Negotiated Chase Ink Business Approval Despite 5/24 Rule…on top of Reserve!

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Just prior to the end of the 100K in-branch offer for the Chase Sapphire Reserve earlier this month, I applied and was approved thanks to a pre-approval on my account (despite being rejected for 5/24 in December). See: Approved In-Branch Today: Sapphire Reserve 100K despite 5/24 & No Pre-Approval At 6/24, I got very lucky, especially based…

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New Best Ever 100K Sign-Up Offer + 1 Week Left for 35K SPG Bonus Increase, Why You Should Sign-Up Now

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American Express is back with the largest sign-up offers ever for the Hilton Honors credit cards (both offers are valid through May 31st). The Hilton Honors™ Surpass card is offering 100K points for signing up along with a first time ever free weekend night certificate. Meanwhile, the no fee version of the card, known as the…

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American Caves & Offers New Uniforms, Flight Attendants Say It’s Not Enough


Late on Tuesday, American announced that they had agreed to a deal with Aramark to provide an “off-the-shelf” uniform option for flight attendants and others who say the new uniforms previously rolled out by Twin Hill in September cause headaches, hives, rashes, and respiratory issues. The Chicago Business Journal reported on letter sent out by AA…

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Emirates to Provide Free Helicopter Transfer for First Class on New A380 Route

A Monacair "regular line" helicopter. Source: Monacair

Emirates currently provides free chauffeur-drive service to Business and First Class passengers to/from the airport at most of their destinations. Part of this offering is to attract passengers from Abu Dhabi that might otherwise fly Etihad (which provides similar service to draw the Dubai crowd), but I am sure it’s a perk that many passengers enjoy.…

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Largest Terminal Move in Aviation History Impacting 21 Airlines Scheduled for May 12-17 w/ Delta’s LAX Relocation


Delta Air Lines and Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) will orchestrate one of the largest terminal moves in the history of commercial aviation when Delta relocates from Terminals 5 and 6 to Terminals 2 and 3 at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in May. The move, scheduled to start on May 12, will impact 21…

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Emirates To Let First & Business Class Passengers “Gate Check” Laptops Under Electronics Ban

Emirates will reportedly allow passengers in premium cabin to carry their electronic devices past security, and collect them before boarding. Source: Emirates

The electronics ban that will prohibit the carriage of electronic devices larger than a smartphone on flights to the US will go into effect on March 25, 2017. Understandably, this is getting quite a bit of coverage, since it can potentially impact thousands of travelers who will fly through the affected cities. Emirates is probably one…

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American in Advanced Talks to Buy China Southern Stake as per Bloomberg


According to Bloomberg, American is in advanced discussions to acquire a $200M stake in China Southern via a private placement. American would nominate an observer with no voting rights to the airline’s board.  Delta owns a minority stake in China Eastern after a 2015 acquisition and of course is a fellow Skyteam member with China…

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Coming Soon: Control Your Room with Alexa or Siri at Marriott Hotels

Wynn Las Vegas is installing the Amazon Echo in all 4,748 rooms in their hotel. Source: Wynn Las Vegas

As technology advances, hotels are trying to incorporate features that might enhance guest experience. According to a new report from Bloomberg, Marriott is testing both Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa in hotel rooms, and may decide to install the platforms in all rooms on “one or more of its chains.” This could happen as early as mid-2017, so…

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United Introduces Modern Screening – Debuts Fully Redesigned Security Checkpoint at Newark

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United Airlines today announced a fully redesigned and consolidated security checkpoint experience at Newark (EWR) Terminal C. If you’ve traveled to Europe, you’ll likely recognize these lanes. The redesigned checkpoint, which includes dedicated Premier Access and TSA Precheck security lanes, features 17 automated screening lanes, making EWR Terminal C the first checkpoint in the US to exclusively…

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