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Oman Air Is Getting New First Class Suites On Their 787-9

We’ve been mentioning Oman Air quite a lot recently. For most of us, this might be the most interesting news we’ll hear from them in a while.
Oman Air has a small fleet of A330-300s that are equipped with first class. These aircraft are primarily used on their London flights, but also visit other destinations occasionally. In February the airline took delivery of their first 787-9, which is eventually supposed to replace the Airbus fleet. So far, none of these aircraft have had a first class cabin, implying that the airline was planning on eliminating it.
To my surprise, multiple company representatives have told me that Oman Air 787-9 being delivered in January 2018 will feature an entirely overhauled first class cabin.

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Special LifeMiles Promo For OMAAT Readers: Buy Miles With A 140% Bonus

The LifeMiles program has launched their latest bonus on purchased miles today. Their publicly available promotion offers up to a 125% bonus when you buy miles.
I’m happy to share that LifeMiles is once again offering a special increased bonus on purchased LifeMiles for readers of OMAAT. At each of the levels, OMAAT readers will receive an additional 15% bonus, meaning you can earn up to a 140% bonus on purchased miles.
Here’s what the bonus chart looks like for OMAAT readers who register:

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Awesome: Denver Airport Steakhouse Joins Priority Pass Network

Priority Pass is the the world’s largest network of independent airport lounges, with over 1,000 participating lounges around the world. Some of these are airline lounges, some are contract lounges, and lately they’re even expanding a bit beyond that.
My family is a big fan of the Priority Pass lounge network and has made use of many of their lounges around the world.
They’ve been getting creative lately, having added the Minute Suites at the Philadelphia, Dallas-Fort Worth Airport, and Atlanta airports which can be useful if you want to catch a quick nap.

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Can You Use A Globalist Suite Upgrade At A Hyatt Place?

A few weeks ago I wrote about how some of the newer Hyatt Places have real one-bedroom suites. These hotels are purpose-built, meaning they didn’t come with the AmeriSuites acquisition in 2005, but were a Hyatt Place from the moment they opened. I’ve now stayed in one of these suites at the Hyatt Place Charlotte Downtown, Park City, and Champaign, and have been very impressed.
One question that has been on my mind, however, is can you use a Globalist suite upgrade to confirm one of these Hyatt Place suites?
So I did some research to find out.

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Can You Still Get Approved For Both Personal Southwest Credit Cards?

At the moment Chase is offering increased sign-up bonuses on their co-branded Southwest credit cards. Specifically, the Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card and Southwest Rapid Rewards® Plus Credit Card are offering bonuses of up to 60,000 Rapid Rewards points upon completing minimum spend.
Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Card
— Earn 60,000 bonus Rapid Rewards points after spending $2,000 within three months
— $99 annual fee
— Receive 6,000 bonus points on your cardmember anniversary every year

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A Oneworld Airline Cuts Airberlin Mileage Earning

Airberlin is likely operating its last few weeks as an independent airline, before various assets are sold off to the highest bidder. This comes after airberlin filed for insolvency a couple of weeks ago, and then airberlin’s spun off topbonus frequent flyer program also filed for insolvency.
We recently learned that airberlin is terminating virtually all of their longhaul routes out of Berlin as of October 1, 2017. In reality that may be optimistic, as many question whether their current loan of 150 million Euros will even last them that long. Lufthansa allegedly wants to take over some of airberlin’s widebody planes, and continue to operate their longhaul flights out of Berlin.
Interestingly even though airberlin’s topbonus frequent flyer program has been shut down, up until now no oneworld airline has cut ties with airberlin. I’m a bit surprised by this. Keep in mind that with the global alliances, airlines have to pay one another for the miles they award, when a member accesses a lounge, etc. At the moment you can’t earn airberlin miles for travel on airberlin, though you can earn miles with any airberlin partner.

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British Airways' New Club World Catering Debuts September 1, 2017

In April we first learned that British Airways plans on refreshing their business class (Club World) product, which is long overdue. As far as I’m concerned, British Airways offers one of the worst fully flat business class products of any major airline in the world, both in terms of the hard and soft product.
So I’m happy to see that British Airways is making a big investment in their premium experience, which also includes introducing Club Europe on domestic UK flights, new lounges, a new First Wing at Heathrow Airport, wifi on their shorthaul and longhaul flights, etc.
While British Airways will be rolling out a new Club World seat in 2019 that features direct aisle access from every seat, they’re improving their soft product in the meantime. Starting later this year, British Airways will be partnering with The White Company to supply bedding and amenity kits for their Club World cabins. These will be available to New York JFK as of “later this year,” and will be extended to other routes in 2018.

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Airberlin Fires Their Head Of E-Commerce For Trying To Find Team New Job

With airberlin having filed for insolvency and eventually likely being sold off into parts, it’s not surprising that some people are already looking for new jobs. Several days ago I wrote about how airberlin’s VP of e-commerce and online sales set up a website basically offering the services of his 60+ person team.
I suspected the site wasn’t company sanctioned, though I found it admirable that the guy was looking out for his entire team. He could probably quite easily find a job somewhere else, but rather than focusing on just that, he was hoping someone would hire their entire team (or maybe just entire departments).
YHBU notes that the Berliner Morgenpost had a story about this situation today, noting that the airline wasn’t amused by Dr. Volz’s “posting.” The website offering the services of the entire airberlin e-commerce team has been taken down, and apparently Dr. Volz has been fired effective immediately.

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Weekly Review: August 26, 2017

A week ago I got back from my trip to Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and the UAE, and I’ve been traveling around the US since then. I have quite a bit more domestic travel this week, and then in a couple of weeks am planning a trip with my dad to a couple of new countries for both of us. It has been a while since we’ve taken a trip together, and I’m very much looking forward to it.
On the airline, hotel, and loyalty program front, this week we’ve seen a lot of action with airberlin due to their insolvency, a great new rental car promotion, two new hotel promotions, a new invitation only restaurant from United at Newark, and much more.
With that out of the way, here’s a recap of this week on the blog:

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The 3 Best No Annual Fee Cards For Everyday Spend

I have quite a few credit cards, and I like to maintain a good mix of annual fee cards and no annual fee cards (obviously the latter are less expensive to hold onto long term).
For me there are a few different reasons to pick up a no annual fee card:
— The card independently offers a rewarding return on everyday spend
— The card offers a rewarding return on spend in conjunction with another card
–The card will help you maintain an excellent credit score, since one factor impacting your score is your average age of accounts
— The card offers you some sort of other perks that make it worth holding onto (even something as simple as having access to Amex Offers)
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