Weekly Review: November 30, 2019

Weekly Review: November 30, 2019


Hello from Florida and happy Thanksgiving! I’m grateful to have spent the past several days with family in Florida celebrating the holidays. Since we are in different parts of the state we decided to all meet in Sarasota, so I’ll have a hotel review about that shortly. Winston liked that we were within driving distance for this trip, so that he could join us as well.

This has been my one full week in Florida, and then for the next two weeks I’ll be traveling almost nonstop on review trips, as I still have quite a few airline products to knock out before the end of the year.

On the points & travel front, this week we saw lots of deals for Black Friday/Cyber Monday, Air Canada’s Aeroplan system conversion continued (and it’s somewhat of a mess), Hong Kong Airlines is fighting for survival, Delta’s new transatlantic joint venture was formally approved, and more.

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

Featured Stories

Las Alcobas Napa Valley Hotel Review

After two incredible nights at the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, our next stop was Napa Valley for three nights, where we booked Las Alcobas, a Marriott Luxury Collection property that I’ve been wanting to check out for a while.

Rates at Las Alcobas are highly variable, both seasonally and based on the day of week. We were visiting Monday through Thursday in mid-November, which is probably as off-peak as it gets.

Air Canada System Conversion Update: Not Great For Aeroplan

Last week I gave you the rundown of Air Canada’s planned transition to a new Amadeus reservation system, scheduled to occur from 8pm EST on November 18 to some time on November 19. During the outage there would be no booking services available whatsoever; not online, not by phone, not even in person. Of course, Aeroplan reward bookings, which rely on the Air Canada booking system, would also be down during that period.

Well, shocking no one, the transition hasn’t exactly been smooth sailing.

LifeMiles Offering Best Promo Of The Year: 150% Bonus With No Minimums

LifeMiles has just launched their best promotion of the year on purchased miles for OMAAT readers. So if you’ve been holding off on buying LifeMiles, this is the time to do so.

Through Tuesday, December 3, 2019, LifeMiles is offering a special 150% bonus to OMAAT readers, which is the best promotion we’ve seen from them on purchased miles in a long time. Otherwise, the absolute best bonus is typically for 145%.

One Week at a Time

TIPS: Earning Miles & Promos

World of Hyatt Credit Card Review (2019)
Buy Hilton Points For 0.5 Cents Each (Last Chance)
Buy Radisson Rewards Points With 100% Bonus
LifeMiles Offering Best Promo Of The Year: 150% Bonus With No Minimums
American Express Green Card Review (2019)
Buy Hyatt Gift Cards For 10% Off
Chase Ink Business Preferred Card Review (2019)
Via Offering $15 Rides To Manhattan From LGA
Great Deal: Buy Fairmont Gift Cards With 20% Bonus
Buy United MileagePlus Miles With A Bonus
Staying At A Kimpton? Don’t Forget The Secret Social Password
Aegean Offering 100% Bonus On Purchased Miles
American’s Black Friday Promo On Purchased Miles
Chase Ink Business Unlimited Card Review (2019)
8 Great Opportunities To Buy Points
Buy Best Western Gift Cards With 20% Bonus
Chase Ink Business Cash Card Review (2019)

TRICKS: Redeeming Miles

Transfer Select Hotel Points To Aeroplan With 35% Bonus
Ouch: Aegean Devalues Star Alliance Award Chart
HURRY: Wide Open Business Class Awards To The Tokyo Olympics
LifeMiles’ Star Alliance Award Sale (Including For First Class)
New Flying Blue Promo Awards For December 2019

TRAVEL With Ben (Lucky)

Air Canada System Conversion Update: Not Great For Aeroplan
These Are The 6 Credit Cards I Use Most

REVIEWS & Trip Reports

Introduction: A California Points Hotel Adventure
Review: Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills
Review: Las Alcobas Napa Valley

NEWS & Updates

Air Tanzania Plane Impounded (Again), This Time In Canada
Airbus Damages British Airways A350
Sad: Air France Quietly Retires First A380
Powdered Deodorant Leads To Arrest At W Hotel Singapore
Finnair Cancels 275+ Flights Due To “Support Strike”
Approved: Delta, Air France-KLM, And Virgin Atlantic Joint Venture
LATAM Adds Miami Flights Following American Breakup
Amex Launching In-App Restaurant Reservations
United Airlines Closing SFO Arrivals Lounge
American Airlines Increasing Service To Israel (Before Even Launching Flights)
United Scales Back Hong Kong Flights Even Further
Terrifying: Fumes Nearly Incapacitate Both Pilots On British Airways A320
Lufthansa CEO: “Flight Shaming” Is “Fake News”
EL AL To Trial Nonstop Flights To Melbourne, Australia
First Chinese Airline Launches Iceland Flights
American Airlines Increases Flights To Santiago & Sao Paulo
Uh Oh: Hong Kong Airlines Can’t Afford To Pay Staff
FAA Fining Lufthansa For Operating “Illegal” US Flights
KLM’s New Flagship Crown Lounge Now Fully Open
Hong Kong Airlines Ends All Long Haul Flights
Emirates Sets World Record For Most Nationalities On A Flight
Oops: KLM’s 11 Hour Flight To Nowhere
Hong Kong Airlines Suspends Inflight Entertainment
Berlin Brandenburg Airport To Open October 2020, Only Nine Years Late
Cool Job: UK Hiring “Director Of Royal Travel”

I hope everyone has a great rest of the weekend!

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