Weekly Review: December 12, 2015

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Happy Saturday!

I spent most of this week on the ground, though did take a quick trip over to Santa Barbara.

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Gorgeous town, and can’t believe I hadn’t been there before!

Featured Stories

Maximizing The Amex Platinum Airline Fee Credit Before Year End

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One of the best perks of The Platinum Card® from American Express and The Enhanced Business Platinum® Card from American Express is the annual airline fee credit which it comes with the cards. While the cards have $450 annual fees, the $200 per year credit really helps offset that for mental accounting purposes, assuming you value it anywhere close to face value. Here’s why it’s important to use this fee credit soon, and what you’re best off using it for.


Holiday Gift Guide 2015

OMAAT-gift-sidebar2Ford put together our Holiday 2015 Gift Guide with suggestions for all of the travelers and AvGeeks in your life.

The full PDF is at a higher resolution, with clickable links to make your shopping easier!

 


Resources For Using Your Miles

Q400 cloudsIf you attended Tiffany’s award booking sessions in Newport Beach last weekend, you probably heard her reference several different tools and resources for using your miles.

This post has a compilation of tips and tutorials, and should be a handy reference guide when it comes time to redeem your points.

 


TIPS: Earning Miles & Promos

Great Deal: 150% Bonus On Purchased LifeMiles
LifeMiles Offering A 140% Bonus On Purchased Miles (Again)
25% Transfer Bonus Amex Membership Rewards To HawaiianMiles
50% Off Virgin America First Class Holiday Fares
Citi ThankYou Premier Card Benefits
100% Bonus On Purchased IHG Points (Again)
Maximizing The Amex Platinum Airline Fee Credit Before Year End

TRICKS: Redeeming Miles

Suspicious: JAL Shuts Down Award Search In The US
FlyingBlue 10th Anniversary Promo Awards Extended
Resources For Using Your Miles
Hyatt Gold Passport Will Be Unavailable December 15-18, 2015

TRAVEL With Lucky

Holiday Gift Guide 2015
The One Travel Souvenir I Love to Buy
What’s The Longest Upgrade List You’ve Ever Seen?

REVIEWS & Trip Reports

Review: Grand Hyatt Hong Kong Grand Suite
Review: Cathay Pacific Arrivals Lounge Hong Kong Airport
Review: Cathay Pacific First Class 777 San Francisco To Hong Kong
Review: Cathay Pacific Lounge San Francisco Airport
Introduction: AAround The World Using AAdvantage Miles

NEWS & Updates

Starwood’s New Family Programs At Westin And Le Meridien Properties
Owner Of 3 “Abandoned” 747s Steps Forward
Kimpton & IHG Loyalty Programs Likely To Merge In 2017
Airlines #TalkinSnack On Twitter
First A350 Flight Out Of The US Has Aborted Takeoff
United Cuts Washington To Dubai Flight
“Non-Transferable” Movie Trailer — You’ll Want To See This!
Lufthansa To Install New Business Class In 2020
How Will Upgrades Work For American Premium Economy?
5 Quotes You Won’t Believe From Qatar Airways’ CEO
THIS Is Qatar Airways’ “Historic Announcement?!?”
What Caused Qatar Airways’ “Accident” In Miami?
Professor Fired After Throwing Tantrum On Flight
Details Of American’s New Premium Economy
RUMOR: Delta Premium Economy Announcement Coming Shortly
Tijuana Airport’s San Diego Terminal Now Open
Air France Launching New York JFK To Paris Orly Flight
Breaking: Accor Acquires Fairmont, Raffles, And Swissôtel
Uber Can Now Pick-Up At McCarran Airport Las Vegas
Qatar Airways Flying A350 To US For “Historic Announcement”
Missing A 747? You Have 14 Days To Claim It!
Dear Marriott: Millennials Also Care About Desks
Interesting Insights From Etihad’s CEO
Woman Accused Of Trying To Bribe US Customs Agent With Sex
RUMOR: American Premium Economy Announcement VERY Shortly
Silvercar Expanding To Las Vegas In 2016
Video: Passenger Removed From Flight After Trying To Self Upgrade
Book Your Seat On Air France’s Last 747 Flight


I’m headed to Florida later this week to see my parents. Anyone else traveling somewhere this week?

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