Weekly Review: May 2, 2015

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Hello from Atlanta!

I’m here this week for the Freddie Awards, along with an FTU alumni event. I also got to help pull a 757 across the tarmac at ATL for charity, which was pretty fun.

Featured Stories

Travel Business Class To Europe This Summer For Economy Prices!


Even if you have to position to the East Coast, this is still an incredible deal for summer travel to Europe!

The A380 Is 10 Years Old: Here Are 10 Things I Love About It

Qantas-A380-First-Class-86I’ve a bit of an A380 obsession, and have been fortunate enough to fly every A380 first class product in the world.

The 10th anniversary of the aircraft was this week, so I thought I’d highlight my favorite things about the plane.


How Do You Calculate The Value Of Cash Back Rewards?

Cash backThis started as an exchange with a reader, but I think it’s an interesting consideration for everyone in this hobby.

Do you value cash back rewards by factoring in the rewards you’d get from paying for the ticket, or by deriving your valuation exclusively from the cash opportunity cost?



TIPS: Earning Miles & Promos

Last Chance For Citi AAdvantage 50K Sign-Up Bonus?
Travel Business Class To Europe This Summer For Economy Prices!
La Compagnie’s New York To London To Paris Milk Run
Limited Time: 50,000 Mile Bonus On United MileagePlus Explorer Card
1,000 Free American AAdvantage Miles
You May Still Be Eligible For 3x Points On Dining With The Citi Premier℠ Card
Register For Chicago Seminars 2015: October 16-18
Here Are The Daily Getaways Packages Still On Sale
Can You Combine Citi ThankYou Rewards Accounts?
7,000 Bonus JetBlue TrueBlue Points After Your First Flight
10 Best Credit Card Offers For April
New Terms With The $400 British Airways AARP Discount?

TRICKS: Redeeming Miles

Air France FlyingBlue July/August Promo Awards — Up To 50% Off
Here’s Why Hilton HHonors Has Variable Award Pricing Within Each Category
How Do You Calculate The Value Of Cash Back Rewards?
Here’s What You Should Do Before Tomorrow’s British Airways Devaluation

TRAVEL With Lucky

2 Reasons I Prefer Hotel Rooms With 2 Beds
The A380 Is 10 Years Old: Here Are 10 Things I Love About It
Are Selfies Changing Why We Travel?

NEWS & Updates

A Panda Gives You A Tour Of An Air China Boeing 747-8
Woman Steals Flight Attendant’s iPad After Leaving Judge Judy Show
Delta’s New Uniforms To Be Designed by Zac Posen
American Boeing 787 To Operate Chicago To Tokyo Narita As Of August 18, 2015
Alitalia To Install New Business Class Seats And Wifi
Malaysia Airlines Is Trying To Sell All Their A380s
How Many DOT Complaints Were Filed Over One Mistake Fare?
Alaska Airlines Adds Service To Central America
You Won’t Believe This: Air India Claims To Be A Good Airline In Their Latest Ad
Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse Los Angeles LAX Airport Now Open
No More Free Rides To In-N-Out LAX
Here’s How Much It Will Cost You To Divert A Transatlantic Flight
Germanwings Rebranding As Eurowings This Fall
Gay Passenger Files DOT Complaint Against Saudia — Interesting!
Further Details On United’s Mysterious Newark To Columbia Flight
American And Etihad Expand Codesharing On US Routes
Alaska Airlines Announces Four New Domestic Routes
Taking Pictures Of Planes In The UAE Could Land You In Jail
Silvercar Expanding To Fort Lauderdale As Of May 15, 2015
How Quickly Does The Citi Prestige Priority Pass Membership Arrive?
American Admirals Clubs Are Undergoing Their Biggest Refresh Ever

From here I’m heading to Tampa to see my parents for a few days before a quick turn (or seven) to Beijing.

Hope to see many of you along the way!

  1. Sozzle dude but you really need to lift your trip report publishing rate. It has become diabolical.

  2. You picked a good weekend to come to Atlanta! The weather is gorgeous. Enjoy your stay in my town!

  3. Seriously lucky please can we have some trip reports from you! Nick would not stop going on about how hungover he was-he can go fly a kite! If you’re too hungover to enjoy the product how can we enjoy your article?

  4. @ Matt — Hoping to start publishing the next one this coming week. I had already resized/edited photos for my next trip report, but sadly they were on my computer which had the water “accident.” Ugh!

  5. @ Lantean — Hah, just part of the ad network I participate in, not any specific relationship.

  6. Hey, Lucky. For some reason, I can’t get the Ask Lucky page of the blog to load. I have tried on multiple browsers and computers and all I can get is a white screen. If you wouldn’t mind answering, I am going to ask my question here:

    I was thinking about taking a trip that would include segments on QF8 from DFW to SYD and QF7 from SYD to DFW. The trip would be in business (J), and I was wondering about their amenities. Actually, more specifically, I was wondering about the pajamas, or lack thereof if that’s the case. I have searched it up, and I can’t find any articles in the last 2-3 years (all are prior to 2013) that talk about J on QF7/8. But either way, I was wondering if they still give out pajamas. If so, are they high enough quality to wear on that flight for that long period. I have heard you praise their first class pajamas. I also know you haven’t taken any long segments in their business class recently, but I would like to get any wisdom from you. If there either are no pajamas or if they are just bad quality, would it be worth it bringing some Qatar Airways J pajamas. I know those are a little thick, so if you know if they keep their cabins warm/cool, that would be nice to know as well. Thanks so much for answering my question(s), and I’m sorry I couldn’t get the Ask Lucky page to work!

  7. Ben! I was also at Jet Drag but didn’t see you. Next time, let me know when you’re on my turf 😉

  8. @ Parker — Yep, they do offer pajamas, and they should be the same ones offered in first class. Great pajamas!

  9. @ Lucky – I was on the “Imagine Draggins ACS” team. We went right after lunch. I’ll take you for a drink next time you’re around!

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