Australian And US Airports Are Implementing Restrictions On Powders In Hand Luggage

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For many years, most airports around the world have had strict requirements for liquids, gels and aerosols taken on board flights. While some airports’ policies may vary slightly, Heathrow, for example has the following rules (which are the same for most airports I have visited):

The following restrictions apply to all liquids, creams, gels, pastes and aerosols taken through security control:

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Best Ways To Use Amex Membership Rewards Points To Fly To Australia Or New Zealand [2018]

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While Australia and New Zealand are dream destinations for many people, they are not the easiest for award travel, especially in premium cabins. If you’re like many of my friends and want to spend New Year’s Eve in Sydney to view their spectacular show on the harbour, you might even want to try booking nearly a year in advance.

Don’t let that scare you though, just be prepared. If you have Membership Rewards points, you’ll have several ways to book economy and premium cabin awards.

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Targeted Amex Platinum Card 100K CardMatch Offer Still Available

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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.

Every time I write about it I know a bunch of new people apply, so I’m not sure if they just make more people eligible periodically, or if a lot of people just didn’t check the previous times to see if they were targeted. 

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Oh…HARE – Tips (And Tales Of) Escaping Chicago’s Infamous Airport

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Anyone who flies regularly knows that delays and cancelations happen, and there’s often very little that we can do about it. As a general rule, I try to avoid Chicago’s O’Hare like the plague – I’ve even gone so far as to use it as a criteria for my airline loyalty. But when I have work in Chicago, this is hard to achieve. And unfortunately, on a recent business trip to the windy city, my low expectations were…met. 

Now, I realize that a delay at O’Hare is about as news-worthy as the sun rising in the east or Delta devaluing their award redemptions (love you, Delta!) but this trip had a few extra…complications that made it interesting. 

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Emirates Will Operate The World’s Shortest Scheduled A380 Flight Ever

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Emirates is by far the world’s largest operator of the A380. The airline exclusively has 777s and A380s, so they operate huge planes on short routes (and also huge planes on long routes, obviously).

As it stands, the airline operates the world’s longest and shortest regularly scheduled A380 routes. The longest is their Dubai to Auckland flight (8,824 miles), while the shortest is their Dubai to Kuwait City flight (530 miles).

Previously they used to operate A380 flights between Dubai and Doha, which was just a 235 mile flight, but given the Gulf blockade, they don’t fly to Qatar anymore.

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Video: KLM Honors An 83 Year Old Airline Ticket!

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I love a feel-good airline marketing story, and KLM has just come up with an awesome one. I’ll let them describe it themselves:

“Arnold Neuhaus recently turned 90. His great-grandson, Jagger, teamed up with KLM to surprise Arnold with the flight of a lifetime.

In 1935, Arnold Neuhaus took part in a KLM contest and won an airborne excursion over Amsterdam. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to collect and enjoy his prize at the time. In this video, Arnold’s seven-year-old great-grandson, accompanied by two KLM stewardesses, comes to pick “Grandpa Nol” up for an unforgettable flight, making a dream come true after 83 years!”

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Weekly Review: June 23, 2018

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This past week I wrapped up a trip to Italy and Greece. At the moment I’m just completing some domestic travel, and then early next week will be headed to the Middle East to check out Muscat’s new airport, fly Oman Air’s brand new 787 first class, and also finally fly Air Belgium. I actually haven’t yet figured out how I’m getting to the Middle East, so I should probably get on that. 😉

On the points and travel front, this week we saw Iberia offer a ridiculously generous promotion, Air Belgium expressed interest in operating flights to the US, Norwegian announced that they’re expanding to Canada, Cathay Pacific revealed how they’re revamping their meal service, and more.

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

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The Sad State Of Airline & Hotel Loyalty Program Promotions

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With the Iberia Plus promotion we’ve seen over the past few days (which has left a lot of us scratching our heads), it got me thinking about my general disappointment with the lack of creativity we see from loyalty programs nowadays, especially as it pertains to promotions. This applies largely to both airlines and hotels.

Here are some of my thoughts, in no particular order:

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5 Common Misconceptions About The Chase Sapphire Reserve

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The Chase Sapphire Reserve® Card was introduced just under two years ago, and with it Chase has managed to capture a whole new market that previously wasn’t generally interested in premium credit cards. The card has been extremely popular among millennials, who previously typically didn’t get these premium credit cards.

That’s because this isn’t a card you carry for prestige, but rather one you carry because it’s actually incredible rewarding, especially for the ways many urban millennials live their lives (they spend a lot on dining and travel, benefit from airport lounge access, and more).

The card offers triple points on dining and travel, a $300 annual travel credit, a Priority Pass membership with guesting privileges, a TSA Pre-Check or Global Entry fee credit, and much more. 

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FAQs On Iberia’s Insane 90K Avios Promotion

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Through tomorrow, Iberia is running what I’d consider to be the airline promotion of the year. The airline is offering 9,000 bonus Avios for every flight you book directly on iberia.com. The best part is that the Avios are supposed to post within 10 days of when you book. Given that some Iberia tickets are $30 one-way, this is an opportunity to essentially buy 90,000 Avios for about $300, which is an insane deal. Yesterday I booked 10 tickets from Malaga to Madrid to take advantage of this offer.

The catch to be aware of is that the Avios have to be redeemed by December 1, 2018, so they come with a different expiration than your normal Avios.

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