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Here’s a quick recap of some of the stories we covered in the first week of March. While Coronavirus once again dominated the overall news cycle, there are a few other interesting stories going on.

Coronavirus Outbreak: Complete List of Airline Restrictions & Waivers

As the travel industry starts feeling the impact of Coronavirus, here’s a handy list of some of the policies, restrictions and waivers that some of the major airlines around the world are issuing. If you decide to change your mind and change or cancel your existing travel plans, then read this post to refer to the airline that you’re flying.

Are Amex Shutdowns set to increase in 2020?

Given how active Amex’s RAT (Rewards Abuse Team) has been off late, there’s every chance that account shutdowns may ramp up. A couple of key Amex execs recently spoke volumes about their technology and how Amex runs a sophisticated technological operation.

While the primary purpose of using AI and ML in their arsenal in order to provide customers with the best offers, there’s nothing stopping them from leveraging their technology actively in order to crack down on churners or whatever they deem suspicious. If the last year is any indicator, then Amex only ramp up these shutdowns in order cut their costs.

A 4,559 Villa for just 40,000 Membership Rewards Points

I find Amex’s Membership Rewards points to be extremely valuable. Amex is currently offering a limited time transfer bonus. When you transfer Amex points to Hilton, you’ll earn a 50% bonus. For every 1 Amex point you transfer, you’ll earn 3 Hilton points. This post enlists some of the sweet spots that show up due to the transfer bonus. The most notable is the ability to book a $4,559 Villa at the Waldorf Astoria Maldives when you transfer just 40,000 Membership Rewards points.

How to plan travel in the wake of the Coronavirus Outbreak

Are you reconsidering your travel due to Coronavirus? This post highlights some of the key resources that you can refer while you make that decision. I also detail some of the hysteria that’s been cause by social media. The post ends with a few handy pieces of advice in case you still decide to go ahead with your travel.


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