Weekly Review: June 13, 2020

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Hello from Miami! I’m once again at home this weekend, and had the chance to spend some time with my mom in the past week, which I was happy about. I’m probably getting ready to travel eventually (for the first time in months), though am still ironing out the details of what that will look like.

On the points & travel front, this week my favorite US points hotel became even better, Hyatt and IHG announced great new promos for hotel stays, many countries announced reopening plans for tourism (and others announced extended closures), British Airways revealed new catering for the coronavirus era, and more.

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

Featured Stories

Alila Ventana Big Sur Rates Are Now All Inclusive

A few days ago I wrote about how one of my favorite points hotels in the US had a major policy change. I was worried about the implications of this when redeeming points, but as it turns out, this is actually phenomenal news.

BankDirect Ending AAdvantage Checking Program — Bonuses For Switching To Bask

I’ve had a BankDirect mileage-earning checking account for about as long as I’ve had a blog. It has been a stable place to keep my emergency fund savings, and even with the fees on the account, I was happy to earn AAdvantage miles for my account balance.

I recently closed my BankDirect account, and moved those funds to a Bask Savings account — both Bask and BankDirect are part of Texas Capital Bank, but the value proposition of Bask is much better, as is the user experience.

Hilton Aspire Perks: How They Work

I’ve had the Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card for a couple of years. This card is easily one of the all-around most compelling hotel credit cards out there.

This card has many huge benefits, and almost seems too good to be true. I wrote about the basic benefits of this card that make it worthwhile recently, but in this post wanted to take a closer at how each of these benefits works, since aspects of the benefits can be confusing. That’s especially when you consider the valuable limited time perks that have been added to this card.

One Week at a Time

TIPS: Earning Miles & Promos

American Airlines Business Extra New Member Bonus
Hyatt Bonus Journeys Promo: Earn Triple Points & More
BankDirect Ending AAdvantage Checking Program
Earn 10x Aeroplan Miles With Uber Eats
4 Benefits That Make Hilton Aspire Card Worth It
Amazing Deals On Vancouver Hotel Stays
Etihad Selling Travel Vouchers With 50% Bonus
Choice Privileges Promo: Free Night After Two Stays
IHG Premier Card Best-Ever 140K Bonus Still Available
New IHG Promo: Earn Up To 4x Points On Stays
Hilton Aspire Card Review (2020)

TRICKS: Redeeming Miles

Alila Ventana Big Sur Rates Are Now All Inclusive
How To Redeem Miles For Emirates’ New First Class
How Does The Hilton Weekend Night Reward Work?
All Nippon Airways Cuts Fuel Surcharges (Great For Awards)
Hilton Aspire Perks: How They Work

TRAVEL With Ben (Lucky)

Join Us For Today’s OMAAT Virtual Happy Hour!
Why I Plan To Take My First Flight In Months… I Think

NEWS & Updates

Singapore Airlines Outlines Onboard Service Changes
British Airways Threatens To Fire All Pilots, Rehire Some For Less Pay
United Airlines Improves Egregious Refund Policy (At Last)
Sri Lanka Requiring Visitors To Get Up To Four COVID-19 Tests
Interactive Coronavirus Travel Regulations Map
French Polynesia Opening To Tourists As Of July 15
Icelandair’s Frustrating & Confusing Flight Schedules
External European Border Closure May Be Extended
Hong Kong Government Takes Stake In Cathay Pacific
Emirates Laying Off Flight Attendants & Pilots
Gasp: Hertz’s Stock Since Filing For Bankruptcy
Austria Sets Minimum Airline Ticket Prices, Adds Controversial Flight Taxes
An Etihad Airways Boeing 787-9 Is Enroute To Israel
US & Canada Border Closure To Be Extended
Why Turkish Airlines Can’t Resume International Flights Yet
United Airlines’ New Check-In Health Self-Assessment
New Plan: Maldives To Welcome Visitors In July With Few Restrictions
British Airways Raising Millions By Selling Lounge Artwork
Hawaii Extends Tourist Ban Through End Of July
British Airways Executive Club Extends Elite Status
Delta Shops Around, Drops Wifi Exclusivity With Gogo
When Will Americans Be Allowed To Visit Iceland?
Details: British Airways’ New Onboard Catering
Cambodia’s New Entry Requirements For Visitors: I’ve Never Seen Anything Like This
Notorious Delta Flight Attendant “Leaves” Company
Lufthansa Will Offer Coronavirus Testing At Hub Airports
JetBlue Extends Generous Seat Blocking Policy Through July 31
Woman In China Earns $424K From Flight Delay Scam (And Then Gets Arrested)
RIP: Emirates Retires First Airbus A380
Bermuda Reveals Plans To Restart Tourism
New Runway Opening At Istanbul Airport (And Why That’s Exciting)

I hope everyone has a great rest of the weekend!

  1. I’d be interested in reading reviews of current longhaul flights. There aren’t many, if any, such reviews online yet. I suppose there are many travellers out there who share my wish.

    As Turkey has lifted all restrictions, would it seem doable for you to fly from the US to IST and back, using different airlines? LH via Germany should be fine since you have a German passport. LH & TK?

    Happy landings, Lucky!

  2. Whats going on with Hilton and their point’s values? Seems they could be recouping the some of the extra covid expenses from people getting a room on points? Average point value is supposed to be around .005/pt. Recent checks for hotels in mid September in SFO, SEA and BZN I found when looking at the cash price and then the points and calculating the value of the points that in some cases it was less than .003/pt. I’d rather pay cash and hold onto the points for possible future use than spend 50,000 points for a room that in cash is going for $140.

  3. AA offering their FF program as 4bil. loan collateral. Analysts puzzled at value of program.
    17.5 -39 billion range ?
    No mention here ?

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