proposes Major Restrictions On Emotional Support Animals
Accor Eliminating Single-Use Plastics Globally
United Airlines Updates Window Shade Policy
Has Delta Just Innovated Traveling With Pets?
Pakistan Airlines To Launch Nonstop US Flights
Chinese Airlines Pull Out Of Mexico Completely
Norwegian Starts Charging For Hand Luggage
LOT Polish Airlines Buys Germany’s Condor
ANA Shifting Most US Routes From Narita To Haneda
Norwegian Cuts Lounge Access For Premium Passengers
Airplane Crash Simulator: Cool Or Creepy?


I hope everyone has a great rest of the weekend!

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Comments
  1. @Lucky @Tiffany

    There have been quite a few comments recently about this, we all don’t like how the images only load until we scroll.

    Please bring back the old way where all the images load at once when we click on a page.

    The new way makes reading trip reports difficult.

    Thanks so much!

  2. @ Markus — We hear you! It’s interesting, because we turned the lazy loading on in October, but it’s only been in the past week or so that anyone has said anything.

    I changed the settings to be “less lazy”, while still keeping the site fast overall. Hopefully this is a better experience, but we can certainly keep adjusting!

  3. Just to follow up on what I’ve been suggesting for future reviews, but it’ll be really helpful to do a speedtest when using WiFi and posting a screenshot of the results as describing the connection would be vague and everybody has a different opinion on what would be ideal to them.

  4. Can you also turn on the feature which allows you to click on the blue banner in the title containing the number of comments and being able to jump to them? Sometimes I like to come back to a post and only see the comments. Just wondering, why was that turned off?

  5. Hey Lucky,

    Glad you’re not routing through China anymore. Situation there seems dire. Given the update, I think it’s prudent to put an update on your article saying “you would still travel to China, but not Wuhan.”

    It’s returning quite high on Google for some SFO health screening searches.

    Enjoy Asia!

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