Greetings from over the Atlantic on a rare overnight westbound flight. The week took an unexpected turn as I found myself on a very quick jaunt to Germany and Jordan. More details on that trip are coming.
In the coming week I’ll finish my Air Serbia trip report and begin the promised Longyearben trip report from last summer. As my family prepares for another extended trip to Germany, I’ll be busy tying up loose ends in LA.
The biggest news item of the week was United’s announced devaluation coming this November. I expressed thanksgiving for the news, because I anticipated something much worse.
I wish you all a great week ahead.
My premise is very simple: the changes are minor and could have been significantly worse. There are no negative surprises and the 8,000 mile one-way tickets are a pleasant positive surprise.
Flying Sun Country is like stepping into a time machine and going back to 2007. If you’re flying to/from Minneapolis, at least give Sun Country a look. I was very pleasantly surprised with my flight.
A provocative post from Kyle on whether it is right to insist upon upgrades:
I am sure the commenters are getting their keyboards all fired up, ready to tell me how entitled I am. That’s fine. That’s literally what I am. I am entitled to these benefits as a result of my status. Hilton, Hyatt, IHG, and all the rest have made a deal with me, if I stay at their hotels an awful lot, and spend an awful lot of money with them, I am entitledto these benefits.
United’s upcoming devaluation will eliminate the single most lucrative award on the chart. Find out what it is and how you can book it.
REPORTS & REVIEWS
Review: Lufthansa Premium Economy Frankfurt to Los Angeles
Hotel Review: Crowne Plaza Vientiane, Laos
Review: Sun Country First Class Los Angeles to Minneapolis
Review: Hyatt Place London Heathrow Airport LHR
Truly Impressed by Sun Country First Class Meal
Review: Air Serbia A320 Business Class from London to Belgrade
Quick Review: Cathay Pacific Lounge Bangkok
NEWS & COMMENTARY
Emergency Landing at Denver as United Aircraft Catches Flames
When it Typhoons in Hong Kong
Why Are Status Hotel Upgrades Tough?
The One United Award I’m Booking Before Devaluation
Why I’m THANKFUL for Latest United Mileage Plus Devaluation
Disabled Passenger Forced by Japanese Airline to Crawl Onto Plane
My Experience Applying for Hyatt Credit Card
New DHS Security Directive on All US-Bound Flights
ANA Adds Third Daily Flight Between Los Angeles and Tokyo
Dubious: Why Does Congress Want You to Pay More for Airfare?
Cheap Flights on WOW Air: I Just Couldn’t Do It
United Airlines Wins Lawsuit Against untied.com
Traumatic: Baby Hospitalized After Overheating on United Flight
The TSA May Soon Examine Your Books!