Amex Extends Welcome Bonus Spending Period By Three Months

5 hours 53 minutes ago

We're slowly seeing credit card issuers make some changes to reflect the current environment. For example, Brex has adjusted rewards to reflect that most businesses are working remotely, and Chase is offering a $100 statement credit towards the annual fee for select Sapphire Reserve cardmembers.

Now we can add another card issuer to the list of those adapting to the current environment.

There can still be a lot of value in signing up for the right travel rewards credit card (assuming it doesn't cause you to spend irresponsibly, or cause you to spend more than you otherwise might). However, a lot of people are struggling to meet the minimum spending requirements that are needed to earn the welcome bonuses on cards.

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Ben (Lucky)

Is Delta Air Lines’ Global Strategy Backfiring?

7 hours 27 minutes ago

I want to throw this question out there and hear what you guys think, because it's something I've been thinking about quite a bit the past few days.

Let me start by saying that I have the utmost respect for the way Delta Air Lines is run. On balance they're the best of the "big three" US airlines -- employees and management are on the same page, the airline consistently innovates the passenger experience, the airline is the most profitable, etc.

Obviously the current situation is unprecedented, though I think I'm not alone in assuming -- at least on the surface -- that Delta is best positioned to come out of this situation the strongest.

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Ben (Lucky)

Emirates Gradually Resuming Flights As Of April 6

8 hours 45 minutes ago

I'll be curious to see what this looks like in practice...

A bit over a week ago, the government of the UAE banned all scheduled passenger flights to & from the country for a period of 14 days. This was a drastic measure to try to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Prior to that, the UAE had already banned all nationals from leaving the country, and banned all foreigners from entering the country, meaning the airline was essentially only open to transit passengers.

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Ben (Lucky)

Amex Platinum Lufthansa Lounge Access Benefit Extended

9 hours 20 minutes ago

The Platinum Card® from American Express (review) and The Business Platinum Card® from American Express (review) both get you access to Amex’s Global Lounge Collection, which includes access to Amex Centurion Lounges, Delta SkyClubs, Priority Pass Lounges, Airspace Lounges, Escape Lounges, and more.

In September 2017, American Express added access to Lufthansa Lounges at Munich Airport for Platinum & Centurion cardmembers. Then as of June 2018 they expanded lounge access under this partnership, to include access in both Frankfurt and Munich.

This partnership has technically been limited time, and every few months it has been renewed. Up until a couple of days ago, the partnership was supposed to end on March 31, 2020, but this has now been extended.

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Ben (Lucky)

Buy World Of Hyatt Points With 30% Bonus

9 hours 31 minutes ago

Obviously this isn’t the time to buy points speculatively. However, there are some people looking to plan travel way in advance, so if that applies to you, buying points at a discount could be worth considering. Let me say upfront that most people shouldn't be speculatively buying points, but I'll continue to cover the deals that are available, as everyone can decide for themselves what makes the most sense.

World of Hyatt has just launched their latest promotion on purchased points, which is valid for several weeks (hopefully -- maybe -- we'll be traveling by then again?!).

Through Sunday, May 10, 2020, World of Hyatt is offering a 30% bonus when you buy at least 5,000 points in one transaction.

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Ben (Lucky)

The Bailout Battle Between Qantas & Virgin Australia

10 hours 18 minutes ago

Qantas and Virgin Australia are engaged in quite the battle in Australia over survival. Qantas is saying Virgin Australia shouldn't be given aid due to mismanagement, while Virgin Australia is saying that Qantas is trying to drive them out of business.

Airlines are facing an unprecedented situation at the moment, and we've seen many governments around the world step in to try to help their airlines.

When it comes to government aid at the moment, there are two things that have stood out to me:

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Ben (Lucky)

Delta & LATAM Launch Reciprocal Frequent Flyer Benefits

11 hours 13 minutes ago

In September 2019 it was announced that Delta would be buying a 20% stake in LATAM, and that the two airlines would be forming a joint venture.

There is significant work required to fully execute on the partnership, as LATAM currently belongs to oneworld, though LATAM will be leaving oneworld as of May 1, 2020.

In late February we learned more details about the timeline for frequent flyer reciprocity between the two airlines. This post is an update on that, as the reciprocity between the two airlines is now live.

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Ben (Lucky)

Royal Air Maroc Officially Joins Oneworld

23 hours 22 minutes ago

The "big three" global alliances can be really helpful for frequent flyers, in terms of earning and redeeming miles, and receiving consistent benefits and recognition across airlines.

However, for the most part these alliances aren't growing much anymore, as airlines instead focus on other partnerships, including joint ventures.

In December 2018 it was revealed that Royal Air Maroc would be joining the oneworld alliance, which was an exciting announcement. This is the first airline to join oneworld as a full member in six years, and is also the first African airline to join oneworld (for what it's worth, Alaska Airlines is also joining oneworld in 2021).

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Ben (Lucky)

Alaska & American Improve Reciprocal Mileage Earning

1 day 4 hours ago

Several weeks ago it was announced that Alaska Airlines would be joining the oneworld alliance, and as part of that they're also strengthening ties with American Airlines once again.

While Alaska Airlines will be joining the oneworld alliance in the summer of 2021, in the short term the airline will be strengthening ties with American Airlines.

Alaska and American have had a rocky relationship. The two airlines used to have a close partnership, though over the past couple of years the partnership has been devalued:

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Ben (Lucky)

Etihad Guest Selling Miles At Lowest Cost Ever

1 day 4 hours ago

Obviously this isn’t the time to buy miles speculatively. However, there are also lots of people planning last minute trips to get home, or planning travel way in advance, so if that applies to you, buying miles at a discount could be worth considering, especially when programs are selling miles at the lowest cost ever. That’s why I’ll keep covering deals to buy points as they arise.

I write all the time about opportunities to buy miles with programs like Alaska Mileage Plan, American AAdvantage, and Avianca LifeMiles, though at the moment there's another airline loyalty program selling miles that some might find useful.

Etihad Airways may have suspended all flights for the time being, but that's not stopping them from selling miles.

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Ben (Lucky)

Japan Bans Visitors From 70+ Countries Indefinitely

1 day 6 hours ago

Not that anyone should be looking to take a vacation anytime soon, but Japan has just banned entry for foreigners who have been in one of over 70 countries (including the United States) in the past 14 days.

I think this current situation makes us all appreciate travel even more, and I'm sure I'm not alone in fondly recalling past travel experiences.

The truth is that there's not many places I enjoy returning to -- instead I like going to new places -- though Japan is an exception. As I'm stuck at home there's no place I'm thinking about more fondly at the moment than Japan.

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Bizarre Video: “How To Fly An Airplane Story”

1 day 8 hours ago

Andrew B passes along something that showed up on his Facebook timeline. He says "this might be the most bizarre thing I’ve ever seen," and I don't think he's too far off.

DEMIC is a Facebook page with nearly 14 million followers, with the following purpose:

"The goal is to create the most entertaining content for our Facebook community. Engaging stories and tips to improve your daily life at home."

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Ben (Lucky)

Nine US Senators Demand Airlines Provide Cash Refunds

1 day 9 hours ago

There has been a lot of frustration among consumers when it comes to how airlines have been handling cancellations in light of COVID-19. Even in situations where airlines cancel flights, in many cases there has been no option to get a cash refund, but rather you can just get a voucher valid towards a future flight.

I understand that airlines are having liquidity issues, but so are many consumers...

Nine US Senators have written a letter addressed to the CEO of every major US airline, urging them to change their policies on refunds.

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Chase Sapphire Reserve Offering $100 Annual Fee Credit

1 day 10 hours ago

There can be huge value in having premium credit cards that offer great travel perks, though it goes without saying that at this point many of us are struggling to justify the annual fees on some cards.

I expected we'd see credit card issuers get a bit creative (we are seeing this from Brex, for example), and it looks like that's what Chase is doing.

The Chase Sapphire Reserve® Card (review) is one of the most popular premium credit cards out there, and it offers all kinds of great travel perks. This includes 3x points on dining and travel, a Priority Pass membership, and much more. Suffice to say that many of us aren't getting much value out of those perks at the moment.

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Ben (Lucky)

Virgin Australia Does April Fools’ Right

1 day 10 hours ago

This probably isn't the year for April Fools' jokes, given what people are going through, and also given that at this point reality is crazier than any joke a company can come up with.

While I've seen stories all over the web warning companies that this isn't the year for them to try to make jokes, I think Virgin Australia deserves a lot of credit for what they've done.

As the airline describes it, "Virgin Australia has today flipped April Fools' Day on its head, turning the airline's annual prank into a reality."

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LOL: Air North Now Delivers Airplane Food!

1 day 23 hours ago

If you've been at home for weeks and can't wait to travel, there's probably one thing you miss more than anything -- airplane food. What's not to love about eating a reheated dinner at 35,000 feet?

Well, Yukon's Air North recognizes what we're all going through, and has the solution. A couple of weeks ago the airline made headlines for claiming they have a "healthy balance sheet" and will make it through this situation, unlike virtually every other airline. How refreshing to see.

Now they're going to bring microwavable airplane meals directly to the doors of Yukoners. Air North recently stopped serving meals on their flights for everyone's safety, but all isn't lost. The airline will now deliver airplane food right to your door... if you live in Whitehorse. You can order the food on flightkitchen.ca.

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Ben (Lucky)

Smart: Brex Adds Bonus Categories For Businesses Working Remotely

2 days 4 hours ago

I've written about Brex Card for Startups (review), which is radically different than other business credit cards on the market. It's essentially a business card targeted at the unique needs of startups and tech companies, though can be useful for other businesses as well.

Brex has just announced some awesome changes that reflect the current reality of most small businesses, as people are working remotely. Not only is this a reason some might want to consider getting Brex, but maybe it's also some inspiration for other card issuers to update their current product offering.

I suggest checking out the Brex Card review for the full details, but just to hit on a few of the highlights that make Brex different other business cards:

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Ben (Lucky)

American Airlines Retiring 737s, A330s, And More

2 days 5 hours ago

Airlines around the globe are parking planes to react to the huge decrease in demand for air travel. It has become pretty apparent that demand won't just be fully rebounding in a couple of months, but rather a full recovery is likely to take years.

As a result, airlines are taking the opportunity to accelerate the retirement of many aircraft type. If they were going to retire planes soon anyway, then they might as well retire them now.

American Airlines had already announced plans to retire all their 757s and 767s earlier than expected -- this includes 16 Boeing 767-300s and 34 Boeing 757-200s.

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Ben (Lucky)

Marriott Bonvoy Now Offering Up To 30 Credit Card Elite Nights Annually

2 days 6 hours ago

At first I assumed this was a glitch, but it appears that it isn't...

One of the benefits of hotel credit cards is that they can help you earn elite status.

In the case of Marriott Bonvoy, you can earn 15 elite nights per year just for having select credit cards. For example, of cards open to new applicants, the following offer 15 elite nights:

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Ben (Lucky)

Air Iceland Connect Being Integrated Into Icelandair

2 days 7 hours ago

Here’s an interesting update from aviation in Iceland, and I’m not sure what exactly to make of it… Air Iceland Connect & Icelandair integration Icelandair and Air Iceland Connect are both owned by Icelandair Group: Icelandair is the international airline, operating flights with 757s, 767s, and 737 MAXs (though they’re grounded right now) out of…

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