Overnight Stays on Caribbean Cruises, Lots of Premium Award Space AUS-LHR, Who Has The Most Miles and Points? The Best of the Rest For Saturday, May 30th, 2015

The Best of the Rest is my effort to summarize all the travel/miles & points stories that interested me on a daily basis but didn’t have time to write about in length.  It’s your shortcut to find out what’s going on in the travel world without having to read dozens of travel blogs to get all the best info.  Here’s today’s version:

Who has the most miles and points?  Gary and Randy discuss on View From the Wing.  The number shocked even me.

Celebrity Cruises is adding overnight stays to Caribbean itineraries.  MJ on Travel is a big cruise ship fan, as am I.  There are plenty of places I would really enjoy an overnight stop at when cruising, if only to experience dinner at some of the better restaurants.  The only current itineraries I can recall seeing overnights on in the US are some of the short Bermuda cruises.  Hoping sister company Royal Caribbean adopts the trend.

5,000 Southwest Rapid Rewards points for a Rocketmiles booking.

With British Airways changing their Austin-Heathrow service from a 787 to a 777, it seems there’s a ton of award availability, says Trevor on Tagging Miles.  I flew this route earlier this year, and it’s the only time I’ve ever booked a World Traveller Plus (premium economy) ticket on BA and not cleared an upgrade into Club World.  The flight was completely full.  I’m guessing there’s a high amount of premium travel on that route.

New Conrad property coming to Chicago to replace the one leaving for SPG. HT: uggboy on Milepoint.

Frequent travelers are painfully/gleefully aware of the phrase “Original Routing Credit”.  It generally means you had a flight that ended up with some sort of issue or change, but also means that you can request the airline to issue miles according to the original route flown.

For example, you book IAD-LAX-DEN on American Airlines.  The IAD-LAX plane breaks and you are re-accomodated on AA as IAD-DFW-DEN, or on UA as IAD-DEN nonstop.  In both cases, you can ask American Airlines to award you miles according to your “original routing”, or IAD-LAX-DEN.

This can be especially beneficial if you get moved to another airline, as you don’t lose out on those EQMs or RDMs on the airline you’re chasing status with.  Are the airlines starting to clamp down on this?  If so, is it any surprise Delta is the first?

Le Chic Geek shows some pretty cool new features of Google’s Photo app.  I’m an iPhoto guy, so probably not relevant for me.

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