Weekly Review: May 29, 2021

Weekly Review: May 29, 2021

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I hope everyone is having a great weekend so far! It’s an exciting weekend here at OMAAT, as we’re (hopefully) launching a redesigned site.

Note that comments will be disabled this weekend until the new site is updated. If all goes well, the new site will be up early Monday morning, and folks who pre-registered will get emails prompting them to create their passwords shortly thereafter.

We will be back to regular operations Monday morning (with or without a new site). Thanks for your patience!

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

Featured Stories

Details: American & Alaska Reciprocal Elite Upgrades

As of March 31, 2021, Alaska Airlines joined the oneworld alliance. To coincide with that, Alaska Airlines and American Airlines rolled out reciprocal upgrades, as part of their strategic partnership.

I wanted to recap the latest on how these reciprocal upgrades work, especially as the upgrade process has this week been improved for Alaska MVP Gold 75K members traveling on American Airlines.


British Airways’ Impressive Award Seat Guarantee

Credit where credit’s due, this is an improvement to the British Airways Executive Club program that a lot of members will benefit from.


Guide To The UK Passenger Locator Form & Testing

All passengers traveling to or connecting in the United Kingdom need to present a negative coronavirus test result and complete a passenger locator form. Yes, this applies even if you’re just transiting airside while traveling between two other countries.


One Week at a Time

TIPS: Earning Miles & Promos

Great New Amex Offer For Marriott Stays
Awesome: American & JetBlue Introduce Reciprocal Mileage Earning
Air Canada Aeroplan Selling Miles With 60% Bonus
Hawaiian Airlines Offering 5x Miles On Gift Cards
Save At Four Seasons With Amex Offers
Huge New IHG Premier Card Bonus: 150,000 Points
Southwest Credit Cards Offering 65K Bonus Points
Staying At A Kimpton? Don’t Forget The Secret Social Password

TRICKS: Redeeming Miles

Marriott Bonvoy Adjusts Points Advance Feature
Hilton Extends Credit Card Free Night Rewards
British Airways’ Impressive Award Seat Guarantee

TRAVEL With Ben (Lucky)

I’m Taking My Mom To Greece!
Grrr: Our Unlucky London Heathrow Misconnect

REVIEWS & Trip Reports

A Perfect American Airlines Transatlantic Business Class Flight

GUIDES & Programs

Guide To The UK Passenger Locator Form & Testing
How & Why To Use VeriFLY For International Travel
How To Complete Greece’s Passenger Locator Form

NEWS & Updates

Report: FAA To Downgrade Mexico Aviation Safety Rating
Garuda Indonesia Plans Major Restructuring, May Halve Fleet
Ryanair’s Troubling Belarus Flight Diversion: Fake Bomb Threat To Arrest A Journalist?
Couple Charters SpiceJet 737 To Have Wedding, Circumvent Coronavirus Restrictions
Ryanair CEO: Belarus Committed “State-Sponsored Hijacking”
UK Transport Secretary Takes Action Against Belarus
Cool: The St. Regis Bermuda Is Now Open
Belarus Blames Hamas For Ryanair Bomb Threat
The Four Seasons Private Jet Is Flying To Antarctica!
St. Regis Dubai The Palm Opens: I’m Lukewarm
Ugh: American Airlines’ Single Gate Agent Boarding
Rumor: Emirates Launching Dubai To Miami Flight
Revealed: Transcript Between Belarus ATC & Ryanair Pilots
United Gives Pilots Huge Vaccination Incentive
Whoa: Emirates Boeing 777 Flies With One Passenger
KLM Adds Orlando Service With New Triangle Flight
Oops: Belavia’s 2.5 Hour Flight From Minsk To Nowhere
Swoon: Retro American Airlines Bar Carts For Sale
Wow: Belavia Cancels Flights For Months
Russia Blocking Flights That Avoid Belarus’ Airspace?
Report: Air France Will Install First Class On A350s
Video: Hotel Owner Kicks Out “Dumb Democrat”
Qantas Bans Politician Following Airport Rant
Well Played: Norse Atlantic Airways’ “Historic” Union Deal
American Airlines Tells Crews To Stop Futzing With 787 Window Dimmers
“Ohana By Hawaiian” Ceases Operations
Details: American & Alaska Reciprocal Elite Upgrades
Bat Causes Newark-Bound Air India Flight To Divert
Southwest Airlines Won’t Serve Alcohol Due To Air Rage Incidents


I hope everyone has a great rest of the weekend!

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  1. iflyfar

    The new site is not functional. Including this comments form field with descriptive text that won't disappear when I am attempting to post a comment.

  2. Billy STL

    wait Ben
    How is your miles calculated
    You travelled 4,523,713 miles?

  3. SloMan

    Ben, you have not provided updates in the last few weeks on the re-establishment of routes by Cathay Pacific -- they are clearly attempting to rebuild their network, with several re-established routes to North America, Europe, Australia and within Asia for the start of June.

  4. haz

    Very different look indeed.

    My two biggest pains is this comment section (now on the side, impossible to scroll the article whilst writing a comment) and the home page no longer shows the most recent story (seems to be just random ones, it is possible to click on "news", "reviews" etc but no longer all in one place).

  5. Nick

    I thought I'd gone to the wrong website! Very different look.

  6. Ivan X

    Whoa, new blog format! Congrats.

  7. Michael

    Always informative keep up the great work - international traveler for close to 35 years

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iflyfar

The new site is not functional. Including this comments form field with descriptive text that won't disappear when I am attempting to post a comment.

Billy STL

wait Ben How is your miles calculated You travelled 4,523,713 miles?

SloMan

Ben, you have not provided updates in the last few weeks on the re-establishment of routes by Cathay Pacific -- they are clearly attempting to rebuild their network, with several re-established routes to North America, Europe, Australia and within Asia for the start of June.

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