Weekly Review: October 3, 2015

How is it October already?!?

This week was spent on a whirlwind trip to London, where several blog readers and I saw One Direction at the O2 Arena. Even though it was a quick trip, we had a great time, and really lucked out with the weather.

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Featured Stories

Dear Virgin Atlantic: Please Get Rid Of Your Onboard Bar

Virgin-Atlantic-Bar-1I love Virgin Atlantic.

And I love onboard bars.

But the current seating arrangement and execution is borderline painful, particularly if you’re in the last three or four rows of the business class cabin.


Is The Copa 150,000 Bonus Mile Promotion Mileage Runnable?

Panama, the crossroads of the world, or at least the western hemisphere

Copa Airlines is offering a promotion for 150,000 bonus miles if you fly their new routes.

Travis walks through how to maximize the promo, and goes over the economics to determine if mileage running to earn the 150k miles makes sense.

 


Deciding Which Miles To Use

Which-miles-treeIf you’ve properly diversified your miles, you may find yourself having almost too many options when it comes time to book an award trip. How do you decide which miles to use, or which award is the best value for your situation?

Tiffany goes through her process, and shares tips on how to choose a mileage currency for a given trip.

 


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TIPS: Earning Miles & Promos

Has The British Airways AARP Discount Finally Been Discontinued?
Amazing Deal: $31 Flights On JetBlue!
Changes Coming To Cathay Pacific Marco Polo Club In 2016
Is The Copa 150,000 Bonus Mile Promotion Mileage Runnable?
Amex Small Business Saturday Won’t Offer Statement Credits in 2015
10 Best Credit Card Offers For September
Last Day For 75,000 Hilton Points And No Annual Fee
It’s A Baby Boy! And How I Finished My Summer Hyatt Promotion

TRICKS: Redeeming Miles

How To Redeem Miles On Air India To/From San Francisco
Deciding Which Miles To Use

TRAVEL With Lucky

Dear Virgin Atlantic: Please Get Rid Of Your Onboard Bar
The Guy Who Got Upgraded On My Delta Flight Chimes In!
When Should You Switch Seats On A Plane?
Apparently Being A Douchebag *Can* Score You An Upgrade!

REVIEWS & Trip Reports

My First Experience With Airbnb
When Using Points Doesn’t Make Sense
Review: Delta One 767 Los Angeles To London
We Skipped Lufthansa First Class For This?!?
Review: Delta SkyClub Los Angeles Airport
Review: Delta One Check-In Los Angeles Airport
Review: Air Canada Lounge Los Angeles Airport
Review: Airspace Lounge San Diego Airport
Review: Delta SkyClub San Diego Airport
Review: Ritz-Carlton Marina Del Rey

NEWS & Updates

United’s Newest Global Safety Video
Transaero Will Cease Operations Any Day
Is This The Strangest Flight Schedule You’ve Seen?
American & Delta Continue Catfight Over Tokyo Haneda
Terrorism In The Maldives?
Sam’s Club Now Accepts American Express
Another Star Alliance Airline Is Status Matching
Only Days Left To Redeem US Airways Companion Certificates
Qatar Airways Launching Flights To Sydney In 2016
Hilton HHonors Fall 2015 Hotel Category Changes
Flight Attendant Made Over A Million Dollars Sleeping With Passengers
Air India Launching Delhi To San Francisco Route
American’s New Business Class Seat?


I’m trying to take a bit of time away this week with my special someone, then am meeting up with Andrew B and Tiffany in Dubai. We booked a great fare earlier in the year, and it should be a fun few days of flying.

What is everyone else up to this week?

Comments

  1. Hi Ben,

    I would really appreciate your advice on this issue:

    About 5 weeks ago I booked 2 Delta One tickets EWR-ATL-MCO (same day), the next day I received an e-mail from DL saying that my itinerary had changed, and I would be eligible for another free change if this new itinerary would not be convenient for us. When I checked online the flight number had changed and the departure time was 15min earlier, no big deal for us.

    Last week I decided to add our FlyingBlue numbers instead of Skymiles and noticed that for the first leg we were downgraded from First to Business. I called Delta because I was not happy with the uncompensated downgrade. The agent said that there is no D1 service on that particular flight, but we would have the same seats and service in Business as in DL1 on the booked flight… to me this sounds like BS!? Since both my partner and I are tall (6’4 & 6’6), we really need the extra legroom. But according to Seatguru DL does have NOT Business Class seats on their MD80’s so we are worried that they will place us in Premium Economy.

    I requested to change again without additional costs, preferably direct EWR-MCO. Apparentely that was not possible since the change affected us les than 90 minutes. As a European I’m not familiar with American laws, so I have no idea what my rights are in this case. Would you please be so kind to share your insight?

    Best Regards,
    Leo

  2. Enjoy some well-deserved time off, Ben!

    I’m flying to Oslo next week, then to Helsinki. I’ll fly the Finnair A350 on its 3rd commercial flight!

    Other than that, not much exciting planned until December/January, when I have Chicago and Hong Kong on my to-do list 😀

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