Welcome to this week’s Monday Musings. As a reminder, Monday Musings is a weekly series where I rattle off a few thoughts I have that mostly relate to points/miles, travel and I might highlight other posts/news/nuggets I found interesting from the past week. For those that are football fans and read Peter King’s MMQB, think of this as similar to his “A Few Things I Think I Think” section.
1. Just an unconscionable and unbelievable act of terrorism Friday night in Paris. Truly scary and I can’t imagine how I’d feel if I was in Paris at that time. We went to Paris for the first time last year and loved the City of Lights. This act will NOT deter me from returning and I hope others visit to experience how great Paris is. #PrayforParis
2. I have plenty of experiencing booking Singapore awards for clients but this was the first time booking for myself and with no Singapore Krisflyer miles, I had to transfer them in. I decided to transfer American Express Membership Rewards to Singapore and I was fully expecting a 12-24 hour timeframe to wait for the miles to post. Instead, the miles posted in only 2 hours! I know this because I initated the transfer just after midnight EST and at 1:45 am EST, I received the email below. “My first transaction” was the miles hitting the account – I’ve never seen Singapore transfers happen this quickly so that’s pretty awesome. In reality though, Singapore probably processes these transactions once a day and I happened to submit my transfer right before the cutoff.
3. Why did I need Singapore miles? I booked our outbound flights to Hawaii flying Newark to Honolulu nonstop on United in business class (with flat beds on their 767). I could have booked this for 40,000 United miles per person but the much better way to book this is with 30,000 Singapore miles per person. The cash price for this flight was $1,750 per person so I consider this a great use of miles.
4. Delta becomes the first US airline to try and sell their version of “premium economy” (called Comfort +) as a whole separate fare class (just like economy, business etc.) instead of just having it for paid or Medallion upgrades. Here are some FAQs about the changes. The notable change for travel hackers is that you can now redeem miles directly for a Comfort + seats. I can’t wait to see Delta charge 70,000 miles one way for ATL-LAX Comfort + seat. I’m only half kidding. #SkyPesos
5. I tried out Plastiq and signed up for a Nationwide Visa Buxx account (long overdue I know) this weekend as ways to increase manufactured spend. I won’t get too much into it now but will report back once I get a feel how things are going.