Happy New year to all!
2020 can be done now - on to a better (and safer) 2021.
I really have to give Hyatt kudos for the promotions they are running during this challenging time for travel. Having already extended status through 2021, they have just announced a further enhancement to earning status in 2021 (through early 2023). All elite status qualification requirements have been reduced by 50%!
More info and the announcement.
If you're collecting stays now through 12/31 in the Bonus Journeys promo, each night counts an additional for 2021. And if you have the World of Hyatt card, you automatically get 5 nights at the start of the new year. Only thirteen more stays needed for top status!
It's already almost mid-November, and I should be planning to depart this next week for vacation. The original plan was going to be another points-inspired trip to the Maldives followed by Christmas markets in Switzerland. Unfortunately Covid has meant most European countries are still closed for tourists and therefore this years trip will not occur for the first time in many. Even though I may not be in the air this Friday evening, I'm still determined to continue planning for next year!
Hyatt properties are showing nearly 12 month availability for bookings, so I've already made some points reservations for late next year - optimism! I'll likely hold on any airline reservations until the picture is clearer since schedules are constantly in flux.
Are you planning any travel yet for 2021?
I was excited to receive several emails today with special bonus points offers for spend at grocery stores and Amazon.com through December 31st - if you have these Chase cards, make sure to sign up via the invite email link received!
Hyatt Card: 5x points at Amazon.com/3x points for grocery on up to $1500 spend each month through 12/31
United Card: 5x points at Amazon.com/5x points for grocery on up to $1500 spend each month through 12/31
IHG Card: 5x points at Amazon.com/3x points for grocery on up to $1500 spend each month through 12/31
I've flown on quite a number of planes over the years, from the small (Cessna 402/Dash-8/Fokker 70) to the largest (A380). One of the more memorable experiences, though, is flying on the 747. It's hard to put into words exactly what the feeling is; during takeoff, it's as though you are being lifted gracefully off the ground with almost no effort.
With recent announcements that production of the 747 will be ending, it will be the end of an era in aviation history: https://metroairportnews.com/boeing-announces-end-of-747/
I'm hopeful I can still fly a Lufthansa 747 before they're retired, though it doesn't look promising.
Fall is here, and looking back on my what my typical travel pattern would be, I likely would have been finishing details for our usual November excursion. Sadly that is now off the table. I would have also been planning to head to San Diego this weekend - that also has been postponed. In fact, I have no trips scheduled in TripIt which is making me a little disappointed! So what can I do in lieu of travel?
One thing is to continue to accrue points and miles. There have been many different promotions across credit cards over the past few months, including some lucrative 6x points on grocery and Amazon.com purchases. There have also been some significant signup bonuses for the Marriott and IHG cards. Saving up points now means more options for travel later. Maximizing those bonuses with regular spend has been very helpful.
I may not be back in the air, though I feel as though I'm setting up for some great travel options in the future.
I'm always intrigued by new relationships in the airline industry, since it usually affords new ways to accrue points, miles, and status. AA and Jetblue have recently announced an expanded partnership - some details include (from JetBlue):
What I think interests me the most are the miles earning opportunities through codeshares noted by AA:
Through their integrated networks, JetBlue and American will operate reciprocal codeshare flights, giving customers new options with improved schedules, competitive fares and nonstop access to more domestic and international destinations. JetBlue will gain connectivity to more U.S. destinations, a broad global network and an improved frequent flyer proposition, while American will complement JetBlue’s improved and expanded service with new international routes. JetBlue and American loyalty members will also enjoy new benefits while the carriers are exploring additional premium experiences for customers.
It will be interesting to see how this works in the coming months. With COVID still affecting air travel, I suspect many of us will have to wait to see how the partnership expands.