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Saturday, August 1, 2020

United Extends Fee Waiver for Flights Through 8/31/20

2020 will be a year to remember for many reasons - Covid is certainly at the top of the list, reduced travel somewhere after.  This is shaping up to be a year with the fewest flights I've taken in almost 20 years.  Airlines are trying to figure out what to do with so few passengers buying flights - refunds have taken far longer than they should and are usually a hassle.

United has issued varying guidance on existing tickets since May, and the most recent deadline for flight changes was through 7/31 (meaning one reservation I have for fall is still open for issue).  I was pleased to see, though, that United has extended fee waivers now through 8/31.  Link is here:

I continue to pray that the pandemic will subside and travel returns.  For now we must all be safe, do our part, and wear a mask!

Friday, June 12, 2020

Still grounded

This weekend was to be the kickoff of a week-long trip to Switzerland and Leipzig for BachFest - in fact, I should be on a flight right now over the Atlantic.  Sadly I'm still grounded; the effects of the pandemic are still being felt around the world and especially here in the greater NE region. 

I can't stress enough how important it is to be safe and make sure we actually get through this time smartly.  No reason to take unnecessary risks unless there is a clear strategy to stay safe. I believe the airlines are doing the best they can and I have no doubt air travel will return soon.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Weekend is here

Happy weekend everyone - this was supposed to be a trip back to Maine, though the travel/Covid issues have prevented that from taking place this year.  Not happy about it though there's not much I can do to fix it.  Thank goodness United was able to refund the flight costs!

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Citi Changing Premier Card Benefits this Fall

I've enjoyed using the Citi Premier and Double Cash as an option for points accrual to differentiate from Chase Ultimate Rewards.  The points transfer options to partners are more numerous and having that portfolio available can help with new and interesting travel ideas around the world.

In the last few weeks, Citi announced some points earning changes to the Premier card:

1x on Other Travel - starting April 10, 2021, all travel purchases (excluding air travel, hotels, and gas stations) will earn 1 ThankYou point per $1 instead of 3 points per $1

1x on Entertainment - starting April 10, 2021, entertainment purchases will earn 1 ThankYou point per $1 instead of 3 points per $1

Travel Redemption value - points redeemed for airfare, hotels, cruises, and car rentals through the ThankYou travel center will no longer get 25% more value

On August 23rd 2020, the following will be new:

- 3x points on Supermarkets and Restaurants (new), Air Travel, Hotels, and Fuel
- 2x points on Entertainment
- 1x points on everything else


I'm disappointed that "other travel" will no longer be a 3x option and the redemption value is being dropped - this has been a great choice to use for parking, tolls, and airport expenses.  I already get 3x points on the Sapphire Reserve for restaurants, so it's hard to use a new card for those purchases.  It's good they're giving plenty of notice for the changes, though I believe this devalues the card overall.

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Hyatt Reward bonus for spend through 6/30/20

We are in a challenging time right now due to the coronavirus and that has seen travel screech to a halt.  Despite the economic impact being seen by many companies, there are still promotions being rolled out to mitigate the loss of travel.  Hyatt and Chase have implemented an increased reward structure for spend on Hyatt credit cards through June 30th:

From April 15 – June 30, 2020, your card purchases can earn more:

World of Hyatt Credit Cardmember Offer
3 Qualifying Night Credits

World of Hyatt Credit Cardmembers can now earn a total of 3 qualifying night creditstoward the next tier status for every $5,000 spent on their card between April 15, 2020 and June 30, 2020.1That's 1 bonus qualifying night credit in addition to the 2 qualifying night credits Cardmembers already earn (credits may post a different times).

Hyatt Credit Cardmember Offer

2 Qualifying Night Credits

If you have a Hyatt Credit Card, you can now earn 2 qualifying night creditstoward the next tier status for every $5,000 spent on your card between April 15, 2020 and June 30, 2020.2

If you happen to have either of these cards, this is a nice bonus to keep in mind for any upcoming spend.  Since Hyatt has extended status until 2022, these extra nights could help you reach any milestone stay bonuses.