My weeks are never quiet with a five-month old, but this was about as quiet a week I could have hoped for. No travel and I did not stray (too) far from home. Next week, a change of venue for the next several weeks as Heidi, Augustine and I travel to Germany to spend time with the other side of the family.
We are having some upgrade issues on the trip. Flying 10hr with the little one will be bad enough. Let’s hope it is not in economy class…(though I am sure the upstairs passengers will be relived if we wind up in the back).
The big news this week was the unveiling of Qatar’s cutting-edge new QSuite Business Class. I am very impressed by it and wrote about it here as well as how you can use your miles to (eventually) redeem for it here.
Here are the top stories for the week:
TOP STORY: A Warning to American Express
American Express is cutting back on the number of family members a cardholder can bring in. A family of four would now need to fork out $50 for the second child to visit a Centurion Lounge. I argue why this is a bad idea. Check out the spirited debate that ensued.
A quirky, yet beautiful hotel in Amsterdam. Read my review — my stay was just a couple weeks ago.
Find out if you need an eTA before traveling to Canada. Europeans — pay particular attention.
Watch out for hidden booking fees when you book airfare on Orbitz. Details here.
REPORTS & REVIEWS
Road Trip to the Kentucky Derby
Stroopwafels: United vs. KLM
The Best Airplane Steak I’ve Ever Had
Review: Hyatt Place Amsterdam Airport (It’s Not What You Think)
Great Mexican Food in Amsterdam
Review: Aspire Lounge 41 Amsterdam (AMS)
Review: Hyatt Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht
NEWS & COMMENTARY
Drunk United Pilot Jailed for 10 Months
5 Ways LAX is Becoming America’s Best Airport
United Airlines Will Protest Emirates on Sunday with Members of Congress
United Airlines Returns to San Jose, CA
TAP A330 New Business Class Transformation
United Airlines CEO Defends 747 Retirement
How to Use Your Miles for Qatar’s New QSuite Business Class
3 Reasons I Love Qatar Airways’ New QSuite Business Class
Strange United Airlines Schedule Change
CIA Travel Guide for Secret Agents in Germany
Going to Canada? You May Now Need a Visa
Do You Use the Hotel Gym?
British Airways Will Have Less Seat Pitch Than Ryanair!
Watch Out for This When You Book Airfare on Orbitz