World Of Hyatt Is Offering 20% Bonus Points For Las Vegas M Life Stays

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World of Hyatt is currently offering a global promotion for 500-1,000 bonus points per night for stays at their properties globally, which runs through May 15, 2018.

While more niche, World of Hyatt has just announced another promotion, this time for stays at M Life properties. Hyatt and MGM have had a partnership since 2013, which I consider to be the best opportunity for mainstream points enthusiasts to earn and redeem points for major Las Vegas hotels. You can earn World of Hyatt points and elite qualifying nights at the usual rates for these stays.

This newly announced promotion is valid between May 7 and July 31, 2018, and allows World of Hyatt members to earn 20% bonus points on eligible stays at the Hyatt Place Las Vegas or any participating MGM Resort destination in Las Vegas.

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My Predictions About Marriott’s New Platinum Suite Upgrade Benefit

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Just under a week ago, the details of Marriott’s new loyalty program were revealed. Prior to this announcement, one of the biggest questions that both Marriott and Starwood loyalists had was whether the new program would offer suite upgrades as a benefit:

— At Starwood Preferred Guest, Platinum members are entitled to be upgraded to the best available room, including standard suites
— At Marriott Rewards, Platinum members are entitled to be upgraded, and that upgrade may include standard suites

That’s a subtle but important distinction. At Starwood you’re “entitled” to a suite upgrade subject to availability, while with Marriott you can be upgraded to a suite at the hotel’s discretion. In other words, with Marriott a hotel can upgrade you to a suite if they want to, but they can also upgrade you to another type of room if they want to.

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Oman Air Reveals New 787 First Class Suite

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Oman Air is one of my favorite airlines. I’ve flown them in business class, and they offer a truly phenomenal experience, both in terms of the hard and soft product. In March they even opened a new terminal at Muscat Airport, so the Oman Air experience keeps getting better.

We’ve known that this coming summer Oman Air will be taking delivery of a Boeing 787-9 featuring a new first class product. I have a special interest in their first class product, given that Oman Air has one of the few international first class products I’ve yet to review. We’ve known that the airline plans on offering their new first class between Muscat and London Heathrow as of July, though until now they haven’t revealed what their new first class product would look like.

Frankly I haven’t had very high hopes of their new first class, given that their old first class (available on select A330s) isn’t great. I’m actually surprised they even bother having first class, given how excellent their business class is, and how little they do to differentiate the experience between the two cabins.

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What Makes A Good Priority Pass Lounge?

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I moved to London with airline status two years ago, but once I saw the regular, ridiculous sale fares offered by low cost carriers (like £10 to Copenhagen, possibly my favourite European city), I couldn’t always justify the additional cost (often more than 5x) to fly an alliance airline and enjoy the status benefits like lounge access.

So I invested in a Priority Pass membership, which turned out to be a very wise investment as I use it at least 30 times a year, bringing the cost of a lounge visit down to about $10 per visit. I’ve visited some excellent Priority Pass lounges that could pass as (and sometimes are) a full-service business class lounge, and I’ve also visited some so awful I’ve gasped and walked straight out again.

So what do I look for in a Priority Pass lounge that may be different to an airline-run business class lounge?

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Oops: I Tried Too Hard To Maximize My Hyatt Free Night Certificate

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Don’t make the mistake I did.

The World of Hyatt program was introduced early last year (replacing Hyatt Gold Passport… RIP), and one of the new aspects of the program is that frequent guests receive quite a few free night certificates:

— If you have The Hyatt Credit Card, you get an annual Category 1-4 free night certificate
— For staying 30 qualifying nights or earning 50,000 base points per year, you get an annual Category 1-4 free night certificate
— For staying 60 qualifying nights or earning 100,000 base points per year, you get an annual Category 1-7 free night certificate
— While this can only be earned once, World of Hyatt members get one Category 1-4 free night certificate after trying five different Hyatt brands, and another Category 1-4 certificate after trying another five Hyatt brands

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12 Of The Best Things To Do In Oxford, England

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Oxford is one of those cities that I always want to go back to. It’s a place that’s steeped in history, some world-renowned architecture and I think it has some sort of famous university there too? 🤣 Okay, jokes aside, the university is incredible and even if you don’t study there, the colleges are a must-see … Continue Reading

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Exploring The Old Harry Rocks Formation On The Jurassic Coast Of England

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On our final morning in the Jurassic Coast, after breakfast similar to the one the day before (see it here), we bade farewell to the Hix Townhouse and hit the road, heading back slowly up to London. We drove by some cute villages but decided this time not to stop – there was one place … Continue Reading

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Why I’m Not Planning A Honeymoon… I Think

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No, it’s not because I’m single. 😉 This is actually something I’ve been thinking about for a while, and I can’t quite figure out why I feel the way I do. I’m curious to hear what you guys think.

On a post yesterday, reader Mitch asked the following:

“@Lucky, when are you getting married? Any honeymoon plans to write about?”

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Extremely Rare: Lufthansa First Class Bookable In Advance Using Partner Miles

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Lufthansa ordinarily doesn’t make first class award space available to partner airlines more than 15 days out. Miles & More members can redeem miles for first class travel prior to that, so the restriction is specific to those booking through partner programs.

While that policy is strict, it’s not nearly as strict as Swiss’ policy, as they only let Miles & More elite members redeem miles for their first class, regardless of whether you’re booking 10 months or one day prior to departure.

Anyway, at the moment it looks like several Star Alliance partner airlines have access to Lufthansa first class award availability more than 15 days prior to departure. It looks like Air Canada Aeroplan and United MileagePlus don’t have access to this space. My guess is that this is because they’ve added restrictions on their end that prevent that space from being shown further out.

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EVA Air Cuts Rimowa Amenity Kits On Many Routes

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As far as I’m concerned, EVA Air offers one of the all around best business class experiences in the world. On their 777s, EVA Air has reverse herringbone seats in business class, which many airlines have nowadays.

It’s their soft product that really sets them apart, though. EVA Air has top notch champagne (historically they’ve served Krug and Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 2006, both of which are incredible, especially for business class), Rimowa amenity kits, pajamas, excellent food and drinks, and more. They’re such a pleasure to fly with, and I can’t recommend them enough, especially if you can get on one of their Hello Kitty flights.

While it perhaps doesn’t materially alter the experience for passengers, I have loved the Rimowa amenity kits that EVA Air has offered on all longhaul flights to & from Taipei. Over the years different airlines have offered Rimowa amenity kits, so you can collect these if you want to. I know others have sold them on eBay, as they sell for a surprising amount of money. However, historically these have been in first class and not business class, so EVA was really the exception there.

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