Weekly Review: October 14, 2017

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Ford and I are in Hawaii this week for his birthday. This is my first time actually spending any substantial amount of time in Hawaii in a very long time, and we’ve had a lot of fun so far. I don’t love the timezone in terms of working, but other than that, it has been awesome. We’re visiting three different islands over our time here, so I’ll have a full review when this trip is over.

On the points and travel front, this week we’ve seen some great Amex Offers, more details of United’s reconfigured 777-200s, a new visa restriction between the US and Turkey, Emirates changing up their New Zealand strategy, and much more.

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

Featured Stories

Is The Delta Amex Companion Certificate Worth It?

Through November 8, 2017, both the Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express & Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express are offering sign-up bonuses of 70,000 SkyMiles plus 10,000 Medallion Qualifying Miles after spending $4,000 within three months, plus a $100 statement credit after making a Delta purchase within the first three months. The cards have $195 annual fees.

I consider these to be exceptional sign-up bonuses. I value SkyMiles at ~1.2 cents each, and after you add the statement credit and subtract the annual fee, I consider each of those sign-up bonuses to be worth ~$745, which is an incredible bonus. That doesn’t even factor in the 10,000 MQMs, which could be really valuable if going for status with Delta.

There’s one perk that I haven’t talked about much in the past, that I think is worth covering. Specifically, both the Platinum Delta Personal Amex and Platinum Delta Business Amex offer a free domestic main cabin companion certificate upon your account renewal every year. There are some terms associated with this, though this can easily get you outsized value compared to the $195 annual fee.


Interline Agreements Vs. Codeshare Agreements Vs. Alliances Vs. Joint Ventures

Airline partnerships are more complex and advanced than ever before, both for the better and worse.

About 20 years ago the Star Alliance was formed, which was revolutionary at the time. SkyTeam and oneworld quickly joined the scene, and while they all still exist, the focus lately has been on joint ventures. After all, with these alliances having so many members, how much can these loosely affiliated airlines really have in common?

I frequently get questions from readers asking to explain the difference between these various agreements, so I figured it would be fun to do that in this post.


Great Deal: Amex Is Offering A 30% Bonus For Virgin Atlantic Points Transfers

American Express Membership Rewards is offering a 30% bonus on points transfers to Virgin Atlantic Flying Club through November 30, 2017. This is the points currency accrued on cards like The Platinum Card® from American ExpressThe Business Platinum® Card from American Express, American Express® Gold Card, etc.

Ordinarily points transfer at a 1:1 ratio (in 1,000 point increments), while through this promotion you’d get 1,300 Flying Club miles for every 1,000 Membership Rewards points transferred.


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TIPS: Earning Miles & Promos

Crunching The Numbers On The SPG Business Amex Sign-Up Bonus
The New British Airways Card Sign-Up Bonus
Review: Amex Business Platinum Card
Today Only: Earn 6-10 United Miles Per Dollar Spent With Apple
Is The Delta Amex Companion Certificate Worth It?
British Airways Is Offering Double Avios Through The End Of The Year
AWESOME: Save $60 On An SPG Stay With Amex Offers
The Single Best Perk Of The SPG Business Amex
Up To 10K Hilton Bonus Points For Those With The Amex Platinum Card
30K Amex Bonus Points For $300 Spend With Yelp Ads
Awesome Deal: 20% Off An Amazon Purchase (Save Up To $50)
Alaska Is Offering A Flash Sale On The Purchase Of Miles
Final Call For The Citi Executive AAdvantage Card 75K Sign-Up Bonus?
How To Buy A Discounted Delta SkyClub Day Pass
Awesome Amex Offer: 5K Bonus Points For An Amazon Prime Membership

TRICKS: Redeeming Miles

Convert Hotel Points Into United Miles And Get A 30% Bonus
6 United Awards To Book Before November 1st
Great Deal: 39K Amex Points For Delta Business Class To Europe
You Can Now Earn & Redeem World Of Hyatt Points For IfOnly Experiences
The Most Expensive Points Redemption In The History Of Points Redemptions?
LifeMiles Introduces Discounted Shorthaul Awards For US Travel
WIDE OPEN: 18K Amex Points For Flat Bed Business Class Across The US
Great Deal: Amex Is Offering A 30% Bonus For Virgin Atlantic Points Transfers

TRAVEL With Lucky

Interline Agreements Vs. Codeshare Agreements Vs. Alliances Vs. Joint Ventures
My Frustration With Airline Crews Regulating Window Shade Usage
How I Plan On Using The Platinum Delta Amex To Earn Status
Airline Mistake Fares — Are They Worth Booking Anymore?

REVIEWS & Trip Reports

Hawaiian Airlines A330 First Class In 10 Pictures
Introduction: Visiting Pandas In China
Review: Jet Airways 737-800 Economy Class Chennai To Mumbai
Review: United MileagePlus Club Card (With Big New Sign-Up Bonus)
Review: Air India 747-400 First Class Delhi To Chennai
Review: Amex Blue Business Plus Credit Card
Review: Hawaiian Airlines Extra Comfort A330 Kahului to Los Angeles

NEWS & Updates

United’s 747 Farewell Video
You No Longer Have To Check-In For Delta Flights
United Is Adding 23-25 Seats To Their Reconfigured 777-200s
Pittsburgh Airport Gets A Priority Pass Lounge
Finnair Operated Their Last Friday The 13th Flight 666 To HEL Today
Awesome: British Airways Helps An Aunt Get To Hong Kong For 24 Hours
Southwest Airlines Will Start Flying To Hawaii
Ah, So That’s How Much Priority Pass Pays Per Restaurant Visit
Pakistan International Airlines Finally Cutting Flights To The US?
Emirates Cancels Two Daily A380 Flights To New Zealand
What Will Mandalay Bay Do With The Las Vegas Shooter’s Hotel Room?
Alaska Airlines Now Lets You Pre-Order First Class Meals
Flying Turkish Airlines During The Current Visa Spat
Turkey Suspends Visa Issuance For Americans
Plastic Surgery Leaves Travelers Stranded With Passports That Don’t Match Their Faces
Casey Neistat Reviews Qatar Airways A350 Business Class
Video: Cargo Catches Fire While Being Loaded Onto American 777-300ER At Hong Kong Airport
It’s Official: Airberlin Is Shutting Down By October 28, 2017
Air France’s A380s Are Getting A New First & Business Class… Eventually


I hope everyone has a great rest of the weekend!

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