In Case You Missed It – A Recap Of The Week (22 July 2018)


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Summaries and links for all the posts which appeared on Traveling For Miles this week including news of a new Cathay Pacific route to the US, good Business Class fares between Europe and Singapore and Europe and Beijing, news that Hyatt credit card holders can get 10% off award bookings, more Qatar Airways Qsuite route news, a look at the city of Budapest and a lot more.

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Monday

Emirates Has Opened A New First & Business Class Lounge In Cairo

Emirates opened its new First & Business Class lounge in Cairo on Thursday last week and has shared details of what the new lounge offers as well as a few images too.

IHG Mystery Bonus Promotion: Bonuses Of Up To 100% Available On Points Purchases

IHG has launched a new points sale in which IHG Rewards members are being offered a mystery bonus. Normally with these promotions you see people being targeted for bonuses ranging between 70% through to 100% but, in this instance, I’ve yet to hear of anyone who isn’t seeing the 100% bonus….and I’ve seen or heard from at least 30 accounts so far.

United Airlines Orders New Dreamliners & Embraer-175s

United Airlines has just announced plans to purchase 4 new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and 25 new Embraer E-175 aircraft with deliveries expected in 2019 and 2020.

Cathay Pacific Promotion: Save Up To $500 On Trips To Asia

Cathay Pacific, in conjunction with Alaska Airlines, is offering up to $500 off flights and package deals to Asia for departures from its six US gateway cities. Bookings must be made by 31 July 2018 and the higher the cabin booked the higher the discount offered.

Qatar Qsuites Are Coming To Philly (For One Roundtrip Only) And Awards Are Available!

The Qatar Airways Qsuite Business Class cabin is recognised as being the best Business Class cabin in the world right now (by most people) and thanks to aircraft refits and an expanding Qatar Airways fleet it’s getting easier to find flights offering the product.

I’m Not Going To Recommend My Favorite Credit Card – Here’s Why

I’ve been playing around with the miles & points hobby for a few years now (not nearly as long as some but longer than most) and I’ve built up a significant collection of credit cards. Some of my cards have a near-permanent home in my wallet while others rarely see the light of day but all my credit cards serve a purpose.


Tuesday

10% Off Hyatt Award Bookings Through 30 September

If you have one of the two Chase/Hyatt co-branded credit cards you may have seen a pleasing email drop into your inbox over the past 24 hours – Hyatt is offering cardmembers a 10% rebate on all award bookings taken by 30 September 2018.

Singapore Airlines Business Class: Europe To Singapore From $1,809 Roundtrip

Singapore Airlines is offering a very good fare (by Singapore Airlines standards) for travel between Stockholm and Singapore in its Airbus A350 Business Class cabin. With Singapore Airlines Business Class flights earning 200% credit with Alaska Mileage Plan, 150% credit with Miles & More and 125% credit with Virgin Atlantic this could be a great fare to use to boost one of your accounts.

Alaska Airlines Introduces A New Seasonal Menu

When we get airlines announcing “new seasonal menus” they’re often promoting a new offering found only in their premium cabin(s) but this time around that’s not the case. Alaska Airlines has announced that its rolling out a new “seasonally inspired” menu for its main cabin customers and it actually looks pretty good.

British Airways Adds Non-Stop Flights To Cologne, Germany

British Airways has announced that it plans to offer service between London Gatwick and Cologne from later this year. As things stand it looks as if the new route is set to operate during the winter season only but this may change should the route prove to be a success.


Wednesday

There’s A New InterContinental Coming To Colombo

IHG has announced that it has signed a management agreement to bring the InterContinental brand back to Sri Lanka. The Kingsbury Colombo was an InterContinental property up to approximately 6 years ago so the Sri Lankan capital has been InterContinental-free since then.

Cathay Pacific May Be About To Launch A New US Route

There hasn’t been anything from the press office and there was no mention of anything when the airline released its latest traffic figures for June but the Cathay Pacific US Twitter account appears to be teasing a new route to the US.

Star Alliance Business Class: Europe – Beijing From $1,703 Roundtrip

Following on from the good Singapore Airlines Business Class fare between Europe and Singapore (which I wrote about yesterday) Star Alliance, in the form of LOT Polish Airlines, has another very good ex-Stockholm fare on offer right now – this time it’s to Beijing.

Disappointing: Priority Pass Loses 3 Lounges In Seattle

Over recent years Priority Pass has been doing a pretty good job of expanding and adding lounges or lounge substitutes all around the globe and it has become an increasingly important part of my travels when I travel with multiple companions….but it hasn’t been all plain sailing.


Thursday

Etihad Adds New Buy-Onboard Products To Its Menus

Back in December 2017 Etihad embarked on yet another “let’s try to stop losing money” venture when it began offering its amenity kits for sale to all and sundry. At the same time the airline also started to offer a limited number of food and drink items for sale in the Economy Class cabin in addition to the complimentary items already offered – now that “buy onboard” range has been expanded.

Qatar Airways Now Offers Qsuite Business Class To Mumbai

New Qsuite routes are now launching on a far more frequent basis then they were a month or two ago and, following the news that Qatar Airways is to offer its premium Business Class product to/from Hong Kong and the news that it’s already offering the Qsuite cabin on flights to Bangkok and Bangalore, we now have the news that Mumbai is being served by a Qsuite equipped aircraft too.

Cathay Pacific Confirms New Route To The US – It’s Seattle!

Cathay Pacific used Twitter the other day to tease us about a possible new route to the US and now the airline has revealed exactly what that new route will be.

Budapest In Pictures – A City I Can Highly Recommend

I don’t usually write about the many places I get to visit each year because destination reviews aren’t really my forte and there are just too many tastes to cater too…but I’m going to make an exception for Budapest.

I Have The SPG Amex & Marriott Visa Cards But Holding Both Is Pointless – What To Do?

Like a lot of readers I hold both the Starwood Preferred Guest credit card from American Express as well as the Chase Marriott Rewards Premier Credit card and, with SPG and Marriott Rewards becoming one unified program in August, I’ve been wondering what to do with my credit cards.


Friday

Marriott Is Trialling Facial Recognition Check-In (And I Think I’ve Spotted A Flaw)

Sometimes I think that airlines and hotels have too much time and/or money on their hands and the news last week that Marriott is trialling facial recognition software to help with the check-in process does little to quash that opinion.

Amex Platinum Or Chase Sapphire Reserve For Flights?

Earlier in the week I called the Chase Sapphire Reserve credit card my favorite credit card and that led to a reader question which I thought was worth sharing.