United Eliminates Partner Award Chart, Makes It Harder to Earn Elite Status When Flying Partners
Over the last few days, United has made earning elite status harder and removed partner award charts from its website. Both without any notice whatsoever. They say bad things come in pairs. In this case, they were right. In this post, we go through what this means for you.
American Airlines Adds Automatic Mileage Refunds on Certain Award Cancellations
Canceling an award trip is not something that anybody enjoys doing, especially when the process can be challenging and complicated. American Airlines seems to have recognized this and has recently made the process of canceling (some) award trips much simpler—now no longer requiring a phone call.
Incredible Deal: Book AA International Flagship First Awards Starting at Only 55k Miles
You can jet off to Tokyo, Hong Kong, London, São Paulo, and more in AA’s best first-class product for as little as 55,000 AAdvantage miles each way. While most people probably aren’t planning to travel anytime soon, with availability stretching into 2021, these fares could be the perfect opportunity to re-launch your travel in style.
Limited Time Offer: Rakuten Increases Welcome and Referral Bonuses
Considering many of us have been doing a bit more online shopping than usual, Rakuten (formerly known as Ebates) has devised a promotion to reward its current customers for spreading the word. For two weeks only, Rakuten is increasing the welcome and referral bonuses to $30 or 3,000 Amex Membership Rewards Points per referral.
‘Capital One Offers’ Launched in Beta for Select Cardmembers
Capital One has launched Capital One Offers in beta to select cardmembers, offering between 10-15% back with a variety of retailers. While details are still slim, it appears to be a similar format to that of Chase Offers and Amex Offers. If Capital One Offers end up being similar, the program could add a lot of additional value to Capital One’s portfolio of credit cards.
Southwest Airlines Extends Companion Pass and Elite Status, Makes Earning Both Easier in 2020
Southwest has announced that it’s extending elite status and Companion Pass validity in response to COVID-19. It’s also going to be easier to earn both in 2020. Plus, in addition to their extending their validity, you’ll soon be able to convert Southwest Travel Funds to points.
(Expired) Hyatt Launches Fast-Track to Elite Status, Milestone Rewards Through Credit Cards
Chase and Hyatt just launched a great new promotion for co-branded cardmembers, making it easier to earn World of Hyatt elite status and Milestone Rewards—like free nights, bonus points, lounge access awards, gift cards, and more—even from home! Depending on your situation, now might be the perfect time to boost yourself into the next tier or earn the next Milestone Reward.
AA Extends Elite Status, Lowers Elite Requirements for 2020, Waiving Mileage Redeposit Fees
American Airlines, fashionably late as always, has finally announced the extension of elite status in response to COVID-19. With elite status extensions, lowered elite requirements, waived redeposit fees, and the ability to make up the loss on your Million Miler journey through spend, it’s an impressive wave of updates that will make a lot of travelers happy. But, there’s a potential devaluation hidden in the good news.
Big Changes Announced for the Citi Premier Card
Citi just announced a major revamp of the Citi Premier. Among the new features are raised earning rates for restaurants and groceries as well as a new $100 hotel credit. In this post, we’re digging into the new card benefits to see if the value proposition has improved or gotten worse.
Delta Extends Elite Status, Sky Club Memberships, Credit Card Benefits Due to COVID-19
Delta just announced that it’s extending Medallion elite status, Sky Club memberships, credit card benefits, drink vouchers, and more in response to COVID-19 — becoming the first US-based airline to extend elite status.