Author Archive: DEVGRU

IHG, Hyatt, Hilton, and Marriott All Offer Elite Status Extension Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

The ongoing coronavirus outbreak in China has certainly generated huge impact on the travel industry worldwide. We have seen airlines cancelling flights to and from China, and many hotels in China remain close. Needless to say, lots of people have to change or cancel their travel plans, affecting their ability to reach elite status this calendar year. Given this situation,…
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Low-Key Luxury: Park Hyatt Doha Park Suite Review

Follow our Instagram account (instagram.com/uscreditcardguide) for more trip reports! Doha is among the latest cities in the world to host a Park Hyatt in town. Considered as the flagship brand in Hyatt portfolio, Park Hyatt symbols a subdued sense of luxury and offers a cozy residential feeling. Opened in Dec 2019, Park Hyatt Doha provides a much-needed addition to Hyatt’s…
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Marriott gutting Bonvoy Events as elite qualification shortcut (2019.12 Update: The 10 Elite Night Credit Is Officially Gone)

[2019.12 Update] Today Marriott changed its official terms and conditions, and the 10 elite night credit for Marriott Bonvoy Events will officially end on Dec 31, 2019. A strong rumor recently surfaced among the Points & Miles community (1, 2) regarding Marriott’s intent to get rid of the ability to earn 10 Elite Qualifying Nights from your first Marriott Bonvoy Events…
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Incredible: First Class to Hong Kong for 61,000 AA miles (with Web Special pricing)!

In early December American Airlines extended its “Web Special” pricing from Economy to Business and First Class. We have seen reports of some marginally discounted domestic first class award, but wonder if similar discounts will ever apply to international premium cabins—the crown jewel of mileage redemption—until now. This morning we spotted that AA has released a substantial amount of saver…
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China Southern Flights Now Redeemable with AAdvantage Miles

Starting from today, you can redeem your AAdvantage Miles towards flights operated by China Southern (CZ). At the same time, you could also earn redeemable miles on all CZ-operated and -coded flight, with an earning rate outlined below. Understandably, the accrual rate is pretty bad on some heavily discounted cabin, and you should also be aware that it will NOT…
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Earn Alaska MVP status after two roundtrips (CA+East Coast members only)

Alaska Airlines just launched a promotion with fast track to MVP and MVP Gold. Typically you need to fly 20,000 miles and 40,000 miles on Alaska metals (and 25% more on partners) to obtain those status. Now, with this offer, you could earn: MVP status after completing 2 round trips (4 qualifying flights). MVP Gold status after completing 4 round trips (8…
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Marathon in the Sky: Singapore Airlines SQ22 Singapore to Newark, NJ Business Class Review (World’s Longest Commercial Flight)

Back in May Singapore Airlines announced that it would resume world’s longest commercial flight between Singapore and Newark, NJ. The flight distance is 9,534 miles and it takes a jaw-dropping 17 hours and 50 minutes to complete the journey. This route used to be operated by an all-business-class Airbus A340, whose fuel economy was so bad that Singapore Airlines eventually cancelled the…
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How noisy is your airplane cabin?

DEVGRU* (correspondence author), jimmy0017 Long-term exposure to ambient noise can lead to adverse effects on human health, and aircraft cabin is a typical noisy environment. Here, we report the cabin noise level of ten mainstream airframes (other than Boeing 747) based on 48 in situ measurements. Airbus A380 is the quietest plane in the sky. With the exception of Boeing…
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Avianca LifeMiles just became an Amex transfer partner!

Yesterday we noticed that American Express has just added Avianca LifeMiles as one of the Membership Rewards transfer partners. The transfer rate is currently 1:1. The partnership between Amex and LifeMiles undoubtedly boosted the value of Membership Rewards points, especially in terms of redeeming Star Alliance flights. Now Amex has four SA partners: Avianca LifeMiles, ANA Mileage Club, Air Canada…
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Let’s face it: Airlines don’t want your loyalty anymore

Today it was announced that American Airlines is going to raise the revenue requirements for Executive Platinum. At American, it used to be the case that you need to spend $12,000 Elite Qualifying Dollars (EQD) to earn the Executive Platinum status. Now the EQD threshold has increased to $15,000, representing a 25% hike. This move actually mirrored what United has done…
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Nobody knows how many miles Delta charges for international FIRST CLASS award … until NOW!

Delta SkyMiles, the most shadowy program of all times Delta Airlines is not famous for its transparency when it comes to mileage award. After all, once you see Delta charges 300,000 miles for a one-way award on its own metal between the United States and Asia, it should be pretty clear that they can do whatever they want … because…
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It’s Back! Cathay Pacific’s Business Class Award Again Bookable With Partners Miles

The award chart of AsiaMiles, Cathay Pacific’s loyalty program, underwent a drastic change in last month and the new chart went into effect on June 22nd. Since then, there have been lots of “glitches” in the system. For example, one major concern is that partners (e.g. AA, AS, and etc) cannot access Cathay’s saver-level business class award. Below is a screenshot…
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“Suite” Dreams Are Made of This: St. Regis Suites, The St. Regis Changsha

We now have an Instagram account: instagram.com/uscreditcardguide , follow us if you like our trip reports! Changsha is an “under-the-radar” city in central China. You may have never heard of it, but it is actually the powerhouse of China’s domestic TV entertainment industry. In recent years Changsha, like other cities in China, saw a rapid expansion of the tourism industry. China…
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