In this weekend’s Frequent Miler week in review around the web, read about where to sit on Southwest, a niche foreign program sweet spot, a new great FHR option in Las Vegas, and more. Read on for the weekend recap:
While I won’t go to the extreme of the last row like Richard Kerr, I will firmly concur that the back few rows of a Southwest plane are some of the best places to fly in domestic economy and have certainly contributed to an impressive win percentage in the Southwest Shuffle. My family also enjoys the routine of a familiar part of the plane and the chance to chat with the flight attendant for a minute before anyone else makes their way toward that end of the plane. Being near the lavatory can be epic….but beware that some Southwest planes only have a changing table at the front — the rear seat strategy failed us miserably on one flight.
While it seems that even having a GOL Smiles account these days might be difficult for many readers, I nonetheless find it interesting reading about random foreign program opportunities like this and sharing them for those readers who can find a way to take advantage. Loyalty Lobby gives an example of using cash and points to pay 18K miles and $565 for two long QSuites segments on Qatar, which seems like a relative bargain.
I was long a fan of Amex FHR for for Las Vegas bookings, especially in 2-player mode. Unfortunately, FHR credits changed to spa credits at participating Vegas properties this year. But Shawn at Miles to Memories reports an awesome improvement: the Waldorf-Astoria now offers a credit that can be used for dining, and they’ve increased it to $125. Personally, I’ll stick with Delano for Vegas stays since Chase Luxury Resorts still offers resort credit and Delano, which can often be booked for $100 or less during off-peak periods and is all-suites, but those looking for the Waldorf can do well booking through FHR.
I think it’s inevitable that hotel chains will eventually all get rid of mini toiletries under the guise of being environmentally-friendly. The grass and trees just aren’t the kind of green that I think this change is really aimed at saving, but I appreciate that the side effect is a net positive even if the motivation a bit disingenuous. That said, my thoughts on this line up with Dan’s: I’ll miss what to me amounted to the elusive ability to save time in a bottle. In fact, just the night before reading this post, I had come across some lost bottles that brought back memorable moments. Guess I’ll hold on to those just a little bit longer.
I’m not surprised to hear that the future of international travel includes your passport information being somehow stored within your phone. It makes sense to me that this information could be digitally encrypted and mobile in terms of convenience. On the other hand, while I worry less about privacy than I did when I felt like it was possible to have some, I can imagine that some will be uncomfortable with creating a window for even easier access to the minute details of our daily lives. I’m sure this will lead to some interesting debate in the future.
That’s it for this week around the web. Next up: this week’s last chance deals.