A Great Hotel Credit Card Has A Sign-Up Bonus Of Up To 107,500 Points


The Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card is offering the biggest sign-up bonus I ever recall seeing on this card, allowing you to earn up to 107,500 points upon completing minimum spend and adding an authorized user.

Under this new offer on the Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card, you can earn:

— 100,000 Marriott Rewards bonus points after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening
— 7,500 bonus points when you add your first authorized user and they make a purchase within three months

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American’s Premium Economy Is Now On Sale — Here’s What You Need To Know


In late 2015 American announced that they planned on adding a premium economy cabin to much of their longhaul fleet. While the airline has long offered an extra legroom economy section, this is the first time they’re offering an actual premium economy cabin.

The premium economy cabin has debuted on American’s new Boeing 787-9 aircraft, though will eventually also be added to their A330s, 777s, 787-8s, and A350s.

Up until now American has been operating the 787-9 on several routes, though hasn’t actually been selling premium economy. Instead they’ve been letting passengers who have access to Main Cabin Extra assign seats there.

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United’s Leggings Fiasco: The False Narrative Needs To Stop


If you’ve been on a plane or under a rock, you might have missed the story of the two young women who were denied boarding a United flight from Denver to Minneapolis yesterday. I get that manufactured outrage and hot takes are a way of life in 2017. I don’t love it.

The news cycle is driven by these stories, and outlets often have no choice but to participate in the frenzy or be left behind. I mean, I really would rather be spending my day writing my overdue report on Swiss First (sneak peek: it was amazing, and they had fondue onboard), but even here at OMAAT we’re being inundated with questions about this story.

Which wouldn’t even be a story, if folks could acknowledge that they might not have had all the facts initially, and would stop perpetuating a false narrative and witch hunt. Just as United apologized for their initial tweets, Shannon Watts and others should retract theirs, or at the very least recognize that they didn’t have their facts straight.

And as so often happens, the more attention this story gets, the murkier the facts become, and the details are obscured by sensationalism.

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Mini-Review: United Polaris In-Flight Dining With The New Spring Menu


The new United Polaris soft product rolled out in December, and features improved dining and bedding options. The new United Polaris Lounge in Chicago opened at the same time, and added restaurant-style dining in mid-January. And the new all-aisle access seats have recently debuted, albeit on a very limited number of routes.

The new seats won’t be installed fleet-wide for years — and it seems that might even be optimistic — the in-flight Polaris experience is all about the bedding and the meal service. My family flew United Polaris in January and found the food to be a distinct improvement over the past, both with the selection and the quality.

Well, apparently United is planning on revising the menu on a quarterly basis. I recently had a chance to sample some of the new offerings which rolled out March 1st.

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Cathay Pacific & Lufthansa Announce A New Partnership


Global airline alliances are so two decades ago. Nowadays we’re seeing these alliances deemphasized, and in the meantime we’re seeing joint ventures and individual strategic cooperations increasing in importance. After all, with how big the global alliances have gotten, there’s only so much that the airlines have in common across the board.

Well, Cathay Pacific (a member of oneworld) and Lufthansa (a member of Star Alliance) have just announced a partnership. Here’s how they’re describing it:

— Cathay Pacific Airways, Lufthansa, Swiss and Austrian Airlines, sign code-share and frequent flyer agreement
Shared flights will mean numerous benefits for passengers
— Connecting flights via Hong Kong to Australia and New Zealand under same flight number in future

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10 Best Credit Card Offers For March


Every month I make a post with what I consider to be the best credit card sign-up bonuses of the month.

While there are several excellent long standing credit card offers, the specifics of the best offers are constantly changing (be it the annual fee, minimum spend requirement, or even amount of the sign-up bonus).

If you read my blog on a daily basis then by all means skip this post, but for me it’s a useful, “current” place to refer people who ask about which cards they should sign-up for, a question I get on a daily basis.

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WOW Air Is Adding Flights To Chicago In July 2017


In 2015, Icelandic low cost carrier WOW Air began flights between Iceland and the US, and they’ve been growing like crazy in North America ever since.

In March 2015, WOW Air launched flights between Keflavik (just outside Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik) and Boston, while in June 2015 they launched flights to Baltimore.

Their expansion in North America has been quick, as last year WOW Air has launched flights to Montreal, Toronto, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Newark, and they’ll be adding flights to Miami as of next month, and Pittsburgh as of June 2017.

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ExpertFlyer Adds Flight Schedule Alerts


ExpertFlyer is a subscription based service that I find valuable. A subscription costs $99 per year, and there is quite a bit of value you can get out of it:

— You can see fare class inventory and fare rules for a vast majority of airlines
— You can search award availability on select airlines
— You can look at seatmaps for specific flights on many airlines
— Most useful of all is that you can set alerts, so that you’ll be emailed when a specific seat opens up, specific fare class opens up, award seat opens up, etc. (though for award seats it only works on select airlines)

If you’re a frequent flyer, I think having an ExpertFlyer subscription is well worth it.

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The Reason United Is Putting Brand New 777-300ERs In Storage

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No, it doesn’t involve leggings. 😉

United is in the process of rolling out their new international premium cabin experience, which they’re calling Polaris. This includes new seats, improved service, etc. The issue is that while the new soft product has already been rolled out, it’s supposed to be at least five years until the entire fleet has the new seats.

However, last week we learned it could be even longer than that. It was revealed that United is having issues with Zodiac, the designer of their new Polaris seats. It’s being reported that Zodiac is experiencing “fiscal and operational challenges,” which will be causing “significant disruptions and delays” to the product they can offer.

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Why United’s Non-Rev Dress Code Might Actually Be Sexist


A story went really viral yesterday about United non-rev passengers traveling from Denver to Minneapolis being told they needed to change out of leggings if they wanted to get on a flight. A Twitter user on a different flight observed the situation unfolding at the gate, and assumed United was applying this dress code to revenue passengers.

My theory was that these were in fact non-revs, as a dress code does apply to those passengers. United eventually confirmed that this was in fact the case.

With that in mind, let’s look at the situation a bit more closely:

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SPG Amex Vs. Hilton Amex — Which Limited Time Sign-Up Bonus Is Better?


American Express’ co-branded hotel credit cards are on fire at the moment. We’re seeing huge increased sign-up bonuses on both the Hilton and Starwood co-brand cards.

The details of the increased Starwood Amex bonuses (which expire on April 5, 2017) are as follows:

— The Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express is offering 25,000 Starpoints after spending $3,000 within three months, plus an additional 10,000 Starpoints after spending another $2,000 within six months; $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95
— The Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express is offering 25,000 Starpoints after spending $5,000 within three months, plus an additional 10,000 Starpoints after spending another $3,000 within six months; $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95

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Review: Air France Lounge San Francisco Airport

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Our flight from San Francisco to Seoul Incheon was departing at 11:30AM, and we arrived at the airport plenty early, at around 8AM. Korean Air departs from International Terminal A at SFO, and they use check-in Zone 9. Their check-in only opened at 8:10AM, so they were just setting up as we arrived.

The check-in process was friendly and quick, and we were soon handed boarding passes all the way to Kathmandu, and invitations to the British Airways Lounge, which Korean Air uses for their premium passengers at SFO.

Often security at SFO’s international terminals is horrible, though fortunately we arrived ahead of the big rush, and we were through security in a matter of minutes. While SFO’s Terminal 2 and International Terminal G are quite nice, I find that the shopping and food options are fairly limited in International Terminal A.

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The Best Way To Book American’s A321 Transcon First Class


American offers a pretty solid product in first & business class on their transcon flights. At least the hard product is great, while the service and food are just okay. American is the only airline still offering three classes of service from New York to both Los Angeles and San Francisco.

These specially configured A321 have 10 reverse herringbone seats in first class. Having direct aisle access from every seat in a cabin on a domestic flight is pretty awesome, though do keep in mind these are the same seats that American uses in business class on their 777-300ERs.

Meanwhile in business class American has fully flat seats in a 2-2 configuration. So the product is more in line with the hard products offered by Delta and United.

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Here’s Why United Was (Probably) Right To Deny Boarding To A Girl In Leggings


There’s an interesting situation that’s getting a bit of attention on Twitter today about a lady who witnessed a few girls be denied boarding off a United flight because they were wearing leggings.

The Twitter user was flying from Denver to Mexico City, while she witnessed the situation unfold for a flight from Denver to Minneapolis (I’m not sure how exactly that happened, but…). Anyway, here are the Twitter posts about the situation:

Understandably this sounds horrible, given that leggings are a very common article of clothing for women to wear. I see women of all ages wear them all the time. This caused some people to ask about the race of the girls being denied boarding. Was this gate agent being sexist, racist, or something else?

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