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Review: Plaza Premium Lounge Heathrow Terminal 2

2 hours 48 minutes ago

I had a 6:50AM Brussels Airlines flight from London Heathrow Terminal 2, so I got to the terminal at around 4:45AM. Terminal 2 is used primarily by Star Alliance airlines, though I've reviewed all the Star Alliance lounge options, including the lounges of Air Canada, Lufthansa, Singapore, and United.

This time around I figured I'd check out the Plaza Premium Lounge, which is one of only two lounges in the terminal I haven't reviewed (the other is the Aer Lingus lounge).

Heathrow has several Plaza Premium Lounges, but given that I was flying out of Terminal 2, I used the one in the departures area there (they also have a landside arrivals lounge at Terminal 2).

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Ben (Lucky)

Transfer Citi Points To LifeMiles With 25% Bonus

3 hours 36 minutes ago

Citi ThankYou has just announced their latest transfer bonus.

Through December 11, 2019, the US Citi ThankYou program is offering a 25% bonus when you transfer points to Avianca LifeMiles. The transfer ratio is usually 1,000:1,000, so during the promotion period you can transfer points at a 1,000:1,250 ratio.

There’s no limit to how often you can take advantage of this promotion, and the bonus is hard coded into the transfer ratio, meaning that you can earn the bonus on multiple transactions.

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Ben (Lucky)

Review: Hilton Garden Inn Heathrow Terminal 2

5 hours 18 minutes ago

I had a quick overnight at Heathrow Airport, as I arrived shortly before 9PM, while my flight the next morning was before 7AM. I was lucky in the sense that both my arriving and departing flights were out of Terminal 2, so this presented a great opportunity to review the (fairly) new Hilton Garden Inn Heathrow Terminal 2.

Most Heathrow Airport hotels aren't actually connected to terminals, so anytime you can stay in a hotel connected to the terminal you're flying into and/or out of, it's worth the premium, in my opinion. Some of the other hotels connected to terminals include the Hilton Terminal 4, Premier Inn Terminal 4, and Sofitel Terminal 5.

The Heathrow properties connected to the terminals can command a premium, and the Hilton Garden Inn is no exception. The rate for my one night stay was either ~140GBP (~180USD) or 35,000 Honors points for a free night award.

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Ben (Lucky)

Review: United 767 Polaris Business Class

7 hours 18 minutes ago

I spent the night at the Marriott Newark Airport (which I've reviewed before, so I won't be reviewing it this time around), and early the next morning I headed to Newark Airport bright-eyed and bushy-tailed (or something like that) for my daytime United Polaris flight to London Heathrow, on their very intriguing low density 767-300.

I only booked this trip a bit over a week before departure, and was happy to find that United had some saver award seats on their daytime flight from Newark to London Heathrow. I was excited about this for two reasons:

-- It would be my first-ever time on a daytime eastbound transatlantic flight (I'll share my overall thought on these kinds of flights in a separate post)
-- This flight was operated by United's 767-300 with an astounding 46 business class seats; this is a plane unlike anything else offered by a US airline

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Ben (Lucky)

Review: La Companie A321neo Business Class

9 hours 18 minutes ago

And the award for the most improved airline goes to...

La Compagnie is an all business class airline that began flying between Paris and Newark in the summer of 2014. I flew the airline shortly after they launched, and had a "meh" experience.

However, the airline has no doubt matured over the years. For one, La Compagnie just took delivery of two A321neos. Unlike the 757-200s that they used to operate, the A321neos feature fully flat beds and wifi onboard. Furthermore, in addition to their Newark to Paris route, the airline this past summer flew between Newark and Nice, and they're bringing back that route in the summer of 2020.

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Ben (Lucky)

Buy Marriott Bonvoy Points For 30% Off

21 hours 24 minutes ago

There are quite a few loyalty programs that frequently run promotions on purchased points, which can represent a great deal, especially for aspirational redemptions.

Back in the day Starwood Preferred Guest would often have promotions on purchased points, while Marriott Rewards wouldn't. Since the Marriott Bonvoy program was formed we've seen several promotions on purchased points, and that trend is continuing.

Through Sunday, December 22, 2019, Marriott Bonvoy is offering a 30% discount on purchased points when you buy at least 2,000 points in one transaction.

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Ben (Lucky)

Weekly Review: November 16, 2019

23 hours 48 minutes ago

This has been a heck of a week of travel for me, as I crossed the Atlantic four times, experiencing four new business class products. I'm continuing to roll out that trip report at a quick pace, and was so surprised (in different ways) by my four experiences. Stay tuned, because I have a lot more review trips coming up in the next few weeks.

On the points & travel front, this week Austrian and Iberia announced new transatlantic routes, a fat cat went viral for what happened on a flight, Hyatt announced they'd eliminate single-use toiletries, JetBlue introduced basic economy fares, the opening date for the Qantas First Lounge Singapore was announced, and more.

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

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Ben (Lucky)

Review: Icare Lounge Paris Orly Airport

1 day 1 hour ago

I got to Paris Orly Airport at around 12PM, plenty early for my 2:30PM La Compagnie flight to Newark.

I initially struggled to find La Compagnie's check-in counter. Orly Airport has four check-in "sections" (I don't think they're actually necessarily all separate terminals or concourses) -- 1, 2, 3, and 4.

I followed the signage in the direction of Orly 4, which is where the departures monitor said La Compagnie's check-in is located.

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Ben (Lucky)

New Singapore KrisFlyer Spontaneous Escapes Awards

1 day 2 hours ago

Singapore Airlines has just rolled out their latest monthly promo, which can be a great deal for anyone looking to redeem miles on Singapore Airlines.

Singapore Airlines' KrisFlyer program offers monthly "Spontaneous Escapes" deals, where they constantly have a list of flights that can be booked at a discount when redeeming miles.

Presumably they're primarily discounting flights that they don't anticipate being full, and where there's a lot of award availability. This can be a really useful promotion.

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Ben (Lucky)

Buy Hyatt Points With Up To 40% Bonus

1 day 4 hours ago

World of Hyatt has just rolled out their latest promotion on purchased points, which is in line with the best offers they have.

Through Tuesday, December 31, 2019, World of Hyatt is offering a 40% bonus when you buy at least 5,000 points in one transaction.

World of Hyatt lets you buy up to 55,000 points (pre-bonus) per account per calendar year. That means the most points you can buy through this promo is 77,000 at a cost of $1,320, which is a rate of ~1.71 cents per World of Hyatt point.

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Ben (Lucky)

New Trailer For Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020

1 day 5 hours ago

Gosh Microsoft, please stop teasing us, and come out with this already. Or maybe don't, because I'll just be playing 24/7 and won't get anything else done.

Over the summer I wrote about how a new Microsoft Flight Simulator will be unveiled in 2020. I literally spent most of my childhood playing Microsoft Flight Simulator, but in my opinion the last good version was the one introduced in 2004 (I didn't think Microsoft Flight Simulator X, release in 2006, was much of an improvement).

Here's the trailer they provided when they first announced that this was coming:

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Ben (Lucky)

SAS Reveals Snazzy A321LR Cabin Layout

1 day 6 hours ago

SAS is investing in their fleet to make it more fuel efficient. As far as their long haul fleet goes, the airline has ordered eight Airbus A350-900s and three Airbus A321LRs.

The airline has already revealed details about their A350-900s, which will start flying as of January 2020 between Copenhagen and Chicago.

Well, now the airline has revealed some details about their A321LRs, the first of which is expected to join their fleet in 2020. So, what should we expect from the cabin configuration, and what will the first route be?

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Ben (Lucky)

Airline CEO Wants To Ban Business Class

1 day 7 hours ago

With environmentalism being an increasingly hot topic, we're seeing lots of suggestions for how emissions can be reduced in the airline industry, including some climate activists calling for frequent flyer programs to be banned.

One aspect of this debate that I find amusing is how some airline executives campaign for new environmental policies that very conveniently would only harm their competitors. 

The CEO of Wizz Air, Jozsef Varadi, is calling for business class to be banned on most flights in order to reduce carbon emissions.

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Ben (Lucky)

United MileagePlus Increases All Award Costs Close To Departure

1 day 9 hours ago

This spring United announced some major changes to the MileagePlus program, as they'd abolish award charts and would instead switch to dynamic award pricing. That means that MileagePlus redemption rates no longer have a minimum or maximum price.

These changes were supposed to kick in for travel as of November 15, which was yesterday. In many ways, April's change was a no notice devaluation, since travel booked even at that point for travel on United on November 15 or later was subjected to the new rules.

When the April announcement happened, United also eliminated partner airline award charts, though they made it sound like this was being done for consistency's sake, to get people to stop expecting award charts.

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Ben (Lucky)

Etihad Guest Miles No Longer Expire (With Activity)

1 day 21 hours ago

Etihad has just revealed some changes to their loyalty program, including a positive change to their mileage expiration policy.

Different loyalty programs have different policies on mileage expiration. Generally speaking mileage expiration policies fall into one of three camps:

-- Miles never expire
-- Miles don't expire as long as you have at least some qualifying activity every so often
-- Miles expire a certain amount of time after they're earned, regardless of whether or not you have any activity

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Ben (Lucky)

American Admirals Club Tokyo Narita Closing

1 day 23 hours ago

American Airlines has today announced the closure of their only Admirals Club in Asia, and one of their (relatively) few Admirals Clubs outside the US.

American Airlines has announced that they will be closing their Admirals Club at Tokyo Narita Airport in March 2020. Admirals Club members have access to some partner airline lounges around the world, and the Japan Airlines Sakura Lounge at the airport will be added to that list going forward.

This is being done as American is reducing their Tokyo Narita service from three daily flights to one daily flight next spring, as they will only have a single flight from Dallas to Tokyo Narita.

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Ben (Lucky)

Buy IHG Rewards Club Points For 0.5 Cents Each (Last Chance)

2 days ago

In late October, IHG rolled out their latest promotion on purchased points, which is in line with the best promotions they offer. This is a reminder that this promotion expires tomorrow, so this is your last chance to take advantage of it, if interested. 

Through Saturday, November 16, 2019, IHG Rewards Club is offering a 100% bonus when you buy at least 7,000 points in one transaction.

If you maxed out the promotion and purchased 100,000 points, you'd end up paying $1,000 and would get a total of 200,000 IHG Rewards Club points. That’s 0.5 cents per point.

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Ben (Lucky)

La Compagnie’s Industry Leading Inflight Wifi

2 days 2 hours ago

Inflight wifi is a feature I value greatly. It's how I'm able to spend most of the week above the Atlantic while pumping out nearly a dozen blog posts per day. ;)

It's amazing how far inflight wifi has come -- first inflight wifi was really slow, then it got faster, and now we're seeing innovation when it comes to pricing.

Well, I just flew La Compagnie's new A321neo from Paris to Newark. For those of you not familiar with La Compagnie, they're an all business class airline that now has two 76 seat A321neos (previously they flew 757s). The new product is a massive improvement over the old one, but I'll get to that full review soon.

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Ben (Lucky)

Review: Le Bus Direct (Paris Airport Bus)

2 days 3 hours ago

I believe this will be my first-ever review of a bus here at OMAAT, though I figured I might as well...

I was arriving at Paris Charles de Gaulle, and I had a flight out of Paris Orly a bit over six hours later. So after working from the arrivals lounge for a bit, at around 10:45AM I started looking at how best to get to Orly Airport. An Uber would have cost 65EUR, though after doing some Googling I read about Le Bus Direct, which is the official bus service from the airport.

I believe Air France used to offer this coach service, but it was taken over by Le Bus Direct (I'm not sure if this is simply a rebranding, or if it's a fully new company). As luck would have it, the Terminal 2C station for them was located just outside the arrivals lounge.

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Ben (Lucky)

Buckle Up: Major Air Canada System Migration Starts Monday

2 days 4 hours ago

Air Canada will be starting a major conversion of its reservation system next week, which will temporarily affect bookings, same-day changes, and upgrades, in some cases for a few months. This will impact Aeroplan as well, so even if you don't typically fly Air Canada, you'll want to be aware of these timelines for any potential award bookings.

Here’s the lowdown on what they have planned, although with a major software overhaul like this transition to Amadeus, the planned outages are often only part of the story.

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