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Transfer Citi Points To Qantas With 25% Bonus

5 hours 26 minutes ago

The Citi ThankYou program has just launched their latest transfer bonus.

Through Saturday, February 22, 2020, the the US Citi ThankYou program is offering a 25% bonus when you convert points to Qantas Frequent Flyer.

Points ordinarily convert at a 1:1 ratio, though during this promotion you can convert 1,000 Citi points into 1,250 Qantas points.

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)

American Express Gold Card Review (2020)

8 hours 26 minutes ago

The past couple of years American Express has refreshed their portfolio of cards, especially those cards earning Membership Rewards points. One of the changes that we've seen is that the popular Premier Rewards Gold Card was rebranded as the Amex Gold Card.

In this post, I wanted to take a closer look at the card, given the benefit changes we've seen, and also given how the competitive landscape has changed, especially with the changes recently made to the Sapphire Reserve.

For someone looking to earn Membership Rewards points, the American Express® Gold Card is one of the most rewarding cards out there. The card offers up to 4x points in useful categories, and offers up to $220 in annual credits that help offset the annual fee.

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Ben (Lucky)

Grrr: Hainan’s 787-9 Aircraft Swap Insanity

10 hours 46 minutes ago

Hainan is driving me nuts. I've never seen anything quite like this before...

Last December I had intended to review Hainan Airlines' new 787-9 business class, though shortly before departure I was hit with an aircraft swap.

I had been monitoring the seatmap, and a few days before departure the seatmap updated from a 1-2-1 configuration to a 2-2-2 configuration. While not usually the end of the world, I was taking that flight specifically to review their new business class, so I decided to book a different flight instead. After all, I didn't need to review Hainan's "old" 787 business class again.

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Ben (Lucky)

Review: Lufthansa Business Lounge Munich

12 hours 34 minutes ago

I had a roughly 1hr45min layover in Munich, as I was arriving from Tokyo Haneda and connecting to London Heathrow.

I was expecting I wouldn't be able to review a Lufthansa Lounge, because the last time I passed through Munich the lounge was so full that the only place to sit was on the floor. So I was pleasantly surprised to find that wasn't the case this time around, in spite of it being Thursday evening.

Lufthansa has at least four Business Lounges (and on top of that they have Senator Lounges, the Senator Cafe, and First Class Lounges), and I reviewed the one in Concourse H.

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Ben (Lucky)

Amex Hilton Honors Surpass Card Review (2020)

13 hours 17 minutes ago

Hotel credit cards are among the most underrated credit cards out there, in my opinion, given the perks that they potentially offer. While I'm primarily loyal to Hyatt and Marriott, Hilton has grown on me a lot lately, thanks to the number of new luxury hotels they've opened, and also how easy it is to earn points with their credit cards.

In this post I wanted to take a close look at one of Hilton's most popular personal credit cards, which was just recently rebranded.

The Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card is one of Hilton's most popular consumer credit cards. The card has a fantastic bonus for new customers, offers valuable status for as long as you have the card, and offers some bonuses on spending that might make the card worth using for your everyday purchases.

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Ben (Lucky)

Mystery: Who Is “Felipe” At JetBlue?

15 hours 49 minutes ago

Readers often share negative situations they have with airlines and ask for advice. My take on these situations usually falls into one of three categories:

The customer is right and airline is off base
In an ideal world the customer would be right, but airlines have a lot of power and are unforgiving, so the airline is right because they say they are, and the rules support that
The airline is right and the customer has unrealistic expectations

Well, reader @alitheplanegeek shares with me a situation that unfolded on a JetBlue flight yesterday, where my reaction can simply be summed up as... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.

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Ben (Lucky)

Weekly Review: January 18, 2020

1 day 6 hours ago

I'm in Florida this weekend with family. I'm planning on finishing up my previous trip report this coming week, and then am looking forward to heading to Asia later in the week, where I'll be reviewing several airlines, including Starlux Airlines, which I'm so excited about.

On the points & travel front, this week the Sapphire Reserve annual fee was increased by $100 (while new benefits were introduced), KrisFlyer introduced awesome new promo awards, new bonuses were launched on Marriott's co-branded cards, 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: Lufthansa A350 Business Class

1 day 12 hours ago

After flying ANA's incredible new business class from New York to Tokyo, it was time to fly Lufthansa's business class back to London, via Munich. What is business class like on Lufthansa's self proclaimed flagship aircraft, the A350-900? Well...

Lufthansa had wide open business class award availability on both of their flights from Tokyo Haneda that day, to Frankfurt and Munich. I had reviewed Lufthansa's business class on the A330-300 and 747-8, so I decided to book the Munich flight, since that was operated by an A350-900.

I ticketed the following for 75,000 Avianca LifeMiles plus $84 in taxes and fees:

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Ben (Lucky)

How To Save On Lyft With SoFi (And Get Free Cash)

1 day 14 hours ago

I've written about how the Chase Sapphire Reserve® Card has a new Lyft benefit, whereby cardmembers can earn 10x Ultimate Rewards points per dollar on Lyft rides, plus they can get a Lyft Pink membership, which otherwise costs ~$20 per month.

Well, for those without the Sapphire Reserve, there's another great opportunity to save on Lyft. Heck, you can actually stack some of these benefits, so this could even be useful for those with the Sapphire Reserve.

SoFi is essentially an online bank with an excellent app, which I've had positive experiences with. On the most basic level, if you open a SoFi Money account you:

Get a 1.60% APY
There are no account fees
ATM fees are reimbursed worldwide

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Ben (Lucky)

Save 15% At Hyatt Place & Hyatt House With Chase Offers (Targeted)

1 day 15 hours ago

I’ve written extensively about Amex Offers, where you can earn bonus points or receive statement credits for purchases with select retailers. This is an awesome opportunity to save, and collectively I get hundreds of dollars worth of value out of the program every year.

Chase has a similar program called Chase Offers, which I’ve been writing about lately, given that they have more and more offers. The program is still relatively new, and I'm increasingly finding the offers to be valuable.

If you only have Chase personal cards then you can see these through the regular Chase website, while if you have a mix of personal and business cards, you can only see this through the Chase mobile app.

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Ben (Lucky)

SAA Schedules A350 On New York JFK Route

2 days 6 hours ago

In June 2019 we learned that South African Airways would be leasing some Airbus A350-900s. As we learned soon thereafter, the airline is getting four A350-900s, with the priority being deploying these planes on the New York route.

While the first A350 joined SAA's fleet a couple of months ago, up until now the planes have just been flying regional routes, primarily between Johannesburg and Cape Town (presumably for crew familiarization). That will soon be changing.

South African Airways has scheduled the A350-900 to operate their Johannesburg to New York JFK route as of February 7, 2020.

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Ben (Lucky)

Chase Sapphire Preferred Review (2020)

2 days 6 hours ago

There are a lot of amazing travel rewards credit cards nowadays, and in many ways credit card issuers have become significantly more competitive when it comes to the perks associated with cards. In this post I wanted to take a close look at what has been a popular card for years, the Chase Sapphire Preferred -- is it still as good as it used to be?

With the recent changes made to the Chase Sapphire Reserve, as well as a couple of benefits recently being added to the Chase Sapphire Preferred, I figured this card was worth taking another look at.

While a lot of people nowadays talk about the Chase Sapphire Reserve® Card (review), this
 card was built on the basics of the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card.

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Ben (Lucky)

Cool: Air Greenland Orders Airbus A330-800neo

2 days 8 hours ago

It looks like Air Greenland will be replacing their current A330-200 with a new A330-800neo!

Air Greenland is such a cool airline that I look forward to flying this coming summer. The airline currently has a single wide body plane, which is an Airbus A330-200 that they use for flights to Copenhagen.

On top of that, the airline operates a fleet of turboprops, which they use for flights within Greenland, as well as for flights to Iceland.

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Ben (Lucky)

Park Hyatt Niseko Opening Soon

2 days 9 hours ago

Park Hyatt is my favorite luxury hotel brand to book with points. While I generally think Park Hyatt and St. Regis are roughly comparable, I prefer World of Hyatt for being able to confirm a suite upgrade at the time of booking as a Globalist member, which really lets me maximize the hotel stays that matter most to me.

This has been an exciting several months for Park Hyatt -- the Park Hyatt Kyoto opened a few months ago, and the Park Hyatt Auckland will be opening in 2020 (though the opening keeps getting pushed back, even though they're accepting reservations).

In August 2019 the Park Hyatt Niseko started accepting reservations for stays as of March 1, 2020, and this is an update to that, as the hotel is now opening in a few days, earlier than initially expected.

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Ben (Lucky)

How The New DoorDash Chase Sapphire Reserve Perks Work

2 days 10 hours ago

Significant changes have been made to the Chase Sapphire Reserve® Card. The card's annual fee has increased by $100 (to [boardingarea_quinstreet_cc id=4048084 key=fees_annual]), and the card has new benefits from DoorDash and Lyft.

In a previous post I took an in-depth look at the new Lyft benefits, and in this post I wanted to take a closer look at the new DoorDash benefits, especially as all of these benefits are now live.

The Chase Sapphire Reserve offers two DoorDash benefits, both of which are limited time -- cardmembers get $60 in annual DoorDash credits, and cardmembers also receive a DoorDash Plus membership.

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Ben (Lucky)

Marriott Bonvoy Bold Card Review (2020)

2 days 11 hours ago

With the new Marriott Bonvoy program having been launched in early 2019, Marriott has a new suite of credit cards that are being issued by both American Express and Chase.

While the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card is Marriott's $95 annual fee card, they also have the Marriott Bonvoy Bold™ Credit Card, which has no annual fee. I wanted to take a closer look at that card in this post, especially as it currently has an increased sign-up bonus.

A lot of people go out of their way to only get no annual fee cards, though often you're forgoing significant benefits when you choose one of those cards over a premium card. That's why the Marriott Bonvoy Bold Card is so interesting, since it's still fairly rare to see no annual fee hotel cards with valuable benefits.

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Ben (Lucky)

Delta Air Lines Announces Miami Expansion

2 days 12 hours ago

In September 2019 it was announced that Delta Air Lines would be buying a 20% stake in LATAM, and that the two airlines would be forming a joint venture.

In the process LATAM will be leaving oneworld, and will also stop partnering with American Airlines, which has historically been their big partner in the US.

LATAM has a huge presence in Miami, which is logical for a couple of reasons:

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Ben (Lucky)

Qantas’ Inconsistent Lounge Dress Code

2 days 13 hours ago

Since April 2015, Qantas has had a dress code for accessing their lounges, and in the past few years the airline has been in the news several times for this. Well, the airline is once again in the news for their lounge dress code, and in this case I think Qantas is wrong, or at a minimum unfairly inconsistent.

What is the dress code for Qantas Lounges?

There's a dress code for Qantas Clubs and Qantas Business Lounges in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney. As these policies are described, they're "intended to create an environment everyone can enjoy."

With this policy, Qantas doesn't allow:

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Ben (Lucky)

Bizarre: United Airlines Eliminating Bag Sizers At Gates

2 days 14 hours ago

United Airlines is making a surprising change. On the surface I'd say this could be a positive move, but it also really isn't, in my opinion.

By January 23, 2020, United Airlines will be removing the bag sizers from all gate areas:

-- The airline will continue to enforce carry-on sizes at check-in and at the security checkpoint
-- At the gate, gate agents will be told to exercise their best judgment in deciding whether a carry-on is the right size or not

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Ben (Lucky)

Tempo By Hilton: New Brand For “Modern Achievers”

2 days 15 hours ago

Hilton has just announced the details of their 18th hotel brand, called Tempo by Hilton. Hilton has been on a roll lately when it comes to introducing new brands that I struggle to differentiate, including Signia Hilton, Motto by Hilton, and more.

Before we talk specifically about Tempo by Hilton, I think it makes sense to talk about why hotel groups start new hotel brands. It’s not necessarily to be able to sell to consumers, but rather to be able to sell to investment companies.

For the most part, the global hotel chains don’t own most of their hotels, but rather they just have management or franchise contracts for them. So the reason they create so many new brands is so they have something to pitch to investors.

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