In Case You Missed It – A Recap Of The Week (4 March 2018)

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Summaries and links for all the posts which appeared on Traveling For Miles this week. Includes a review of British Airways Business Class on the airline’s 787 Dreamliner, details of some good Amex cashback offers on Hilton stays, news that oneworld airlines are introducing Basic Economy fares across the Atlantic, a Qatar Airways promotion (which ends today), details of how a British Airways route cancellation is fantastic news for Business Class flyers and more.

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Monday

New Design Senator Lounge Opens In Vienna

Senator lounges are the lounges that sit one tier below Lufthansa Group’s exclusive First Class lounges and the newest Senator lounge has just opened its doors in Vienna revealing a new design.

Delta, Sprint & Others Join Forces To Give Customers Seamless Mobile Services

Delta, Sprint, Airbus Airtel and OneWeb have formed the “Seamless Air Alliance” which will look to allow member mobile/cell operators to extend the services they offer into aircraft cabins.

Hilton Amex Offers: 20% Cashback In Hawaii & 15% Cashback in Australia

In the last few days American Express has opened up two particularly good cashback offers on Hilton bookings and there are a couple of older offers still floating around (at MGM resorts and the James in New York) that will boost your Membership Rewards balance.

Tuesday

Norwegian Adds More Service To Los Angeles & New York

Norwegian is the low-cost airline that won’t stop growing (mostly) and the airline has recently announced that it plans to add yet more service between Europe and the US. No new destinations are being announced but two of the airlines existing routes are to see extra services added in 2018.

American Airlines & Qantas Want Government Permission To Price-Fix

Two years after withdrawing their last request American Airlines and Qantas have gone back to the US Department of Transport (DOT) asking for permission to form a joint venture and to revenue share across the Pacific.

Hyatt Sells The Andaz Maui As Part Of $1.0bn Deal…..But Will This Improve Anything?

Hyatt has announced the sale of the Andaz Maui as part of a 3-property sale totalling $1.0bn. As this is a property which has historically played fast and loose with some World of Hyatt benefits, it will be interesting to see if anything changes.

Wednesday

Cathay Pacific’s New Hong Kong Lounge Set To Open – Welcome To “The Deck”

Cathay Pacific is set to open its newest Hong Kong lounge – The Deck Lounge Hong Kong – on 22 March 2018. here are the first images released of the lounge’s interior together with details of what guests can expect once inside and details of who can and cannot gain entry.

Review: British Airways 787-9 Dreamliner Business Class Overnight Flight (LAX-LHR)

British Airways 787-9 Dreamliner Business Class

British Airways 787-9 Dreamliner Business Class (Club World) reviewed on an overnight flight between Los Angeles and London Heathrow. With British Airways still offering an out-of-date and densely arranged Business Class cabin I wasn’t really expecting much out of my Club World flight between LA and Heathrow….but I was interested to see what the experience would be like because I hadn’t yet tried the airline’s Dreamliner.

GREAT FARES: Business Class Europe – USA From €1,086 RT (Some fares are still around)

Delta and some of its fellow SkyTeam members have posted some great Business Class fares for travel between Europe and the US. The fares start at around €1,086 for roundtrip travel and most of the good deals I’ve spotted are for departures out of Spain but Amsterdam and Paris may work as departure point too.

Thursday

British Airways Cancels Flights To Doha – Fantastic News For Business Class Flyers!

British Airways has announced that it is cancelling its flights between London and Doha for a period of 3 months from the end of March and, while this may not be the best news for flyers booked into World Traveller Plus (Premium Economy) it’s nothing short of fantastic news if you’re booked to fly in Business Class.

Fantastic Service From American Airlines As Iberia Really, Really Screws Up

I have done more than my fair share of American Airlines bashing over the past two years (it’s been well deserved) but, right now, I’m incredibly grateful for some truly fantastic service from the airline after it got us out of a serious mess of Iberia’s making.

Oneworld Transatlantic Basic Economy Fares Are Coming – Here’s What You Need To Know

British Airways, American Airlines, Finnair and Iberia will be introducing transatlantic Basic Economy fares from April 2018. While some elite benefits are remaining in place some are being stripped out and the overall proposition isn’t one that any of us should be looking forward to.

Friday

Emirates Skywards Reaches 20 Million Member Mark

Emirates says that its Skywards loyalty program now attracts, on average, 220,000 new members every month and that last week the total Skywards membership crossed the 20 million mark.

Qatar Airways Visa Card Weekend Promotion – Save On Flights To All Destinations (LAST DAY SUNDAY!)

Qatar Airways has launched a new promotion in partnership with Visa (you’ll need to have a Visa card to participate). The airline hasn’t revealed what sort of discounts we can expect in all territories (some regions are showing a discount of “up to 10%”) but, with the promotion valid for travel in all cabins, it’s well worth checking out to see if you can save on any trips you’re thinking of booking.

Qantas Reveals The New Menu For Its Perth – London Dreamliner Route

Qantas will be starting up one of the world’s longest routes when it starts flying its 787-9 Dreamliner between Perth and London on 24 March 2018 and now we have our first look at some of the food that passengers can expect on board.

Delta Changes Access To International Third-Party Business Class Lounges

Delta has announced that it will be changing the rules surrounding which flyers have access to third-party lounges at select destinations. In some cases lounge access is being withdrawn entirely while in others its elite members that are seeing their access rights withdrawn.

Qatar Airways Adds Its Qsuites To Another Route

Qatar Airways had quietly added one of its Qsuite equipped 777 aircraft to yet another US route taking the number of US routes offering the acclaimed Business Class cabin to 3. On this occasion the lucky city is Chicago which will see Qsuite service from 1 April 2018.

Joon Takes Over Another Air France Route

Air France is handing over another of its routes to its sister airline Joon. From June 2018 Joon will operate a daily service between Paris CDG and Mumbai in place of Air France.

American Airlines Business Extra Upgrades Just Went Paperless (And Two Promotions You Should Be Registered For)

The American Airlines Business Extra program is creeping into the 21st century as the airline does away with paper upgrade certificates in favor of electronic certificates received by email. In addition to this news there are two Business Extra promotion currently running that everyone should be signed up to.