Weekly Review

Weekly Review: March 25, 2017

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Last weekend I returned to the US after a two week trip to Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, and Kuwait, so have been spending the past week on the ground catching up on sleep, given that I typically don’t get all that much rest when traveling to Asia. I also plan on publishing the trip report from this trip very shortly. Fortunately I’m now all caught up on sleep, and am plotting my next adventure.

On the travel front, the biggest story of the week has been about the electronics ban, which will potentially have a huge impact on many peoples’ travel. Other than that we’ve seen increased sign-up bonuses introduced on the Amex Hilton, some great business class fares to Paris, and more.

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

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Weekly Review: March 18, 2017

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I just wrapped up a great four country trip earlier today, where I visited Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, and Kuwait. The trip was incredible — especially Bhutan — and I was happy to try some new airline products. I’m hopping around North America for the next couple of weeks, so am looking forward to being on a consistent schedule for a while, and hopefully catching up on sleep. I’m undecided as of now about what my next longhaul adventure will be, but I’m sure I’ll decide soon.

On the miles & points front this has been a fairly slow week. We saw some good airfare and also a few promotions, but nothing terribly exciting. More than that we’ve seen some minor updates, like Etihad changing where they’re operating the A380 to, Marriott and United introducing reciprocal benefits for invitation only elite members, etc.

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

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Weekly Review: March 11, 2017

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Hello from Bhutan! As I’ve already explained, we’re having an incredible time here. This place is unlike anywhere I’ve been. While the snow for the past 24 hours has been beautiful, I’m hoping conditions clear up so we can do some hiking.

On the airline front this has been an exciting week as well, as Qatar Airways finally revealed their much awaited new business class product. We’ve also seen some great airfares, continued challenges for Alitalia, Airbus pondering a new version of the A380, and much more.

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

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Weekly Review: March 4, 2017

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On Wednesday I wrapped up a crazy, three week round the world trip, ending with a Philippine Airlines reverse redeye from New York to Vancouver. After largely hibernating for the past few days, I’m now getting ready for my next big adventure, so stay tuned.

On the news front this has also been an interesting week. World of Hyatt finally went “live,” as did Hilton’s new Points & Money awards. On top of that, we learned about changes coming to the Amex Platinum Card, and also saw quite a deal from British Airways for joining dating websites, which has been more of an adventure than many of us bargained for.

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

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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.

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:

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Weekly Review: February 18, 2017

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This has been an absolutely insane travel week for me, as I’ve been in Bali, London, and Abu Dhabi so far this week, with more to come. I’ll have lots more details on that soon, though in the meantime it’s time to catch up on sleep. ­čśë

On the miles & points front it has been an exciting week. We’ve seen the return of the SPG Amex 35K sign-up bonus, LifeMiles introduce a bonus on purchased miles, Cathay Pacific introduce a credit card in the U.S., and much more.

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

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Weekly Review: February 11, 2017

Bali

Hello from Bali! I’m presently on an extended round the world trip for something fun I’m working on, which I’m excited to reveal the details of soon. I’m here for a few days, and I’m actually not sure where exactly I’m headed next. Then again, that’s not entirely unusual for my travel patterns.

In the miles & points/travel world, we saw the world’s longest flight launched this week, and have even seen some great business class on that flight, especially when starting in Europe. I’ve also been trying to figure out a way to fly Air France first class, so that has been another one of my focuses. This week we’ve seen Marriott and Starwood announce hotel category changes, more hotel promotions, Copa start selling miles, Priority Pass add some great new lounges, and more.

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

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Weekly Review: February 4, 2017

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I’m spending this weekend in Deer Valley, which is beyond gorgeous. While I love how snow looks, I’m not a fan of cold temperatures, so I’m primarily enjoying this beautiful setting from inside. Furthermore, if there’s one thing I learned in Dubai, it’s that I can’t ski. Nonetheless I’m having an amazing time, and this is the most gorgeous snow I’ve seen in years.

On the miles & points front we saw major changes to Hilton’s loyalty program, bonuses on purchased miles, extended credit card offers, and a lot of uncertainty in the light of recent U.S. policy changes.

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

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Weekly Review: January 28, 2017

Mexico

I’m back in the U.S. after spending a lovely long weekend in Mexico. I’m taking a brief longhaul travel break, as I want to get caught up on trip reports. That includes finishing the big trip report I’m writing at the moment, and also writing the report about my trip to Cambodia and Laos last October, which is long overdue.

On the miles & points front we’ve learned more about the growth of basic economy at U.S. airlines, about management changes at Etihad, and we’ve seen some new hotel and credit card promotions.

Here’s a recap of this week on the blog:

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Weekly Review: January 21, 2017

Mexico

I’m spending a few days in Mexico, and perhaps shockingly, it’s my first time visiting here as an adult (other than connecting through Mexico City Airport). This has made me reflect on my travels in a surprising way, so I’ll have a separate post about that. In the past I’ve always traveled halfway around the world to relax, so this has been an interesting contrast to that.

On the travel and points front, we’ve seen quite a few updates this week, including more information on American’s basic economy fares, Starwood and Uber devaluing their partnership, as well as some great promos.

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

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Weekly Review: January 14, 2017

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On Tuesday I wrapped up a crazy whirlwind trip to Jordan, Brunei, and the UAE, which had me flying Air Canada, EgyptAir, Royal Jordanian, Royal Brunei, and Emirates. As much as I love these types of trips, they also make me seriously exhausted, so I’ve spent the past few days on the ground recovering and catching up on sleep. Most of my travel over the next couple of weeks is domestic, which should be a good opportunity to get fully caught up on trip reports.

On the blog front, a lot of the content this week has been recapping my travels. We’ve also seen some great airfare deals, in particular with Qatar Airways’ global travel sale, which is still going on. There are some incredible values to be had through that. We’ve also seen some increased credit card sign-up bonuses end, some new sign-up bonuses emerge, and the deadlines for others approaching.

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

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Weekly Review: January 7, 2017

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Hello from Brunei! I’ve spent much of the week on planes, as I’m presently in the middle of a crazy trip I’m taking to review a bunch of new airlines. It’s my first time in Brunei, and so far I’m having a great time. I’ll have more of my thoughts on Brunei in a follow-up post, along with thoughts on my flight over here on Royal Brunei.

On the miles and points front it has been pretty typical for the first week of the year. We’ve seen some promos, I’ve posted typical beginning of the year reminders, and primarily I’ve spent the week focused on getting some trip reports done, so hopefully you guys have enjoyed those installments.

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

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Weekly Review: December 31, 2016

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I just returned from a two day trip to Cuba, and boy do I have a lot to write about. For now I’ll keep it short, as I’ve had the most exhausting travel day I’ve had in a long time, and I only flew a couple of hundred miles. Let me just say that spending nearly seven hours at Havana Airport is not fun — more to come soon.

On the miles & points front it was a fairly slow week, as is the norm between Christmas and New Years, since not a whole lot happens. We did see some great fares and it was a week where I planned my first big trip for 2017, which I’m excited about.

Thanks so much to everyone for their support in 2016, and I can’t wait for 2017. Stay tuned, as I have a lot of content coming tomorrow!

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Weekly Review: December 24, 2016

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I’m spending this week with my family down in Florida. I’m thrilled to be able to spend quality time with them, and it’s actually turning out to be a great opportunity to plan some trips with both my mom and dad. I did a fair amount of domestic flying this past week, which turned out to be a big mistake, though I should have known better than to travel as much as I did the week leading up to Christmas. Hopefully everyone else’s travels leading up to the holidays went smoothly so far.

On the miles & points front it has been a fairly slow week, except for two things:

— The Garuda Indonesia 90% off award promotion debacle
— The changes to Alaska Mileage Plan — both them cutting ties with Delta, and also the new benefits they’ve added to their program

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