Weekly Review: October 8, 2016

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This has once again been a crazy week for me on the travel front. On Monday I returned from Shenzhen to the US, and then just 48 hours later I flew to Hong Kong, which is just 25 miles from where I had been a couple of days prior. That’s because I was taking a trip to review Xiamen Air business & first class, and after that kicked off Ford’s birthday trip to Singapore, Laos, Cambodia, etc.


In terms of news, this has also been an interesting week. Perhaps most significantly, we’ve seen American Express add new benefits to their Platinum Card, including a huge 100K welcome bonus on the business version of the card. We’ve also seen some other great promotions, including bonuses on purchased points, great business class fares, etc.

Now let’s recap all the news of the past week:

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8 Reasons To Get A Delta Amex Small Business Card

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At the moment we’re seeing increased limited time sign-up bonuses on Delta’s co-branded credit cards, including the highest ever bonus on their Platinum card, offering 70,000 bonus miles upon completing minimum spend.

The details of the offers are as follows (there are both personal and business versions of the Gold and Platinum cards):

What’s More Exhausting: Shorthaul Or Longhaul Travel?

Hong-Kong-SunriseWhile I’m always traveling like crazy, the past couple of weeks have been insane even by my standards.

That got me thinking…

I find that short-haul flying can be aggravating. Don’t get me wrong, I love flying no matter where it’s to, but I find that short-haul flying is more likely to be irritating.

My (Shady?) Experience Upgrading To Xiamen Air First Class At The Airport

xiamen-air-787-first-class-4I booked my roundtrip business class ticket from Seattle to Shenzhen for ~$1,580, and as I noted shortly after booking, Xiamen Air has a unique paid upgrade option, where day of departure you can upgrade from economy to business, business to first, or even economy to first. In my case I’d only need to upgrade from business to first, which costs 3,000CNY (~$450).

I had the chance to review business class on the outbound, so was excited at the prospect of reviewing first class on the return.

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TIPS: Earning Miles & Promos

ANA Is Offering Free Wifi On Select Flights… With Restrictions
The St. Regis Langkawi’s Generous Promotion Has Been Extended Into 2017
Is The Amex Business Platinum Card 100K Bonus Worth It?
8 Reasons To Get A Delta Amex Small Business Card
Buy Hilton Points With A 100% Bonus
NEW 100,000 Point Bonus On Amex Platinum Business Card!
INCREDIBLE: ~$1,490 Qatar Business Class Roundtrip From Bangkok To Los Angeles
Are The Amex Platinum Card Changes A Bigger Deal Than I Thought?
Full Details & Analysis On The Amex Platinum Card Changes
Earn 10,000 Bonus Miles For Each Delta Amex Referral
Best Bonus On Purchased Hyatt Points In A Long Time
Amex Spokesperson Confirms New Amex Platinum Airfare Bonus
Confirmed: Amex Platinum Card Will Offer 5x Points On Airfare
Hilton Sweetens Their Current Promotion, Offers Triple Points
Limited Time: 75K Hilton Points & No Annual Fee
Convert Partner Points To Etihad With A 20% Bonus

TRICKS: Redeeming Miles

Is Delta Introducing Variable Partner Airline Award Pricing?
How To Use United Miles
Are Ritz-Carlton Club Upgrades Worth It?
When You Find That *Perfect* Award Seat…
If You Don’t Book These United Awards Now You’ll Pay More Later
Transfer Amex Points To Alitalia With A 25% Bonus

TRAVEL With Ben (Lucky)

My (Shady?) Experience Upgrading To Xiamen Air First Class At The Airport
What’s More Exhausting: Shorthaul Or Longhaul Travel?
Last Call For Chicago Seminars 2016

REVIEWS & Trip Reports

Review: Asiana Business Class Lounge Incheon Airport
Review: Air Astana Business Class 767 Incheon To Almaty
Review: Nest Hotel Incheon Airport
Review: Korean Air First Class 747-8 Vancouver To Incheon
Introduction: Journey To Kazakhstan
Xiamen Air 787 First Class In 10 Pictures
Review: British Airways Club World A380 London To San Francisco

NEWS & Updates

Qatar Airways Orders Up To 100 New Boeing Planes
Is Hilton Considering A New Diamond+ Top Tier Status?
TAP Portugal Will Introduce A New Business Class Product
SkyTeam Makes It Easier To Request Missing Miles
LOT Polish Business Class Awards To/From LAX Readily Available!
Wow: Icelandair’s Next US Destination Will Be Tampa!
Here’s Why Hawaiian Is Weighing Passengers Before Boarding A Boeing 767
Hawaiian Airlines Clarifies Why They Weighed Passengers Traveling To American Samoa
Emirates Unveils Their Latest Jennifer Aniston Ad
Ouch: SriLankan Is Paying 170 Million USD To Cancel A350 Order
LOT Polish Launching Flights Between Los Angeles & Warsaw
Etihad Guest Aligns Elite Benefits & Cuts Lounge Access For Silver Members
Your Chance To Design ANA’s A380
Will American Offer A Credit Card EQD Waiver In 2017?
Painful To Watch: American & British Airways Compare Their Business Class Products
Here’s How Marriott Views Their 31 Hotel Brands
No Surprise: Cathay Pacific Will Shrink Economy Seats
JetBlue Wants The DOT To Revoke Alaska’s Route To Cuba

I hope everyone has a great rest of the weekend!

  1. How long are you in Singapore for, Lucky? Would love to hit you up and grab a drink with you and Ford!

  2. “On Monday I returned from Shenzhen to the US, and then just 48 hours later I flew to Hong Kong, which is just 25 miles from where I had been a couple of days prior”

    Do you have any idea how batshit crazy this makes you sound/or are? Totally and utterly insane. Most likely possessed and cannot snap out of it! The level of radiation your body is absorbing, you should be gravely concerned. You do not value your health and this is sad.

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