Happy Sunday to all our travel friends, both near and far. Here are some articles we’ve read from other bloggers (and other sources) that we think you may like, so we’re passing them along.
- It’s been a difficult 2020 for premium credit cards. Banks have constantly been raising the annual fees and adding peripheral credits to keep their cards relevant and valuable. I’d bet that premium business cards are being hit even harder than personal cards since there’s less business travel, conferences, meetings and dinners for people to attend. Many things have changed and I forgot about a massive devaluation of the American Express Business Platinum card happening this December. When it was announced, I wondered if this had been one of the shortest-lived credit card promotions of all time.
- After a bit of back and forth, the FAA has cleared the 737 MAX to fly again. While many airlines will be adding the aircraft to their schedules, there’s one airline where you still might want to avoid flying it. This isn’t a safety issue. It’s the same reason that Sharon and I avoided flying on any 737-8 of this airline, even before the issues leading to the MAX’s grounding.
- There’s no shortage of great hotels in Chicago. We’ve stayed at two Kimpton properties and the Intercontinental on previous trips. However, there can never be too many top-end properties and in 2021, Chicago will be getting a St. Regis. Y’all can have a great time staying there, but I’m pretty sure we’re still not going to stay at a St. Regis.
- It’s been difficult to make travel plans during the pandemic. You’re either going to book last-minute or look far enough out that you feel that the trip might actually happen. Making plans for cruises, that’s another thing altogether. Back in May, we put a deposit on a cruise for July 2021. If you’re booking now, maybe you’re looking at 2022? That’s what this avid cruiser thinks.
- When the travel market crashed, I thought that it would force banks to give generous retention offers. Initially, the opposite happened and some banks eliminated retention offers altogether as a cost-savings move. But now that the economy has stabilized, banks such as Chase have started offering aggressive bonuses, even with cards that don’t usually offer them, as a way to keep customers.
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