Weekly Review: May 18, 2019

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It has been a rough week (as I covered in a previous post), thought I’m happy to have a bit of downtime. Ford and I are supposed to go to Japan next week, and we’re still deciding whether or not to take that trip.

On the points & travel front, this week we saw a great new Amex Offer for Rimowa, Qantas opened reservations for their first ever “points plane,” Hilton and Lyft announced a new partnership, JetBlue announced they’re dropping Coke in favor of Pepsi, and more.

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

Featured Stories

Review: Satri House Hotel Luang Prabang

Sorry for the delay on this folks — not to get too much into the sausage-making, but we had planned to pause this particular narrative while Ben finished sharing details on his trip to Sri Lanka, with the idea being that I’d publish the rest of this series while he was away on some planned travel for May. But sometimes life has other plans, so we’re regrouping a bit. I’ll finish this report out, and then we’ll figure things out from there.


This story left off, if you’ll recall, as we traveled to Laos after spending a chunk of time in Vietnam. While we would have loved to spend more time exploring other areas of Vietnam in more depth (and will absolutely return), we wanted to show our moms more of the region, which I think was a good choice in the end.

So. Luang Prabang.

Last Chance: Buy Alaska Miles With 50% Bonus (Best Price This Year!)

Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan is one of my favorite programs to buy miles from, both thanks to the frequency with which they sell miles, and what a good deal their redemptions can be.

In mid-April Alaska Mileage Plan launched their best promotion of the year on purchased miles.

If you’ve been considering this promotion but haven’t pulled the trigger, note that it expires on May 19, 2019, so you have just two days remaining to take advantage of this offer.

Incredible 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.

This actually seems to be a really good list, as we see discounts on routes to five continents, which is more than usual.

For example, you can save 30% on KrisFlyer business class awards from Hong Kong to San Francisco, bringing the cost down to 62,300 miles one-way.

One Week at a Time

TIPS: Earning Miles & Promos

Amazing SkyTeam Business Class Fares From Nairobi To The US
Hurry: Cheap Icelandair Business Class Tickets
Last Chance: Buy Marriott Bonvoy Points For 25% Off
10 Best Credit Card Offers For May 2019
Amex Blue Cash Preferred Now Offers 6% Back On Netflix, Spotify, & More
Earn 2.5K Bonus Amex Points For Spending $100 At Staples (Targeted)
Register Now For The American & Hyatt Partnership
The 8 Best Business Credit Cards [2019]
Earn Hilton Points For Lyft Rides
Ink Business Cash Card: 8 Reasons To Apply
Ending Thursday: 60,000 United Explorer Card Bonus
Today Only: Buy Choice Privileges Points For ~0.49 Cents Each
Save 15% At Holiday Inn With Chase Offers (Targeted)
Awesome Amex Offer For Rimowa Purchases (Targeted)
Today Only: Buy Discounted Avis Rentals & Status
Last Chance: Buy Alaska Miles With 50% Bonus (Best Price This Year!)
Great Aeromexico Business Class Fares From Canada

TRICKS: Redeeming Miles

Qantas “Points Plane” Flight: A380 Bookable Exclusively With Points
Incredible Deals With New Singapore KrisFlyer Award Promo
Choice Privileges Blocking Award Nights?
American’s App Allowing Some Incredible Award Routings
Qantas Points Plane: How Quickly Did Seats Sell?

TRAVEL With Ben (Lucky)

Feedback On How Hotels Request Feedback
How To Get Between Terminals At LAX
Everything You Need To Know About Getting An “SSSS” On Your Boarding Pass
How To Consistently Sit Next To An Empty Seat On A Plane
Not The Mother’s Day Surprise Anyone Hopes For…

REVIEWS & Trip Reports

Reserving A Day Hotel Room On Dayuse
Review: Satri House Hotel Luang Prabang

NEWS & Updates

Pilot Arrested At Airport On Triple Murder Charges
Qatar Airways Phasing Out A330s & A320s
Air France Schedules First North American A350 Route
Emirates Chief Commercial Officer Resigns Abruptly
WestJet Acquired By Private Equity Firm
United Airlines’ New Spider-Man Safety Video
Joie De Vivre Joins World Of Hyatt
American Express Acquiring Resy
British Airways Reveals More A350 Routes
Air Canada To Acquire Air Transat
BLADE Helicopter Crashes Into The Hudson
Now Open: American Flagship Lounge DFW
US Bans All Flights To & From Venezuela
New Uber Black Features, Including “Quiet Mode”
DOT Tentatively Grants 12 Haneda Flights To US Airlines
Boeing Completes 737 MAX Software Update — What’s Next?
Air Italy Rebrands Loyalty Program As @MyAirItalyClub
JetBlue Drops Coke In Favor Of Pepsi
“Day Stays” At The TWA Hotel JFK
Aer Lingus Pushes Back A321LR Debut (Again)

I hope everyone has a great rest of the weekend!

  1. Go for the Japan trip if you can review any new products (plane or hotel)…

    On another note, anyone else notice the links to go directly to the comments seems to be not working for each article?

  2. “On another note, anyone else notice the links to go directly to the comments seems to be not working for each article?”


  3. @ Aaron @ The nice Paul — Yes, “working as designed” at the moment. Was causing some significant performance issues, particularly on mobile, so we’ve disabled that functionality until it can get fixed properly.

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