Chasing Airlines For Refunds: What You Need To Know

The world is in a time-out

The travel world has certainly been turned upside down due to COVID-19. Every country around the globe has been changing travel restrictions on pretty much a weekly basis. Airlines are adjusting their routes and aircraft even more frequently.

At the moment, some airlines including Air Baltic, Ryanair, Avianca, and EasyJet have 100% of their fleet grounded. Air France and KLM have over 90% of their fleet grounded, with hopes to be 30% airborne in July. Singapore Airlines has been flying just 9 aircraft.

How to be an Airbnb Ninja – Ready for Anything

Airbnb can be a fantastic way to stay at a unique property or save money compared to staying at a hotel. Be sure to check out our previous article where we discussed details such as filtering the search results and strategies for saving money and earning points and miles.

Part I: Key Things You Need To Know About Booking An Airbnb. This post goes over the foundations of booking an Airbnb.Part II: How to be an Airbnb Ninja - Ready for Anything. Today's post dives into more advanced search strategies and crisis avoidance/management.

Amex Extends Minimum Spending Requirement Window for Bonuses to Six Months

In response to the economic downturn, American Express is now allowing six months instead of the usual three months to meet minimum spending requirements for sign up bonuses on their credit cards.

The following are Amex's words:

"Due to the impact of COVID-19, for eligible Card accounts approved from December 1, 2019 through May 31, 2020 for which you are eligible for a welcome offer, the period to make eligible purchases to earn your welcome bonus will be extended for an additional 3 months. Eligible Cards are U.S.

Why We Love Flying Blue & How to Use It Like a Pro

Flying Blue, the award program of Air France and KLM, often flies under the radar. Even with dynamic award pricing, there are plenty of reasons to check it out. Let’s move about the cabin and take a look. 

The Basics

Flying Blue is the name of the mileage program for Air France and KLM, part of the SkyTeam Alliance which includes 17 other airlines such as Delta Airlines and Alitalia. That means when flying on a revenue (e.g.

Plan Now, Travel Later

Updated March 30, 2020 to include data points on award refunds

Updated March 27, 2020 to include data points on United's refund practices.

There’s nothing normal about travel during the COVID-19 outbreak. As with any travel decision, always do what you feel most comfortable with. It is our personal opinion that there are many good reasons to take this time to plan ahead for future travels and more.

Let’s move about the cabin and discuss.

Eventually We’ll Be Cleared For Takeoff

There will come a time when the virus is over.

Anatomy of an Award: LA to Hawaii to DC for 15k Turkish Miles (Citi Points)

A note from Sarah Page: In case you don't catch the byline, this was written by MileValue founder Scott Grimmer. We're happy to feature a post by our old friend and coworker! Thanks for your time and valuable insight, Scott.

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.

Maximize the Freedom Card’s 5x Category for Q4

December 14, 2019, is the last day to register your Chase Freedom to earn 5x Ultimate Rewards for the past quarter at department stores and via PayPal and Chase Pay.

When Was the Last ThankYou Point Transfer Bonus?

Through December 11, 2019, you will earn 25% more Avianca LifeMiles when transferring Citi ThankYou Points.

Three of the four major transferrable point currencies--American Express Membership Rewards, Citi ThankYou Points, and Capital One Miles--periodically run transfer bonuses to airline mileage partners. Chase Ultimate Rewards offered their first transfer bonus in May to British Airways Avios.

Sometimes the transfer bonus is offered by the bank that issues the points, and sometimes the transfer bonus is offered by the mileage program you can transfer said points to.