I recently flew on Delta in Basic Economy and because of that, Sharon and I were separated for two of four of our flights. The experience wasn’t that bad but there was one thing that bugged me. In fact, I even wrote on a Facebook group after the trip just to vent:
Nodded off during the flight and I missed out on my Biscoff cookies (and the person next to me didn’t save me a pack).
I missed out on the Biscoff cookies. For those of you who have never flown on Delta and had these cookies, I’m sorry your life is not complete. It’s just something about being handed two cookies while soaring above the clouds that makes Delta Biscoff better than the other earthbound cookies.
I think most of you will agree that the snack cart is one of THE most important parts of the flight. So after Joe posted the story about Stroopwafels being replaced on United over the weekend, I was a little bummed, because those were my one of my most favorite airline cookie in the world. So I decided to do some investigating to see what the deal was.
Lucky from One Mile At A Time just stayed at a MOXY hotel for the first time. As a millennial, he’s the prime demographic for the brand. However, he found the MOXY at the Vienna Airport lacked many things he needs when traveling. Now, we’ve stayed at a MOXY in the US and loved the experience. In the comments, it’s mentioned that MOXY hotels in Europe are trying to compete with hostels so the offerings are different than the hotels in the US which makes sense. I’d be interested to see more people’s opinions on the brand as we thought it was a pleasant change from a regular hotel room.
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Have you ever felt like this when booking airfare? “I’d like to book a seat in Basic Premium Extra Plus Comfort Class that includes exit row seat assignments but without an extra carry on bag.”
Knowing what class of airline seat you were buying didn’t used to be hard. There were only two or maybe three classes to choose from. First Class. Business Class and Coach. Yep, that’s Coach. Not Economy. Not Main Cabin. Not Core. Just plain old Coach. And do you know what? Everyone was fine with that. No one was complaining that the names were inappropriate. You knew what class you were in and everyone was happy.
Flash forward to today and there are numerous names differentiating the seat choices offered by each airline. None of the names are the same and names that happen to be similar can still mean very different seat types. American Airlines leads the pack with eight different types of categories. United follows closely behind with seven and Delta has six. Southwest Airlines is the easiest to understand, as they only have one class of seat which they don’t even bother to give a name 🙂
Here’s my attempt to make sense of all of these names, from top to bottom.
Starting on June 1, 2018, the United MileagePlus Explorer card underwent a major overhaul in which several benefits of the card were removed while others were added. The card still has the same price, $95 a year (with the fee waived the first year). I’m surprised the card wasn’t relaunched, as that seems to be the recent trend, as seen with the new cards from IHG and Marriott. Undergoing major changes to the benefits offered, this United card is being branded as “New” on the Chase website and the card is now called the United Explorer instead of MileagePlus Explorer.
Get REWARDED with the all-new UnitedSM Explorer Card
Chase and United decided instead to change the card’s benefits for all cardholders, giving a little more than a months notice. While I’ve already reviewed the card, I think it makes sense to look again and see if these changes make the card more or less valuable to United travelers.
Happy Sunday, y’all! Sharon and I have come across a lot of interesting travel-related articles this week – here are some of our favorites.
Gary from View from the Wing writes about how United wants to undo the decision to move out of JFK airport and only have flights to New York from their Newark hub. Admittedly, that decision ended up costing them money in the long run. This is a perfect example of what can happen when you run a company by how things look on spreadsheets. While a decision may look good on paper, when you put it into practice the damage caused by the ripples end up making you regret your decision and it’s not always easy to fix damage that’s already done.
Kimpton hotels are now folded into the IHG hotels portfolio and their Karma Rewards program is no more. However, they were able to keep many things from the old program alive. One of those is the “Secret Password” which Loyalty Lobby was nice enough to share with everyone. When you tell the password to the front desk, you’ll get a special gift, which is different depending on the hotel where you are staying.
Reselling items is one way that those in the points and miles community use to earn large balances in their accounts (and possibly make a profit if they’re really good at it). There are dangers in this as Miles to Memories found out when trying to get rid of a pair of Justin Timberlake tickets.
I love checking for AMEX offers but often I’ll see others post about deals that aren’t available to me. Nick from Frequent Miler found out that AMEX will set your offers to where you are at the time. So if you’re out of town, check the AMEX app for offers and you might get in on a good deal that you otherwise would miss out on.
Every time Marriott announces details about the combination of Starwood Preferred Guest and Marriott Rewards there are plenty of people going through the details. Many SPG platinum members were happy Marriott announced that Platinum members would get free breakfast at hotels, including the previously excluded Courtyard brand. Lucky from One Mile at a Time writes about how people quickly noticed that breakfast isn’t included at Courtyards on the newly released list but instead you’ll get a $10 credit per day for up to two people. I was thinking about this but then realized that we don’t have status, so what difference does it make to us? Then I remembered that Sharon might have Marriott Platinum status next year, so it does matter to us. Finally, I stopped worrying because we don’t like eating hotel breakfasts anyway and might get more out of a $10 credit we can use to buy waters, coffee or a drink at the bar.
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Happy weekend, y’all! And if you live in the U.S., happy Memorial Day weekend to you! Here’s a recap of what we wrote on YMMV this week. From great travel deals to what we’ve written to what others wrote that we really liked and wanted to share, it’s all here, in one convenient place!