Weekly Review: November 24, 2018

Hello from Miami! I spent last weekend in St. Kitts, and have had a mostly quiet week with family celebrating Thanksgiving (happy Thanksgiving to all those in the US). I’m happy to be on the ground for a bit, but am excited for my next trip, which will be to Bora Bora in about a week.

On the points and travel front, this week we saw lots of programs offer new promotions on purchased miles, LifeMiles launched an award sale, Barclays introduced a new Arrival Plus 70K welcome bonus, we saw some great Black Friday promos, and more.

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

Featured Stories

Impressions Of The Park Hyatt St. Kitts

I just wrapped up a four night stay at the Park Hyatt St. Kitts. This property just opened last year, and I know a lot of you have either already stayed here, or have upcoming stays at the hotel.

As many Hyatt loyalists can attest to, it’s nice to have a luxury points property so close to the US, which is likely why there’s so much interest in the hotel. Oh, and the hotel also had one heck of a promotion shortly after opening.

So while I’ll have a full trip report soon, in this post I wanted to share my initial impressions of the hotel.


The 22 Credit Cards In My Wallet Right Now

It has been nearly six months since I’ve shared my full credit card inventory, so I figured it’s time for an update.

I think this is especially useful given how many new credit cards we’ve seen introduced lately. Interestingly I have roughly same number of credit cards I had over six months ago, though in the process I’ve applied for a few new cards, and have also canceled a couple of cards.

In this post I wanted to first share a brief intro regarding how applying for credit cards impacts your credit score, then I’ll talk about what goes into my credit card decision making process, and then I’ll share the cards I have open.


LifeMiles’ Star Alliance Award Sale (Including First Class Redemptions!)

LifeMiles is one of the most useful frequent flyer programs out there, in my opinion, given that they frequently sell miles at a discount, and have great award redemption rates.

So they’re often my go-to program for booking premium cabin Star Alliance awards.

At the moment LifeMiles is offering a discount on award redemptions, and you can even fly first class between the US and Asia for as little as 72,000 miles one-way, which is incredible.


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TIPS: Earning Miles & Promos

Which Spark Business Card Offer Is Better: 200K Miles Or $2,000?
10 Best Credit Card Offers For November 2018
Targeted Amex Platinum CardMatch Offer Still Available
Great Deal: Score A HUGE Discount On A Saks Purchase
Qatar Airways Qsuites Award With One Credit Card Bonus
7 Reasons The Ink Business Preferred Is The Best Business Credit Card
5 Great Opportunities To Buy Points
Great Deal: Buy Fairmont Gift Cards With 20% Bonus
Great Deal: 12% Cash Back On Marriott Stays
The 22 Credit Cards In My Wallet Right Now
Save $1,000 On A Cathay Pacific Business Class Ticket
Radisson Rewards Offering 100% Bonus On Purchased Points
Best LifeMiles Promo Of The Year: Buy Miles With A 145% Bonus
3 Hours Only: Buy A Fairmont Gift Card With A 20% Bonus
Incredible British Airways Business Class Fare Sale Departing London
WOW: Barclaycard Arrival Plus 70K Bonus With Annual Fee Waived
American Offering Black Friday Bonus On Purchased Miles
AMAZING DEAL: Easy 20% Off Amazon Purchase
Excellent Air China Black Friday Business Class Deals From Europe to Asia and Australia
Best Ever: Aegean Offering 100% Bonus On Purchased Miles
Staying With Kimpton This Winter? Don’t Forget The Secret Social Password
The Must-Have Chase Business Card Trifecta

TRICKS: Redeeming Miles

How To Redeem Barclaycard Arrival Plus Miles
The Trick To Booking Virgin Atlantic Award Seats With Velocity Points
LifeMiles’ Star Alliance Award Sale (Including First Class Redemptions!)

TRAVEL With Lucky

The Curse Of The Traveler
Shocking: My Air Belgium Refund Finally Came Through!

REVIEWS & Trip Reports

Review: Singapore Airlines Business Class A330 Ahmedabad To Singapore
Impressions Of The Park Hyatt St. Kitts
Review: Crowne Plaza Changi Airport
Review: Air Margaritaville Miami Airport (Priority Pass Restaurant)

NEWS & Updates

Alaska Airlines Launches Saver Fares (AKA Basic Economy)
Singapore Airlines Struggling To Sell Premium Economy On The World’s Longest Flights
Qatar Airways Will Fly A380 To Frankfurt
LAX Terminal 1 Gets A Priority Pass Restaurant
Don’t Do This: Man Protests Cancelled Flight By Setting Fire To Luggage
Bizarre: LOT Polish Asks Passengers For Cash To Pay For Repairs
Joon Is Turning Head Rests Into Flat Beds
EL AL Passengers File Lawsuit Over Controversial Shabbat Flight
EL AL Flight Diverts Over Shabbat Violence
How An EL AL Captain Tricked Passengers Into Taking A Flight
What’s The Deal With Delta’s Partner Lounge Access?
CLEAR Is Expanding To JFK Terminal 4
Amex Plans To Open Centurion Lounge In Charlotte
American Airlines’ Employee Survey: Commendable Or Stupid?
American Will Fly Boeing 777-300ER To Tokyo Haneda
American Will Fly Their Awful 737 MAX To Brazil
Air France Will Retire Five A380s, Refresh The Remaining Five
More Details On British Airways’ New(ish) First Class
American Airlines’ Secret Customer “Eagle Rating”
Is “Marriott Bonvoy” The Name Of Marriott’s New Loyalty Program?


I hope everyone has a great rest of the week!

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