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Citi Premier Card Review With 60K Bonus (2020)

When talking about mid-range credit cards that earn transferrable points, the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card is probably the first card that comes to mind for many. The card offers a big welcome bonus, bonus points on dining and travel, and valuable…

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Intercontinental Maldives
InterContinental Ambassador Enrollment Offer: Free Night After One Stay

Back in July, InterContinental launched a lucrative promotion if you either sign-up or renew an Ambassador membership. It's worth noting that this has now been extended, for anyone who has been considering this promotion but hasn't yet taken advantage…

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Multiple 3x and 4x Earning Categories

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Excellent New Amex Gold Card 60K Bonus!

The American Express® Gold Card, which I consider to be one of the most underrated cards out there, has a phenomenal new publicly available welcome bonus. The $250 annual fee (Rates & Fees) Amex Gold Card is offering a welcome bonus of 60,000 Membership Rewards…

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Spirit Airlines
Details: Spirit Airlines’ Fantastic New Loyalty Program

Spirit Airlines has just revealed the details of its new revenue based loyalty program, and I must say that I'm extremely impressed. "Free Spirit" is the name of Spirit Airlines' loyalty program, and it's being completely overhauled as of January 21,…

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American A330
American Airlines Retiring Airbus A330 Fleet

American Airlines is continuing its fleet simplification strategy, and the airline is now retiring another aircraft type altogether. Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, American Airlines operated a fleet of 24 Airbus A330s, including: 15 A330-200s Nine…

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Westjet 737
Ironic: Air Canada Calls Out WestJet Over Refunds

O (Air) Canada... Many airlines around the world have been absolutely awful when it comes to providing passengers with refunds in the event of flight cancelations during the pandemic. It's at least worth acknowledging that there are two sides to this:…

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Filed Under: Air Canada, WestJet
Southwest Airlines Cabin 737
Southwest Will Stop Blocking Seats On December 1, 2020

Southwest Airlines has had one of the most generous seat blocking policies during the pandemic, but that will finally be changing. As of December 1, 2020, Southwest Airlines will stop blocking seats on flights. For the past several months and through…

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Air Canada Jetz A319
Air Canada Will Fly All Business Class Planes Over The Holidays

Airlines are trying to find new ways to utilize planes given how the industry has changed. A few months back Air Canada offered all business class service from Toronto to both Montreal and Ottawa, and now the airline is extending this concept to popular…

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Alila Marea Beach Resort Encinitas Opening March 2021

It's always exciting when there are new luxury points hotels in the pipeline. In this post I wanted to cover a property that's now accepting reservations starting for stays in March 2021, which I'm looking forward to checking out. The Alila Marea Beach…

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Filed Under: Hotels, Hyatt
Auckland
New Zealand’s Bizarre New Air Travel Coronavirus Cases

New Zealand reported 25 new coronavirus cases today, which is the highest number of daily cases the country has seen since early April. But there's something about these cases that's quite interesting in the context of pre-travel testing, quarantining,…

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Bodrum Edition 3
Buy Marriott Bonvoy Points With 50% Bonus

There are quite a few loyalty programs that frequently run promotions on purchased points, which can represent a great deal, especially for aspirational redemptions. Back in the day Starwood Preferred Guest would often have promotions on purchased points,…

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Hyatt Regency Cape Town Opening December 2020

Cape Town will be getting a Hyatt Regency, and we won't even have to wait very long for it to open. It has just been announced that Hyatt has entered into a management agreement with South African real estate company Millat Properties, to operate the…

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Eastern Airlines 777
Eastern Airlines Acquires Three Used Boeing 777s

While most airlines around the world are downsizing, Eastern Airlines is continuing to expand its fleet. A few months ago the airline took delivery of its first (used) Boeing 777, and now the airline is acquiring another two 777s. What remains to be…

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Recent Trip Reports

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Delta Launching Seattle To London Flights In 2021

Delta Air Lines has put its new Seattle to London flight on sale, and I imagine something's gotta give... Delta will be launching daily nonstop flights between Seattle and London Heathrow as of April 1, 2021. The airline will operate the service with…

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Boeing 777x
Sad: Cathay Pacific Defers Flagship 777-9s Beyond 2025

Ultimately this isn't surprising, but it sure is sad... During today's restructuring announcement, it was revealed that Cathay Pacific is deferring its Boeing 777-9 order beyond 2025. In other words, Cathay Pacific won't be getting 777-9s anytime in…

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Cathay Dragon A330
Official: Cathay Dragon To Be Discontinued, Merged Into Cathay Pacific

The pandemic is causing airlines to make all kinds of tough decisions. Cathay Pacific has been in trouble for longer than most other airlines, given that it dealt with months of protests prior to the coronavirus pandemic. Well, the airline has today…

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Why I’m Not Giving Up On Chasing Miles & Points

I've had some comments from readers lately along the lines of: "Miles & points just aren't worth it anymore" "Things have changed, why are you still bothering with loyalty programs?" "tRaVeL iS dEaD" I wanted to share my take on this, and why I strongly…

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Will Qatar Airways’ A380 Fleet Ever Fly Again?

Planes with four engines are increasingly becoming a casualty of the coronavirus pandemic: British Airways, Qantas, and Virgin Atlantic have retired their 747s Air France has retired its A380s Lufthansa is retiring its A380s and A340-600s It looks increasingly…

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American’s Interesting Approach To Scheduling 737 MAX Flights

It looks increasingly likely that the 737 MAX will be flying passengers again within a couple of months, and American will shortly be adding the plane back to its schedule in a somewhat surprising way. The 737 MAX has been grounded globally since March…

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Wow: Delta Offering Diamond Medallion Status Match (Targeted)

Understandably travel brands are now fiercely competing for business in ways they didn't need to before. The latest example of that is Delta's new status match promotion, which it calls one of its "most generous offers" yet. The only problem is that…

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Chase Sapphire Offering Bonus Points On Groceries

Given how much consumer behavior has changed in the past few months, many of the credit card benefits that members used to appreciate most aren’t as valuable anymore. We've seen card issuers get creative with temporary perks, to give members an incentive…

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Aeroflot 777
Aeroflot Staff Charged In $50 Million Electronics Smuggling Scheme

The US Attorney's Office of the Eastern District of New York has filed charges in what it calls a "$50 million Russian smuggling scheme." An indictment and complaint were unsealed on Monday in federal court after an extensive investigation by the Federal…

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Singapore Airlines Business Class A350 – 12
Singapore Airlines Shifts World’s Longest Flight To JFK

Singapore Airlines will be resuming service to New York, and in the process will be launching the world's new longest flight (by a few miles). There's one very surprising detail, though... Singapore Airlines will be resuming nonstop flights between Singapore…

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