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New US Airways Award Policy, Hyatt MLife Bonus & More

by on August 16, 2014 · 6 comments

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Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed:

Cathay Pacific first class seats are a better redemption than ever with a new award fare policy from US Airways

With a new award fare policy from US Airways, Cathay Pacific first class seats are a great redemption option.

US Airways Now Charging the Average of One-Way  Mileage Costs for Roundtrip Award Tickets: Though the soon-merging airline has historically charged the roundtrip cost for the highest class of service flown, their brand new policy is to charge the average between each cabin flown, in each direction of travel. This means that if you book an award flight that’s business class in one direction and first class in the other, you’ll be charged the average of one-way mileage costs between the two classes. This could shave a considerable number of miles off your award redemptions, and is good news for those planning a big trip overseas. All US Airways reservation reps may not yet be aware of this new policy, so be sure to mention it – or call back until you get a rep who’s in the know. (h/t One Mile at a Time)

Earn up to 3,000 Hyatt Gold Passport stays on 3-night Vegas stays by December 30,2014

Earn up to 3,000 Hyatt Gold Passport stays on 3-night Vegas stays by December 30,2014

Earn Up to 3,000 Hyatt Gold Passport Bonus Points For Every 3 nights at Participating Las Vegas Hotels Through December 30, 2014: From now through October 15, 2014, sign up for Hyatt Gold Passport and MLife Hotels loyalty programs and receive between 1,000 and 3,000 Gold Passport bonus points for every 3-night stay between now and December 30, 2014 at participating Las Vegas hotels, such as the Bellagio, Mandalay Bay and the MGM Grand. Register online or by calling (800) 544-9288. To take advantage of this offer, you must present your Hyatt Gold Passport and MLife loyalty account numbers at check-in, and following your stay, allow 2-3 weeks for your bonus points to appear in your Hyatt account.

Select Waldorf Astoria properties will feature luxury driving experiences this fall

Select Waldorf Astoria properties will feature luxury driving experiences this fall.

Select Waldorf Astoria Properties Offering Luxury Driving Experiences September-December 2014: In partnership with driving experiences provider US DXL, several Waldorf Astoria properties will offer the Waldorf Astoria Driving Experience on select dates from September 30 through December 7, 2014. Each Driving Experience will feature an orientation to three super cars (a Ferrari 458 Italia Spider, a McLaren MP4-12C and  a Porsche 911 Turbo) led by Belgian racing champion Didier Theys, and will then set out on predefined, three-stop routes that allow participants to sample each car. Priced at $999 per couple, these experiences will be available at the Waldorfs in Park City, Palm Springs, Scottsdale, Phoenix, Boca Raton and New Orleans.

Berlin's senate is less than thrilled with Uber - to the tune of $33,000 a ride

Berlin’s senate is less than thrilled with Uber – and plans to charge $33,000 a ride

Uber Plans to Challenge Ban in Berlin: For ride-service app Uber, things are tough all over…Europe. In the wake of taxicab drivers’ protests in London, Madrid, Paris, Hamburg, and Berlin, the senate in Berlin has now ruled that Uber is unsafe because its passengers aren’t insured in case of an accident, and threaten a 25,000 Euro ($33,000) fine against the company each time one of its drivers takes to the German capital’s streets. However, Uber plans to defy this ruling, and to continue its operations not only in Berlin, but also Hamburg, Frankfurt, Munich and Dusseldorf, with plans to soon start servicing Cologne and Stuttgart.  (h/t Skift)

A pilot at UK carrier Flybe momentarily lost his prosthetic arm in flight, but managed to safely land the plane

While in flight, a pilot at UK carrier Flybe temporarily lost his prosthetic arm, but still landed safely.

Pilot’s Prosthetic Arm Falls Off Mid-Landing, But He Manages to Safely Land the Plane: There are some headlines you can’t make up. Following an investigation by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB), it has come to light that on February 12, 2014, a trusted 46-year-old pilot with UK carrier Flybe was approaching Belfast City Airport in windy conditions when his prosthetic arm suddenly became detached. Risking a loss of control over the Dash 8 aircraft, the quick-thinking pilot switched his right hand from the power levers to the yoke in order to land the plane heavily, yet safely. The pilot says that during the flight he may have dislodged the latching mechanism on his prosthesis, so in the future, he’ll be more cautious about checking the attachment. (Whew.)

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  • memarin1

    Anybody have any idea if the new Delano hotel (replacing theHOTEL at Mandalay Bay in September) will be part of the MGM promotion? I can’t find any indication as to whether it will be an MGM property or not – although it is booking through mlife…

  • Phoenix Jet

    Off topic, but I wanted to fly Phx to Helsinki then return Oslo to Phx. Would cost 60k miles b/c they only had coach seats.

    However then I still would’ve had to pay $750 for European taxes and the $40 processing fee which I’d gladly pay if I didn’t have to pay the other $700+. This sucks.

    Anyone know any way around it? Round trip flight is basically $1,400. So it’s really not worth it at this point. Very disappointing.

  • Traveling Shelley

    The only thing I really want is the OW option that AA offers. God, this is like the gift from the travel gods. Right now, I’m a damn 15K miles short of a reward on US Air and of course, I need it NOW. It would be extremely helpful to book half of the reward right now and hopefully, get to the 15K with some hard work via manufactured spend (MS). Anyone got some tips how they’d rack up 15K quickly for the least cost?

  • Traveling Shelley

    I usually book award tickets via AA, but here’s my guess to your plight–check who’s operating the flight. For example, British Airways can cost me $700 vs. Air Berlin at $5. Maybe that’s the issue?

  • blackgas

    from what i have read on toher blogs, its mlife/hyatt partnership will remain intact

  • memarin1

    thanks for the info

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