Cheap Flights To Sydney, Kimpton Eliminates A Key Benefit And United Reducing International Service

Here’s what I’m reading about in the world of miles and points:

Cheap Flights of the Day:

Less than $900 round-trip to Australia.  This is on multiple airlines out of LAX for trips from now until “summer” here in the US.  That means you can hit the summer or cooler months in Sydney.  I thoroughly enjoyed my short time in Sydney last year.

$400-ish tickets to Europe for summer travel.  There have certainly been cheaper fares recently, but this one is good for peak summer travel.  Those pop up much less frequently.

In Case You Missed It:

I still haven’t booked our spring break trip for 2017.  But, we’re getting closer.

A nonstop flight from Boston to LAX, with a fuel stop in Chicago.

Alaska Airlines is doing what American should have done months ago.

Disney World expanding alcohol offerings in the Magic Kingdom.

The cheeseburger is back on United Airlines, in both economy and first class.  There’s always been an outsized obsession with the cheeseburger on airplanes.  I think it’s a good cheeseburger.  At least it was during the last iteration.  I like that United is trying to keep the menu fresh with new choices.  I’m a bit bummed that fruit and cheese and the ham sandwich are going away.

Triple miles from Aeroplan on IHG hotel stays.

Amazon “Prime Air” Planes Fly Full, But Later And Lighter.

Cadillac is launching their version of a car-sharing service in NYC.  It’s interesting, but I think the price tag makes it a tough sell for me.  It appears there’s a minimum charge per month.  In a city like NYC, a car is not necessarily an asset.  Parking can cost a ton of cash, and that’s not covered in the plan.  At any rate, it will appeal to some.

I missed a pretty good deal on an auction for 2 nights at the St. Regis Punta Mita.  At just over $300 a night, that’s a screaming deal for a top-notch property.

But, you can still do 2 nights in a 5-star villa in Bordeaux for $300-ish.

The Chase Sapphire Reserve has the best sign-up bonus on the market, 100,000 Ultimate Rewards points.  Here’s a reasonable argument why it might not be right for you.

Details on Club Carlson’s new promotion.  You can earn up to 100,000 points.

Kimpton eliminating a key benefit for Inner Circle members.

United isn’t expanding service to London after all.  That’s too bad, as the number of increased award seats would have been a nice plus for folks who live out West.  Instead, we’ll get more down-gauged service out of Newark.

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