Weekly Review: July 11, 2020

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Happy weekend, and I hope everyone is continuing to hang in there!

On the points & travel front, this week World of Hyatt announced a great new promotion for redeeming points, the Qatari royal family tried to sell a 747-8, Royal Air Maroc revealed plans to get rid of nearly half of its 787 fleet, Americans chartered a jet to the EU and got rejected, and more.

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

Featured Stories

Road Tripping Through The Southwest Of The US

In mid-June, Ford and I did a four day road trip through Nevada, Utah, Arizona, and Colorado (I recognize that technically not all of those states are the “southwest,” but I feel comfortable enough with the general theme).

In this post I wanted to talk a bit more about our road trip, and then in the next three installments I’ll be reviewing the hotels we stayed at.


4 Benefits That Make Hilton Aspire Card Worth It

As I often say, I find hotel credit cards to be quite underrated. More so than just about any other cards, hotel credit cards can be worth holding onto just for the benefits they offer.

For example, I’ve written about how the World Of Hyatt Credit Card (review) is great — the card has a $95 annual fee, and I think the Category 1-4 free night certificate offered by the card more than justifies the annual fee in and of itself.

But there’s one even more premium hotel credit card that I find to be at least as valuable. I’ve had this card for a couple of years now, and have consistently gotten outsized value from it. Specifically, I’m talking about the Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card.


Redeem World Of Hyatt Points And Get 15-25% Back (And More)

World of Hyatt has just launched a phenomenal promotion for anyone looking to redeem points for experiences over the coming months. This is in addition to the current World of Hyatt promotion offering up to triple points on paid stays through September 15, 2020.


One Week at a Time

TIPS: Earning Miles & Promos

World Of Hyatt Credit Card Review (2020)
Iberia Visa Signature Card Review (2020)
Hilton Honors Card From American Express Review (2020)
Aeroplan Selling Miles With A 75% Bonus
Citi Double Cash: More Valuable Than Ever Before
TAP Air Portugal Miles&Go Offering Status Match
Choice Privileges Selling Points For 25% Off
Air Canada Aeroplan Offering New Member Bonus
4 Benefits That Make Hilton Aspire Card Worth It
Marriott Credit Card Promo: 10x Points On Gas & Dining
Aer Lingus Visa Signature Card Review (2020)
IHG Rewards Club Selling Points With 100% Bonus
Is The British Airways Card Worth It? (2020)
Aman Selling Gift Cards With 20% Bonus
Six Senses Selling Gift Cards With 20% Bonus
8 Reasons To Get The British Airways Visa
Now Posting: Marriott Bonvoy 50% Bonus Elite Nights
Comparison: Hilton Surpass Vs. Hilton Business Card
Recap: 7 Opportunities To Buy Points

TRICKS: Redeeming Miles

Redeem World Of Hyatt Points And Get 15-25% Back (And More)
Are Hyatt Dining & Spa Awards Worth It?
Etihad Guest Miles No Longer Expire (With Activity)

TRAVEL With Ben (Lucky)

Join Us For Today’s OMAAT Virtual Happy Hour!
146 Marriott Hotels & Resorts For US Getaways

REVIEWS & Trip Reports

Road Tripping Through The Southwest Of The US
Review: SpringHill Suites Zion National Park (Springdale, Utah)
Review: Hyatt Place Page Lake Powell, Arizona
Review: Hodoo Moab, Hilton Curio Collection
Did I Feel Safe Flying During The Coronavirus Pandemic?

NEWS & Updates

Cool: Private A340 Flying Brits To Barbados In Style
Americans Charter Private Jet To Europe, Get Rejected
Spirit Airlines Sends Plane To Rescue Family Stranded Due To Medical Diversion
Royal Air Maroc Dumping Nearly Half Of 787 Fleet
US Passes 750K Daily Air Travelers Over July 4 Weekend
Air Arabia Abu Dhabi Launching Flights Next Week (Odd Time To Start An Airline, Eh?)
I Can’t Even With This Singapore Airlines Complaint
Israel’s Government Taking Majority Stake In EL AL
United Airlines Adds Chicago To Tel Aviv Flight
American Airlines’ Shocking Response To A DOT Complaint
Gogo Lowers Minimum Altitude For Wifi Connectivity
Check Out Hi Fly’s New Cargo Airbus A380
South African Airways Getting Rid Of Most Planes
New: Earn & Redeem Air Canada Aeroplan Miles On Azul
Eastern Airlines Acquires Used Boeing 777
Why United Airlines Is Capping Sydney Flights At 50 Passengers
Pakistan International Airlines Flight Attendant Goes “Missing” In Toronto
Emirates Continues With Layoffs, Now By Email
Airlines Suspend Hong Kong Flights Over New Coronavirus Tests For Crews
Garuda Indonesia Plans Nonstop Bali To US Flights
Qatari Royal Family Selling Boeing 747-8 Private Jet
New American Airlines Seattle To London Flight Now Bookable
United Airlines Threatens To Furlough 40% Of Staff
Emirates Adds Coronavirus Test Requirement For Passengers
Qantas Pulls International Flights Through March 2021
Did An American Airlines Executive Violate UK Quarantine Rules?
United States Bans Pakistan International Airlines
JetBlue Plans Huge LAX Expansion, Pulls Out Of LGB
Report: American Airlines Trying To Cancel 737 MAX Order


I hope everyone has a great rest of the weekend!

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Comments
  1. Ben, please write a post about United’s switch and bait policy. American Airlines is getting all the attention for not blocking middle seats during this pandemic. United is just as bad. We bought tickets as gold members on United under the policy that they would be socially distancing in board. Recently, they changed their policy and said there is nothing they can do about it. I can personally attest to the horrendous customer service and misinformation I have received from their customer service agents. I hope you consider talking about this issue.

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