Cathay Easier to Book Awards, New JetBlue Partnership & Hyatt Pay My Way

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A350-900 at sunset. Photo courtesy of Cathay Pacific.
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Lufthansa Pushes New Cabin Launch To 2024 Due To Delivery Delays.

A redesigned inflight experience was supposed to launch in 2023, but delivery delays are pushing upgrades back to 2024. The new Allegris cabin design will initially focus on Economy, Premium Economy and Business Class. First Class cabins will be launched later in 2024 on the airline’s Airbus A350 jets. So, save up your miles and points so you can book one of these flights next year.

Cathay wants to make it easier to book flights with miles.

The newly redesigned website will allow travelers to see Miles and Miles+Cash options on the same screen. You’ll no longer have to visit two different websites (including an inferior award booking site interface) when comparing cash vs. miles options. Normally, “upgrades” are a bad thing when it comes to miles & points, but this is truly a positive move by Cathay Pacific.

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First Class service. Image courtesy of Cathay Pacific.

JetBlue announces partnership with YOTEL.

With this airline-hotel partnership, JetBlue TrueBlue members will now be able to earn points at YOTEL properties. They’ll receive one TrueBlue point for every US dollar spent at the hotel. Members also receive a 10% discount on rates and a complimentary food & drink amenity upon arrival. Mosaic members also receive a complimentary room upgrade and 2 pm late checkout (when available). Book rooms at or to receive benefits.

LAX Just Banned This Common Travel Necessity.

Travelers can no longer purchase single-use water bottles at LAX. Instead, you need to bring your own refillable bottle or purchase one at a store inside the airport. I understand the desire to reduce consumption, but I’m also concerned at how much airport stores will charge for reusable bottles. They’re generally pretty expensive as it is… without the horrendous airport markup. Check out my Amazon referral link for some affordable reusable water bottles to bring on your next trip.

Hyatt’s Pay My Way improves functionality, allows you to combine free night awards, cash and points.

Previously, you’d have to compare room rates for cash, points+cash, points and certificates under different searches. With Hyatt Pay My Way, you can easily choose the payment options that work best for your budget and redemption strategy. I wish that all of Hyatt properties participated in this program. However, this is a huge step forward to make it easier for members to redeem their points and certificates for maximum value. And I really appreciate that the system will no longer automatically assign a certificate when booking a room. Now, you can choose which certificate to use so you don’t accidentally use a Category 7 certificate on a lower-end room when a Category 4 certificate would work just fine.

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  1. Think that the Cathay changes will actually make it so that we can book premium cabin awards between the USA and Asia? Simpler is a plus but with zero availability the simplicity level is kind of irrelevant.

    Good call on spotting the big flaw on LAX’s new policy. Maybe they can come up with cartons of some kind like you used to get your milk in at school.


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