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Weekly Review: January 9, 2021

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Weekly Review: January 9, 2021
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What a week… let’s leave it at that!

On the points & travel front, this week Amex introduced new temporary card perks, Air Canada Aeroplan and Virgin Australia announced a new partnership, World of Hyatt bonus elite nights started to post, airlines banned emotional support animals, the Gulf blockade came to an end, and more.

With that out of the way, here’s a recap of this week on the blog:

Featured Stories

Temporary American Express Card Perks For 2021

We have seen card issuers get creative when it comes to adding limited time perks, given how consumer behavior has changed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Around the middle of 2020 we saw temporary perks added to American Express cards, and that trend is continuing. In this post I wanted to keep a consolidated list of the benefits being added to American Express cards in 2021.

New Air Canada Aeroplan & Virgin Australia Partnership

Air Canada Aeroplan has done an incredible job adding airline partners outside the Star Alliance in recent months, as the program has added Etihad, Azul, Vistara, and Air Serbia.

Aeroplan has now announced yet another new partner — Virgin Australia will become an Air Canada Aeroplan partner as of January 19, 2021. While the two airlines have already codeshared for connectivity at Australian gateways, they haven’t had a frequent flyer partnership up until now.

Citi Premier Card Review With 60K Bonus (2021)

When talking about mid-range credit cards that earn transferrable points, the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card is probably the first card that comes to mind for many. The card offers a big welcome bonus, bonus points on dining and travel, and valuable travel and purchase protection.

However, there are a couple of cards that can compete with the Sapphire Preferred, and in this post, I wanted to take a look at one of those cards, which I think for many people may just be a better option. This is an incredibly underrated card, especially in conjunction with the Citi® Double Cash Card (as I’ll explain below).

One Week at a Time

TIPS: Earning Miles & Promos

Hyatt Credit Card Elite Nights: Complete Guide
Best Cards For Earning Amex Membership Rewards Points (2021)
Chase Ultimate Rewards Credit Cards (2021 Guide)
Credit Cards I Use For Each Major Bonus Category (2021)
Credit Card Application Rules By Bank (2021)
Amex Platinum Offer: Free(ish) Stuff From Best Buy & Home Depot
Great New Amex Offers Deal For Business Cards (Targeted)
Best Credit Cards For Everyday Spending (2021)
Great News: World Of Hyatt Posting Bonus Elite Nights Early
My Emirates Pass: Save Money In Dubai With Your Emirates Boarding Pass
Guide To Hilton Honors Status Match Program
Awesome: New JetBlue Mosaic Companion Perk
Citi Premier Card Review With 60K Bonus (2021)
These Are The 7 Credit Cards I Use Most (2021)
Chase 5/24 Rule: What You Need To Know (2021)
IHG Credit Card Best-Ever, Limited Time Bonus: Last Chance
Marriott Platinum Status With Credit Card Bonus: Last Chance
American Express Green Card Review (2021)
Hilton Aspire Card Review (2021)
Blackberry Farm Hotel: Save 15{d54a1665abf9e9c0a672e4d38f9dfbddcef0b06673b320158dd31c640423e2e5} & Get Extra Perks
United MileagePlus Selling Miles With 100{d54a1665abf9e9c0a672e4d38f9dfbddcef0b06673b320158dd31c640423e2e5} Bonus
Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Promo: 50{d54a1665abf9e9c0a672e4d38f9dfbddcef0b06673b320158dd31c640423e2e5} Bonus Virgin Points & Tier Points For New Bookings
Temporary American Express Card Perks For 2021
Amex EveryDay Preferred Credit Card Review (2021)
Chase Ink Business Unlimited Card Review (2021)
Amex Blue Business Plus Card Review (2021)

TRICKS: Redeeming Miles

Korean Air SkyPass Devaluation Postponed To 2023
Select Your 2020 Marriott Choice Benefits (Last Chance)

NEWS & Updates

Wow: Qantas Plans To Resume International Flights In July 2021
FLY CORALway: Intriguing South Pacific Airline Startup
Aer Lingus’ Manchester Transatlantic Flights Going On Sale Soon
HUGE: Saudi Arabia Opens Airspace To Qatar Airways
Emirates To Launch Israel Flights In February 2021
Air New Zealand Adds Honolulu Stop On US Flights For Crew Safety
What Australia’s Government Says About International Travel Resuming
American Airlines Bans Emotional Support Animals
Major: Delta Transitioning To Viasat Inflight Wi-Fi
Cool: Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur’s Airplane-Themed Dining Experience
Trump Supporter Kicked Off Flight For Mask Joke? No, Not Quite…
Oceana Santa Monica: First US Hilton LXR Hotel
Odd: Wyndham Destinations Acquires Travel + Leisure
American Airlines Bans Alcohol On DC Flights Following Violent Riots
New Air Canada Aeroplan & Virgin Australia Partnership
Grand Universe Lucca: Gorgeous New Marriott Hotel In Tuscany
Boeing Charged With 737 MAX Fraud Conspiracy, Will Pay $2.5 Billion
Would You Fly With This Extremist Allegiant Air Pilot?
Delta Air Lines Bans Emotional Support Animals
British Airways’ New Economy “Speedbird Cafe”
England Will Require Coronavirus Testing For Travel
JetBlue Faces Ridiculous Anti-Competitive Lawsuit
Jordan Aviation Wants To Launch US Flights
Sriwijaya Air 737 Goes Missing In Indonesia
United Airlines Bans Emotional Support Animals
Qatar Airways Resuming Saudi Arabia Flights

I hope everyone has a great rest of the weekend!