Podcast day began bad news in the passing of celebrity chef and travel icon, Anthony Bourdain so we start on a somber note. On the heels of legendary designer Kate Spade’s untimely death, we take a moment to remember them both.

American Express is tightening the rules on signup bonuses. We’re not over-concerned but beware if you’re an extreme churner. As Cathay Pacific is mulling some new options for first class, we get a peek into their thinking. Plus, Anthony breaks down his second attempt at a weekend getaway to Montreal. Listen to the podcast:

In the podcast I mention “re-positioning” (or “positioning”) flights which could be a couple of things. Here’s a good bit of info on the subject and how both may be useful. Also, I mention American’s domestic widebody aircraft schedule, which can be found at the AA Cargo website.

Amex Tightens and Cathay Dreams. The Links:

American Express gives themselves an option to deny bonus abusers.
Cathay Pacific CEO Rupert Hogg talks 777-9 first class options and more.
Victoria, BC has Canada’s Oldest Chinatown?!

Mentioned in the Podcast

Kate Spade designed amenity kits once graced premium cabins aboard Qantas.
Anthony tried and likes using this on an earlier trip to Montreal: It’s not AirBnB. It’s LikeAHotel.
United Airlines Polaris Lounge is open at Newark. Jake likes it.

We Forgot our own Birthday!

My first ever post happened 10 years ago this past March but it was 10 years ago this WEEK that I posted my first ever video review. Short and lo-fi:

The whole review is here.

I’m proud of Modhop’s many firsts and accomplishments. Goals have changed and we’ve entered a mostly podcast phase that I hope to continue building in the coming years.
Thanks for your continued support. -Jake

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