Weekly Review: October 10, 2020

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Hello from Berlin! It was another beautiful (mostly cloudy) week, and it has been fun to explore this amazing city. I’ll be writing a post soon with my thoughts on Berlin so far.

On the points & travel front, this week Thai Airways operated a flight to Louisiana, British Airways offered an incredible 50% off award sale, we saw several new bonuses on purchased points, the Centurion Lounge JFK opened, Airbus launched a private jet version of the A220, and more.

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

Featured Stories

Wow: British Airways Offering 50% Off Award Tickets

British Airways has just launched its most lucrative award sale ever, though it goes without saying that this isn’t exactly an easy time to travel internationally…

British Airways’ new Avios award sale is valid for bookings through October 13, 2020, and for travel through June 30, 2021.

Delta Updates Seat Blocking Policy (Again)

At this point, a vast majority of airlines around the world have dismissed the concept of consistently blocking seats so that nobody has a neighbor. While that wouldn’t offer “true” social distancing, it would at least offer some amount of personal space.

Some airlines have gone above and beyond, clearly as a way of differentiating themselves. Here in the US, Alaska, Delta, JetBlue, and Southwest, all block seats.

Delta arguably had the single most generous seat blocking policy of any airline when first introduced, but that ended on September 30, 2020. The airline is still blocking seats, but not quite the same as before. Let’s look at the details of the current policy.


Amex Blue Cash Cards: Limited-Time Bonuses

American Express has just rolled out new limited time welcome bonuses on two of its popular consumer cash back credit cards. With the way that spending has evolved due to coronavirus, these are cards that many may want to give a second look.


One Week at a Time

TIPS: Earning Miles & Promos

How To Earn Lifetime World Of Hyatt Globalist Status
How & Why To Get All Three Chase Ink Credit Cards
Hilton Honors Selling Points With 100% Bonus (0.5 Cents Per Point)
Wow: Buy Alaska Miles With Up To 60% Bonus (1.72 Cents Per Mile)
World Of Hyatt Milestone Rewards: Which Are Best?
Marriott Bonvoy Card Showdown: Bold Vs. Boundless
Wyndham Rewards Promo: Stay Twice, Earn 7,500 Bonus Points
8 Reasons To Get The IHG Premier Card
10 Best Credit Card Offers October 2020
Southwest Selling Points With Up To 70% Bonus
Choice Privileges Selling Points For 25% Off
Hyatt & SLH Partnership: Earn & Redeem Points At 350+ Hotels
Amex Blue Cash Cards: Limited Time Bonuses
Alaska Airlines’ Incredible Offer To Convert Wallet Funds Into Miles
Hilton & Lyft Partnership: Earn & Redeem Points
Recap: 9 Opportunities To Buy Points

TRICKS: Redeeming Miles

Etihad Guest Offering Up To 30% Transfer Bonus From Hotels, Credit Cards
Wow: British Airways Offering 50% Off Award Tickets
Hyatt Extends Suite Upgrades, Delays Peak Pricing, And More
IHG’s Mr. & Mrs. Smith Partnership: Earn & Redeem Points At More Luxury Hotels
Marriott Bonvoy Award Sale: Book At Off-Peak Prices
Guide To Hyatt Globalist Suite Upgrade Awards
Top Hotel Credit Cards Offering Free Nights (2020)

TRAVEL With Ben (Lucky)

Is It Time For A Brandenburg Or Tegel Adventure?

REVIEWS & Trip Reports

Review: No Annual Fee Amex EveryDay Credit Card
No Annual Fee IHG Traveler Card Review (100K Bonus)
Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Card Review (2020)
IHG Rewards Club Premier Credit Card Review (2020)
Amex Blue Cash Preferred Card Review (2020)

NEWS & Updates

American’s Interesting Domestic Aircraft Changes
More Amex Centurion Lounges Reopening (With New Procedures)
Singapore Airlines’ $650 DIY First Class Meal (Caviar, Dom Perignon, And More)
Goldstar Air Names Imaginary Plane After President Of Liberia
Delta Updates Seat Blocking Policy (Again)
Costa Rica Will Soon Welcome All Americans
“Flagship” Amex Centurion Lounge New York JFK Opening Soon
Avianca’s Live Inflight Concert Backfires…
Airbus Launches Swanky A220 Business Jet
Ethiopian Airlines Offers Planes & Pilots To South African Airways
Lone Star Air: Liberia’s New National Airline
Japan May Restart Tourism In April 2021
Thai Airways’ Mysterious Flight To Louisiana
British Airways Introduces First Class Suite With Door (Pictures)
Qatar Airways Will Launch Flights To San Francisco
United Now Upgrading Pilots Before Paying Customers
Marriott Loses Up To 122 Hotels In Contract Dispute
Southwest Airlines Launching Miami Flights: Here Are The Routes
Airbahn: New SoCal-Based US Airline Startup
FedEx’s 18 Mile Flight Across The US-Mexico Border
Avatar Airlines Wants British Airways’ 747s, Makes Unbelievably Generous Offer
Etihad Airways Entirely Removes A380 From Schedule
Chicago Seminars Go Online For 2020
ZIPAIR Introduces World’s Most Basic Business Class
Southwest Airlines Tries To Kick Off Woman For “Lewd” Outfit
Australia Borders To Remain Closed Until Late 2021


I hope everyone has a great rest of the weekend!

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