Weekly Review: July 20, 2019

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I’m spending my last full week in the US before taking a big international trip. I’m not actually sure of the exact details of that trip just yet, though I hope it will include Air Peace, Air Tanzania, Air Mauritius, and more. 😉

On the points & travel front, this week Air Belgium announced resumption of scheduled flights, some new credit card bonuses were introduced, British Airways moved forward their A350 launch and announced their first 777 route with Club Suites, Garuda Indonesia was in the news for being stupid, and more.

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

Featured Stories

Big New Limited Time Amex Hilton Card Bonuses

American Express and Hilton have just rolled out new welcome bonuses on their co-branded credit cards, following some minor changes that have been made to some of these cards.

Here are the details of these offers:


I’m Not Sure American Airlines Is At Fault Here (For Once)?

There’s a story going viral at the moment with the title “Dear American Airlines, I Hate You With My Whole Heart.”

The story contains a lot of bad language, though I think it’s actually a good lesson for travelers, because the airline industry is really complex.

Let me start by summarizing what happened, and then sharing my take. I’ll try to summarize the situation as objectively and concisely as possible.


Good Deals With New Singapore KrisFlyer Award Promo

Singapore Airlines’ KrisFlyer program offers monthly “Spontaneous Escapes” deals, where they constantly have a list of flights that can be booked at a discount when redeeming miles.

Presumably they’re primarily discounting flights that they don’t anticipate being full, and where there’s a lot of award availability. This can be a really useful promotion.

KrisFlyer has just published their latest Spontaneous Escapes list, which has dozens of destinations on it, between the Singapore Airlines and SilkAir route networks.


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TIPS: Earning Miles & Promos

Alaska Airlines Business Card Gets New Benefits
Amex Blue Business Cash Card Review (2019)
Earn 1,000 Bonus Amex Points For Spending $40 At Staples (Targeted)
Avianca LifeMiles Credit Card Review (New 60K Bonus)
The Best Cards For Everyday Spending (2019)
Buy Choice Privileges Points For 25% Off
Buy Flying Blue Miles With A Mystery Bonus
Chase Freedom Card Review (2019)
Chase Freedom Unlimited Review (2019)
Chase Ink Business Cash Card Review (2019)
Chase Ink Business Unlimited Card Review (2019)
Transfer Citi Points To Flying Blue With 25% Bonus (Last Chance)
Emirates & Marriott “Your World Rewards” Partnership
Great Hainan Business Class Fares From The US
Big New Limited Time Amex Hilton Card Bonuses
IHG Offering Limited Time Status Challenge
LifeMiles Offering 145% Bonus On Purchased Miles (Special OMAAT Promo)
Chase Sapphire Preferred Review (2019)
New: Earn Southwest Points For Turo Rentals
Amex Blue Business Plus Card Review (2019)

TRICKS: Redeeming Miles

Aeroplan Award Redemption Changes
British Airways’ New Low Fee Award Tickets
Hyatt’s 10% Refund On Summer Award Redemptions (Last Day To Register)
Amazing: Buy IHG Points For ~0.38 Cents Each
Good Deals With New Singapore KrisFlyer Award Promo
LifeMiles’ Star Alliance Award Sale (Including For First Class)
World Of Hyatt Raises Awards Costs At One Hotel

TRAVEL With Ben (Lucky)

I’m Not Sure American Airlines Is At Fault Here (For Once)?
China Airlines’ Brilliantly Unconventional New Ad
Making My Nigerian Aviation Fantasy A Reality…
Introduction: Patagonian Summer
Introduction: Falling In Love With Japan

NEWS & Updates

New Business Plan: Air Belgium Launching Caribbean Flights
Air Belgium’s New Business Plan & Funding
Air France Planning Vancouver To Tahiti Route
Air Italy Summer 2020 Flights To LAX, SFO, And YYZ
US Airline CEOs Disappointed By White House Meeting
Video: American Flight Attendants Sing & Dance For Million Miler
American Adds Direct Las Vegas To Tokyo Flights For CES
British Airways Schedules First 777 With Club Suites
British Airways Moves Forward A350 Routes
Emirates Launching Mexico City Flights
Garuda Indonesia Backtracks On Stupid Policy Changes
Garuda Indonesia’s London Madness
Outrageous: Garuda Indonesia Can’t Take Feedback
American & Qantas Joint Venture Receives Final Approval
Kuwait Airways’ New Business Class Seats
LATAM’s First 777 With New Business Class Seats
Lion Air Bans People From “Documenting” Flights
Lufthansa CEO: It’s “Irresponsible” To Sell $11 Flights
OMG: Man Climbs Onto Wing At Lagos Airport To Hitch A Ride
Here’s How Marriott’s CEO Defends Resort Fees
Air France’s New Washington Dulles Lounge Opens (With Pre-Flight Dining)
Cathay Pacific’s Gorgeous New Shanghai Lounge
Pakistan Reopens Airspace To Foreign Airlines
Video: Passenger Dragged Off Flight For Spitting At Crew
Peter Bellew Moves From Ryanair To EasyJet
President Trump’s Meeting With Airline CEOs
Qantas’ Secret A380 Charter Customer Is A Supermarket
Racist American Flight Attendant? Maybe…
Ryanair Renames The 737 MAX
United Airlines Is Buying 19 Used 737s
Wow: Venezuelan Airline Leasing A380
Alaska Lounge Membership Fees Increasing
British Airways Suspends Cairo Flights Over Security


I hope everyone has a great rest of the weekend!

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