Weekly Review: February 20, 2021

Weekly Review: February 20, 2021

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I hope everyone is having a great weekend so far!

On the points & travel front, this week American & JetBlue announced nearly three dozen new routes, JetBlue eliminated free carry-ons for its cheapest fares, a JetBlue flight attendant vacationing in Jamaica caused quite some controversy, Thai Airways staff were accused of faking their own deaths, Singapore Changi opened a strange business travel bubble, and more.

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

Featured Stories

Has Airline Fleet Planning Become Short-Sighted?

We’ve seen several airlines make major changes to their fleet plans in recent months, and I can’t help but pose the question of whether airlines are acting a bit irrationally, and oscillating between extremes.

Citi Premier Vs. Citi Prestige: Crunching The Numbers

I have over two dozen credit cards, and I reassess my strategy every so often based on my spending patterns, and based on how card benefits evolve. For the most part I’m quite happy with my card portfolio, though there’s one thing I keep going back and forth on — I currently have the Citi Prestige Card, but should I downgrade it to the Citi Premier® Card (review)?

Guide To Marriott STARS & Luminous Programs

While one way to get perks at Marriott properties is by having elite status in the Bonvoy program, many people don’t realize that travel agents can often also add perks to stays, that in many cases rival, and in some cases even exceed, what elite members would typically receive. Best of all, if you’re a Bonvoy elite member you can potentially use this program to get even more value.

One Week at a Time

TIPS: Earning Miles & Promos

Up To 10% Cash Back (Or 10x Amex Points) With Rakuten
Citi Premier Vs. Citi Prestige: Crunching The Numbers
Now Live: Marriott Bonvoy Double Points & Double Elite Nights Promo
Best Western Promo: Earn Gift Cards & Double Points
The 5 Best Credit Card Duos For Maximizing Points
United MileagePlus Selling Miles With 100% Bonus
Iberia Plus Selling Avios With 50% Bonus
Guide To Marriott STARS & Luminous Programs
Buy Marriott Bonvoy Points With Up To 50% Bonus

TRICKS: Redeeming Miles

Guide To Redeeming Virgin Atlantic Miles On Delta
Transfer Citi ThankYou Points To LifeMiles With 25% Bonus (Extended)

TRAVEL With Ben (Lucky)

Has Airline Fleet Planning Become Short-Sighted?
Gorgeous: Air Canada Airbus A220 In Retro Livery
Prediction: How Will JetBlue Price Mint On Transatlantic Flights?

REVIEWS & Trip Reports

Amex Business Gold Card Review (2021)
Amex Blue Cash Preferred Card Review (2021)

NEWS & Updates

JetBlue Flight Attendant Vacationing In Jamaica Tests Positive For Coronavirus, Causes Hostage Scandal
Virgin Hotels Las Vegas (Hilton Curio Collection) Opening March 2021
Air Senegal Plans To Fly To The US
Singapore Airlines KrisShop: AvGeek Heaven
Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson Passes Away
Lufthansa Wants Smaller Long Haul Planes
Alila Hinu Bay, Oman: Opening May 2021
JetBlue Changes Carry-On Rules, Cuts Change Fees
JetBlue Pilots Reject American Airlines Partnership
Amex Centurion Lounge Coming To Washington DCA
Ukraine International Airlines’ Unusual Flights To Nowhere
Las Vegas Airport Will Be Renamed After Harry Reid
HUH: 26 Thai Airways Staff Accused Of Faking Death For Funeral Allowance
Man Forced To Pay United Airlines $50K For Diversion
Connect@Changi: Singapore’s Bizarre New Business Travel Concept
Wow: American Airlines Will Fly Ultra-Premium A321T To Orange County
Huge: American & JetBlue Add 33 Routes In The Northeast
Ouch: Cathay Pacific Crews Get Brutal New Schedules Due To Quarantine Requirement
United Retaliates Against JetBlue, Launches Boston To London Flights
Thompson Hollywood Opening October 2021
Travelers Arrested For Attempted $3,000 Hawaii Entry Bribe
Thai Quarantine Hotel Sues Man For Complaining, Accusing Him Of Defamation
United Airlines Investigating Ted Cruz Data Leak
What Are Ritz-Carlton Reserve Resorts?

I hope everyone has a great rest of the weekend!

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