Chase Announces New Sapphire Benefits, Improved Earning Rates
Beginning August 16, 2021, Chase is enhancing both the Sapphire Preferred and Sapphire Reserve credit cards. Both cards are getting improved earning rates on a wide variety of categories along with other features and improvements. Even better, there’s no increase in the annual fee.
You Can Now Book Etihad Awards Using Aeroplan Points — Including ‘The Apartment’
In June 2020, Air Canada Aeroplan partnered with Etihad Guest, allowing reciprocal earning and redeeming opportunities. Now that Aeroplan has relaunched as a new program, we are revisiting this partnership. While both programs can offer solid value, we’re particularly excited about how this partnership makes booking Etihad’s premium-class cabins a little more accessible for award travelers.
Capital One Ups Its Game: New Transfer Partners, Better Transfer Rates, New Airport Lounges
Capital One just announced a bunch of great enhancements to the Capital One Miles program, including 4 new transfer partners and better transfer rates for 7 existing partners. Capital One has also announced plans to open 2 new airport lounges, with the first opening in late summer 2021.
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.