Here are some posts that I really liked from today and yesterday (and also the stuff I should have written about but ended up *hem* studying *hem* ;)). My readership has gone up quite a bit over the past few days, so if you are new, thank you so much for your support!
The following are MY POSTS if you’ve missed them earlier:
- Miles Strategy: 90,000 Miles for J/F to Australia
- Miles Strategy: Lifemiles Tricks and Strategy
- Products/Routes: Air Canada’s New 787 and their new Toronto – Haneda Route
- Canadian Credit Cards: Rumours about the new TD Aeroplan Visas (Canada)
- US Credit Cards: 50,000 (Targeted) Alaska Airlines Credit Card
- Blog Buzz: My thoughts on Telling Secrets
The new partners which you can earn elite qualifying miles on starting January 15th, are:
- British Airways
- Korean Air
- Cathay Pacific
- Fiji Airways
Previously, you could only earn redeemable miles on them. I’d say in general this is a net benefit even though it might dilute elite ranks, as I would hope that people who do care about earning elite status on these carriers should be already pretty miles savvy enough!
Basically, elite members are trading JFK-SEA/LAX/SFO transcon upgrades for Hawaii upgrades, and adding regional upgrades for platinums, and global upgrades for diamonds. The global upgrades are a great plus for Diamonds given that they can essentially be used on any fare.
My thoughts: It seems like they’re really copying each other and playing leapfrog, as it now means Delta has a better international upgrade policy now than United (and still worse than American). I think it means that the systemwide upgrade will be here to stay. Smart move by Delta.
Their handle is @firstclassterm, if any you are tweeters. I think that’s pretty cool that a first class lounge can have a twitter account. I wonder if any of the other first class lounges will now get Twitter, LOL!
I have to agree, especially if you live in Canada. Even if you can mileage run at a good cpm, you have to keep in mind the value of your time as well as the value you get from a the higher tier of elite status that you achieve.
The flight times are as follows:
Tokyo Haneda – Vancouver Reservation to open on 19DEC13
NH116 HND2155 – 1455YVR 763 D
NH115 YVR1655 – 1905+1HND 763 D
It’s going to be operated with is a 763, which is with angled flats. That’s extremely disappointing, given that JAL just retrofitted their business class seats to be full flat. I really hope ANA will swap to a 787.