In Case You Missed It – A Recap Of The Week (12 November 2017)

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Summaries and links for all the posts which appeared on Traveling For Miles this week. Includes your last chance to buy United Miles from 1.13 cents each (an truly amazing deal), details of the revamped Flying Blue rewards program, a critical look a the new Singapore Airlines A380 Business Class seats, news that British Airways may make some unpleasant changes to the way Avios are redeemed and a lot more.

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Monday

Singapore Airlines New A380 Business Class – Full Details & Thoughts

A detailed look at Singapore Airlines New A380 Business Class seats that the airline unveiled recently. Is this the product we were all hoping for? Has Singapore Airlines come up with something truly new or is this just a rehash of the product we already know?

Flying Blue Goes Revenue Based – Full Details Here

Full details of all the changes to the Air France/KLM Flying Blue rewards program as announced on 6 November 2017 – see what a revenue-based Flying Blue program will look like.

Qatar Airways Buys A Stake In Cathay Pacific & Makes Things Uncomfortable For American Airlines

In an announcement in Hong Kong, Qatar Airways confirmed that it has become the 3rd largest shareholder in Cathay Pacific by acquiring 9.61% of the airline – that makes the oneworld dynamic even more interesting.

News: Air France Flys To The Maldives, Etihad Cancels A US Route & A New Air China Route To US

A roundup of some of the news stories I’ve noticed over the past week that didn’t really merit a post of their own but that could be of interest anyway. These include Air France commencing service to the Maldives (and with good Business Class seats!), Air China adding a new non-stop route to the US West Coast and Etihad pulling out of another US market.

Tuesday

British Airways May Kill Avios, Will Invest Another $200m In Club World, Has 72 Aircraft On The Way & More

Details of a few things that were announced/discussed/mooted at the British Airways Investor Day and at the World Travel Mart in London – sadly there isn’t all that much good news for customers.

American Airlines Is Offering A 100,000 Mile Bonus On Purchased Miles…..But I Can See The Future & You Shouldn’t Buy

American Airlines will sell you miles from 1.91 cents each right now but I have very good reason to believe that price will drop within 3 weeks….so don’t buy yet!

GREAT DEAL: Buy United Miles From Just 1.13 Cents Each!ENDS TODAY!

You can currently buy United Miles at anywhere between 1.13 cents and 1.3 cents each if you know how to make the most of a set of 3 deals that are currently available – here’s how you do exactly that.

Wednesday

Promotion: Earn Up To 7.5 Avios/Euro With Le Club Accor This Winter (UK & Ireland Only)

Le Club Accor has published details of its latest promotion for Winter 2017/18 and it’s offering members the chance to earn up to triple points on bookings before 10 December 2017. As Le Club Accor Points convert over to Avios you can use this promotion to give your Avios balance a boost.

Hilton Asia-Pacific Flash Sale – 35% Off (includes Maldives & Oceania)Ends Tomorrow!

Details of the Flash Sale Hilton has launched for properties in its Asia Pacific region – not all properties or sub regions are participating but there are some good deals at some luxury properties.

See Inside Airport Terminals With Apple Maps

One of the new features built in to the new iOS update (iOS 11) is an enhancement to the Apple Maps app which allows users to search for an airport, zoom in on the map and see inside the airport’s terminals. I’m more of a Google Maps person than an Apple Maps person so I didn’t notice this feature when it formed part of a beta release earlier this year (for San Jose and Philadelphia airports only). Now Apple has added a few more airports…

Citi ThankYou Program Drops Hilton As A Partner

Citibank has announced that, from December 2017, it will be dropping Hilton as a transfer partner for its ThankYou points program and this will leaves Citi with no hotel transfer partners at all.

Thursday

British Airways “Revamps” Concorde Room At Heathrow T5

British Airways has announced that it has given the Concorde Room at Heathrow T5 a face lift to try to give it as bit more of a premium feel – have a look and see if you think it has worked.

Buy Starpoints For 2.28 Cents & That’s A Much Better Deal Than It Sounds

Starwood has brought back an offer we last saw earlier this summer in which SPG members can buy Starpoints with a discount of 35% off the regular selling price. While SPG members can buy Starpoints to use to book award nights at upscale hotels, better uses may be to convert the Starpoints to airline miles or to convert them to Marriott Rewards points and then use those to book Flight & Hotel packages.

Friday

Condé Nast Traveller’s UK Readers Prove How Little They Know About Airlines

Condé Nast Traveller (UK) has published what its readers consider to be “the best airlines in the world 2017” but the results are complete and utter nonsense.

United Airlines Promotion – Buy Miles & Get A Mystery Bonus

The latest mileage sale is out from United Airlines and this time around the airline is offering MileagePlus members a “mystery bonus” when they buy miles. My maximum personal mystery bonus was 50% (as was the bonus linked to the other two MileagePlus accounts I have access to) but others may have better offers.

EARLY ACCESS: Hilton Winter Sale (UK & Europe) – Up To 25% Off

Hilton Honors Members can now get advance access to the hotel chain’s winter sale for Europe and the UK. The full sale will eventually include the Middle East and Africa as well but, for preview purposes, these regions are not participating.