Ni hao from Beijing, where I’m spending a few days thanks to a cheap fare I booked on American. The weather is uncharacteristically nice here, with a perfect temperature and limited smog. That’s a first for me in Beijing.
I’ll be headed back to the US this week, and then back to China again (Shanghai, specifically), thanks to another cheap American Airlines fare I booked. Fortunately I upgraded all these flights to business class, so it’s not that exhausting thanks to the fully flat beds on all my flights.
This has been an exciting week in the miles & points world, though not really in a good way. We finally learned the fate of the merger between Marriott and Starwood, there were rumors of Virgin America possibly being bought out by another airline, and Alaska greatly increased the cost of Emirates first class redemptions with no advance notice.
Earlier this week I posted about the huge devaluation that Alaska made to Emirates first class award travel overnight, where we saw the cost of some first class awards increase by 100%.
So is this the end of Emirates first class redemptions for me?
Nope, at least for as long as the Japan Airlines Mileage Bank program stays the same. I’ve written about how to redeem Japan Airlines miles on Emirates in the past, though figured I’d recap it again, given the drastic change which happened this week.
The past few weeks we’ve seen a fierce battle for control of Starwood, as Marriott and Anbang have been bidding against one another.
As I recently explained, Anbang is a mysterious company, so they are a bit of a wild card. We don’t know what Starwood would look like under their ownership, though I’ve still been in favor of that over a Marriott merger, though it seems the Anbang offer is now off the table.
A week ago I shared the details of Hyatt’s upcoming promotion, entitled “Stay More Play More.” This promotion will be valid for stays between April 1 and June 30, 2016, and is the first major promotion which Hyatt Gold Passport is offering since last summer.
Hyatt Gold Passport and MGM M Life have a partnership, allowing both reciprocal status and points earning. While I didn’t know for sure at the time, stays at M Life properties will count towards the Hyatt promotion
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I hope everyone has a great rest of the weekend!