Weekly Review For July 12, 2015

Here’s what happened on the blog this week, in case you missed any of it:

You can still get a free travel assistant for 2 months even though I’ve given away the prizes for a free travel assistant for a year.

As we got to the halfway point of the year, I broke down my first 6 months in travel.

You can find my flight and airlines status breakdown here.

And, my hotel progress here.

I ended up flying to some interesting places I had never been before, getting time to explore Stockholm, Key West, Hong Kong and Shenzhen.

I seem to be in good shape to requalify for Executive Platinum status on American and to keep Hyatt Diamond and SPG Platinum.  It’s still a question mark what United status I end up with this year, though given their lack of excellence in pretty much any qualitative measures.

Which is a great transition to United grounding their entire fleet for 2 hours earlier this week because of a technical glitch.  Oy.  Maya Liebman, American’s CIO, was kind when she said:

“There is no technology leader that could stand up and say with 100 percent certainty that nothing like this could ever happen to them.”

Sure, but I don’t recall any stories of American, Delta or Southwest needing to ground their fleet for a technical issue.

Still, it’s a good time to remind you that in the midst of the American Airlines/US Airways reservation system integration, you need to feed and water your reservations frequently.

There are still very cheap flights to hop around Greece right now (as low as 19 Euro), as well as plenty of cheap fares to get to Greece from other cities Aegean serves.

If you’re a small business owner, you need to have the SPG business AMEX in your wallet.  And, not just because of Starpoints.  Here are the other reasons why.

Did anyone get one of these free gift bags from Uber?  I had a few people comment that they couldn’t access it and I’m wondering if Uber messed up on this.

Don’t forget about cheap fares to Hawaii and $400 off a Qantas ticket.

And, triple Avios on Hyatt stays, Club Carlson’s summer promo and a comprehensive list of Star Alliance trans-Atlantic flights.

I wonder if this student’s computers crashed like United’s when he was making their new logo.

Lastly, there’s still a 75,000 mile sign-up bonus for an AAdvantage credit card, $10 off an Orbitz hotel booking and JetBlue’s new open air lounge at JFK.

That’s it for the weekly review.

Where are you flying this week?  It’s a great time to be using points and miles to explore the world!

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