Weekly Review: March 27, 2021

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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:

Featured Stories

Wow: Best-Ever Chase Sapphire Sign-Up Bonus

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.

Official: JetBlue Secures London Heathrow Airport Slots

JetBlue plans to begin flying to London this summer with its A321LR aircraft, featuring an all new Mint business class product.

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.

Are We About To Enter The Golden Age Of Travel? I’m Skeptical…

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.

One Week at a Time

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!

  1. Cherish those times with parents. Happy to hear she is doing well and is able to travel given her recent health issues.

  2. Really cherish that Lucky (we all like to banter it on here- some even take it too far), but I always truly respect your perspective and opinion on the range of travel topics. Hope your mom is in good health, and you enjoyed one of the great life experiences that is mother/son bonds. Here’s to a better 2021!

  3. Beautiful landscape. Some ET theorists says these are not unusual nature formations were made for us years ago. Absolutely breathtaking around our world.

    For those who wish to say crazy for saying ET’s, check the Vatican astronomy department, well that might be difficult, but they did indeed release information about them and the Pope commented on ET’s in 2013.

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