Weekly Review: March 31, 2018

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The past couple of weeks I’ve just been traveling domestically, and I’ve even spent the past week in Florida visiting my family, which has been nice. I’ll be back to international travel starting next week, which I’m very much looking forward to, after being on the ground for a while.

On the points and travel front, this week we saw a great new welcome bonus on the Ink Cash Card, Air New Zealand announced that they’re adding flights to Chicago, Singapore Airlines revealed their new 787-10 business class, and much more.

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

Featured Stories

Singapore Airlines’ New A380 Suites

I was so excited about this flight. Emirates and Singapore both introduced new first class products just weeks apart, and having flown Emirates’ new first class weeks prior, I was looking forward to seeing how Singapore’s new Suites compared. I’ve reviewed Singapore’s “old” Suites before, and couldn’t wait to see how the product evolved.

Singapore’s A380 Suites cabin is gorgeous. My first thought was that it looked very similar to Etihad’s A380 First Class Apartments, since there’s just a single aisle in the cabin. However, this layout was even more spacious. Singapore Airlines has just six Suites, while Etihad has nine First Class Apartments plus The Residence in the same area. The pictures don’t really do justice to how beautiful the cabin is when you first see it.

Should You Apply For The 50K Ink Cash Or 80K Ink Preferred Offer?

This week Chase launched a new welcome bonus on the Ink Business Cash℠ Credit Card, which is by far the biggest welcome bonus that has ever been offered on the card. The Ink Business Cash has a welcome bonus of $500 cash back (which can potentially be converted into 50,000 Ultimate Rewards points) after spending $3,000 within three months. This is a massive welcome bonus for a no annual fee card.

Earlier I wrote a post sharing seven reasons (other than the welcome bonus) that you should consider applying for the card. One question I’ve been asked a few times since then is whether it makes more sense to apply for the Ink Business Cash℠ Credit Card or Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card. Let’s take a closer look at that question.

Here’s What’s Changing About Hilton Honors Next Week

Hilton Honors has made some significant program changes the past couple of years, and for the most part they’ve been positive.

In 2017 Hilton Honors made some radical changes, adding new Points & Cash redemptions, introducing points pooling, giving members more ways to redeem their points, and even giving Diamond members the chance to extend their status by a year. I tend to think these changes were positive, especially for those who just occasionally stay at Hilton properties.


TIPS: Earning Miles & Promos

Citi ThankYou Is Offering $50 Off A Two Night Hotel Stay
Applying For Chase Ink Business Cards: What You Need To Know
Delta Cuts Some Mileage Earning Rates On Aeromexico
Can You Apply For Two Chase Credit Cards On The Same Day?
Should You Apply For The Sapphire Reserve Or Ink Business Card First?
Amex Business Cards Now Have A $1,000 Business Revenue Minimum
The Useful New AAdvantage eShopping Chrome Extension
Hours Remaining For The SPG Business Amex 35K Welcome Bonus
Is This The Best Quarterly Bonus Category Ever?
Some Delta Amex Card Members Can Now Earn More MQMs Through Credit Card Spend
What The Heck Is 5/24?
Should You Apply For The 50K Ink Cash Or 80K Ink Preferred Offer?
Big Changes May Be Coming To The IHG Credit Card — Apply Now!
Delta Is Offering Double SkyMiles For Select Partner Activity
7 Reasons To Apply For The Ink Cash (Beyond The Best-Ever 50K Welcome Bonus)
Maximizing Miles From Home Renovations
Days Remaining For SPG Business Amex 35K Welcome Bonus

TRICKS: Redeeming Miles

Did Delta Just Lower SkyMiles Award Costs To Asia?!?
You Can Now Choose To Avoid Basic Economy Fares In The Chase Ultimate Rewards Portal

TRAVEL With Ben (Lucky)

Piecing Together My Next Airline Review Trip
American Airlines Customer Relations Contacted Me Regarding My Survey Response
Why I’ve Started Filling Out Post-Flight Airline Surveys
My Dad’s Extreme Makeover: Credit Card Edition
The Disappointing Tenure Of United’s CEO, Oscar Munoz
It’s Getting Hard To Justify *Not* Flying Spirit Airlines

REVIEWS & Trip Reports

Review: China Eastern First Class Lounge Shanghai Airport
Review: China Eastern First Class 777-300ER Singapore To Shanghai
Review: SATS Premier Lounge Singapore Airport Terminal 3
Review: Andaz Singapore
Review: Singapore Airlines New Suites A380 Sydney To Singapore

NEWS & Updates

Terrible: Korean Air “Nut Rage” Executive Makes A Return To Her Father’s Company
Gulf Air’s New Livery Is *Gorgeous*
The World’s 12 Farthest Flights (2018 Edition)
United CEO “Reaccommodated” Sand At His Florida Home
Qantas Is Being Fined For Illegally Selling Tickets On Their New York To Los Angeles Flight
LAX’s Horrible Cell Phone Coverage Will Soon Improve
Female Cathay Pacific Employees Will No Longer Be Required To Wear Skirts
Air India Threatens Pilots Who Upgrade Friends & Family For Free
Singapore Airlines’ New 787-10 Regional Business Class
Qantas Could Add Nonstop Flights To Chicago Or Seattle This Year
Here’s What’s Changing About Hilton Honors Next Week
YAY: EVA Air’s Amazing Hello Kitty Jet Is Now Flying To LAX!
Emirates Is Upgrading Their First Class Champagne (For A Limited Time)
Alaska Shares Details Of New Aer Lingus Partnership
Singapore Airlines Introducing New First Class On 777-9, And Adding Third Ultra Longhaul Route
Dear Marriott: Does The Way You Fired This Employee Reflect Your Core Values?
American Adding 5 New Routes To Latin America, Including Los Angeles To Buenos Aires
Air New Zealand Will Fly 3x Weekly Between Auckland & Chicago
More Cuts: United’s Polaris Service Is Increasingly “On Demand”
British Airways Executive Club Program Changes Are Coming
Alaska & Aer Lingus To Launch Partnership This Spring
Woman Causes Chaos At Hilton After Offering Free Sex On Social Media
Two Historic Flights Took Off This Week
Delta’s Stance On The “Gun Debate” Seems To Have Evolved
Barclaycard US Is Rebranding As Barclays

FROM Our Guest Contributors

Taking Advantage Of United’s Close-In Award Space
The United MileagePlus Explorer Card: Keep Or Cancel?
Is British Airways’ Multi-Carrier Award Chart A Good Deal?
Tips For Flying Business Class To Europe Using United Miles
Often Overlooked Routes For Redeeming British Airways Avios

I hope everyone has a great rest of the holiday weekend, and happy Easter & Passover to those who are celebrating!

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  1. @ Lucky I have a question…have you ever stayed at a hotel during it’s grand opening? If not do you think it’s a good idea stay during that time? I have a trip coming up to Dubai and I’m think of staying at a Holiday Inn Festival City which is opening up April 19

  2. @Alex Z.. I’m not answering for @Lucky but these are my own thoughts..

    I generally don’t like hotels that are ‘too new’ and only because very often, they’re bath towels haven’t been ‘run in’ yet and can be quite unbearable to use.. they don’t absorb water and have a lot of ‘fluff’ that comes off and sticks to your body..

    If the particular new hotel knows this and takes care of it by wash-cycling their towels several times before opening their doors then that’s fine.. but that’s added costs and ‘environmentally unfriendly’ to do, so…..

  3. @ Ke…thanks for the response and I totally get your point but I think if that’s the worse of it I can deal with that. If it’s anything like getting into a brand new car than I think I will enjoy it

  4. Noooooo… bath towels that don’t absorb water is nothing like getting a new car!!!

    Hahaha… cheers!

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