Airline Change & Cancellation Policies due to COVID-19

UPDATED 3/30/20

I hope all of you and your loved ones are coping during this trying time. Whether you're hunkering down at home with work or study, or are still needed in public as a healthcare professional or otherwise essential employee, I wish you all good health and peace of mind.

Below I will go into detail on the current policies for the top five US airlines (defined by passengers carried).

Marriott Bonvoy Boundless 100k Offer Expires March 4

Update: This offer has changed to 75,000 bonus Marriott Rewards after spending $3,000 on your new card within three months. 

The Chase Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card has a higher than usual sign up bonus right now: 100,000 Marriott Rewards for spending $5,000 within three months of opening the card. Before this limited time offer came out, the bonus was 75,000 Marriott points.

Whether or not you patron Marriott, this is a good card to pick up for its large bonus.

Big Airbnb Savings on a Trip to Patagonia

I am currently staying about 20 minutes north of a town called San Martin de Los Andes, which is located in the lake region of Argentine Patagonia. San Martin, as locals refer to it, is a fly fishing hub nestled alongside Lácar Lake, surrounded by the Andes and not far from Argentina's border with Chile. Hiking and backpacking options are plentiful with Argentina's version of the Appalachian trail, the Huella Andina, spreading out in either direction north and south.

Podcast Interview With Hack Your Wealth

Andrew Chen and I recently talked ins and outs of the miles and points world on his podcast, Hack Your Wealth. The recording was published today. Listen to it on his site, linked above, or directly from MileValue via Spotify, below.

100k & 125K Targeted Bonuses for Amex Platinum

There is a targeted offer available through creditcards.com’s CardMatch Tool for 100,000 Membership Rewards for spending $5,000 on your new Platinum within three months of account opening. This 100k offer resurfaces periodically. It is worth checking again if you weren’t targeted the last time as they target different rounds of customers each time.

Even more exciting is word of a new, bigger targeted sign up bonus of 125,000 Membership Rewards for spending $5,000 within three months on the Amex Platinum.

B&B Santa Isabel: La Pedrera, Uruguay

Uruguay is a gem of a country that's under the radar for the typical American. My attention was drawn to it years ago when I relocated to Buenos Aires, as Uruguay and Argentina share a border and river delta.

My History with UruguayReacquaintance with an Old FlameA Quick Aside About Safety for Solo Female TravelersB&B Santa IsabelLocationGetting To UruguayWhen to GoSurfingThoughts About the Value of my Stay

My History with Uruguay

I spent a few summers along it's coast between 2012 and 2015, in an area half an hour driving past Punta del Este.

Two big offers ending soon. Who are they good for?

Update: The Chase United Explorer Card offer is now 60,000 miles for spending $3,000 within three months.

Sign up bonuses are, by far, the easiest and fastest way to earn big stacks of rewards. Many of the most lucrative sign up bonuses are only available for a limited time to encourage customers to sign up. In other words, scarcity marketing.

Sapphire Reserve Annual Fee Jumps to $550 Tomorrow

New cardholders of the Chase Sapphire Reserve*, those that apply tomorrow (January 14) or later, will have an annual fee of $550. Current cardholders (or those that apply before tomorrow) have/will have an annual fee of $450. So if you were looking into the Sapphire Reserve, it's time to look a little closer... right now.

*Please note that this link, which is a MileValue affiliate link (meaning we get a commission for approvals), shows "offer unavailable" right now. You can still apply for the current offer directly on Chase's website, until tomorrow (January 14) at some point.

Hey Procrastinators! Final Day to Spend the Platinum’s 2019 Travel Credits

One of the most valuable benefits of the Platinum Card from American Express is its $200 per year--calendar year--of incidental travel fee credits. You get a couple other credits as well this month, at least another $85 worth of Saks Merchandise + Uber credit, that would be a shame to forget about.

Earn 40k Bonus LifeMiles with the Avianca Vuela Visa

Avianca has a co-branded credit card issued by Banco Popular called the Avianca Vuela Visa that comes with 40,000 Avianca LifeMiles after your first purchase on the card and a $149 annual fee.