In Case You Missed It – A Recap Of The Week (20 November 2016)

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Summaries and links for all the posts which appeared on Traveling For Miles this week. Includes a look at the new “Basic Economy” fares from United, why I think American Airlines may devalue the AAdvantage program again, some good winter hotel sales from Hilton and IHG, news of a new route for Aer Lingus, a look at why British Airways cabin crews are voting on strike action and a lot more.

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Monday

Hyatt Opening A New Hyatt Place At Heathrow

Hyatt is set to open its second Hyatt Place hotel at London Heathrow from early 2017. The good news is that, unlike the existing Hyatt Place near Heathrow, this new property will be within a reasonable distance of the terminals and on a route with good transport connections.

Review: Hugo Junkers Lounge Düsseldorf (OneWorld/SkyTeam)

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A review of the primary lounge for OneWorld and SkyTeam flyers at Düsseldorf airport.

Norwegian Now Offers Lounge Access In Oakland

As British Airways continues its path towards low-cost airline status it would appear that the low-cost carrier it’s most concerned about is rising to meet it part-way. When you think about the traits of a low-cost carrier you probably think about things like checked-bag fees, buy-on-board food and cramped seating but you almost certainly don’t think of lounge access. Norwegian is trying to change that.

Tuesday

50% Off Avios Economy Class Awards To New York & Boston (UK Only)

he stand-alone Avios Travel Reward Programme is, for a very limited travel window, offering a 50% discount on Avios Economy Class award flights to New York & Boston From London Heathrow & Gatwick.

Will American Airlines Use Premium Economy To Devalue AAdvantage Again?

With American Airlines Premium Economy fares soon to go on sale, how will American Airlines price Premium Economy awards and will it devalue the AAdvantage award charts again?

United Airlines Basic Economy Fares – Full Details Announced & You’re Not Going To Like Them!

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United Airlines announced details of its Basic Economy fares at an investor event on Tuesday and the proposed offerings (or lack of offerings) may well surprise a few people….and not in a good way.

Wednesday

British Airways Cabin Crews Vote On Strike Action

From Wednesday 16 November over 2,000 members of British Airways’ “Mixed Fleet” crew started voting on whether or not to resort to industrial action to get their voices heard. This is why they’re doing it.

My $888 Business Class Flights On Air France & Delta – Introduction

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A look at how I booked a return Business Class flight between Madrid and New York for just $888 without pulling any tricks and just paying attention to sale fares as they get released.

Aer Lingus Will Fly To Miami From 2017 – Good For Avios Redemptions

Aer Lingus is continuing its network expansion to the US with the scheduling of a new service between Dublin and Miami for fall 2017.

Thursday

Hilton Launches Winter Sale (Europe, Middle East & Africa)

Hilton has launched its winter sale for properties in Europe, the Middle East and Africa and the booking window is so large it should be virtually impossible for you not to find dates that work for you. Take a look at some of the deal here.

Review: Iberia A320 Economy Class (LHR-MAD)

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A look at what you get when you book Iberia’s Economy Class cabin on the airlines A320 aircraft flying between London and Madrid. If you’re thinking of booking this flight you may want to read up on the leg room on offer in the Economy Class cabin..it’s not great!

Triple Amex Rewards At Amazon.com

This couldn’t be any simpler! Amex is offering 3x Membership Rewards points for purchases at Amazon.com through to the end of the year….the catch is that this is a targeted offer and you need to check your online account to see if you’ve been selected.

British Airways To Introduce A 1% Credit Card Booking Fee – UK Only

It is has been reported that British Airways is set to scrap its current £5 flat fee for all UK credit card bookings in favor of a a 1% fee capped at £20 per flight.

Friday

British Airways’ CEO Talks BAEC, WiFi, New Seats, LCCs & More With The Points Guy

The Points Guy secured an interview with British Airways CEO Alex Cruz and sat down to talk to him about all things BA. Kudos to TPG for getting this interview and for getting a few bits of information out of the BA boss.

Lufthansa Miles & More Introducing Cash & Miles Awards

Lufthansa’s Miles & More loyalty program has announced that it has introduced a “Cash & Miles” award option for Miles & More members based in the US and will be rolling out the program to other countries starting in early 2017.

British Airways & Alaska Airlines Expand Codeshare Agreement

British Airways and Alaska Airlines have expanded their codeshare agreement to cover a further 11 of Alaska’s West Coast and Hawaiian routes with immediate effect.

IHG Offering 30% Off In The Winter Europe Sale

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Hot on the heels of the Hilton Winter sale for Europe, the Middle East and Africa comes IHG’s response with an offer of up to 30% off at its various European properties. While the IHG winter sale may not cover as many destinations as the Hilton sale there definitely isn’t a shortage of properties on offer.

Lufthansa Announces Its A350 Launch Date

After months of speculation Lufthansa has finally announced the delivery date of its first Airbus A350 aircraft and, at the same time, has now told us when we can expect to the airline’s new aircraft makes its first long-haul commercial flight.

50% Discount On Hilton HHonors Points – Should You Buy?

Hilton HHonors is currently selling points with a 50% discount and, as the promotion isn’t targeted, this means that all Hilton HHonors members can buy points for just 0.5 cents each. The promotion runs through 5 December 2016 and, while a lot of points promotions can be a 50-50 proposition , this one definitely has the potential to save most Hilton fans some money.