Weekly Review: November 5, 2016

This has been a bit of a crazy week for me. We started the week in New York, flew to Baku, then flew back to New York (via Kiev, with a 5+ hour delay), and now are in DC. Flying Azerbaijan and Ukraine was fun/amusing, so I’m happy I had the chance to try them. Unfortunately I also caught a cold last weekend, so being sick while traveling makes it a lot less fun.

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On the miles & points front, we’ve continued to see some great new promotions, and perhaps most exciting for me, some amazing fares out of Cairo due to the currency devaluation, which is making it very difficult not to book more tickets.

With that in mind, here’s a recap of this week’s news:

Featured Stories

The Clock Is Ticking On Great Delta Amex Sign-Up Bonuses

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For about a month now, American Express has been offering very nice increased sign-up bonuses on their co-branded Delta credit cards (and a lot of other cards for that matter).

If you have been considering one of these cards, you’ll want to apply sooner rather than later, as the application pages indicate that these offers are set to expire on November 9, 2016.


8 Things We Didn’t Do In Baku

baku-flame-towersWe’re in Azerbaijan for two nights this week, as part of a fantastic (and crazy) 10-day itinerary.

Baku seems like a fantastic city, and when we travel together it generally falls to me to write up the stuff we do on the ground, so I’ve been looking forward to telling y’all about it.

But we have a slight obstacle to that this time.

Sometimes, travel doesn’t go the way you plan.


Great Opportunity: Redeem Miles For EVA Air Business Class To Asia

EVA-Air-Hello-Kitty-1EVA Air business class award availability is wide open throughout their route network starting for travel on February 1, 2017, through the end of the schedule.

This is true from most of their North American gateways, and in many cases we’re seeing at least four business class award seats per flight.

You don’t need EVA miles — you can use points from any Star Alliance carrier to book these flights.


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TIPS: Earning Miles & Promos

Whoa: Ex-Cairo Business & First Class Fares Cheaper Than Ever!
Earn 5,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles For Your Next Club Carlson Stay
Ouch: Executive Club Drastically Cuts Qatar Airways Mileage Earning
Save $50 On Your Next Hilton Stay With Amex Offers
You Can Now Earn JetBlue Points For Lyft Rides
Earn An Additional 5,000 Bonus Points On Your Next Hilton Stay
You Can Now Earn Delta Miles For Airbnb Stays
Great Qatar Airways Business Class Fares Out Of The US
Register For Special LifeMiles Credit Card Sign-Up Bonus
Earn Double Points Or Double Elite Nights With Club Carlson
Best Offer Ever (Potentially): Buy Starpoints For Up To 50% Off
The Clock Is Ticking On Great Delta Amex Sign-Up Bonuses
Great Deal: $720 SAS Premium Economy Fares From Europe To The US

TRICKS: Redeeming Miles

Maximizing United’s New Stopover Rules
New IHG PointBreaks List Live: Book Hotels For 5K Points Per Night
Save 25% On Award Tickets To Europe This Winter
Great Opportunity: Redeem Miles For EVA Air Business Class To Asia
Are Last Minute Cathay Pacific Award Seats Being Blocked?

TRAVEL With Lucky

I Ran The JFK Airport Marathon Last Night
Airport Lounge Or Psychological Torture?
8 Things We Didn’t Do In Baku
We Got Stalked By A Taxi Driver: Baku Edition
How To Make Flight Maps

REVIEWS & Trip Reports

6 Reasons You’ll LOVE Ukraine Airlines Business Class
Ukraine International Airlines 737 Business Class In 10 Pictures
Azerbaijan Airlines 787 Business Class In 10 Pictures
Air Serbia A330 Business Class In 10 Pictures
The Best European Business Class Lounge You’ve (Probably) Never Heard Of

NEWS & Updates

Coming Soon: World Of Hyatt Reddit “Ask Me Anything”
Stockholm Airport Introducing US Pre-Clearance Facility In 2018
Why I’m Excited (And Suspicious) About Delta’s New Premium Economy
A Case Where Credit Card Exchange Rates Differ By 10%
British Airways Is Adding More Seats In Economy
Is Singapore Airlines Cutting First Class To Houston In 2017?
What World Of Hyatt Means For Hyatt’s Credit Card
Huge Layoffs Coming To Starwood Corporate Next Month
Sichuan Airlines Adding Flights From LAX To Jinan, China
Ryanair Will Finally Compete With Lufthansa In Frankfurt
Qatar Airways Is Bringing Back All Business Class A319 Flights
Gogo Raises The Cost Of Their All-Day Wifi Passes
Asiana Will Sell Memberships Offering Unlimited First Class Upgrades
Virgin Atlantic Destroys What Little Value Flying Club Had
Virgin America & Virgin Atlantic Are Cutting Ties
Turkish Airlines’ New Safety Video Is Magical
This Southwest Airlines Employee Won Halloween
Surprise: Qatar Airways’ “Super Business Class” Is Delayed Again
$182K Later, Plane Allowed To Take Off From St. John’s Airport
British Airways Will Add Flights To Oakland In March 2017
Awkward: St John’s Airport Grounds National Airlines Until They Pay Up
La Compagnie In Talks To Merge With XL Airways?!?
Ridiculous: Emirates Launching 40-Minute A380 Flight
British Airways Pilot Suspended After Kinky Cockpit Pictures Emerge


I hope everyone has a great rest of the weekend!

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