Weekly Review: February 25, 2017

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Hello from Paris, after flying Qatar Airways here from Doha! I’m just finishing up a crazy trip that has spanned most of February, and am spending this weekend in Paris. As I reflect on my travels, I realize that it has been about a decade since I’ve last spent more than a layover in Paris. It’s a city I don’t love (unlike just about everyone else in the world) based on memory, though I’m curious how I feel about it this time around. On the plus side, the weather is gorgeous.

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On the miles & points front we’ve seen a few cool promotions this week, including with the SPG Amex, American Business Extra, an extra bonus on purchased LifeMiles, and much more. It has been an especially crazy couple of weeks of travel for me, so I’ve also been writing about that.

With that out of the way, here’s a recap of this week on the blog:

Featured Stories

Why You Shouldn’t Have To “Dress The Part” In First Class

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I always enjoy writing about travel etiquette on the blog, as it generates some interesting discussions. In this post I wanted to briefly share my (perhaps controversial) thoughts on airplane dress etiquette.

Perhaps this is partly a response to some of the comments that were left on my Garuda Indonesia first class trip report, about the fact that I wore green “sneakers” on the flight.


7 Reasons To Get An SPG Amex Business Card

sheraton-grand-london-park-lane-32Update: The below links for the Starwood Preferred Guest cards are expired, but you can learn more about the best current offers here!

Through April 5, 2017, there’s an increased sign-up bonus on both the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express and Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express. Both cards are offering a sign-up bonus of up to 35,000 Starpoints upon completing minimum spend, with the $95 annual fee waived for the first year.

I know a lot of people have just the personal version and not the business version of this card, so in this post I wanted to look at some reasons to also consider the SPG Business Amex.


Earn Miles (Or Make Money) For Rent & Mortgage Payments

KLM-delft-blue-houses-14Plastiq is a good way to pay bills with a credit card that you otherwise couldn’t. This lets you earn miles and points while paying your rent, mortgage, insurance, electric bill, property taxes, or a variety of other bills for which the provider doesn’t accept credit cards.

I’ve been using the Plastiq service on and off for the past year or so and have had a really good experience overall. There are fees involved, of course, so you need to make a conscious decision as to whether to use Plastiq based on your own personal value of the miles and points you’ll be earning.

That said, Plastiq has an offer out now that could make the decision to pay your rent or mortgage a little easier depending on your situation.


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TIPS: Earning Miles & Promos

GREAT Deal: 650 Bonus Business Extra Points On Your Next Flight
10 Best Credit Card Offers For February
10% Cashback At Restaurants With New Amex Sign-Up Bonuses
Why Marriott Loyalists Should Apply For The SPG Amex
Earn Miles (Or Make Money) For Rent & Mortgage Payments
One Week Left: Up To 100K American Miles With 2 Credit Cards
Amazing Deal: $8.62 Off $50+ Purchase At Amazon Today
Special LifeMiles Promo For OMAAT Readers: Buy Miles With A 140% Bonus
Last Chance For A Great Increased Sign-Up Bonus
Claim Your (Free) Share Of 7 Million Virgin Australia Points
Creative Ways To Get More Than One “Free” IHG Night Per Year
New 40% Bonus On Alaska Mileage Plan Miles
7 Reasons To Get An SPG Amex Business Card

TRICKS: Redeeming Miles

American May Be Willing To Extend Expiring Systemwide Upgrades
LifeMiles Quadruples Award Ticket Cancelation Fees In Some Markets
Hilton Points & Money Awards Are Being Rolled Out March 1, 2017

TRAVEL With Lucky

How I’m Flying To & From Bhutan (I Think?)
The Hilarious Conclusion To My Qatar Airways Nap Room Drama
One Of The World’s Best Lounges Has Unbelievably Asinine Policies
The One Reason I Love The Vibe Of Dubai
Why You Shouldn’t Have To “Dress The Part” In First Class
I’m Embarrassed By How Many Upgrades I Have Expiring Next Week…
Is This The Best Hotel Room TV Setup Ever?
My New Favorite Trip Planning Tool

REVIEWS & Trip Reports

Review: Mosaic City Hotel Madaba Jordan
Review: Emirates First Class 777-300ER Dubai To Amman
Review: Emirates First Class A380 San Francisco To Dubai
Review: Emirates Lounge San Francisco Airport
Introduction: Road-Trip Through Jordan
Review: Pentahotel Hong Kong
My First Time Flying In Business Class “Honeymoon Seats”
Review: United Polaris Lounge Chicago

NEWS & Updates

Stupid: Egypt More Than Doubles Cost Of Tourist Visas
Cathay Pacific Will Soon Serve Beer Specially Brewed For 35,000 Feet
Swiss Will Begin Charging Extra To Assign Select Business Class Seats
World Of Hyatt May Encourage You To Stay Somewhere Else
Video From Last Night: Plane Crash Lands After Landing Gear Collapses
British Airways Is Introducing Business Class On Domestic Flights
American Seems To Be Delaying The Sale Of Premium Economy
The “World Of Hyatt” Philosophy Goes Beyond The Loyalty Program
Qantas Reveals Their New 787 Premium Economy
Norwegian Is Shaking Up The Transatlantic Market With The 737-MAX
Whoa: Emirates Is Introducing A New Onboard Bar
US Immigration Officers Are Now Checking IDs On Domestic Flights?!
Yay: Garuda Indonesia Formally Requests LAX Flights
U.S. Denies Entry To Canadian Man “Looking For Loads” On Hookup App
United Basic Economy Tickets Are Now On Sale (And Being Marketed Dishonestly)
Oman Air Is Slowly Killing First Class
Hyatt’s New Globalist Status Requires Even More Nights Than We Thought
American Basic Economy Fares Are Now On Sale In 10 Markets
Interesting: Qatar Airways Is Leasing A350s From LATAM
Hainan’s Two New LAX Routes Are Now Bookable
Trump’s New Travel Ban Could Be Implemented Tuesday
Man Sues Uber For Getting Caught Cheating On His Wife
The One Hotel In North America I REALLY Want To Visit…


I hope everyone has a great rest of the weekend!

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Comments

  1. No, you are not the only one who does not like Paris. Well at least for me- it’s just overrated city, there are nicer cities out there. Mind you, Paris is a nice place for just strolling around, maybe with Ford this time?

  2. dear Lucky and Alexis….
    Paris it’s just like every big city in the world, always busy and crowded.
    Even my husband who was born in France, he never like Paris.
    Fortunately we live in small village…

    Have a nice stay in Paris anyway…Lucky.

  3. I don’t love Paris either. in fact I don’t like it. The one city in Europe I do love with a passion in is London which a lot of people I’ve talked about disagree with.

  4. Agree with others. Love London, could go back anytime. as far as Paris- been there, done that, checked it off the travel box and wont be going back.

  5. When I think of Paris, the first thing that comes to mind are transit strikes and pickpockets. My biggest pet peeve is when people perceive Paris and London to be the only cities in Europe (although I love London).

  6. A man who does not love Paris is without a soul – a place where one is able to sample the perfect croissant, baguette, champagne, chocolat, fromage – needs to spend more time in this perfect city. It is the first class of Europe with perfect service and gorgeous amenities – it requires time and love to appreciate the charms of a complicated love!

  7. It says so much about you as a person that you don’t like Paris yet love Dubai.

    Is Ford the same or opposite?

  8. I hate Paris. I hate people that love Paris.

    Never been to Paris. Just based on reading the comments here.

    Paris is most overrated, ugly, dirty soulless city you can think of.

    The women are hot though. If you can get a few of them to sleep with you AT THE SAME TIME, it would be possible only in Paris.

  9. I have to visit Paris once a month for work. Hate the place with a passion. It is the smelly arm pit of Europe.

    Absolutely love the rest of France though – especially Lyon & the South of France.

  10. Hey Lucky!
    Welcome to Paris! I just moved here a few weeks ago to do a French course for a semester and love the city so much!
    Let me know if you’d like to go out for a coffee or see some cool places around today.

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