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Up In The Air / CX reducing air service JFK<>HKG for winter 2020/2021
« on: January 12, 2020, 10:00:57 AM »

"Cathay Pacific in last week’s schedule update filed service changes for Hong Kong – New York JFK route, as the airline schedule service reduction from 25 to 11 weekly, for winter 2020/21 season from 25OCT20."

fewer seats then for those of us planning a trip to hkg over that time period


(In Spanish).

Not sure what the redemption table will be like, but I do like the idea of crediting UA to CM for flying on EK

Just got an email from them, stating as follows:

"We would like to let you know about a change to our service that may affect you.

As of January 1, 2020, Plastiq will no longer support payments made with personal prepaid debit cards. However, payments made with business prepaid debit cards and payroll cards will continue to be accepted.

After this date, all scheduled payments made with personal prepaid cards will be declined by Plastiq. Starting January 2020, you will be unable to add a personal prepaid debit card to a Plastiq account.

From now until January 1, 2020, a limit of $7,500 in total payments will be enforced on Plastiq accounts that continue to utilize this payment method. Once this limit is reached on your account, further payments using a personal prepaid debit card will be rejected.

This change does not impact any payments made with credit or debit cards on the Discover, Mastercard, Visa, and American Express networks.
We apologize for any inconvenience that may result from this policy update. If you have any questions or need assistance with your payments, please reach out to our service team via live chat on our website or by email at

Up In The Air / LifeMiles Award Flight Discount Promo
« on: December 02, 2019, 06:20:59 PM »
H/T :

here is the actual PDF chart

EWR-TLV : 55000 miles in J
JFK-TLV : 66500 miles in J

Works in reverse too.

Book by Dec 9th, Fly anytime thereafter

General Discussion / Seeking Kosher Dried Anchovies
« on: November 25, 2019, 11:07:15 AM »
Hi everybody,

Hoping someone might be able to point me to a website or a NYC-area store that sells kosher dried-anchovies (I want to fry them and make a Korean-style banchan with them)? Also, if anybody knows of any high-quality kosher fish-sauce with a hechser that would be great too!


Up In The Air / EWR-CPT on UA now bookable
« on: April 30, 2019, 11:32:04 AM »
so far see YN and JN awards for my dates in March

FYI, ExpertFlyer is showing 2 Business Class seats on quite a number of days in August

For LAX to PPT - TN 7 : August 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 30
For PPT to LAX - TN 8 : August 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 25, 28, 29, 30

I haven't checked beyond that, but given how rare it is to find awards on those flights, figured people might want to grab it

Now that Marriott has confirmed that St Regis & Le Meridien BoraBora, as well St Regis & W Maldives will be bookable as Cat 7 through the end of this year (, i.e. 60,000 points per night, I have a question for those who know:

1) Conrad Rangali v St Regis v W? I have been to Rangali and loved it, but how does it compare?
2) Currently booked into Hilton Moorea (more to do on Moorea) - how do you feel about  St Regis BB v Hilton Moorea or Conrad BB?

On The Road / post-SPG Marriot Hotel Category Changes Now Live
« on: June 28, 2018, 09:21:57 AM »
St Regis & W Maldives confirmed bookable as Cat 7 until start of 2019

seemingly no l/d flights in premium cabins are appearing on on any route  (HKG-Europe or NA) on QF or BA searches, despite the availability of "standard" aka saver, awards to asiamiles members on any number of dates. anybody have any thoughts? systems bug over at CX? something more nefarious afoot?

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Cook Islands Master Thread
« on: June 21, 2018, 11:04:36 AM »
Hi everybody! I am planning a trip to the Cook Islands for Summer 2019, and was curious if anyone has any experience with any hotels there, whether to focus on Rarotonga or Aitutaki (or other), etc...?

Firstly, apologies if this post comes off as a humble-brag, please trust me when I say it isn't (especially as I have met many of the people who have far higher balances than I).

With that said, I am not sure how best to deploy my Marriott Rewards points, or if to just let them be? I am currently sitting on about 1.6MM of them.

However, I already have a substantial amount of miles that would be the beneficiary of any travel package (2MM AS miles, 1.4MM AA, 350K UA along with 1.1MM UR, 1.1MM Amex MR, 1.5MM Hilton etc...). Would you buy the packages now, in advance of the July 1, and if so where would you xfer them to, if in my shoes?

As a background, I travel often, and have been gebentsht enough to enjoy JL F, SQ F, EK F, EY F etc..., and B"H have seen a large chunk of the world. All this has been done mainly solo, though now I am in a LTR with the woman I hope will become my better half in due course, so obvi I want to take her on some splendid trips  - her main travel aims being safaris in Africa, the Amalfi Coast, and the islands of the South Pacific (think New Caledonia etc...)

Up In The Air / Best miles to use for NYC->TLV->PEK
« on: December 05, 2013, 09:27:33 PM »
Hi everybody,

I have a bunch of miles in a number of programs (united, US Air, AA, MR, UR, hawaiian) , just not Skyteam. I want to fly to Israel on April 6th, and then on to Beijing on the 11th/12th/1o3th. Any suggestions on how best to use the miles to do that? For the return, I would prefer to cross the pacific if possible. Should I go OW Explorer award? USAir ? Other?


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