Weekly Review: October 3, 2020

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Hello from Berlin! The weather has been gorgeous the past week, and it has been nice to spend some time enjoying the outdoors. I’m pinching myself and hoping the weather doesn’t change too soon, though I realize it’s inevitable.

On the points & travel front, this week we saw several awesome new credit card welcome bonuses introduced, World of Hyatt’s great new promo launched, Wyndham’s credit cards were refreshed, Chase added a Southwest transfer bonus, Singapore Airlines unveiled opportunities for people to enjoy some experiences without flying, and more.

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

Featured Stories

Chase 5/24 Rule: What You Need To Know (2020)


The major banks have all kinds of rules when it comes to approving people for credit cards. Probably the most well known of these rules — and also the most complicated to understand — is the Chase 5/24 rule.

In this post I wanted to take a closer look at how exactly this rule works, how you can check your 5/24 “status,” and the best strategy to take when applying for Chase cards in light of this.

You’ll want to understand the Chase 5/24 rule if you plan on applying for one of Chase’s popular cards, like the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card or Ink Business Preferred® Credit Card.


Review: Park Hyatt Hamburg, Germany


After spending a night at Jumeirah Frankfurt (following our coronavirus test at Frankfurt Airport), our next stop was Hamburg. That’s because my mom had been in Hamburg for a couple of weeks, so our plan was to spend a few nights there, before finally continuing to Berlin (where we’d be renting a place).


World Of Hyatt Launches Incredible Promotion (Register Now)


World of Hyatt’s incredible new “Bonus Journeys” promotion launched this week — it’s now open for registration, and valid for stays effective immediately.

But there’s so much more value to be had with World of Hyatt his fall, whether you’re paying for stays in cash or redeeming points.


One Week at a Time

One Week at a Time
One Week at a Time

TIPS: Earning Miles & Promos

Maximizing Amex Offers: A Complete Guide
Great Deal: $30 Bonus For New Rakuten Members
Chase United Card Limited Time Offers: Earn Up To 160K Miles (Last Chance)
Chase 5/24 Rule: What You Need To Know (2020)
New Wyndham Credit Cards Offer Worthwhile Perks
Top Hotel Credit Cards Offering Elite Status (2020)
Chase Freedom Flex 5x Points For PayPal & Walmart In Q4 2020
IHG Promo: Double Points On All Stays, And More
World Of Hyatt Launches Incredible Promotion (Register Now)
IHG Credit Cards Offer Best-Ever, Limited Time Bonus
Awesome Amex Offer For Four Seasons Stays
Radisson Rewards Selling Points With 100% Bonus
United Gateway Card: New No Annual Fee Chase Card
Amazing Offer: Five Free Nights With Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Card
Amex Platinum Cell Phone & Streaming Credits Guide
Guide: Earn Marriott Bonvoy Elite Nights With Credit Cards

TRICKS: Redeeming Miles

Chase Extends & Expands “Pay Yourself Back” Feature
Transfer Chase Points To Southwest With 20% Bonus

TRAVEL With Ben (Lucky)

My Uber Driver Mask Incident

REVIEWS & Trip Reports

Southwest Airlines Performance Business Card Review (Huge 100K Bonus)
Review: Park Hyatt Hamburg, Germany
Amex Blue Business Plus Card Review (2020)
Amex Blue Business Cash Card Review (2020)
United Airlines Business Card Review (2020)

NEWS & Updates

United Airlines Closing Foreign Crew Bases
Qatar Airways Reports Record $1.9+ Billion Loss
Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers: Great New Hilton Hotel
Report: JetBlue Secures London Heathrow Slots
Details Of United Airlines’ New Flights To Hawaii (From Chicago & Newark)
Japan Airlines Replaces “Ladies & Gentlemen” With Gender Neutral Greeting
Brussels Airport Will Get US Pre-Clearance Facility
OMG: Singapore Airlines Will Turn A380 Into Restaurant
Maldives Launches Loyalty Program For Visitors
British Airways Threatens Those Who Criticize The Airline
Air India Criticized For Security Screening Of Human Remains
Delta Soon Adding Airbus A220-300 To Fleet
Wow: United Airlines Plans To Return To JFK Airport
US Startup Breeze Airways Launching March 2021
Australia’s Regional Express (Rex) Acquiring Boeing 737s
Etihad Airways CEO: “Jury Still Out” On A380’s Future
Monarch Beach Resort Becomes Waldorf Astoria
United Airlines Executive Still Missing, 55 Days Later
Qatar Airways Extends But Modifies Generous Rebooking Policy
New Narrow Body Business Class Seat Features Doors & Direct Aisle Access
JetBlue Extends & Scales Back Seat Blocking Policy
Mandarin Oriental & Oberoi Launch Partnership
Was “Flying Nuclear Command Center” Deployed When Trump Tested Positive For Coronavirus?
US Fines Emirates $400K For Using Iran Airspace
Singapore Airlines Introduces Business Class Amenity Kits, At Last
Investors Could Soon Trade Frequent Flyer Miles
Garuda Indonesia’s “Masked” A330-900neo
Ritz-Carlton Maldives Opening May 2021 (Amazing Points Redemption!)
Politicians Exposed To Coronavirus Fly Delta, Violate Rules
Details: United’s New Flights To Bangalore & Johannesburg


I hope everyone has a great rest of the weekend!