Weekly Review: August 15, 2020

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Hello from Miami! Weather-wise it has been a surprisingly nice August, as I don’t think it has rained once in the past week, which is rather puzzling.

On the points & travel front, this week details of the new Aeroplan program were revealed, new limited time bonuses were launched on Southwest credit cards, United Airlines announced Florida expansion, Marriott launched its next global promotion, and more.

With that out of the way, here’s a recap of this week on the blog:

Featured Stories

Revealed: Aeroplan’s Spectacularly Unique New Award Chart

Air Canada has today revealed the full details of its new Aeroplan frequent flyer program, which launches November 8, 2020.

In this post I’ll be focusing specifically on Aeroplan’s radically new approach to award pricing, which is unlike any other program out there. Among other changes, Aeroplan is switching to both a zone and distance based chart, eliminating fuel surcharges, and introducing stopovers on one-way awards (at a cost).


Guide To Downgrading Credit Cards

I spend a lot of time on the blog talking about applying for credit cards, though that’s potentially not the only way that you can acquire a credit card that might be on your radar.

In this post, I wanted to talk about another method for doing so, which is product changing your credit card. More specifically, I wanted to focus on “downgrading” to another credit card, which can be a way to reduce the annual fees you’re paying on cards.


Aeroplan Offering New Members 2,500 Bonus Miles

Details of the new Air Canada Aeroplan loyalty program were announced this week, and now the program has launched a lucrative promotion for new members.


One Week at a Time

TIPS: Earning Miles & Promos

Omni Hotels & Resorts 25% Bonus On Gift Cards
Radisson Offering 3,000 Points For App Booking
Chase Targeted Spending Bonuses: Are You Eligible?
Air France-KLM Credit Card Offering 50K Bonus Miles Plus $150 Statement Credit
Aeroplan Offering New Members 2,500 Bonus Miles
Rumor: Marriott Bonvoy’s Next Global Promotion
Qatar Airways Selling Miles With 75% Bonus
TAP Air Portugal Offering 15% Off Flights
Great Deal: Hyatt Privé Third Night Free Offers
Why You Should Apply For The Hilton Aspire Card Now
Buy Iberia Avios With A 50% Bonus (1.4 Cents Each)
Southwest Credit Card 65K Bonus: Which Is Best?
Southwest Rapid Rewards Priority Card Review (2020)
Guide To Downgrading Credit Cards
Staying At A Kimpton? Don’t Forget The Secret Social Password
Southwest Airlines Plus Card Review (2020)
7 Things To Know Before You Cancel A Credit Card

TRICKS: Redeeming Miles

Should You Convert Southwest Airlines Vouchers Into Rapid Rewards Points?
Revealed: Aeroplan’s Spectacularly Unique New Award Chart
Etihad Guest Offering 30% Off Award Tickets
Radisson Blu Maldives: Amazing Points Value

TRAVEL With Ben (Lucky)

Visiting Bodrum, Turkey: Coronavirus Impressions
I Confronted Miami CBP Officers About Not Wearing Masks
6 Reasons I Loved Bodrum, Turkey
My Citi Credit Card Strategy: Perfected, At Last!
The 26 Credit Cards In My Wallet Right Now

NEWS & Updates

Virgin Cuts Ties With Brightline, Exits US Train Market
Brazil Bans Pillows On Airplanes
Qantas Will Fly 787s Over Antarctica
More People Are Trying To Board Planes With Guns
A United Captain’s Awesome Pre-Flight Pep Talk
Here Comes The New Aeroplan, Not Much Like The Old Aeroplan
New Aeroplan, New Credit Cards
United’s Global Services Status Challenge
Greater Bay Airlines: Hong Kong’s Newest Airline?
Anti-Masker Finds Out American Airlines Banned Him
Qatar Airways’ Strict New Cabin Crew Curfew
Marriott Eliminates “Make A Green Choice” Program
Report: Lufthansa May Drastically Cut Long Haul Fleet
United Airlines’ Fascinating Florida Expansion
American Airlines Will Cut Flights To 30 Small Cities
Wow: Direct Flights Coming Between Israel & UAE
Awesome: Qantas Selling Care Packages With Pajamas (And More)
US & Canada Border Closure To Be Extended
United Airlines Executive Missing For Over A Week
Iceland Adds Double Testing & Quarantine For Visitors
Hawaii Likely To Delay Tourism Reopening Again (Beyond September 1)


I hope everyone has a great rest of the weekend!

Comments
  1. Your OMAAT is always fun to follow with your honest thoughts of on an exotic melange of airlines and lounges; in a few weeks my ‘repatriation’ flight from here in China to Canada will coming. Despite the pandemic; your resiliance in maintaining this OMAAT is laudable: wishing you a pleasant weekend

  2. Ben that took a lot of courage to call out that TSA employee for not wearing a mask. Right or wrong that was savage.

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