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Hyatt Extending Elite Status, Free Night Certificates, Suite Upgrades & Club Access Awards, Waiving Cancellation Fees

Regency Suite at Hyatt Regency Bali

Hyatt has come out of the blocks early and announced a set of incredibly customer-friendly policies. They’ll be extending your existing status for another year, while also extending the life of your free night certificates, suite upgrades and Club Access awards. They’re also ensuring your points don’t expire for now and waiving cancellation and change fees, even on non-refundable bookings. Here’s their official statement outlining these changes. Here’s a quick summary of their updated policies…

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Amex extending time to meet welcome bonuses (applies retroactively also)

The Points Pundit over at Travel Update made a nice find: if you have been or are approved between 12/1/19 and 5/31/20 for a new Amex account for which you’re eligible for a welcome bonus, Amex is automatically extending the period to make eligible purchases by 3 months. It’s great that this not only applies to new applicants, but also those who were previously approved on or after 12/1/19 and may have suddenly found themselves…

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Update: Capital One says they are working to restore gift card redemptions

Update 4/1/20: After publishing this post, Capital One reached out to affirm that this is a temporary change. They tell us: “Due to operational constraints from COVID-19, we are temporarily unable to fulfill gift card rewards. We are working to restore this redemption option as soon as possible.”. In other words, the official statement from Capital One is that this is an issue in the supply chain rather than an effort to slow down redemptions…

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Chase offering $100 statement credit for some CSR holders

Chase is offering a $100 statement credit to some Sapphire Reserve cardholders whose annual fees have recently posted. That’s awesome. They are doing this by sending a secure message with the subject, ““Important: A $100 statement credit toward the annual fee on your Reserve credit card”. We received that above screen shot / report from reader AG on Twitter: @FrequentMiler chase sent me a message for a $100 annual fee statement credit! pic.twitter.com/gnASwgzLJM — AG (@YankeesJetsSoup)…

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Q2 2020 Activation Links For Freedom, Discover, Cash+, Dividend & ABOC

Chase Freedom Q2 2020

Update 4/1/20: These 5% categories all go live today. Chase has added select streaming services as a 5% category – we’ve added the eligible services below. (h/t Doctor of Credit). In many cases, you’ll be better off buying gift cards for the streaming services at a grocery store to earn fuel points rather than paying for those services directly with your Chase Freedom card. Alternatively, SoFi Money is offering 20% cashback as a statement credit…

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Update: Hilton restores suite upgrade language for Diamond members

Update 3/31/20: Hilton reached out to let us know that this issue was a copy error. It has since been updated and the site once again reflects the program terms, stating that Diamond members can be upgraded up to a 1-bedroom suite (at the hotel’s discretion). It seems this was just a mistake that has been fixed. Loyalty Lobby notes a very interesting (albeit minor) change to the listed benefits for Hilton Diamond members in…

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Marriott Now Offering Up To 30 Elite Nights From Credit Cards (15 Personal + 15 Business)

The end of the world really must be nigh. Marriott has made a change to its loyalty program and – for once – it’s a positive change. That’s because you can now earn 30 elite night credits from their credit cards, making it significantly easier to earn Platinum or Titanium status for many people (COVID-19 notwithstanding). Marriott credit cards award 15 elite night credits per year. Up until a couple of years ago, it was…

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United waiving redeposit fees for cancelled flights

Over the past couple of days, we have seen several reports in our Frequent Miler Insiders Facebook group indicating that United is now waiving award redeposit fees on cancelled flights. To be clear, to my knowledge this is only on flights that have been cancelled by the airline, but it’s better than being told that you need to pay. United has been pretty awful in terms of its response to customers over the current pandemic.…

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IHG extending free night certs by request. Hopefully they do better.

There have been data points reported on several blogs over the past few days of IHG extending free night certificate by six months for some customers. We have received similar reports from readers in comments here on the blog and in our Facebook group, but I’ve intentionally held off on publishing the tip in the hopes that IHG would instead come out with a uniform policy. They haven’t yet. If you are holding a certificate…

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