Weekly Review: January 27, 2018

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Hello from somewhere over the Atlantic! Ford and I just wrapped up a great week in Europe, and are finally heading back to the US. This morning I had the chance to lounge hop at London Heathrow’s Terminal 3, so expect reviews of the Cathay Pacific and Qantas lounges there shortly. I’m just headed back to the US for a couple of days before beginning my next longhaul adventure, which I’m very excited about. After January I’m looking forward to be on the ground for a bit, as this has been my craziest flying month in a long time.

On the points & travel front, this week we saw some great transatlantic premium cabin fares, Bombardier scored a big win against Boeing, United announced another 777-300ER route, RwandAir announced that they’re adding flights to Guangzhou, and much more.

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

Featured Stories

Experiencing Emirates’ New First Class 777 Suite

I was so impressed by the attention to detail in Emirates’ new first class. The cabin is indescribably beautiful.

I feel like Emirates’ old interiors were glitzy and sort of gross (yet fun in moderation), while the more muted tones Emirates uses in their new cabins are actually elegant.

You could spend an entire flight just learning all the features of the suites, so I don’t even know where to start.

A Roundtrip Business Class Ticket With Two Airline Credit Cards

For those who are new to points, I think it often helps to provide a simple strategy that allows people to earn a lot of miles quickly, so they can see the value in points. After all, if people can experience the benefits of redeeming miles firsthand, they’re much more likely to be engaged in the future.

In general I prefer cards that earn transferrable points currencies for my everyday spend, though there are some airline credit cards that have big sign-up bonuses, as well as valuable perks for holding onto the cards.

Applying For The Chase Sapphire Cards: What You Need To Know

The Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card and the Chase Sapphire Reserve℠ Card are two of the most popular transferable points currency cards out there. Generally I consider the cards to be substitutes and not complements, due to the similar ways the rewards are structured.

There’s no one card that’s better for everyone, and well informed people can disagree on which card is better. First I wanted to briefly recap the differences between the cards, and then I wanted to answer the most common questions I get about being approved for these two cards.


TIPS: Earning Miles & Promos

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Classy: Hyatt Counting Award Stays Retroactively For 2017
Great SkyTeam Business Class Fares From Germany To The US
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Applying For The Chase Sapphire Cards: What You Need To Know
The 6 Amex Platinum Card Benefits I Value Most

TRICKS: Redeeming Miles

Preview: IHG’s Revamped PointBreaks List
IHG Revamping PointBreaks — Good Or Bad News?
Do You Redeem Your Chase Ultimate Rewards Points For 1.5 Cents Each?
Delta SkyMiles Removes Restrictions On Using Upgrade Certificates

TRAVEL With Lucky

Which Is Better: Emirates’ A380 First Class Or New 777 First Class?
Visiting 6 Continents In Under 58 Hours
The More Interesting Round The World Flying Record I’d Like To Set
New Record: Around The World In 52hr34min
Rant: When You Know More About The Road Conditions in Switzerland Than Your Swiss Driver
I Broke My Cardinal Call Center Rule, And Accomplished Exactly Nothing

REVIEWS & Trip Reports

Review: TAP Air Portugal Business Class A320 Brussels To Lisbon
Review: Brussels Airlines Lounge Brussels Airport
Review: Emirates New First Class 777 Dubai To Brussels
The World’s Cutest W Hotel
Review: St. Regis Dubai Polo Club

NEWS & Updates

Tragic: Woman Visiting Dying Mother Gets Kicked Off United Flight
British Airways Expanding New Club World Catering To More Routes
What American Management Says About Self-Upgrading To Main Cabin Extra
Southwest Will Fly To Paine Field, Putting The Airport At Capacity
Jet Airways Cuts Ties With Emirates & Gulf Air As Of April 1, 2018
Major: Boeing Loses Bombardier Trade Dispute
American Lets You Self-Upgrade To Main Cabin Extra For Free
Alaska Airlines Hints At The Introduction Of Basic Economy
Hilarious: Renting A Car Without Paying Any Fees
Are Marriott & Starwood Already Combining “Lifetime” Nights?
Is Marriott Revising The SPG Program Beginning March 1, 2018?
Emirates Is Launching Nonstop Flights Between Newark & Dubai
US Citizens Can Now Apply For Brazilian E-Visas
US Copyright Office Says What We’re All Thinking: American Airlines Lacks Creativity
Air India Takes Delivery Of New “Air India One” Boeing 777-300ER
Singapore Airlines Cancels Their “Capital Express” Route To Canberra & Wellington
One Sheraton Hotel Discontinues SPG Platinum Lounge Access For Non-Guests
Uber CEO Says You Can Improve Rating By Tipping More
American Is Introducing Free Alcohol In Main Cabin Extra
American & Delta Restore Their Interline Agreement
Qatar Airways A350-1000 Delayed Due To Qsuites
Niki Won’t Be Bought By IAG After All
Air Seychelles Announces Radical Transformation, Cancels Longhaul Flights
AirAsia Passenger Writes Letter Complaining About Scantily Dressed Flight Attendants
Gulf Air Announces Their First 787 Route
Flight Attendant Featured On “Extreme Cheapskates”
Ethiopian Airlines To Fly Nonstop Between Newark & Abidjan
United.com Now Displays Roundtrip Ticket Pricing
United To Fly 777-300ERs Between San Francisco & Tel Aviv
RwandAir Is Adding Flights To Guangzhou… Via Mumbai
JetBlue Brings Strangers Together With Pop-Up Restaurant
Etihad Is Reducing The Baggage Allowance On Award Tickets
EL AL’s New Safety Video, Featuring A Mentalist

I hope everyone has a great rest of the weekend!

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  1. Hi lucky- The Citi Thankyou Premier has been updated with a 30,000 sign up bonus this week, what are the possibilities they’ll bump it up to 50,000 again?

  2. There are some great ONE WAY fares on Air Algerie to Dubai from Algerie and Tunis and on Tunis Air from Tunis to Montreal. You might wanna review them in a quick trip in February maybe.

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