Southwest Devalues Rapid Rewards Program, More Points Now Needed for Award Flights
Southwest Airlines just made some very unwelcomed changes to the airline’s Rapid Rewards program. Without notice, Southwest reduced the value of Rapid Rewards points. You’ll now need more Rapid Rewards points to make the same award travel redemptions.
You Can Now Fly ANA First Class to Japan for Just 55,000 Virgin Points One-Way
One of the sweetest sweet spots just got even sweeter! Flying Club members can now redeem Virgin points for one-way ANA awards in any class of service. Combined with this partnership’s unbelievable award pricing, this opens incredible opportunities for flights to/from Japan. But don’t delay—deals this good don’t tend to last forever.
JetBlue Changes Carry-On Bag Policy and Drops Change Fees
JetBlue announced significant changes to the airline’s carry-on and change/cancellation policies. This announcement is a mixed bag (pun intended) with some good changes to change fees and some bad news for those flying on the cheapest fares. Here’s what passengers need to know about these changes.
Delta SkyMiles Further Devalues Partner Awards to Europe and Asia
Delta Air Lines has done it again. For reasons unknown, it’s just raised partner award prices to Europe and Asia for the second time in four months. To make matters worse, these aren’t small, forgettable price hikes. These are significant, balance-busting increases that make certain partner awards laughably expensive. Let’s go over this and see if there’s anything salvageable.
Chase and Air Canada Announce New Credit Card and Point Transfers Starting in 2021
Air Canada Aeroplan announced an exciting new partnership with Chase and Mastercard set to debut in late 2021. This includes a new Chase-issued Aeroplan co-branded credit card for U.S. customers and (even better) the ability to convert Ultimate Rewards points to Aeroplan points! Translation: your Ultimate Rewards points will become a whole lot more valuable!
Hyatt Credit Card Changes: Phase Out of Legacy Card, Change to Earning Free Night Awards
Hyatt has announced a string of new promotions and card updates, so we’ve rounded them all up in one place for you. Hyatt cardholders can earn bonus points at Amazon and at grocery stores this holiday season. Plus, legacy Hyatt Card holders have the opportunity to earn a free night by the end of the year. Hyatt is also adjusting how cardholders earn Free Night Awards in 2021. And, remaining legacy Hyatt Cards are being phased out in January 2021.
American Airlines Eliminates AAdvantage Award Fees, Extends Mileage Expiration Pause
American Airlines just announced three positive changes to its AAdvantage program. Effective November 11, 2020, AA is eliminating all award reservation fees and eliminating all fees for canceling awards and redepositing miles. Plus, AA is extending the pause on mileage expiration through June 30, 2021. Here’s what you need to know about these changes.
Delta Devalues Partner Awards to Europe and Asia Without Notice
This week, Delta devalued partner redemptions to specific destinations without any notice. Now, flights between the U.S. and Europe / Asia cost up to 40% more miles than before. While Delta isn’t the first airline to raise award prices during the pandemic (we’re still mad at you, United), the timing leaves many award travelers wondering—why?
American Express Adds New Uber Cash Credits, Uber Eats Pass to Select Amex Cards
Amex has replaced for the Amex Gold card’s $100 annual Airline Fee Credit that ends in 2022. Starting in February 2021, cardmembers will receive Uber Cash credit each month. That means that cardmembers that applied before February 3, 2021, can take advantage of both benefits. Plus, Amex has announced that Amex Platinum, Amex Gold, and Green from Amex cardholders each get a free, 12-month Uber Eats Pass available for immediate activation.
New Amex Gold Cardholders Are No Longer Eligible for the $100 Airline Fee Credit
One of Amex’s go-to benefits for justifying high(er) annual fees is the Airline Fee Credit. This credit reimburses cardmembers for making eligible purchases with their airline of choice every year. However, for the Amex Gold, this benefit is in its last years. Starting in January 2022, Amex will no longer offer the annual $100 Airline Fee Credit to Amex Gold cardholders that signed up before February 4, 2021. What’s next for this card?