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Chris Dong


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About Chris Dong

Chris is an obsessive traveler with an eye for luxury hotels and local, authentic experiences. He loves sleeping in opulent five-star suites (in the air or on the ground!) just as much as he enjoys eating at hole-in-the-wall noodle joints.

As a freelance travel writer and editor, he focuses on timely travel trends, points and miles, hot new hotels, and all things that go (he’s a proud aviation geek and transit nerd). Ultimately, he believes luxury travel, local experiences and loyalty programs can all go together.

Formerly full-time at The Points Guy, his work can now be found at AFAR, Travel + Leisure, Conde Nast Traveler, The Washington Post, Insider, and Lonely Planet, among others. When he’s not traveling, Chris calls Los Angeles home after nearly ten years of living in New York City.

You can follow Chris on Instagram and Twitter.

Countries Visited: 52
U.S. States Visited: 34
Highest Hotel Status: World of Hyatt Globalist, Hilton Honors Diamond
Highest Airline Status: American Airlines Platinum Pro
Favorite Airline Alliance: Oneworld
Favorite First Class: Cathay Pacific First Class
Favorite Business Class: Qatar Qsuite
Best Redemption Value: ANA First Class, Cathay Pacific First Class, Japan Airlines First Class.
Favorite Type of Points: Amex Membership Rewards and Bilt Rewards
Top 3 Cards in Wallet: American Express® Gold Card, Bilt World Elite Mastercard® Credit Card, and Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card

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Virgin Hotels Glasgow Debuts as the Brand’s Eighth Location Worldwide

Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Hotels brand is making its mark in Scotland with the opening of its property in Glasgow. Virgin Hotels Glasgow has become the second Virgin property in Europe and the brand’s eighth worldwide. Here’s everything that you…

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American Will Transition to Revenue-Based Earning for British Airways and Iberia Flights

Several years ago, American shifted how you earn miles on most American Airlines-marketed flights to be based on the cost of the ticket, not how many miles you flew (similar to Delta and United). For clarity, a “marketed” flight is…

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Earn Up to 3X Hilton Points Through the End of 2023 With Latest Promo

As hotel chains try to compete for your business, many brands are offering promotions and challenges this fall and winter to encourage you to become loyal.  That’s especially the case now as the summer travel season begins to wind down….

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New 24,000-Square-Foot United Club Debuts in Denver’s A-West Terminal

United is on a hot streak when it comes to revamping (and debuting) United Clubs. After opening a new United Club in Newark’s Terminal A earlier this summer, the Chicago-based airline is revealing its latest clubs in Denver (DEN), starting…

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You Can Now Redeem Virgin Points for LATAM Flights

In 2022, London-based Virgin Atlantic established a partnership with South American giant LATAM by way of a codeshare agreement. And now, that relationship is being taken further — you’re now able to redeem Virgin points (redeemed through the Flying Club…

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Amex Significantly Increases the Cost of Platinum Card Authorized User Fees

A couple of years ago, Amex made wholesale changes to The Platinum Card® from American Express, which included the addition of new credits and benefits as well as an increase to its annual fee. Now, perhaps, comes the biggest change…

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Capital One Adds Language Limiting Welcome Offers to Every 48 Months

There’s a vast array of rules to navigate when it comes to credit card applications. Now, Capital One is the latest issuer to explicitly state how often you can earn a welcome bonus offer on a specific card product. Here’s…

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Delta Opens New Sky Club at Boston Terminal E

In a bid to vie for premium passengers flying internationally, Delta has opened its largest Sky Club at Boston (BOS) Logan’s Terminal E. The 21,000-square-foot space that seats up to 400 guests is now open. Here are all the details….

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Marriott Debuts Delta Hotels Times Square in New York City

Marriott is increasing its ever-growing portfolio in New York City with the opening of Delta Hotels by Marriott Times Square. Here’s what you should know about the first Delta hotel in New York City. Delta Hotels by Marriott Times Square…

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Beond, a Luxury Airline Startup, Plans to Fly Passengers to the Maldives

First announced in late 2022, the all-business-class startup airline, Beond, has revealed more of its operational plans, including an anticipated launch in fall 2023. Here’s what you need to know about this new Maldivian airline. A Luxury Airline Based in…

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You Can Now Watch Peacock on JetBlue Flights, Elites Get a Free 1-Year Subscription

JetBlue passengers now have one more inflight entertainment option to choose from with the launch of an exclusive partnership with NBCUniversal’s streaming service Peacock. In addition, Mosaic elites get a free 12-month subscription. Here’s what you need to know. Peacock…

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American Shifts Doha Flight to Philadelphia Starting This Fall

American Airlines launched daily service from New York (JFK) to Doha (DOH) in June 2022. Now, in a major shift, American will axe service from New York and instead operate nonstop to Doha from its Philadelphia (PHL) hub. Here’s what…

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Hyatt Improves ‘Pay My Way’ With Ability To Select Specific Free Night Awards

Hyatt has improved its “Pay My Way” feature, a tool that allows World of Hyatt members to redeem free night awards, book paid nights in cash, and use Hyatt points — all on a single reservation. With the latest update,…

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Wyndham Adds 16 Properties to Its Portfolio in Major U.S. Markets

Wyndham is adding to its portfolio of over 9,000 properties with the addition of 16 LuxUrban hotels in major U.S. urban markets. Here’s what you need to know about this announcement from the hotel chain. New Wyndham Properties Added On…

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ANA’s Low-Cost AirJapan Set To Launch in February 2024

Star Alliance carrier All Nippon Airways (ANA) revealed plans for a new subsidiary carrier, AirJapan, set to launch service next year. Here’s everything that you need to know about this forthcoming airline. What is AirJapan? AirJapan is ANA Group’s third…

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Etihad Airways To Launch Nonstop Service to Boston

In 2024, Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways will be launching flights to Boston, its first new U.S. destination after years of scaling back service in North America. Here’s everything that you need to know. Etihad Adding Nonstop Flights to Boston Starting…

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Mr. C Beverly Hills in Los Angeles To Rebrand, Become Hilton LXR Property

The 138-room Mr. C Beverly Hills, an iconic property steps from Rodeo Drive, is set to rebrand as a Hilton property on August 4, 2023. Here’s everything that you need to know about the imminent change. Mr. C Beverly Hills…

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Transfer Amex Points to Avianca LifeMiles With a 15% Bonus

If you have a stash of American Express Membership Rewards points lying around, there’s an opportunity to maximize their value. Right now, you can leverage a 15% bonus when you transfer your Amex Membership Rewards points to the Avianca LifeMiles…

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Reservations Are Now Open for PS Atlanta, the Airport’s First Private Terminal

PS, the private airport terminal for commercial flights, is opening its long-anticipated Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) location on September 6, 2023. Here’s everything that you need to know. What Is PS? PS was designed to be a solution for…

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Earn JetBlue Points and Perks on Yotel Reservations

Hospitality brand YOTEL, with 22 properties worldwide, is teaming up with JetBlue to reward TrueBlue members with points-earning opportunities and additional benefits. Here’s what you should know about the partnership. What Is YOTEL? YOTEL has a relatively modest footprint of…

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Get a Free Meal (Or $15 Off) With This Amex and Resy Promotion

Amex and restaurant reservation platform Resy are launching a diner promotion this August in several major U.S. cities. A select number of meals at 25 local establishments will be comped by Resy, up to $99 per person. If you can’t…

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Andrew Kunesh

Former Content Contributor

Andrew was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs and now splits his time between Chicago and New York City.

He’s a lifelong traveler and took his first solo trip to San Francisco at the age of 16. Fast forward a few years, and Andrew now travels just over 100,000 miles a year, with over 25 countries, 10 business class products, and 2 airline statuses (United and Alaska) under his belt. Andrew formerly worked for The Points Guy and is now Senior Money Editor at CNN Underscored.

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