In Case You Missed It – A Recap Of The Week (27 August 2017)

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Summaries and links for all the posts which appeared on Traveling For Miles this week. Includes a detailed breakdown of how much I paid (in cash and points) for a great trip to Tokyo, Hong Kong & Singapore, why American Airlines just gets worse and worse, news of high speed Wi-Fi on Alaska Airlines, how Qantas plans to upgrade its A380 aircraft and more.

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Monday

Tokyo, Hong Kong & Singapore Trip – Introduction (How I Booked & How Much I Paid)

For the second year in a row I decided to book a trip for Joanna and I without actually telling Joanna where we were going. Last year the trip was primarily paid for in cash while this year I was very keen to book as much of it as possible with miles and points – this is how that worked out.

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It’s Time To Say Goodbye To TUMI – It’s Not The Brand It Used To Be

As I travel quite a bit I pay extra close attention to the luggage I carry around. For years my choice of brand has been TUMI but the time has come to admit that TUMI isn’t the brand it once was and to move on to a brand that appears to stand by the quality of its products.

Tuesday

News: Delta Launches New Route To Africa, American Airlines Just Gets Worse & Qatar Airlines Offers Pre-Select Dining Service

Just a few of the more important and interesting news stories I noticed from the past couple of days which could affect your travel plans – the news out of American is particularly egregious!

Alaska Mileage Plan Offering Bonuses Of Up To 50% On Purchased Miles

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Alaska Mileage Plan is offering a bonus of up to 50% on any miles purchased between now and 5 October 2017…but is this offer any good? For some it certainly is…but not for everyone.

Wednesday

Why I Gave Up A Park Hyatt Reservation For A Hyatt Regency

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The Park Hyatt Tokyo appears to have a lot of fans but I chose to give up a reservation at this highly lauded property in favor of its supposedly lesser sister property, the Hyatt Regency Tokyo. This is why.

Alaska Airlines Announces Gogo 2Ku satellite Wi-Fi Fleet-Wide & Extends Free Chat & Movies To Virgin America

Alaska Airlines has confirmed that it has selected Gogo to provide its “next generation” in-flight wi-fi service across all of its aircraft (Boeing and Airbus) and has provided more details of what customers can expect.

Thursday

Japan Airlines (JAL) 777 First Class In Pictures

A look at a recent JAL first class flight I took between London and Tokyo Haneda in 25 (or so) pictures – this should give you a reasonable idea of what to expect onboard.

Qatar Airways Adds A Great New Route To Asia….But It’s Only Seasonal

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Details of the latest route Qatar Airways is opening up in Asia – Chiang Mai in Thailand. Although this route is set to be seasonal this is still an excellent addition to the airline’s network and we can only hope that it’s successful enough to be offered year-round.

Friday

Qantas Says Its A380s Will Get A “Major Cabin Upgrade”

Qantas has used the announcement of its full year results to confirm that it plans to carry out what it’s calling a “major cabin upgrade” on its 12 strong Airbus A380 fleet. Leaving aside for a moment the fact that Qantas and I appear to disagree on how this announcement is being portrayed (two of the four A380 cabins may be getting a major upgrade but the other two really are not) it’s good to see the airline continuing to try to keep its product relevant.

Marriott Opens A New Residence Inn in London…And This One Could Be Useful

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Details of the first Residence Inn Marriott has opened in London and why this property may be of interest to more than just the usual long staying business person – I think tourist may love this as an option.