What pilots do during the cruise, and more news from this week

Jan 4, 2020

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Each Saturday, we round up the top miles, points and travel news that you might have missed on TPG U.K. this week. Here’s what you need to know:

What do pilots do during the cruise?

When the aircraft is at cruising altitude on your long-haul flight, what exactly are the pilots doing? Hours of downtime? Think again.

Everything you need to know about travelling during Australia’s bush fire season

What you need to know about the tragic bush fire situation ongoing in Australia.

The headrest of dreams: Why my neck thanked me for this economy seat

Why TPG U.K. Senior Writer Ben Smithson absolutely loves this economy seat headrest — and where you can find it.

The 20 best travel apps to download in 2020

If you’re planning on travelling at all in 2020 — and hopefully you are — you’ll want to make sure you have these apps downloaded. There’s something for everyone, whether you’re looking for navigational help or a nearby loo.

When does my British Airways Executive Club status expire?

If you have British Airways Executive Club status, you’ll want to be sure to know when those benefits run out. Find out how to check here.

What I hope to see from U.K. credit cards in 2020

TPG U.K. Director of Content Nicky Kelvin shares what he hopes to see from the U.K. credit card market in the new year. Among them: no foreign transaction fees, higher sign-up bonuses and more spend categories.

The best British Airways Club World seats

So you’ve finally splurged and booked a Club World business-class seat with British Airways. Here’s how to make sure you pick the best seat on each aircraft.

3 great uses of Emirates Skywards miles that aren’t Emirates flights

Just because you have Emirates Skywards miles doesn’t mean you have to spend them on an Emirates flight. Here are three other ways you can use Skywards miles.

Solo seat in the nose: A review of Lufthansa’s 747-400 in business class from Seattle to Frankfurt

A solo seat in the upper deck of a 747 should be a great experience. However, an uncomfortable seat in bed mode, lousy inflight entertainment, so-so service and mediocre food made this an experience to forget.

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