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I missed last week and about to miss this week, so call this a partial update. I last checked the blogs 11 days ago according to my RSS reader. I loaded up a bunch to read on my flight to China and instead slept the whole way until the United matrons woke me with their noisy breakfast service. A bit tried chasing around Europe for business, then fun, and battling British Airways’ atrocious customer service to get back to NY in time to do laundry, collect gifts for my in-laws and fly out for China 11 hours later. All for posts to catch up another day.
A few quick miles and points observations:
- OneWorld has a decent array of members that have good earning with AA. Asia falls short, as with other alliances. Glad that Finnair and Iberia earn equal to BA, because BA is now my airline to avoid.
- Why do Western Europe chain hotels fight so much over breakfast for elites? Classic experience at the Radisson Blu Paris-Boulogne where, “We have upgraded you to a Business Class room.” “And breakfast is included?” “No, when we upgrade we do not include breakfast.” “So the upgrade means I get a jet-engine sounding Nespresso maker?” The manager came out and argued the point, but conceded in giving me breakfast. Yay, croissants and dumpy cold cuts. Last night I checked in to the Radisson Blu Beijing, “We have upgraded you to a Deluxe Room and included breakfast as you did not book breakfast.”
- My Amex Platinum Mercedes-Benz annual fee is due. Haven’t found a good business card offer to swap and haven’t decided if to downgrade or apply for an EveryDay card to keep my Membership Rewards balance active. Centurion lounges are not important to me. Boingo access is ok on the occasion that it works. I have Starwood Gold already for the year. Other travel benefits I do better with Citi Prestige.
Blog highlights from the past couple weeks, partial list as I catch up:
- Long Layover? These Airlines Will Hook You Up With a Free Hotel (Map Happy). Very well researched.
- Interlining Baggage Rules: What They Are and How to Use Them (frugalhack.me). Did not know Delta does not interline for anyone!
- Will There Be a Cash Advance Fee? (frugalhack.me).
- BigCrumbs Shopping Portal Now Back as MainStreetSHARES (Frugal Travel Guy). Quite complex new model, is it worth the time to research?
- Little Known Perk: United Will Pay for a Hotel Room on Arrival from International Flights (Point Me to the Plane). Lots of restrictions, many lounges on arrival, in some cases hotel rooms for a few hours.
- Bet You Didn’t Know: Waitlisting for United First or Business Class (The FrequentMiler).
- Hertz vs. National Car Rental. Which is more rewarding? (The FrequentMiler)
- Complete List of Flyer Miles and Routes to Tahiti (Travel is Free). My wife is not sold on all that flying to get to a beach.
- Free Miles and Points (eu flyer). List maintained with lots of promos for EU programs. Got a few hundred Air Berlin points.
- Venmo security: It’s not as strong as the company wants you to think. (Slate). And I thought Venmo died a couple years ago. Turns out people outside our hobby are using it. Peyton Sherwood, anyone?
- Marriott Rewards Business Credit Card with 70,000 Point Signup Bonus from Chase (Doctor of Credit). My recent round of apps this offer was not around, would have done that instead of getting denied for another Ink.
- Problems with the “Pacific Hopper”(Travel is Free).
- Why I Cancelled my AAA Membership (and You Can, Too!) (Tagging Miles).
- Another Mistake Fare?! Quick, Upend Your Life! (Travel Codex). And here I am in Beijing for business. Anyone else around? I fly out tonight anyway. Out of this I was reminded by FrequentMiler that AA does NOT have a 24-hour refund policy, only a hold policy, nearly got burned by that before.
- TravelBloggerBuzz was gone and then not.