In Case You Missed It – A Recap Of The Week (28 January 2018)

in case you missed it

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Summaries and links for all the posts which appeared on Traveling For Miles this week. Includes news that Uber’s CEO appears not to know how the Uber App works, a review of a Hilton in London and the Grand Hyatt in Sao Paulo, a warning to avoid the latest IHG points sale, some great BA/Qatar Airways/Finnair Business Class fares, news of a customer friendly move from the World of Hyatt, a confession from me and a lot more.

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Monday

I’m Booking Fewer Hotels When I Travel And It’s Saving Me A Lot!

I’m looking more to extended-stay properties, timeshare rentals and AirBnB when I’m booking family vacations. The extra freedom that units like these give and the savings they can provide can be surprising..especially if you’ve never considered these as an option.

Review: Hilton London Canary Wharf

Hilton London Canary Wharf

A review of the Hilton London Canary Wharf with a look inside an Executive king-size room, a regular guest room (double) and a twin guest room as well as a look at the breakfast offered in the restaurant and the gym that the property offers.

Bad Deal: IHG Selling Points With A Bonus Of Up To 75%

IHG Rewards has announced its first points sale since it increased the number of points needed to stay at most of the top InterContinental properties to 70,000…and you should almost certainly give this promotion a wide berth.

Tuesday

It Hurts Me To Admit This…..

I like to think of myself as a reasonably intelligent, rational human being and I like to believe that I understand how loyalty programs work, what their real purpose is and what the miles and points game/hobby is all about….so why am I being irrational and possibly a bit dumb?

Review: Grand Hyatt Sao Paulo

A review of the Grand Hyatt Sao Paulo including a look inside a Grand Suite and the hotel’s Grand Lounge (executive lounge) together with a look at the buffet breakfast served in the main restaurant as well as all the other amenities the hotel has to offer.

Qatar Airways Delays A350-1000 Delivery – QSuite Blamed

Qatar Airways CEO Akbar al-Baker has used a press conference in Doha to confirm that the delivery of the airline’s first Airbus A350-1000 has been delayed due to issues with the installation of the Business Class QSuite.

Wednesday

Cathay Pacific – No Smoke Without Fire

Cathay Pacific has been quick to rubbish rumors that it plans to introduce a ‘buy on board’ food service on its short-haul routes and it had also denied that it has scrapped plans to introduce a ‘dine on demand’ service in long-haul Business Class….but is there really no truth to these rumors?

Detailed Comparison: Hilton Honors Amex Ascend vs Hilton Honors Amex Business Credit Card

A detailed look at the similarities and differences between the Hilton Honors American Express Ascend credit card and the Hilton Honors American Express Business credit card. What do both credit cards offer and is one better than the other?

World Of Hyatt Makes A Customer-Friendly Move + Did Hyatt Rollover Any Nights For You?

Hyatt appears to be attempting to undo some of the damage done when it revamped its loyalty program and called it the World of Hyatt. So far it has been announced that award nights will now count towards elite qualification but now the hotel chain appears to have made another customer-friendly move.

Thursday

Moving From AAdvantage To The British Airways Executive Club – How I’m Handling It

AAdvantage or Executive Club

As I move from having American Airlines AAdvantage as my primary airline loyalty program to the British Airways Executive club, I’m looking forward to the benefits ahead of me…but I’m also having to make plans for dealing with the inevitable downsides too.

Emirates Adds Non-Stop Newark Service & Reinstates Daily Service To Two Other US Cities

Over the past year Emirates’ scheduling team has been very active when it comes to the airline’s routes to/from the US with Emirates apparently happy to tinker with its schedule on what seems like a very frequent basis. We’ve seen Emirates reduce services to a number of US cities but now it look like the carrier is stepping up its game to the US once again.

Uber’s CEO Doesn’t Know How His Own App Works (Either That Or Uber Lied To Customers)

Uber’s CEO suggests that we can all improve our Uber rating (the one we get from the drivers) by tipping well. Amusingly this isn’t a tactic that can possibly work thanks to the way the Uber algorithm works…but then you’d think the Uber CEO would know that wouldn’t you?

Friday

British Airways, Qatar Airways & Finnair Business Class To Asia From $1,451

Right now there are a number of very good Business Class fares on offer between various European cities and Asia and, for a change, not all of the fares are for travel on Qatar Airways.

Roundup: More HBO Fares On Europe-USA Routes, Star Alliance Improves RTW Offering, Qatar Airways Adds A Lot More Flights To Europe & More

A roundup of some of the news items released tin the past few days. Includes details of more hand baggage only fees for travel across the Atlantic, news that Qatar Airways is adding more flights to France, Italy and Spain, details of a customer-friendly change Star Alliance has made to its round-the-world fares and news that Cathay Pacific has announced the first routes for its new A350-1000 aircraft.

Buy Hyatt Points With A 30% Bonus (It May Save You Money)

The World of Hyatt has released its first points promotion for 2018 and it’s offering members the opportunity to earn a 30% bonus on all points purchases of 5,000 or more. Here I show you when and why this cold save you money.