Weekly Review: July 6, 2019

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Happy (very) long weekend to those in the US. I’ve taken off a bit of time this week given the Thursday holiday, so it has been really nice to relax with Ford and Winston. It’ll be business as usual again next week, and I’ll also finally be checking out the TWA Hotel, which I am so excited about.

On the points & travel front, this week we saw several new Amex Offers, new promotions went live (Marriott’s new global promo, the Chase Freedom Q3 bonus categories, etc.), Singapore Airlines announced that they’re renovating their lounges, South African Airways announced they’d lease A350s, and much more.

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

Featured Stories

Delta Status Challenge: Why This Is The Perfect Time To Request One

Many airlines offer a status match or challenge, which is essentially a way for someone who is loyal to one program to switch their business to a competitor without having to start from scratch.

In many cases these offers are “once in a lifetime,” so you’ll want to choose carefully. The terms also vary greatly by program — some programs will outright match you with no strings attached, while others require you to fly a certain amount in a certain period of time to maintain your status.

Well, if you’re someone who is interested in earning status with Delta SkyMiles, now is the ideal time to request a status challenge.

Turkish 787 Routes With Business Class Awards

Turkish Airlines offers one of my favorite business class products, and that’s in spite of the fact that as of now their business class seats are quite outdated.

Fortunately that’s changing shortly, as Turkish Airlines has just taken delivery of their first Boeing 787-9, which features an all new business class product. Their new business class product will be available on their 787-9s and 30 A350-900s, which they’ll take delivery of through 2023.

Why I Applied For The Citi Premier Card

I haven’t applied for many credit cards lately, though I just applied for a new card and was approved, so wanted to share why I applied, and what my approval experience was like.

Since mid-June, the Citi Premier® Card has been offering a huge welcome bonus of 60,000 ThankYou points after spending $4,000 within three months.

Not only is that a huge bonus that’s worth a minimum of $750+ towards airfare (though I’d rather transfer points to Citi’s transfer partners), but the card is also very well rounded and offers lots of great benefits.

The card offers 3x points on travel and gas, and 2x points on dining and entertainment. I love Citi ThankYou transfer partners, especially when you consider how frequently they offer transfer bonuses. So there are lots of great reasons to pick up this card.

One Week at a Time

TIPS: Earning Miles & Promos

Capital One Offering 25% Transfer Bonus To LifeMiles
Buy American Miles At The Best Price Of The Year
Amex Offers: Save $60 On A $300+ Kimpton Stay
Now Live: Chase Freedom Q3 2019 Bonus Categories
Save $60 At Grand Hyatt With Amex Offers (Targeted)
Delta Status Challenge: Why This Is The Perfect Time To Request One
Southwest Airlines Performance Business Card Review
Now Live: Marriott Bonvoy “Endless Earning” Promo
LifeMiles Offering 115% Mileage Transfer Bonus
Results From Last Minute Delta Amex Applications
Capital One Spark Cash Business Card Review (2019)
Bank Of America® Premium Rewards® Credit Card
Buy Hilton Points With A 100% Bonus (Last Chance)
Why I Applied For The Citi Premier Card
Chase Ink Business Preferred Card Review (2019)
Capital One Venture® Card Review (2019 Rewards)
The 24 Credit Cards In My Wallet Right Now
How Does Citi’s 24 Month Application Rule Work?

TRICKS: Redeeming Miles

New Flying Blue Promo Awards For July 2019
Turkish 787 Routes With Business Class Awards
Singapore KrisFlyer Implements New Award Waitlist Rules

TRAVEL With Ben (Lucky)

American Maintenance Delays: Which Are Legitimate?
Write A Loved One’s Name On American Plane For $25
My 2019 Mid-Year Status Qualification Update

REVIEWS & Trip Reports

My Delta One Suites Experience Didn’t Quite Go As Expected…
13 Points Hotels I Hope To Stay At

NEWS & Updates

South African Airways Will Lease A350s
Pakistan Airlines Wants To Launch Nonstop US Flights
United Improves Complimentary Economy Snacks
Latest On British Airways’ A350 Routes
Delta’s Impressive Investment In Economy Service
China Eastern Introduces Basic Economy
Ouch: Indian Airlines Had Five Landing “Incidents” In Two Days
Air France A380 Engine Part Recovered In Greenland
Yay: Singapore Airlines Renovating Changi Lounges
Surinam Airways Boss Suspended Over 777 Decision
Fly British Airways’ New Club Suite Within Europe
Trump Needs To Save US Airlines From Collapse
Amazing: #RevolutionaryWarAirportStories
Regulators Discover New 737 MAX Autopilot Problem

I hope everyone has a great rest of the weekend!

  1. Haven’t posted in a while due to a hectic schedule. I Had 2 flights in First this week (paid ticket no miles/points tricks): Cathay and Air France (return leg tomorrow Sunday). Food offering quality in CX lounges in HKG has dramatically dropped. However La Premiere remains excellent.

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