A Comprehensive Guide to All Credit Card Benefits, Changes Due to COVID-19 [Updated]
Feeling overwhelmed by all the new promotions and credit card changes in response to COVID-19? You’re not alone. With new changes announced every day, it’s getting harder and harder to keep up. We’ve tried to make things a little easier by putting together a post where you can find ALL of the changes in one place.
ANA Slashes Surcharges, Drastically Reducing Out-Of-Pocket Costs on Award Tickets
All Nippon Airways (ANA) has drastically lowered the surcharges imposed on tickets to and from Japan and several other regions. While this won’t necessarily make cash flights to Japan cheaper, it significantly reduces the out-of-pocket costs on award tickets. That makes already lucrative award bookings even better!
Citi Accelerates Premier Benefits, Adds Temporary Spending Bonus for Prestige
Citi has accelerated increased earnings on the Citi Premier℠ Card due to go into effect later this year. Plus, Citi announced a temporary new spending bonus for the Citi Prestige® Card. Cardmembers with accounts active on May 22nd can now earn bonus ThankYou Points on the things that we’re spending more on lately—including online retailers, supermarkets, and restaurants.
You Can Now Book Etihad Awards Using Aeroplan Miles — Including ‘The Apartment’
Air Canada’s Aeroplan and Etihad Guest have just launched a new partnership, allowing new reciprocal earning and redeeming opportunities. 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.
IHG Rewards Launches Dynamic Award Pricing in the U.S. and Beyond
After testing dynamic award pricing with a small set of hotels earlier this year, IHG Rewards confirmed to AwardWallet this morning that it has expanded dynamic award pricing to more hotels around the world—including many regions here in the United States. Dynamic award pricing is usually bad news, but we are surprised to be finding some great deals using your IHG Rewards points now!
Emirates Skywards Slashes Award Fees by Over 90%
Emirates offers some of the best onboard products in the sky. But booking these aspirational seats can be expensive—even on award redemptions. Perhaps not anymore. Recent searches on Emirates’ site are displaying a massive drop in carrier surcharges across the board. We are seeing some cuts to out-of-pocket costs as great as 90%!
AA Adds GOL Airlines as a Mileage Earning, Redemption Partner
American Airlines has just added GOL Airlines—Brazil’s largest domestic carrier—to its AAdvantage partner airlines, opening the door to earning and redeeming AAdvantage miles on GOL itineraries. But now that you can use AA miles for flights with GOL, the question is: should you?
The (Unofficial) United MileagePlus Partner Award Chart
Following the removal of partner award charts from its website, United Airlines has quietly increased award costs for flights on partner airlines. For flights starting July 1, United has raised award prices for travel on Star Alliance operated flights by roughly 10%. But our deep dive revealed how travelers can still skirt this increase. Also, we searched dozens of routes to piece together the new (unpublished) partner award chart.
American Express Adds a Slew of New Perks For Travelers Stuck at Home
American Express offers one of the largest collections of travel-oriented credit cards—some of which involve a significant annual fee. With travel at a standstill, many cardmembers are debating whether their travel cards are still worth the annual fee. In response, Amex just released the most comprehensive list of cardmember benefit updates we’ve seen yet.
American Express Membership Rewards (Temporarily) Loses a Transfer Partner
American Express Membership Rewards is widely regarded as one of the most-valuable transferrable currencies thanks to having over 20 transfer partners and lucrative transfer bonuses. However, the program just lost a little luster with the loss of one of its airline transfer partners.