The Incredible Value Of Booking Marriott Hotel + Air Packages Before August

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In mid-April we learned the full details of Marriott’s new loyalty program, which will be debuting in August. This is a huge undertaking on Marriott’s part, and members have had a lot of questions and concerns. While there are some areas where we have answers, there are other areas where we don’t.

In this post I wanted to share my thought process out loud regarding possibly booking a couple of Marriott Hotel + Air Packages before August, when Marriott’s program changes kick in. This has the potential to be by far the best use of Starpoints ever.

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Air Tahiti Nui Reveals New 787 Cabin & Livery

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Later this year, Air Tahiti Nui will be refreshing their fleet. The airline currently has five Airbus A340s, and later this year they’ll take delivery of their first of four Boeing 787-9s, which will replace the A340 fleet by 2019. Air Tahiti Nui’s average fleet age will go from 16 years to just a few months by some point next year.

In March Air Tahiti Nui announced their first 787 routes, as they’ll begin flying the plane to Auckland and Los Angeles as of November 2018, and to Tokyo as of February 2019.

While we had a general sense of what the cabins would look like, up until now Air Tahiti Nui hasn’t released any renderings of the new cabins. They’ve now done that, and there’s even a further pleasant surprise.

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Comparing The New IHG & Marriott Credit Cards

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In the past couple of months we’ve seen Chase introduce two new co-branded hotel credit cards. Specifically, I’m talking about the IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card and Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus Credit Card. Given that these cards are both new, I figured it would be interesting to do a side-by-side comparison of the two cards, for someone who might be trying to decide between them.

So, let’s compare the two cards across a few different factors:

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Targeted: CardMatch 100K Amex Platinum Offer Is Back

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The CardMatch Tool, which is offered by creditcards.com, often gives people access to bigger targeted card welcome bonuses. In order to use the tool you have to enter your name, address, and last four of your social security number, and based on that, it may make certain targeted offers available to you.

Last November I wrote about how there was a targeted 100K welcome bonus on the Amex Platinum Card through the CardMatch Tool. The bonus stayed around for a while, then it seemed to disappear for a while, and then it returned again in February. Then in early April it seemed to make another return.

Doctor Of Credit reports that a new batch of people have now been targeted for this offer, so if you haven’t taken advantage of this deal in the past, you’ll want to see if you’re targeted.

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Qatar Airways Privilege Club’s MASSIVE Award Chart Devaluation (Without Notice)

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As much as I commend Qatar Airways for the onboard product they offer, just about everything else about the airline is a complete #&*%show. And that includes their loyalty program.

Qatar Airways has just introduced a massive devaluation to their award chart, and they provided exactly zero notice of these changes.

Several days ago I wrote about how Qatar Airways is adding a new booking fee to award tickets. Specifically, as of May 27, 2017, Privilege Club is adding a $25, $50, or $75 booking fee per one-way award ticket in economy, business, or first class. Given that you can exclusively book award tickets on their website, this is a very clear money grab.

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Aer Lingus Has A New A330 With Inferior Business Class Seats

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Aer Lingus has a great business class product on their A330s, as they have a staggered configuration with fully flat seats. It has been cool to see Aer Lingus’ growth the past few years, which has been gradual but consistent. They’ve added a handful of US routes over the past few years, and have slowly increased the size of their fleet (they now have 13 Airbus A330s).

I knew that a couple more A330s were supposed to join Aer Lingus’ fleet this year to fuel their growth, though I didn’t put much thought into how they’d be configured. My assumption was that these new A330s would feature the same configurations as all of their other A330s. It looks like that’s not the case.

Reader Ethan emailed to say that he booked his aunt on flight EI118 from Washington Dulles to Dublin. He pre-assigned her a “throne seat,” but at check-in they told her it was not available due to an equipment change, and she was reassigned seat 3C. No other Aer Lingus A330 has seat 3C, so obviously Ethan found that strange.

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Niagara-On-The-Lake, Vineyards And Niagara Falls At Midnight

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Breakfast at the next morning came in really cute picnic baskets, delivered right to your door! Juices, freshly baked muffins and cakes from the local bakery, fruits and local jams – all of which was just a brilliant start to the day in this amazing town! After breakfast, our morning started with a lazy amble … Continue Reading

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Entire South African Express Fleet Grounded Over Safety Concerns

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South African Express (SA Express) is a regional carrier in South Africa. It’s owned by the government and operates flights on behalf of South African Airways, similar to how regional carriers operate flights for major carriers in the US.

The South African aviation industry in general is in quite a bit of trouble, as South African Airways has been on the brink of liquidation for a while. However, that sort of pales in comparison to what just happened at SA Express.

The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) has just suspended SA Express’ Air Operator’s Certificate (AoC) as well as their Aircraft Maintenance Organisation (AMO) approvals. They’ve also suspended the Certificates of Airworthiness (CoA) for nine of the 21 aircraft being operated by the airline.

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Where To Visit (And Stay) In A Vineyard In England

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The next day at Amberley castle, I woke up to surprisingly heavy rain! It’d been so sunny the day before and the rain was the last thing I’d expected. Being British though, you really learn to roll with the punches when it comes to the weather and so we didn’t even skip and beat and … Continue Reading

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Weekly Review: May 26, 2018

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Happy Memorial Day Weekend! I’m doing a whole lot of nothing this weekend, as in a few days I’m leaving on a trip to Italy and Greece, which I’m excited about. I’ll be going to Milan, Santorini, and Athens. The whole reason Milan is part of the itinerary is because of the awesome Emirates first class fares that were available from North America to Milan a while back. It has probably been over a decade since I’ve been to Greece, so I’m very much looking forward to returning, as I have great memories. 

On the points & travel front, this week we saw the introduction of a new Chase business card, Alaska introduced a bonus on purchased miles, the Park Hyatt St. Kitts had a lucrative promotion for stays through December, Qatar added a surcharge to Qsuites tickets, and more.

With that out of the way, here’s a recap of this week on the blog:

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