I hope everyone is having a great weekend so far! I spent the past week taking a trip with just my mom. We’ve had an incredible time at one of my favorite hotels, and I look forward to sharing my experience shortly.
On the points & travel front, this week we saw huge new bonuses on Chase Sapphire cards, American revealed it would “unground” all planes by May, JetBlue secured London Heathrow slots, Air New Zealand operated an 11+ hour flight to nowhere, and more.
With that out of the way, here’s a recap of this week on the blog:
If you don’t yet have the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card or Chase Sapphire Reserve® Card, this is a fantastic time to apply, given newly launched bonuses.
The Chase Sapphire Preferred is now offering an incredible two-part sign-up bonus, which is the best-ever publicly available bonus we’ve seen on this card.
One major issue has been figuring out which London-area airport to fly to, given how hard it can be to secure London Heathrow slots. There’s a positive update on that front for JetBlue, as the airline has managed to secure slots for London’s most coveted airport.
For those in the United States (and other countries doing well with vaccinations), it’s such an exciting time. We’re on the cusp of widespread vaccination, and it’s looking like people will hopefully be able to do some guilt-free travel this coming summer.
That’s reason to celebrate and be excited. However, I saw that @xJonNYC linked to a story that had an interesting take on how we’re about to enter the “golden age” of travel, and I have my doubts.
TIPS: Earning Miles & Promos
American Selling AAdvantage Miles For 40% Off
Etihad Guest Selling Miles With 40% Bonus
World Of Hyatt Brand Explorer Promotion
Buy Marriott Bonvoy Points With Up To 50% Bonus
Aeroplan Selling Miles With 100% Bonus (1.2 Cents)
Buy Air France-KLM Flying Blue Miles With 80% Bonus
Wow: Best-Ever Chase Sapphire Sign-Up Bonus
Chase Targeted Spending Bonuses: Are You Eligible?
Huge Amex Business Gold Bonus: 70K Points & Up To $300 In Statement Credits
TRICKS: Redeeming Miles
Ridiculous: This Marriott Hotel Charges Fee To Use Points
Transfer Citi Points To Flying Blue With 25% Bonus
Marriott Bonvoy Member Redeems 2.6 Million Points… Now Hotel Wants $17K
Promo: 20% Off When You Redeem Southwest Rapid Rewards Points
TRAVEL With Ben (Lucky)
Why I Pay Off My Credit Card Bill (Way) Early
Are We About To Enter The Golden Age Of Travel? I’m Skeptical…
What Are The Best Luxury Hotel Brands?
Why Does Renting Cars Have To Be So Frustrating?
My Philosophy On Picking A Place To Live
REVIEWS & Trip Reports
Citi Premier Card Review With 60K Bonus (2021)
Review: Hyatt Centric Miami Brickell
Review: Hyatt Centric Fort Lauderdale Las Olas
Review: Hyatt Centric New Orleans French Quarter
Chase Sapphire Preferred Review: 80,000 Points + $50 Grocery Credit
Chase Sapphire Reserve Card Review (2021)
Review: Four Seasons Miami Brickell
GUIDES & Programs
Top Hotel Credit Cards Offering Elite Status (2021)
Top Hotel Credit Cards Offering Free Nights (2021)
Citi Premier Vs. Chase Sapphire Preferred: Which Is Better?
8 Reasons To Get Ink Business Preferred With Best-Ever 100K Bonus
NEWS & Updates
Wild Spring Breakers Cause Miami Beach To Declare State Of Emergency
OMG: Major Security Breach At Airport In Tanzania
Pilot Caught On Hot Mic, Goes On Shocking Rant
Aer Lingus Launches Manchester Transatlantic Flights
United Airlines’ Controversial New Customer Feedback Program
Delta Air Lines Restoring Some Inflight Service
Air New Zealand’s 11+ Hour Flight To Nowhere
Qantas Flight Attendant On Trial For Exposing Himself To Colleague, Touching Her Breasts
Finnair Intends To Acquire 19-Seat Electric Aircraft
Oh My: Conviasa Launching Caracas To Moscow Flight
British Airways Introduces At-Home First Class Dining
Delta Expanding In Iceland This Summer
Wow: American Airlines “Ungrounding” All Planes By May
Official: JetBlue Secures London Heathrow Airport Slots
I hope everyone has a great rest of the weekend!