Author Archive: DEVGRU

Review: Asiana Business Class (Smartium), New York to Seoul OZ221 JFK-ICN

Asiana is a Star Alliance airline that is known for releasing many award seats to its partners. Currently Asiana serves Chicago, Honolulu, Los Angeles, New York (JFK), San Francisco, and Seattle and offers great connectivity beyond Seoul to South Asia. Among those destinations, LAX and JFK are served by A380 since there are only four of those in Asiana’s fleet….
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Why I DON’T think Marriott is giving (virtually) everyone Platinum Status this year

Disclaimer: The following passage is the author’s sole interpretations of Marriott’s policy and may not reflect the opinions held by US Credit Card Guide or Marriott International and its affiliates.  The author bears no responsibility for the inaccuracies/inconsistencies of such interpretations and any consequences arising from such inaccuracies/inconsistencies. Everyone in the game of points-and-miles by now should have probably heard…
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Qsuite coming to Shanghai in May, with award space up to 4 passengers

Qatar Airways currently holds the “best all-around business class” distinction thanks to the innovative Qsuite. It is the first business class seat in the industry with a sliding door, and the ability to convert into a double-bed for center seat. No wonder Lucky at One Mile at a Time proclaims Qsuite is the best business class seat in the world….
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[Rumor] SPG & Marriott merger update: no more free breakfast for Gold member?

Well this was developing FAST! A couple of days ago we shared the news that the SPG website will go down on August 1st. Back then we were wondering why Marriott and SPG had not made any official announcement, particularly given how close we were to the purported deadline. Now, two pieces of new information just emerged and may shed…
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SURPRISE! Delta SkyMile Increases in Value Overnight!

No matter who your favorite airline is, one thing is for sure: Delta SkyMile kinda sucks. For years bloggers have been bashing Delta for (1) removing award chart, (2) inflating their redemption rate without notice, (3) charging a leg and an arm to redeem Delta’s long-haul business product, and most recently (4) putting restrictions on ticketing within 72 hours of departure….
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My AA Executive Platinum Status Expired, and I’m Happy

Since American Airlines decided go revenue-based and introduced Elite Qualifying Miles last year, many AA loyalists feel betrayed and don’t bother re-qualifying anymore (well, unless your corporate contract forces you to fly AA). As an half academic flyer/half leisure traveler, I don’t necessarily feel betrayed. Nonetheless, AA no longer appears appealing to me. In addition to changes in Elite Qualification,…
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Hotel Review: Senior Suite at Tambo del Inka, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Valle Sagrado

Upon finishing up our stay on Easter Island, we flew to Lima via Santiago de Chile. The next morning we flew to Cusco on LATAM (previously known as LAN Peru) for our upcoming trip to Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley. Since LIM-CUZ is wholly in Peru, I used only 4,500 Avios(per person) for a one-way redemption. Since the one-way…
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SWISS Canceled All First Class Award Tickets and Aeroplan Can Do Nothing

So by now you’ve probably heard that SWISS opened the floodgates of First Class award space last Thursday. SWISS does not USUALLY release its F space to partners, so this is a truly rare occurrence. However, I underscore “usually” because things like this happened in the past. When in June 2016 SWISS temporarily allowed such partner redemptions, all ticketed reservations…
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(Arguably) the best transcon first class in North America: Cathay Pacific CX888 YVR-JFK Review

Cathay Pacific has a daily Fifth-Freedom Flight between Vancouver, Canada (YVR) and New York (JFK). Operated by a Boeing 777-300ER in four-cabin configuration, this flight brings a true first class product to the North America transcon market. The only other airline consistently offering first class on this market is American Airlines, with its unique 321T transcon aircraft. The AA 321T…
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