Weekly Review: May 4, 2019

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Hello from Miami! After flying to London (via Denver, Calgary, and Madrid) this week, I’m back home for the weekend. I have some domestic travel this week, and then later this month am headed to Hawaii and then Japan, both of which are trips I’m looking forward to.

On the points & travel front, this week Etihad awards became bookable on American’s website, American, British Airways, and Etihad introduced bonuses on purchased miles, Capital One added JetBlue as a new transfer partner, Aer Lingus announced a new intra-Europe business class, Amex introduced a Virgin Atlantic transfer bonus, and more.

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

Featured Stories

Cheers: The 6 Best Airplane Bars

While airlines are doing everything they can to squeeze more seats onto planes in economy, in many cases airlines are increasingly allocating more space to first and business class.

For the most part this comes in the form of more comfortable and spacious seats, though about half a dozen airlines take it a step further by offering onboard lounges. After all, when you’re on an ultra long haul flight, there’s something really nice about being able to stretch your legs, and possibly even mingle with some of your fellow passengers.

In this post I wanted to provide a rundown of the airlines offering onboard bars, starting with my favorite.


Qatar Airways Business Class Fare Sale From The US

Qatar Airways Qsuites is my favorite business class product in the world. Historically the airline has also had exceptional business class fares, though we’re seeing fewer sales than we’ve seen in the past, especially for travel originating in the US.

Just a few weeks ago the airline had a great fare sale out of the US for the first time in a long time, and now they’re back with another one.

Qatar Airways as just launched a premium fare sale from US gateways. With this sale we’re seeing business class fares of $2,450, $2,950, $3,450, $3,950, and $4,450. Obviously the $2,450 fares are the sweet spot here, while a $4,450 roundtrip business class fare is hardly anything to get excited about.


7 Reasons To Get The Capital One Savor Card

If you spend a lot on dining and entertainment and are looking to earn cash back rewards, then the Savor® Rewards from Capital One® is one of the best cards to consider.

In this post I wanted to share seven reasons you should consider getting this card, and one reason in particular you may want to sign up ASAP.

In no particular order:


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TIPS: Earning Miles & Promos

Review: Alaska Airlines Credit Card
Amex International Airline Program: Tickets Now Bookable Online
Amex Offering 30% Virgin Atlantic Transfer Bonus
Credit Card Bonus Offering $700+ Worth Of Travel (With Annual Fee Waived)
Buy American Miles For Up To 40% Off
British Airways Selling Avios With A 50% Bonus
Etihad Offering 20% Bonus On Purchased Miles
Capital One Adds JetBlue As Newest Transfer Partner
7 Reasons To Get The Capital One Savor Card
$675+ TAP Business Class Fares From Europe To The US (One-Way)
New Choice Privileges Promo: 8K Points After Two Stays
Citi Double Cash Card: Rewarding No Annual Fee Cash Back Card
Daily Getaways Launches Next Week: Here’s A Preview
Last Day For IHG Premier Card 120K Bonus
IHG’s Summer 2019 Accelerate Promotion
Qatar Airways Business Class Fare Sale From The US
Spectacular Qatar Airways Qsuites Fares From Montreal To Asia!
Radisson Rewards Visa Card 120K Bonus (Best-Ever)
6 Reasons To Get The IHG Premier Card
Which Southwest Credit Card Is Best? (Now With A 60K Bonus!)
Two New Hyatt Promos: Bonus Points For New Hotels + Miraval Deals

TRICKS: Redeeming Miles

Last Chance: Transfer Amex Points To Air France KLM Flying Blue With 25% Bonus
Ugh: British Airways Changing Partner Award Prices
Etihad Awards Now Bookable On American’s Website
Are These British Airways’ New Partner Award Costs?
New Flying Blue Promo Awards For May 2019
Is Redeeming Amex Points For Upgrades A Good Deal?
ANA First Class With Virgin Atlantic Miles: An Incredible Value

TRAVEL With Ben (Lucky)

Cheers: The 6 Best Airplane Bars
11 Things American Airlines Does Well
12 Things United Airlines Does Well
Help Me Pick A New Travel Camera!
Impressions Of Air Europa’s 787-8 Business Class

REVIEWS & Trip Reports

Review: Song Hong Business Lounge Hanoi Airport (Priority Pass)
Lao Airlines ATR 72 Hanoi To Luang Prabang
Review: SriLankan Airlines Business Class A330 Tokyo To Colombo
WestJet’s New 787 Business Class: Almost Amazing, But…
Air Europa’s Impressive Short Haul Business Class

NEWS & Updates

Aer Lingus Launches AerSpace European Business Class
Will American Airlines Fix Unpopular First Class Seats?
New: American Airlines App Boarding Push Notifications
American Flagship Lounge DFW Opening May 16, 2019
Tampa Airport Now Lets You Clear Security When Not Flying
Delta Claims Mumbai Flights Will Resume This Year: Here’s Why I’m Skeptical
Emirates Premium Economy Coming To A380 & 777 In 2020
Etihad & Aeroplan Launch Partnership — Bigger Implications?
Etihad Removing Seatback TVs From Many Planes
Etihad’s Former CEO Has No Regrets (But Probably Should)
Fiji Airways Getting Two A350s With New Business Class Seats
Four Seasons’ Snazzy New A321LR Private Jet
Garuda Indonesia Backtracks On 737 MAX Order Cancelation (Sort Of)
Kenya Airways CEO: “There Is Nothing Lucrative About Flying To New York”
Korean Air Eliminating First Class On Dozens Of Routes
Marriott Sets Sights On Airbnb — Should You Care?
Marriott CEO Diagnosed With Pancreatic Cancer
Wow: Qatar Airways Improving Meal Service In Economy
United Airlines Returns To Africa With Seasonal Cape Town Flights (Now Bookable)


I hope everyone has a great rest of the weekend!

Comments

  1. Don’t know if this is something you want to post but AA expanded Flagship Lounge access for customers flying in business/first on a three cabin aircraft between LAX-BOS/MIA.

  2. “Hawaii and then japan”
    So you secured a seat in ANA A380 first class? If yes, can’t wait to see a tripreport of that !

  3. @Lucky – Did you hear about the chartered Miamiair 737 which crashed into the St. John’s river in Jacksonville (North Florida)?

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