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2019-08-17 21:54:27

Hello from Miami! Ford and I just got home — I first took a quick review trip around the world (and then some), and then met Ford in Greece, where we had a fun and relaxing week. I’ll be wrapping up the trip report for that this coming week, so stay tuned for that.

While the review trip was fun and we had an awesome time in Greece, the highlight of the past two weeks was seeing Winston after being apart from him for so long (though I’m not sure he missed me very much, as his friends kept him busy). I’m at home for a week, and then have another huge international trip coming up, the details of which I’ll reveal soon.

On the points & travel front, this week Delta and Virgin Atlantic announced some transatlantic expansion for next summer, Hilton Honors adjusted their status match program, Cathay Pacific’s CEO suddenly resigned, Virgin Atlantic scheduled additional A350 service to New York, and more.

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

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On this trip I had a day and a half in Bangkok. I arrived at around 10AM, and my flight the next night was at around midnight. Bangkok is one of the best cities in the world when it comes to reasonably priced luxury hotels, so I was looking forward to checking out one of the city’s new luxury options, which opened in August 2018.

I reviewed the Park Hyatt Bangkok the last time I was in town, and this time decided to check out the Waldorf Astoria Bangkok.

I’d argue that the best portfolio of business cards out there is Chase’s “Ink” cards.

The best part about these three cards is that they’re complementary rather than substitutes, so you can really maximize your rewards by having all three cards (as I do).

Personally, I’ve had the Ink Cash for years, and picked up the Ink Preferred and Ink Unlimited last year. One common question from people is how they can acquire all three of these cards, so I wanted to share the approach I recommend in this post.

In mid-May we learned that American Express is acquiring Resy, which seemed like an unconventional acquisition. For those of you not familiar with Resy, it’s a digital restaurant reservation booking and management platform.

American Express explained that their acquisition of Resy builds on their growing suite of digital services that extend beyond traditional rewards and points, to provide card members access to more types of things.

I’ve been curious to find out when we’d see the first signs of this acquisition that benefit members. At the beginning of the month we learned about the first cool promotion between the two companies, and it’s now live.

TIPS: Earning Miles & Promos

How The Benefits On The IHG Premier Card WorkHow & Why To Get All Three Chase Ink Credit CardsBritish Airways First & Business Class SaleEarn 7,500 Bonus Hilton Points After Two Stays8 Reasons To Get The IHG Premier Card8 Reasons To Get Sapphire Preferred Over Sapphire ReserveBuy United MileagePlus Miles With 85% BonusChase Freedom Unlimited Vs. Chase Ink UnlimitedHilton Honors Adjusts Status Match ProgramAAdvantage MileUp No Annual Fee Card Review (2019)Earn 1,500 Bonus Amex Points With ResyEtihad Offering 20% Bonus On Purchased MilesChase Ink Business Cards & 5/247 Great Opportunities To Buy PointsIHG Rewards Club Premier Credit Card Review (2019)

TRICKS: Redeeming Miles

Marriott Introducing Peak Award Pricing (And More)Great Deals With New Singapore KrisFlyer Award Promo

REVIEWS & Trip Reports

Review: EVA Air 787-9 Business ClassReview: Waldorf Astoria BangkokReview: Thai Airways Business Lounge Bangkok AirportReview: Turkish Airlines Lounge Bangkok AirportReview: Miracle First Class Lounge Bangkok Airport

NEWS & Updates

Virgin Atlantic Schedules 4x Daily A350 Flights To New YorkW Hotel Washington Introduces Mukbang Room ServiceHong Kong Airport Closes Due To ProtestsOuch: Qatar Airways’ 12 Hour Flight To NowhereAmerican Shifts Iceland Flight From Dallas To PhiladelphiaNew JetBlue “Just Alright Doesn’t Fly Here” AdsUnited Airlines Cracks Down On Drinking PilotsAmerican Wins Court Battle Against MechanicsNorwegian Ending Transatlantic Flights From IrelandAir Canada Fuel Surcharge Class Action ApprovedAirbus Expected To Unveil A350-1000ULRAir Canada A220 Details: Cabins, Routes, And MoreSamoa Airways Plans To Fly To LAXEthiopian Airlines Launching Houston Flights In December 2019United May Offer Personal TVs On 737 MAX AircraftUnited Flight Attendants’ New 12 Hour Drinking PolicySenator Warren Wants Answers From FTC Over Equifax BreachBoeing Delays Ultra Long Range 777XDelta & Virgin Atlantic’s 2020 Transatlantic ExpansionRidiculous: Cathay Pacific CEO “Resigns” SuddenlyTWA Hotel Now Selling Gym MembershipsThai Airways’ Special 777 Royal Barge LiverySLH Makes Changes To “Invited” Loyalty ProgramUnited Airlines Reveals New Tokyo Haneda RoutesWhy Delta Pilots Oppose Delta’s New Partnership

I hope everyone has a great rest of the weekend!


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