Young Travelers of Hong Kong
The Best Business Class Seats To Fly Within Southeast Asia
I thought it would be fun to look at the best business class seats that you can fly within Asia, given I’ve flown all the “generic” seat configurations that you’ll be able to find in business class. I’ll focus on routes out of Hong Kong, though I’ll try to hit...
Young Travelers of Hong Kong
Are Asian Low-Cost Airlines Really Better Than Full-Service Carriers Anymore?
Far too often in modern times, low-cost airlines are all the rage – and for good reason. Many newer start-up airlines are cracking down on the ridiculous upcharges and yields that legacy airlines have set up, showing that due to newer materials and our ever-increasing knowledge of aerodynamics, flying isn’t...
Young Travelers of Hong Kong
Review: Cathay Pacific A350-1000 Economy Class (HKG-BKK-HKG)
I recently took a short trip down to Bangkok to take advantage of a good deal with Cathay Pacific from Bangkok to New York via Hong Kong. It’s been a while since we’ve last reviewed Cathay Pacific’s short-haul Economy product here at YTHK, so I figured that it would be...
Young Travelers of Hong Kong
Review: Lufthansa E190 Business Class (FRA-LCY)
Review Overview YTHK'S VERDICT While the intra-Europe business class product is embarrassingly bad, Lufthansa does lead the pack with amenities and half-decent catering. I wasn't fussed about the lack of WiFi or power ports on this short regional jet flight, though the lack of WiFi on their A320neos is a...
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HDFC Bank Infinia / Diners Club Black adds 14 new transfer partners
In a new move, HDFC Bank has added a tonne of new transfer partners to their premium credit cards. The partnerships are live now and available on their website. Here is what is new! The post HDFC Bank Infinia / Diners Club Black adds 14 new transfer partners appeared first on...
Michael W Travels
Win A Trip For 2 To Saint Lucia!
Saint Lucia hosted its 30th annual Nobel Laureate Festival recently. In honor of the occasion, they’re giving away a trip for two to visit the island! The prize includes an all inclusive five night resort stay, flights and more! We visited Saint Lucia a around four years back and had...
Pizza in Motion
2022 Hotel Elite Status Recap And 2023 Goals
I recapped my airline status achievements for 2022 last week.  I finally got a free moment to talk about where I ended up in regards to hotel elite status last year.  The title of this post is only a little deceptive, in that at most I have one hotel status...
Frequent Flyer Bonuses
Bamboo Airways changes course on their free domestic flight promotion (And it isn’t good)
Just before Christmas we posted the details of Bamboo Airways Bamboo Club promotion: LET’S INTERACT, LET’S FLY FREE WITH BAMBOO CLUB! This promotion stated that with just 5 seconds of work each day you could earn enough points for a free domestic flight within Vietnam. The promo details stated points...
Eye of the Flyer
Cringe: Flight Simulator Hobbyist Publicly Humiliates His Wife, Demands She Call Him a Pilot
Some people are passionate about their hobbies. One flight simulator hobbyist took things to the extreme — both in terms of his home setup and actual behavior. Just ask his wife. Nope. This is not about a Takeoff Nap post. And I can’t wait to hear what aviation professionals say...
The Gate with Brian Cohen
Junk Fee Prevention Act to Eliminate Resort Fees?
A Junk Fee Prevention Act to eliminate resort fees and other mandatory hidden fees is being proposed by the president of the United States to members of the House of Representatives in the name of promoting competition in the economy while simultaneously saving citizens billions of dollars per year. Junk Fee...
View from the Wing
Up To 100,000 Miles For Delta Amex Cards, And New 15% Discount On Awards For Cardholders
Delta and American Express have no increased offers for their co-brand credit cards, and a new reason to get them - being a cardmember is now the only way to get the lowest-priced award redemptions through SkyMiles, a new 15% off redemption benefit. If you aren't a Delta American Express co-brand...
Live and Let’s Fly
Hong Kong Plans Tourist Blitz With 500,000 Free Airline Tickets
Hong Kong wants visitors to return and is planning a giveaway of 500,000 free airline tickets this spring in an effort to jumpstart tourism. Hong Kong Will Distribute 500,000 Free Airline Tickets In 2019, 56 million people visited Hong Kong. In 2021, that number was only 91,000. In 2022, that...
Frequent Miler
Great service: Success with a Capital One Shopping missing cash back claim
We have written extensively about Capital One Shopping, the shopping portal that does not require a Capital One card (and I include that in bold in sentence #1 because somebody misses that bit every time we write about it! See “C” is for confusion: Capital One Shopping vs Offers vs Travel...
Your Mileage May Vary
Why Don’t Airlines Fly over Tibet?
If a location is a no-fly zone (a.k.a. no-flight zone [NFZ] or air exclusion zone [AEZ]), then of course no one will fly over it (unless, for some reason, air…
Frequent Flyer Bonuses
Limited Time: Up to 100,000 bonus SkyMiles on Delta American Express Cards
Delta and American Express revealed some great new welcome bonuses for their co-brand consumer and business cards! These offers are in market until March 29 and offer up to 100,000 bonus SkyMiles on approval. In addition to the increased bonuses the cards now provide 15% off when using miles to...
Travel With Grant
Convert Choice Hotels Points to Cash with Bakkt App (32K Points = $100)
Good afternoon everyone, I hope your week is going well.  Earlier this week, it became possible to convert Radisson Hotels Americas Points into Choice Hotels Points on a 2:1 exchange rate (2,000 Radisson Hotels Americas Points = 1,000 Choice Hotels Points). Last year, Choice Hotels partnered with the Bakkt app...
Miles To Memories
Redemption Shaming, Miles & Points for Budget Travel and is MSC As Bad As They Say?
On this episode of the podcast Shawn and Joe discuss redemption shaming and why it can be a problem in the hobby. We also tackle miles & points for budget travel, IHG's new 175K welcome offer and whether MSC Cruises is as bad as their reputation. The post Redemption Shaming, Miles...
View from the Wing
Hastily-Retired American Airlines Boeing 757 Being Shipped To China
Now one of those March 2020-retired Boeing 757s - which eventually made it from Tulsa to the desert in Roswell, New Mexico - has been opened, as though it were a time capsule. It's headed off to China for a cargo retrofit. And while the plane has been...
Your Mileage May Vary
The Type of Customers AMEX Loves Most of All
American Express is a large player in the points and miles universe. It offers a line of charge and credit cards that earn its proprietary Membership Rewards, along with having…
Frequent Miler
Brex: Get 25% Bonus When Transferring To LifeMiles
In the unlikely event that you still have an active Brex account, they’re providing an opportunity to get more value from your points this month by transferring to LifeMiles with a 25% bonus. The Deal Get a 25% bonus when transferring Brex Rewards points to Avianca LifeMiles. Key Terms This...
Grab a Mile
Lufthansa Business Class DFW-FRA-DEL (broken seat fun and footsie)
We started off our journey at the Capital One Lounge at DFW (which I have reviewed here). For what its worth, the lounge has gotten progressively crowded and unless you are there early it becomes nigh impossible to find a seat outside the table area. As usual the boarding line...
Eye of the Flyer
We Called It: 15% Discount on Award Tickets for Some Delta Amex Cardholders
You heard it here first last month. And now it’s official. Delta's TakeOff 15 discount is now live. The post We Called It: 15% Discount on Award Tickets for Some Delta Amex Cardholders appeared first on Eye of the Flyer.
Miles To Memories
Get $500 Bonus With a New US Bank Business Checking Account
US Bank has a new bonus of $500 bonus for business checking accounts. The requirements are relatively easy and no direct deposit is required. The post Get $500 Bonus With a New US Bank Business Checking Account appeared first on Miles to Memories.
The Bulkhead Seat
Early Reports Say Centurion® Lounges are Less Crowded
Terms apply to American Express benefits and offers. Enrollment may be required for select… The post Early Reports Say Centurion® Lounges are Less Crowded appeared first on The Bulkhead Seat.
One Mile at a Time
Awesome: Hyatt Acquires Dream Hotel Group
In November 2022, Hyatt announced it would acquire Dream Hotel Group. This transaction has now been completed, and Dream properties should all join World of Hyatt in the near future. Let’s go over all the details.
Frequent Miler
New Choice Sweet Spot Rewards: Some Great Properties Available
Last year Choice Privileges launched a new feature of their program called Sweet Spot Rewards. These work in a (sort of) similar way to how IHG’s PointBreaks used to work in that it’s a shortlist of properties that are bookable for a discount on their normal award pricing. I’ve found...
Points With a Crew
Kickstarter: IcyFlow 6-In-1 Travel-Friendly Portable Air Conditioner
You only have a few days left to back the IcyFlow, which, in addition to being an air conditioner, is also a power bank, wireless charger, bluetooth speaker, mosquito repellent and an LED light. It will only be available for ...
Miles To Memories
White House Proposal Would Slash Credit Card Late Fees
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Young Travelers of Hong Kong
Review: Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Frankfurt
Review Overview YTHK'S VERDICT Air Canada operates some solid outstation lounges, and their Frankfurt lounge is no exception. While the food selection is limited, the lounge has good WiFi, showers, and IMO a better atmosphere than any of Lufthansa's lounges. 4.0 While Lufthansa has a wealth of lounges at Frankfurt...
Young Travelers of Hong Kong
Review: Lufthansa Business Lounge B, Frankfurt (FRA)
Review Overview YTHK'S VERDICT This is a very middling offering for an airline lounge, and lacks personality. At least it has all the basics, including readily available showers, WiFi, a range of seating, and an adequate food selection. 3.5 Lufthansa operates a whopping six departures lounges for business class passengers...
Young Travelers of Hong Kong
Review: Lufthansa Welcome Lounge, Frankfurt (FRA) Arrivals
A brief review of Lufthansa's Welcome (Arrivals) lounge Frankfurt, for passengers arriving Frankfurt in longhaul Lufthansa business class. The post Review: Lufthansa Welcome Lounge, Frankfurt (FRA) Arrivals appeared first on Young Travelers of Hong Kong.
Young Travelers of Hong Kong
Review: Lufthansa A340 Business Class (HKG-FRA)
Review Overview YTHK'S VERDICT Lufthansa's business class hard product is lackadaisical, but their soft product was better than I expected. There's still lots of room for improvement, however. 3.0 After spending three weeks at home with friends and family, it was time to fly Lufthansa’s A340 business class, which I...
Young Travelers of Hong Kong
Review: The Centurion Lounge by American Express, Hong Kong (HKG)
Review Overview YTHK'S VERDICT This is one of the few lounges at Hong Kong Airport that isn't overcrowded at the moment, and the X-factor is the bar, which serves up a variety of great cocktails. 4.5 Prior to a late-night departure out of Hong Kong Airport, a friend was gracious...
Young Travelers of Hong Kong
New Year, New Restrictions: Which China Travel Restrictions Include Hong Kong and Which Don’t
Happy new year! A couple of weeks ago, my hopes for 2023 were that I’d be thinking about my imminent graduation, as well as upcoming travel plans. Less than 24 hours into the new year, I have 60 tabs open on my phone, trying to understand the plethora of new...
Young Travelers of Hong Kong
Hong Kong Drops Most Remaining COVID-19 Arrivals Procedures (December 29, 2022)
Hong Kong has just announced that most remaining COVID-19 related arrivals procedures will be dropped as of tomorrow, December 29, 2022. This includes a health declaration form, a PCR test on-arrival, a Day 2 PCR test, and uploading rapid antigen test results onto an online portal (though travelers are still...
Young Travelers of Hong Kong
A Guide to Cathay – Cathay Pacific’s New Loyalty Programme
Hello! This is my first post with YTHK since we joined BoardingArea. For a bit of background, I’ve known Alvin since elementary school, where we bonded over our mutual love of all things to do with the airline industry. Since YTHK was founded, I’ve contributed the occasional post or review...