Weekly Review: July 1, 2017

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I’m finally back in the US for July 4th weekend, after having spent almost the entire month abroad reviewing various airlines. I’ll have lots of trip reports over the coming weeks covering those flights. My return to the US sure was a fun one, as I flew Air France La Premiere from Paris to Houston yesterday, and had the cabin all to myself. What an incredible flight, which I’ll have more on within the next day.

On the miles & points front, over the past week we’ve seen Qatar Airways’ much anticipated Qsuites go into service, changes from United MileagePlus, new hotel promotions, credit card offers expire, and more.

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

Featured Stories

United MileagePlus Program Changes As Of November 1, 2017

United MileagePlus has just announced some major program changes, which kick in for bookings as of November 1, 2017. The changes aren’t terrible, but then again, with how much frequent flyer programs have been destroyed the past few years, there’s only so much devaluing that can be done. 😉

So, what’s changing?


Review: Qatar Airways Qsuites Business Class 777-300ER

My friend Yaroslav had the chance to recently try Qatar Airways’ new business class product, which became available between Doha and London as of this past weekend. While I still hope to review the product soon, I’m thrilled he shared his experience, given how new this product still is.

Earlier this year Qatar Airways announced a further improvement to the concept. Named QSuites, these fully enclosed seats, available as a single, double or quadruple pod, promise to enable passengers to spend time together with their family while flying or get work done in teams.

Having plans to visit Doha around the dates of the scheduled commencement into service, I decided to book my flight to Qatar via London, rather than Frankfurt, which would have been more convenient.


Ugh: I Paid Credit Card Foreign Transaction Fees Today

One of the many great improvements we’ve seen with credit cards over the past few years is that so many mid-range cards now don’t have foreign transaction fees. This makes it lucrative to use many cards when traveling abroad. For example, cards like the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card offer double points on dining and travel, so not only do you pay no foreign transaction fees when abroad, but for many of us that means we’re earning double points on most of our purchases.

At the moment I “only” have 17 credit cards, and nearly a dozen of them don’t have foreign transaction fees. So when I travel I have no trouble avoiding those fees. However, today, through a series of unfortunate circumstances, I made several purchases with foreign transaction fees. How did that happen?


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TIPS: Earning Miles & Promos

Today Is The Last Day To Buy Alaska Miles With Up To A 50% Bonus
Get 19 Months Of Delta Status If You Start A Challenge Now
Earn 5x Points On Dining With The Chase Freedom Starting Today
Save On Airfare By Tracking Flight Prices
Airline Alliances You May Not Have Heard Of
Last Chance: Buy Starpoints At A Great Price
Last Chance At A Sign-Up Bonus Of 2 Free Hyatt Nights
The Cheapest Swiss First Class Fare I’ve Ever Seen
Club Carlson’s Summer 2017 Promotion, “Free Fridays”
Southwest Card 60K Sign-Up Bonus Ends Thursday
My Hyatt Credit Card Conundrum
British Airways Is Offering A 50% Bonus On Purchased Points
Get Bonus Amex Points For Best Western Stays This Summer (Targeted)
10 Best Credit Card Offers For June

TRICKS: Redeeming Miles

Hilton Honors Is Making Some Minor Award Pricing Adjustments
Ugh: I Just Redeemed 200,000 Miles For A One-Way Ticket
Speculatively Booking Qatar Airways’ Qsuites To/From New York
Copa Awards Are Bookable With Aeroplan Miles Again
Bizarre: Alaska Mileage Plan Terms Prevent People From Helping You Book Awards
Air France FlyingBlue’s July 2017 Promo Awards

TRAVEL With Lucky

So, What Exactly Happened On My Serviceless TAP Portugal Flight?
The Flat-Bed Sleeping Dilemma: Should I Be Excited Or Jaded?
My Struggles Booking Qatar Airways’ Qsuites…
Ugh: I Paid Credit Card Foreign Transaction Fees Today

REVIEWS & Trip Reports

Review: Saudia First Class 777-300ER Riyadh To Dubai
Review: Marhaba Lounge Dubai Airport
Review: Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights
Review: Saudia First Class Lounge Riyadh Airport
Review: Saudia First Class 777-300ER New York To Riyadh
Review: Qatar Airways Qsuites Business Class 777-300ER
Casey Neistat Reviews Lufthansa First Class
Review: Korean Air First Class Lounge New York JFK Airport
Review: Juneyao Airlines Economy Class A320 Hong Kong to Shanghai
Is It Worth Upgrading Hawaiian Airlines Inter-Island Flights?
Introduction: A Quick Jaunt On Saudia, Jet, And Tunisair

NEWS & Updates

A Look At The New Alaska Lounge In Seattle
The Next Three United Routes To Get Polaris Seats
British Airways Is Now Flying Qatar Airways Planes Around Europe
United Is Expanding Their Polaris Lounge At Chicago O’Hare
View The Great American Solar Eclipse Aboard An Alaska Airlines Charter
Horizon Air Is Canceling Hundreds Of Flights Due To A Pilot Shortage
United MileagePlus Program Changes As Of November 1, 2017
Miraval Resort In Arizona Joins World Of Hyatt
Yay: The Electronics Ban For US-Bound Flights From The Middle East Is Ending
Here’s Why The Empire State Building Lit Up In Qatar Airways Colors On Tuesday
ANA Is Adding A Third Daily Flight Between Tokyo And Los Angeles
Southwest Is Pulling Out Of Two Cuban Cities On Labor Day
RwandAir Is Adding Flights To Brussels In July (With A Catch)
Indian Passport Holders Will Soon Have Access To Global Entry
Uber Now Lets You (Officially) Order Rides For Others
Sheraton Is Introducing New Bath Amenities
Wow: Former Delta CEO Named New CEO Of Amtrak
Hotel Del Coronado Is Joining Hilton’s Curio Collection
Can United Elites Still Use The Air Canada Lounge LAX When Flying Domestically?
Alaska’s New SeaTac Lounge Is Opening At The End Of The Month


I hope everyone has a great rest of the (hopefully long) weekend!

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