A pleasant Sunday evening to you from Germany. I’m wrapping up a trip and looking forward to spending the next few weeks in California.
The big news last week, at least in my mind, was Hyatt’s new status fast track promotion–only 20 nights will get you top-tier Globalist status. I argue the promotion is fair while Kyle points out Hyatt’s tendency to “overcorrect”.
Kyle discusses his surprise platinum elite status match with Marriott Rewards.
My flight with Jane Fonda and Amanda Seyfried from LA to Frankfurt.
I argue that Hyatt’s new promo is pathetic, but fair.
A review of Uzbekistan Airways’ revolting 787-8 business class from JFK non-stop to TAS.
NEWS & COMMENTARY
Holiday Nanny: Not Just for the Rich
Marriott’s Unpublished Platinum Elite Status Challenge
Is It A Mistake Or Sale?
Cutbacks: United Airlines Slashes Domestic First Class Meal Service
The Airport Lounge with a Swimming Pool
Europe from $141 in Coach – $700s in Business
Why I’m Not Excited About Alaska Airlines’ Partnership with Singapore Airlines
Two Reasons I May Start Collecting Citi ThankYou Points
United Airlines’ Humanitarian Relief Flights to Houston
So Much for Flying Air Berlin…
Retro Concept: Boarding Pass No Longer Required at PIT to Clear Security
Hyatt’s Status Fast Track Highlights Overcorrections
My Amenity Kit Seatmate Did Something Deplorable
Hyatt’s New Promo is Desperate and Disappointing, but Fair
My Seatmate Goes Ballistic When I Touch His Amenity Kit
United CEO Comments on Hurricane Harvey
Why Doesn’t IHG Treat Elites Better?
Crazy Low International Fares on Air Canada
Miracle: Alitalia Award Space Opened to Los Angeles!
Aerolineas Argentinas Club Condor Class: To Call A Spade A Spade
Airline Call Center Agents Mobilize to Keep Jobs in the USA
Smart or Stupid? KLM 747 Lands in Hong Kong in Midst of Typhoon
Great Deal: Upgrade Your Turkish Airlines Flight for 7,500 Miles
“Old, Fat and Ugly” Aeroflot FAs Sue Airline for Discrimination
Watch the Five-Part Star Alliance Miniseries
Leadership Shakeup At Hilton Honors Program
Stupid Connection? 1hr45min in Cancun with Terminal Change
United’s Secret New Invite-Only Restaurant at Newark Airport
The Ten Least Visited Countries in the World
Chasing the Eclipse in a Concorde
Win-Win: Pre-Order Meals on Qatar Airways in Business Class
Frontier Airlines Forgets to Collect Fee, Kicks Off Child
REPORTS & REVIEWS
SWISS Shorthaul Business Class Breakfast
Air Europa 787 Business Class is Underrated
Breakfast at the Mercedes Benz Café in Rome Airport
How Bad was Aerolineas Argentinas Business Class?
Flying Lufthansa First Class with Hollywood Stars, Oligarchs, and Executives
Review: Uzbekistan Airways A320 Business Class Tashkent to Dushanbe
Hotel Review: Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor – Suite
Hotel Review: InterContinental Hotel Shanghai Ruijin
The Airline Meal I’ve Had Most Often
A 20-Minute Flight from Amman to Tel Aviv on Royal Jordanian
Review: Uzbekistan Airways Business Lounge Tashkent (TAS)
Five Things You Cannot Miss in Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Tashkent Metro: A Soviet Relic
I Made My Connection in Cancun…in 12 Minutes
The Surprisingly Efficient High Speed Train System in Uzbekistan
Review: Hyatt Regency Tashkent (Suite)
Next Trip: Aerolineas Argentinas, Air Europa, and Alitalia!
Review: Uzbekistan Airways 787 Business Class New York to Tashkent
Introduction: A Trip to -Stans with One Mile at a Time
What I Loved Most About Saudia First Class
We Flew Frontier: It Was Great!
Review: Renaissance Oklahoma City Convention Center
Getting More From Your Amenity Kit
Four Course Breakfast on a 45-Minute Flight