Weekly Review: November 21, 2020

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I hope everyone is having a great weekend and is staying safe, and that those in the US have a nice Thanksgiving! This past week I decided to visit Berlin Brandenburg Airport (without actually flying anywhere), so I look forward to sharing my review of the airport shortly.

On the points & travel front, this week Delta extended its seat blocking policy, Norwegian Air filed for bankruptcy protection, Lufthansa cut free food & drinks in economy, JetBlue changed the Mint experience, American eliminated international change fees, and more.

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

Featured Stories

Citi Offering 5% Cash Back For Online Shopping

This is a great deal that most people with a Citi credit card should be able to maximize pretty easily…


Delta Extends Seat Blocking Policy To March 2021

Delta is very much countering the trend, and has announced that it will continue blocking seats through early spring of 2021.

Delta Air Lines’ seat blocking policy is now valid through March 30, 2021, which is an extension beyond the previous date of January 6, 2021. Delta’s seat blocking policy includes the following restrictions:


Chase Freedom Flex Vs. Freedom Unlimited: Which Is Better?

Chase has a great portfolio of credit cards that can potentially earn Ultimate Rewards points, and two of my favorites are the Chase Freedom FlexSM Credit Card and Chase Freedom Unlimited®.

Significant changes were recently made to these cards, so in this post I wanted to take an in-depth look at the two cards, and which makes the most sense based on your situation.


One Week at a Time

One Week at a TimeOne Week at a Time

TIPS: Earning Miles & Promos

Singapore KrisFlyer Promo: 15% Credit Card Transfer Bonus
Citi Offering 5% Cash Back For Online Shopping
Choice Privileges Selling Points With 40% Bonus
Best Western Selling Gift Cards With 20% Bonus
What To Do When You Get Your Amex Platinum Card
Buy Marriott Bonvoy Points With Best-Ever 60% Bonus
Aeroplan Selling Miles With 50% Bonus
IHG Credit Cards Offer Best-Ever, Limited Time Bonus
Up To 10% Cash Back (Or 10x Amex Points) With Rakuten
Best Western Promo: Earn Free Night After Two Stays
Aegean Offering 5,000 Miles To New Members
Qatar Airways Privilege Club Offering New Member Bonus

TRICKS: Redeeming Miles

Did Qatar Airways Cut Lounge Access For Business Class Award Tickets?

TRAVEL With Ben (Lucky)

Oneworld Emerald: My Favorite Airline Alliance Status

REVIEWS & Trip Reports

Capital One Venture Card Review (100K Bonus Venture Miles)
Chase Freedom Flex Vs. Freedom Unlimited: Which Is Better?

NEWS & Updates

Silvercar Closing All Airport Locations, Moving To Audi Dealerships
Eastern Airlines Acquires Five Used Boeing 777s
Cool: Singapore Airlines Cabin Crew Open Restaurant
Muslim Woman Kicked Off American Airlines Flight, Arrested: What Happened?
Major: Korean Air & Asiana Airlines To Merge
Alaska Airlines 737 Hits Bear On Landing In Yakutat
Etihad Launching Abu Dhabi To Tel Aviv Flights
Clues: Air New Zealand’s New Business Class Seat
Spirit Airlines Bans TikToker For Sharing Bag Scam
Fascinating: Marriott Started With A Root Beer Stand
Singapore Airlines Reconfiguring All 12 A380s With New Cabins
Lufthansa Cuts Free Food & Drinks In Economy, Introduces Buy On Board
Cathay Pacific Permanently Cuts Three US Routes
Brilliant: New Qatar Airways Student Frequent Flyer Program
JetBlue Secures (Undesirable?) London Airport Slots
Sneaky & Smart: How Delta Is Avoiding US Tariffs On Airbus Planes
Aer Lingus Approved To Join Oneworld Transatlantic Joint Venture
Mango House Seychelles: New Hilton LXR Hotel
Aer Lingus Plans Manchester Transatlantic Flights
Official: Boeing 737 MAX “Ungrounded” By FAA
Rappers Get In Fight On Emirates Plane In Dubai
Frontier Airlines Launches Status Match Promotion
Revealed: Virgin Australia’s New Business Plan
Norwegian Air Files For Bankruptcy Protection
Delta Extends Seat Blocking Policy To March 2021
Hyatt Card Being Converted To World Of Hyatt Card
Alila Marea Beach Resort Encinitas Opening February 2021
Russian Pilots Secretly “Draw” You-Know-What In Sky
US & Canada Border Closure Extended (Again)
EL AL & Etihad Will Codeshare, Offer Reciprocal Frequent Flyer Benefits, And More
Hard Pass: EVA Air’s Bizarre Speed Dating Flights To Nowhere
Wow: American Airlines Eliminates International Change Fees
MOM Air “Founder” Admits Airline Is Artwork, Not Real
American & Alaska Introducing Reciprocal Upgrades
Judah 1: The World’s First Christian Airline
ZIPAIR Tokyo Launching Honolulu Flights
Changes Coming To The JetBlue Mint Experience
Kontiki Expeditions: SLH’s First Water-Based Member
Oops: Singapore & Hong Kong Travel Bubble Postponed Hours Before Launch


I hope everyone has a great rest of the weekend!