Weekly Review: September 19, 2020

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I hope everyone is having a good weekend!

On the points & travel front, this week we saw Chase introduce a new sign-up bonus on the Sapphire Preferred and open applications for the Freedom Flex, Amex announced plans to reopen some Centurion Lounges with modified service procedures, Emirates launched a new US credit card, Air Canada started selling unlimited flight passes, and more.

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

Featured Stories

Amex Centurion Lounges Finally Reopening (With New Procedures)

American Express shut down its popular Centurion Lounges back in mid-March. This was presumably done due to a combination of lack of demand, as well as a need for updated procedures. Well, after a closure of over six months, Centurion Lounges will finally start to reopen.

It has been announced that American Centurion Lounges will start to reopen as of October 5, 2020. Specifically, the lounges in Philadelphia and Seattle will open as of those dates, with other lounges expected to follow soon (though no exact dates have been given beyond that).

Best Credit Cards For Groceries And Supermarkets (September 2020)

We all have to eat, whether that comes in the form of eating at restaurants or at home. I’ve written in the past about the best credit cards for dining out, and in this post wanted to write about the best credit cards for grocery store and supermarket spending.

This is a category that’s more important to many people than ever before, given that coronavirus has caused a lot of people to start cooking more.

There are lots of great credit cards offering bonuses on supermarket spending, whether you want to earn cash back, transferable points, airline miles, or hotel points.

One Week at a Time

TIPS: Earning Miles & Promos

Buy Marriott Bonvoy Points With 50% Bonus
Emirates & Barclays Launch New US Credit Cards, And They’re Better Than I Expected
Wyndham Rewards Promo: Stay Two Nights, Earn 7,500 Points
Buy Alaska Mileage Plan Miles With 50% Bonus
Choice Privileges Promo: Free Night After Two Stays
Wow: Chase Sapphire Preferred 80K Bonus!
Apply Now: Incredible New Chase Freedom Flex Card
Chase Freedom Flex 5x Points For PayPal & Walmart In Q4 2020
IHG Promo: Double Points On All Stays, And More
Air Canada Now Selling Unlimited Flight Pass
Chase Freedom Unlimited Review (2020)
Delta Amex Cards: Limited Time Welcome Bonuses
Best Credit Cards For Groceries And Supermarkets (September 2020)
Chase Sapphire Preferred Review (With 80K Bonus)
Earn Bonus Miles For Funding United TravelBank

TRICKS: Redeeming Miles

Book Canadian North Awards On Aeroplan Website
Promo: 20% Off When You Redeem Southwest Rapid Rewards Points
American Incentivizes Redeeming AAdvantage Miles… Ever So Slightly

NEWS & Updates

Global Entry Fee To Increase, And More Changes
Indian Regulators Backtrack On Airplane Picture Ban
Court Blocks Colombia’s $370 Million Loan To Avianca
Plaza Premium Opens First US Lounge At DFW
Delta Leveraging SkyMiles Program To Raise Billions
American Airlines Reopening More Admirals Clubs, Bringing Back Avocado Toast
Park Hyatt London Nine Elms Opening In 2022
LOL: CBP Incorrectly Brags About Seizing Counterfeit Apple AirPods
American Airlines Reducing Staffing On Many Flights
Unhappy First Class Passenger Hands Flight Attendant Rude Note
Hyatt Makes Face Masks Mandatory Globally
US & Canada Border Closure To Be Extended
Amex Platinum Lufthansa Lounge Access Benefit Extended
Southwest Airlines Blocking Seats Through November 30
After Long Delay, Park Hyatt Auckland Finally Opens
Amex Centurion Lounges Finally Reopening (With New Procedures)
Hawaii Will Reopen To Visitors On October 15 (With Testing)
Mastercard No Longer Offers Postmates Discount
Sad: Las Alcobas Napa Valley Leaves Marriott
Virgin Atlantic Pakistan Flights Now On Sale
Delta Opens Biggest-Ever SkyClub In SLC
27-Year-Old Buys Controlling Stake In EL AL
Emirates Will Launch Israel Flights By January 2021
British Airways Introducing First Class Suite With Door
Flight Attendants Getting COVID-19 At Lower Rate Than General Population
Alitalia Launches Intriguing Coronavirus-Free Flights
Emirates Won’t Fly A380s To US, Slashes Schedule & First Class

I hope everyone has a great rest of the weekend!

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