This has once again been a crazy week for me on the travel front. On Monday I returned from Shenzhen to the US, and then just 48 hours later I flew to Hong Kong, which is just 25 miles from where I had been a couple of days prior. That’s because I was taking a trip to review Xiamen Air business & first class, and after that kicked off Ford’s birthday trip to Singapore, Laos, Cambodia, etc.
In terms of news, this has also been an interesting week. Perhaps most significantly, we’ve seen American Express add new benefits to their Platinum Card, including a huge 100K welcome bonus on the business version of the card. We’ve also seen some other great promotions, including bonuses on purchased points, great business class fares, etc.
Now let’s recap all the news of the past week:
At the moment we’re seeing increased limited time sign-up bonuses on Delta’s co-branded credit cards, including the highest ever bonus on their Platinum card, offering 70,000 bonus miles upon completing minimum spend.
The details of the offers are as follows (there are both personal and business versions of the Gold and Platinum cards):
That got me thinking…
I find that shorthaul flying can be aggravating. Don’t get me wrong, I love flying no matter where it’s to, but I find that shorthaul flying is more likely to be irritating.
I booked my roundtrip business class ticket from Seattle to Shenzhen for ~$ 1,580, and as I noted shortly after booking, Xiamen Air has a unique paid upgrade option, where day of departure you can upgrade from economy to business, business to first, or even economy to first. In my case I’d only need to upgrade from business to first, which costs 3,000CNY (~$ 450).
I had the chance to review business class on the outbound, so was excited at the prospect of reviewing first class on the return.
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I hope everyone has a great rest of the weekend!
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