United’s Adding Basic Economy to International Flights

Written by Zach Honig @ The Points Guy

Prepare yourself for more changes with United basic economy — and no, this time it isn’t good news. As suggested over the summer, beginning Dec. 11, United will be adding an expanded version of its basic economy product to select transatlantic flights. Currently, the airline offers a special “first bag charge/no changes allowed” booking category, that’s …

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Earn Elite and Lifetime Credits With United Basic Economy Fares

Written by Zach Honig @ The Points Guy

As the rare product that airlines actually don’t want you to purchase, United’s historically done just about everything it could to make basic economy as unappealing as possible. Finally, there’s a bit of good news on that front. United’s basic economy fares exclude seat assignments, carry-on bags, Economy Plus or first class upgrades — and, inexplicably, …

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What Does It Take to Earn United Global Services Status in 2018?

Written by Zach Honig @ The Points Guy

In addition to published top tiers, like American’s Executive Platinum, Delta Diamond and United Premier 1K, all three carriers offer an even higher level of status, reserved specifically for the biggest spenders. While accruing more Premier Qualifying Miles (PQMs) after reaching Premier 1K will earn you even more perks with United, when it comes to …

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Near Perfection in the Nose: Lufthansa (747-8) in First Class From Frankfurt to Newark

Written by Zach Honig @ The Points Guy

As a frequent Star Alliance flyer, I’m no stranger to Lufthansa first class. I’ve flown the airline’s top-notch premium product on every aircraft but the Airbus A380. While not entirely flawless, it’s consistent in flight, with good to great ground services to boot. So in the process of re-reviewing some of the contenders for the …

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You’ll Pray for a Delay: Lufthansa’s First Class Terminal at Frankfurt Airport

Written by Zach Honig @ The Points Guy

Lufthansa’s exclusive First Class Terminal is very much worth a visit, if you can get in. Pros: fantastic food, enormous top-shelf wine and liquor selection, huge private bathroom (with a bath!), speedy security screening and immigration, THEY DRIVE YOU TO THE PLANE. Cons: access limited to first-class flyers and top-tier elites.

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A Double Bed in the Superjumbo: Singapore Airlines (A380) in Suites From NYC to Frankfurt

Written by Zach Honig @ The Points Guy

Back in 2007, the Airbus A380 took to the skies on its first scheduled flight. It bore the iconic Singapore Airlines livery and what at the time was the most luxurious first-class suite commercial flyers had ever seen. Now, more than 11 years later, one of the original Singapore A380s is flying for charter operator …

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Virgin Atlantic Begins Flying A330 With New Upper Class ‘Suites’

Written by Zach Honig @ The Points Guy

Virgin Atlantic operates some of the world’s best business-class lounges, with a-la-carte dining, complimentary spa treatments and more, but Virgin’s Upper Class seat has been in need of an update, especially on some of the carrier’s oldest planes. Earlier this year, the airline added four Airbus A330-200s to its fleet, with “new” seats in business …

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Amex Is Opening a Centurion Lounge at London Heathrow

Written by Zach Honig @ The Points Guy

While American Express continues to open up locations at a steady rate around the US, there’s currently only one true Centurion Lounge overseas, at Hong Kong International Airport (HKG). Now, almost two years after Amex first announced it’d be opening up in Hong Kong, the issuer’s back to announce its second international location, at London …

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60,000-Point Steal: A Review of The St. Regis Bora Bora

Written by Zach Honig @ The Points Guy

At just 60,000 Marriott points per night, the St. Regis Bora Bora can be an out-of-this-world deal. The pros: fantastic redemption, huge property, great beach and lagoon, very large base villas, good food and drinks. The cons: base room availability is incredibly limited, expensive food and activities, staff overlooks important details.

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United Adding 777-300ER to Newark-Hong Kong Flight

Written by Zach Honig @ The Points Guy

There was some very good news buried in Friday’s Premium Plus announcement from United — beginning March 30, 2019, the airline will begin flying a new Boeing 777-300ER on its third longest flight, with daily service between Newark (EWR) and Hong Kong (HKG), replacing the dated 777-200ER currently operating that flight. There will be more seats …

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Redeem United Miles for SFO Polaris Lounge Access (and a Free Cookbook)

Written by Zach Honig @ The Points Guy

United’s Polaris Lounges are intended to be exclusive, and they are — access is limited to passengers flying in United Polaris, or those traveling in business or first class on a long-haul flight operated by another Star Alliance carrier. From time to time, there are other opportunities to gain access, though. Currently, United is offering …

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United Launches Dreamliner Service From Denver to Frankfurt

Written by Zach Honig @ The Points Guy

Come next year, Denver will have yet another nonstop flight to Europe. United, which launched seasonal 787 Dreamliner service to London (LHR) earlier this year, will begin serving Frankfurt on May 2, 2019. While Frankfurt itself might not top the list of tourist hotspots, I recently had a phenomenal time visiting nearby Heidelberg, a one-hour bus …

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