Weekly Review: August 29, 2020

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Hi from Miami! I’m still home, and there’s not much else to talk about, because coronavirus, so… 😉

On the points & travel front, this week it was revealed that Norwegian is running out of money, Iberia offered a great award ticket promotion, 103 hotels are leaving IHG and joining Sonesta, Cargolux revealed a “masked” 747, and more.

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

Featured Stories

Iberia Plus Offering 50% Off Award Tickets (Including Business Class)

Iberia Plus has just launched one of the best award sales the program has ever offered. Of course that’s only of so much use, given coronavirus and border restrictions.


Chase United Card Limited Time Offers: Earn Up To 160K Miles

At the beginning of the month, United and Chase rolled out some fantastic limited time offers on two of their co-branded credit cards, which are valid through September 30, 2020. I wanted to provide a reminder of this, for anyone who has been considering getting one of these cards.

Let’s take a look at the details of these excellent offers:


Last Call Offers For Bask Bank Savings Accounts

I’ve written extensively about Bask Bank, which launched earlier this year, and is my favorite savings account product right now. If you don’t yet have a Bask Bank account, want to refer friends to Bask Bank, or still have a BankDirect account, there are some upcoming deadlines you’ll want to be aware of.


One Week at a Time

TIPS: Earning Miles & Promos

Chase United Card Limited Time Offers: Earn Up To 160K Miles
Hilton Honors Promo: Double Points & Elite Nights
Guide To Hilton Honors Status Match Program
Hilton Aspire Perks: How They Work
Last Call Offers For Bask Bank Savings Accounts
Creative New “Work From Hyatt” Rates
Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Card $100 Credit (Targeted)
Last Chance For Alaska’s Creative “Buy Miles” Promo
Sonesta Travel Pass Loyalty Program Basics
Banyan Tree Promo: Save Big When You Pay Now, Travel Later
Save At Best Western With Amex Offers
Marriott Bonvoy Introduces Status Challenge
British Airways Selling Avios With 50% Bonus
Marriott Bonvoy Card Showdown: Bold Vs. Boundless
Credit Card Application Rules By Bank (2020)

TRICKS: Redeeming Miles

Guide To Hilton Honors’ Free Points Pooling Feature
Iberia Plus Offering 50% Off Award Tickets (Including Business Class)
Redeem Citi ThankYou Points For Gift Cards: An Interesting Opportunity

TRAVEL With Ben (Lucky)

These Are The 6 Credit Cards I Use Most (2020)

REVIEWS & Trip Reports

Review: Caresse Bodrum, Luxury Collection Hotel
Chase Freedom Unlimited Review (2020)
Hilton Aspire Card Review (2020)

NEWS & Updates

Awesome: Cargolux’s “Masked” 747-8
Emirates Attempts To Reshuffle Boeing Orders
Hah: British Airways’ Special Centenary Gin On Sale
Must-See: Kuwait Airways’ Unusual 777 Landing
Lufthansa Now Requiring Coronavirus Test To Fly Without Mask
Virgin Atlantic Introduces Free Coronavirus Insurance
La Compagnie’s Swanky Australia Charter Flight
Over 15 Tons Of United Airlines Nuts Are On Sale
New: Earn & Redeem Air Canada Aeroplan Miles On Vistara
American Airlines’ Workforce Shrinking By 40K People
When Will Abu Dhabi Airport’s Unnecessary New Terminal Open?
Israel’s EL AL To Operate First Flight To UAE
Ouch: 103 IHG Hotels To Be Rebranded As Sonestas
Why Germany May End Free Coronavirus Testing For Travelers
United Airlines Executive Still Missing, 20 Days Later
Surinam Airways’ 777 ETOPS Problem
Virgin Atlantic Launching Three Routes To Pakistan
New York & London Air Bridge Under Consideration
American Airlines’ New Seattle To Shanghai Flight Now On Sale
Heathrow May Enforce Slot Requirements This Winter
United Airlines Outsourcing Management Jobs, All While Taking Billions Of Taxpayer Dollars To Preserve US Jobs
Delta Installing Hand Sanitizer Stations On Planes
Man Jailed For Harassing & Humiliating Qatar Airways Cabin Crew
Useful: Marriott’s New “What To Expect” Coronavirus Page
Fascinating: Doug Parker’s Compensation, Stock Sales
Norwegian Air About To Run Out Of Money (Again)
United Airlines Claims India Job Postings Were Error
United Airlines Will Start Canceling Empty Flights
Marriott Laying Off Ambassador Agents


I hope everyone has a great rest of the weekend!

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