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Weekly Review

  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. Wing 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:

Featured Stories

Is There No Limit To How Expensive Basic Economy Fares Get?

American-737-Economy-Class American, Delta, and United all sell basic economy fares. Delta pioneered this concept back in 2012, and in the past couple of months American and United have started selling these fares as well. The restrictions associated with these fares vary by airline. They all don’t let you select seats and upgrade on these fares, while American and United don’t even let you bring on carry-on bags when purchasing these fares.

Impressions Of Dhaka, Bangladesh

Dhaka-Bangladesh - 4We’re slowly headed back to the U.S. from our incredible trip to Bhutan, and on the way back planned a one night stopover in Dhaka, Bangladesh. That was my first time visiting Bangladesh, and I wasn’t sure what to expect.

A (non-Bangladeshi) friend recently told me that Bangladesh is his favorite country in the world. Not the city of Dhaka as such, but the countryside.

Meanwhile I’ve had others tell me that Dhaka is a horrible place. So I was curious to find out for myself. We were only there for a day, so we arranged for a five hour city tour. That doesn’t make me an expert on the place, but that won’t stop me from sharing my first impressions.

What did I make of Dhaka?


Register To Earn 5x Points At Grocery Stores And Drugstores

Grocery-apples The Chase Freedom is one of my favorite no annual fee credit cards, as it offers 5x points in rotating quarterly categories, for up to $1,500 of spend per quarter. Most people use this as a cashback card, meaning the 5x points really translates into 5% cashback in these categories. The best part is that in conjunction with cards like the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card or Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card, points earned on this card can be converted into “premium” Ultimate Rewards points, and be transferred to the Ultimate Rewards airline and hotel partners. Since I value one Ultimate Rewards point at significantly more than one cent, that’s my preferred use of those points.
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TIPS: Earning Miles & Promos

Should You Buy Hilton Honors Points With A 100% Bonus? Limited Time: Earn Double Plastiq Referral Credits Register To Earn 5x Points At Grocery Stores And Drugstores Will The Bonus On The Ink Business Preferred Card Be Increased? The Cheapest Fares I’ve Ever Seen In The Etihad Residence Transfer Hotel Points To Aeroplan And Get A 30% Bonus Last Chance: Register To Earn 5x Points On Uber, Lyft, Gas Stations, Etc. What’s The Best Credit Card For Buying JetBlue Tickets? ~$1,100 Roundtrip Qatar Airways Business Class Fares From Cairo To The US!

TRICKS: Redeeming Miles

Marriott Now Lets You Redeem Points For TSA Pre-Check (But Don’t Do It) Air France/KLM FlyingBlue Improves Their Mileage Expiration Policy Brazil Eliminates Their Ban On Airline Fuel Surcharges Alaska Mileage Plan Cuts JAL Premium Economy Awards Delta Flash Sale: Save On Award Tickets To Europe This Summer

TRAVEL With Lucky

Nerd Alert: Airline Management Simulator Games I’m Having A Glass Of Wine On A “Dry” Airline… Why I Love Flying In The “Developing World” Impressions Of Dhaka, Bangladesh Why Bhutan’s Insanely High Tourist Fee Is A Good Thing I’d Like To Visit Mongolia (I Think) How Many Devices Should Be Included With “Free” Hotel Wifi?

REVIEWS & Trip Reports

Kuwait Airways’ New 777 Business Class In 10 Pictures Review: Philippine Airlines Business Class 777 New York To Vancouver Review: St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort Review: Prince De Galles Hotel Paris Review: Alitalia Lounge New York JFK Review: St. Regis Maldives Overwater Villa Kuwait Airways A330 Business Class In 10 Pictures Review: Trans Maldivian Airways Flight Review: St. Regis Lounge Male Airport

NEWS & Updates

U.S. Airline Unions Do Support Subsidies… When It Benefits Them 2 Great New U.S. Airport Lounge Options For Priority Pass Members Bad News For United’s New Polaris Seat — Expect Big Delays Marriott & United Add Reciprocal Benefits For Invitation-Only Elite Members Details Of LEVEL, IAG’s New Transatlantic Low Cost Airline President Trump Wants To Eliminate The Essential Air Service Program Did WestJet Have A “Near Miss” In St. Maarten Last Week? Delta Increases Their Same Day Flight Change & Standby Fees By 50% Alitalia Will Shrink Fleet, Cut Free Food & Drinks, And More Video: Celebrities Go Undercover As British Airways Employees An Easy Way To Thank Starwood Employees Who Go Above And Beyond Etihad A380 Service Changes: Hello Paris, Goodbye Mumbai Awesome Video: The Economics Of Airline Classes Is There No Limit To How Expensive Basic Economy Fares Get? American Is Adding Free Meals In Economy On Select Domestic Flights The Opening Of Abu Dhabi Airport’s New Midfield Terminal Is Delayed By 2 Years 3500+ Flights Cancelled Due To Winter Storms An Unusual Way Hilton Is Discriminating Against Elite Members Two U.S. Airlines Are Cutting Flights To Cuba Altogether GIVEAWAY: Two Free Nights At Any DoubleTree By Hilton Hotel
I hope everyone has a great rest of the weekend! Source link
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