Hours Remaining For 3 Great Citi Credit Card Offers

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I’ll make this post pretty quick, but basically there are three excellent Citi cards with offers changing in the coming hours. I’m having to pull the links to these cards this afternoon, and I suspect they’ll be pulled from other channels around the same time. I’ve written about these cards extensively, though just to recap, here are the cards to consider:

75,000 points with the Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature Card

This excellent no annual fee credit card has an increased sign-up bonus at the moment. 75,000 points for a no annual fee card is an excellent bonus. Keep in mind that holding onto credit cards long term helps your credit score (as it raises your average age of accounts), and a no annual fee card is the ideal option for accomplishing this.

For more information, see this post.

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Air France & KLM Publish Most Extensive Promo Award List In Years

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One of the best uses of Air France/KLM FlyingBlue miles is booking their Promo Awards.

FlyingBlue publishes these every month, and they offer 20-50% off select award tickets on Air France and KLM metal.

Back in the day Promo Awards would consistently be for 50% off and would have a good number of options in business class, though unfortunately they’ve devalued the promotion somewhat since then, and the discounts are now pretty consistently for 25% off. That’s still very good, just not as good.

FlyingBlue just published their latest Promo Awards. These are valid for bookings made between September 1 and September 30, 2016 (meaning they’ll be bookable starting tomorrow), and for travel between November 1 and December 31, 2016.

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Register Now To Earn Double Points With Hilton

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Last week Hilton HHonors revealed the details of their next promotion, which is essentially an extension of the other global promotions they’ve offered in 2016.

Hilton HHonors will continue to offer double base points for stays between September 1 and December 31, 2016. All hotels are participating, and there’s no minimum stay requirement.

The reason for this post is that registration is now open for Hilton’s Double Up promotion. Registration is required prior to check-out of your first eligible stay in order to earn bonus points for all stays. Bonus points should post withins six to eight weeks of an eligible stay.

Here are FAQs regarding the promotion, along with the full terms & conditions:

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Save 35% On Points Redemptions At Starwood Resorts

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Starwood has just announced a promotion offering 35% off free night redemptions at select resorts through February 28, 2017.

This promotion almost exactly mirrors the ones offered by Starwood in 2015, 2014, and 2013, though it’s slightly better than before.

This 35% off promotion is valid at the following properties:

To make a booking through this offer, simply call Starwood customer service — these can’t be booked online.

This promotion is stackable with fifth night free.

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Is This The Ideal Air Astana Business Class Itinerary?

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Monday I wrote about my new obsession with Air Astana. It’s an airline I didn’t know much about before Monday, though they actually seem to run a pretty cool, quirky operation. I mean, if this isn’t, um, quirky, I don’t know what is:

As I explained, when I find an airline that fascinates me I sort of drop everything I’m doing and spend a couple of hours researching. While the immediate distraction probably isn’t a good thing, I can’t get over how lucky I am that this is sorta kinda my job. In the case of Air Astana, I was intrigued by their 767 business class product, which looks really solid. They also have the newest fleet of 767s in the world.

I presented a possible itinerary I was considering on Air Astana from Kuala Lumpur to Istanbul.

Half of the reason I post about trips I’m considering is so I can bounce ideas off you guys and see if you guys can improve them. And boy, you guys sure didn’t let me down.

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KLM’s Hilariously Simplistic New Ad Campaign

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KLM has just unveiled their latest ad campaign, which is hilariously simplistic. The campaign’s tagline is KLM — It’s An Airline. They’ve launched a site dedicated to the campaign at itsanairline.com.

KLM has long been a quirky airline, and this ad sums that up perfectly. Yes, KLM’s new ad campaign is all about how they’re an airline. And about how they fly passengers. And about what airports are.

Don’t believe me? Here’s the first video they released, explaining how KLM is an airline:

Once you understand that concept, you might be interested to learn about what airports are:

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Is This The Worst Lyft Passenger Ever?

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Nowadays just about everyone has the ability to film situations on the spot thanks to smartphones, which is probably a blessing and a curse.

Well, for a recent Lyft passenger, it was probably a curse. Essentially this lady was offended by the driver’s dashboard doll, and proceeds to chew him out over it. She doesn’t just tell him it offends her, but demands that he remove the doll, and then lectures him for several minutes.

Perhaps worst of all she’s filming the situation thinking that she’s in the right, and talking about how she’s going to humiliate him and upload the video go Gawker (hah). Meanwhile the driver does an amazing job maintaining his composure.

Here’s the video:

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Surprise! Delta Increases Award Rates Without Notice

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Ever since Delta deleted their award charts overnight they’ve taken a rather opaque approach to award pricing. In news that will surprise absolutely no one, Delta SkyMiles has implemented an unannounced price increase on business class awards awards today.

I’m pretty sure this just happened in the last hour, so updates could still be trickling through the system, but at this point it looks like the price increase is limited to business class awards to Europe.

The number of SkyMiles required for a one-way award to Europe increases from 62,500 miles one-way, to 70,000 one-way, for travel effective January 1, 2017.

Look at the price difference for Los Angeles and Moscow on Aeroflot (which Ben and I just booked earlier today!), between December 31st and January 1st:

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Increased Sign-Up Bonus On Asiana Credit Card

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In terms of lesser known US credit cards, Bank of America issues the Asiana Visa Signature Card, and it has an increased sign-up bonus at the moment. The card usually has a rather sad sign-up bonus of 10,000 miles, though at the moment you can earn 30,000 bonus miles after making $3,000 or more in purchases within the first 90 days of account opening.

The card has a $99 annual fee, which isn’t waived the first year.

The card also offers some spend bonus categories, including double points on gas and groceries. That still wouldn’t be my go to card for those purchases, as I’d rather use the Amex EveryDay® Preferred Credit Card (which offers up to 4.5x points at U.S. supermarkets and up to 3x points at U.S. gas stations) or Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express (which offers 2x points at U.S. supermarkets and gas stations).

However, there are a couple of things that may make this card worth considering.

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When Will The Chase Sapphire Reserve 100K Bonus Expire?

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The Chase Sapphire Reserve Card became available last week, and I’ve written about it extensively. The card has a big 100,000 point sign-up bonus upon completing minimum spend, though the card is so much more than that.

The card also has a $300 annual travel credit (that can be applied towards any eligible travel purchases), triple points on dining and travel, and much more. The way I view it, since I value the travel credit more or less at face value, long term it’s like paying $150 per year for a card offering triple points on dining and travel, which I consider to be very worthwhile.

I’ve been getting a ton of questions about the card, though probably the question I’ve been getting more than any other is for how long the Chase Sapphire Reserve 100,000 point sign-up bonus will be available.

The short answer is we don’t know. But because people have asked, I’ll certainly speculate and share my perception of the situation:

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BOOKED: Aeroflot, Air Serbia, AZAL Azerbaijan, And Ukraine!

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My obsession this year has been reviewing new airlines, and it’s something I’ve found to be indescribably enjoyable. We all have weird hobbies, and trying new airlines has become my latest obsession.

I’ve reviewed a lot of new airlines so far this year, and on Sunday shared the next 13 airlines I want to review.

Well, Tiffany and I have been working on planning a trip, and I’m happy to report that we’ve now ticketed one that will check four of those airlines off the list.

Are you ready to hear about some craziness? To start, here’s the trip on a map:

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OpenSkies Introduces Free Uber Rides For Business Class Passengers

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There are a few airlines out there offering complimentary chauffeur service for first & business class passengers, though the restrictions associated with the services vary. Some only offer the service to full fare passengers, some only offer it at certain airports, etc.

Well, transatlantic airline OpenSkies has just introduced an innovative new type of chauffeur service. For those of you not familiar, OpenSkies is British Airways’ subsidiary which operates flights between New York (both JFK and Newark) and Paris Orly Airport.

They have fully flat business class seats, and while it’s not the most modern product anymore, the experience overall feels pretty intimate, thanks to the premium heavy 757s they operate (though they also now have a 767 in their fleet).

No doubt OpenSkies is facing more competition in their market due to La Compagnie, which offers all business class service between New York and Paris. While La Compagnie’s hard product isn’t as good, their fares are exceptional.

Anyway, it looks like OpenSkies is trying to find a way to differentiate themselves and add services for business class passengers.

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Have You Ever Volunteered Your Hotel Room?

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The practice of overselling flights is pretty common in the airline industry. This happens when a flight ends up with more ticketed passengers than it can carry, for whatever reason. If the situation hasn’t resolved itself by the time the plane is ready to board, the airline is required to start soliciting passengers who might be willing to take an alternative flight in exchange for compensation.

Sometimes, however, they are unsuccessful at getting enough folks to voluntarily give up their seat and instead have to resort to denying boarding to some passengers involuntarily. As you can expect, this latter case can really start to tick people off. “You mean I bought a ticket for this flight, but you don’t have a seat for me!??! WTF!!!

Hotels can end up in a similar situation, only instead of running out of seats, they run out of rooms. They even have their own industry jargon — instead of getting bumped from a flight, you get walked to another hotel. (Why you can’t just get in your car and drive, I don’t know.)

The difference, at least I always thought, was that hotels don’t actually try to solicit volunteers to give up their rooms but instead just start walking folks when their inventory is depleted. If you check in late, and there’s no room in the inn, well too bad for you.

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My Experience Redeeming Etihad Miles On Air Serbia

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In June, Air Serbia began operating a 5x weekly flight between Belgrade and New York, using an Airbus A330 aircraft that they took over from Jet Airways. This represents the airline’s first longhaul route, so is an exciting development for them.

When the route first launched, Air Serbia generously let me run a giveaway for two business class tickets on the new service, which a lucky reader won. I’ve been wanting to try the new route since it was launched, though of course want to pay for the ticket myself.

As I explained in a previous post, the best way to redeem miles on Air Serbia is through the Etihad Guest program, which is transfer partners with American Express Membership Rewards and Citi ThankYou.

Well, I just redeemed miles for Tiffany and me to fly from Belgrade to New York (more details on the overall trip shortly), and figured I’d share my experience.

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