Weekly Review: September 19, 2015

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Happy Saturday!

I’ve taken the week off from traveling, and have spent almost the entire time writing. I love being in the air, but it’s also quite nice to be in a consistent timezone and have time to blog everyday. Hopefully you guys have enjoyed the extra posts as well!

Featured Stories

Help Us Get To The One Direction Concert In Style… Or Not!


Tiffany and I (and several of you!) are heading to London next week for the One Direction concert. We haven’t decided how we’re getting there yet, so thought it would be fun to have a contest.

Obviously deciding our routing won’t be everyone’s idea of fun, but if you’re interested, we’ll give whoever comes up with the routing we end up booking a $200 gift card to the airline or hotel chain of their choice.

How To Get Free United Club Access

United-Club-BostonThere’s an opportunity right now to status match to Copa ConnectMiles, which will give you access to domestic United Clubs.

Travis walks through the process and his experience, which seems very straightforward.


Why Do Lower Annual Fee Cards Often Have Better Bonus Categories?

Credit-CardsReader Rich asked why it is that high annual fee credit cards often have less rewarding bonus categories than lower annual fee credit cards, which I think is an interesting question to look at.

There can be very different reasons for choosing one card over another, and those come into play when examining the bonus categories.

One Week at a Time Logo

TIPS: Earning Miles & Promos

Cheap Hainan Airlines Business Class Fares From Toronto To Beijing
70% Bonus When You Buy Virgin America Elevate Points
British Airways Visa 100K Avios Sign-Up Bonus Is Back (Sort Of)
Why Do Lower Annual Fee Cards Often Have Better Bonus Categories?
Targeted: $80 Off A $400+ W Hotel Stay With Amex Offers
Should You Buy Club Carlson Points With A 30% Bonus?
Great Fares In American A321 Transcon First Class!
Buy Starpoints With 20% Bonus Through September 20, 2015
Last Chance To Earn 5x Points On Gas & Kohl’s
Best Credit Card For American Flyer In Philadelphia?
Last Chance: SPG Amex Increased Sign-Up Bonus
Best Credit Card For Earning American Miles

TRICKS: Redeeming Miles

7 Easy Ways To Keep Miles From Expiring
How Long Do Citi To Air France Points Transfers Take?
My Experience Redeeming Starpoints At Al Maha Desert Resort
SAS All Business Class Flights Between Newark And Copenhagen
British Airways First Class Awards To San Diego Wide Open
40% Off Select British Airways Awards — Good Deal?
3 Myths About SPG Business Amex Lounge Access
JAL Business Class Awards Wide Open Between Dallas And Tokyo

TRAVEL With Ben (Lucky)

My Experience At The SPG Amex US Open Cardmember Event
Little Touches Make The Hotel Experience
How To Deal With Hotels That Ban Photography?
Help Us Get To The One Direction Concert In Style… Or Not!
My Experience At The US Open SPG Suite

REVIEWS & Trip Reports

Review: Austrian A320 Business Class Vienna To Frankfurt
Review: Austrian HON Circle & First Class Lounge Vienna Airport
Review: Park Hyatt Vienna
The Guy Who Rented 37 Cars In 2 Days
Review: Airberlin Lounge Berlin Airport
Review: Grand Hyatt Berlin
Review: Aurora Lounge Stockholm Arlanda Airport

NEWS & Updates

Is It Appropriate To Share First Class Amenities With Economy Passengers?
Lufthansa Business Class Refresh Project Now Complete
Could The Concorde Once Again Take To The Skies?
Qatar 777 Hits Runway Lights, Keeps Flying For 13 Hours
Free TSA Pre-Check Is Officially Over!
All American Flights Grounded Due To Computer Issues
Uber Has Launched In Las Vegas
How To Get Free United Club Access
WOW Air’s $99 Fares To Iceland Are Back
Oops: Hotel Publishes Sex Chat Number On Elite Card
Air India Sacks Overweight Flight Attendants Over Safety Concerns
United, Alaska Planes Fall Down Go Boom At LAX
Tourists Accidentally Killed By Security Forces In Egypt
These Drivers Licenses Soon Won’t Be Valid Airport ID
Fly Finnair’s New A350 Business Class Intra-Europe

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

  1. Trip to London? My preferred way from western Canada is on SQ routing SFO – SIN and after a stopover for a couple days onward with SQ SIN – LHR travelling First and Suites class. Why? We can’t trust LH to actually be flying due to their ongoing strikes situation. Domestic U.S. and Canadian airlines offer only slightly acceptable Business class service at best…..as does British Airways even though they call it and charge for it as First Class.
    Enjoy your concert!

  2. @YEGPSP-Guy I think that’s a really rather roundabout way of doing things. Of course if you enjoy Singapore (and certainly in winter a few days somewhere tropical is always nice) it can be fun but otherwise there are better options.

    And Singapore F is extremely disappointing- certainly hardly better than BA First. Suites Class is something else, but you pay for it, and the ease of earning Avios means that your real spend is probably similar in BA first as in LH business or whatever.

  3. Hi Ben,
    Is there a way to know if my next AA flight will be operated by a refurbished B777-200? How many are now refurbished?

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