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While May started out with a lot of miles & points related news, travel still largely remains at standstill. Many of us are wondering when travel would return to normal as we stay indoors. The month of April showed initial signs of banks reacting to the current market conditions and making changes. Here’s a quick recap of some of the stories we covered in the month of April.
Many industry organizations and experts are putting forth models to predict when travel could return to normal. As expected, travel is bound to bounce back to normal, in a phased manner. In this post, I write about how the recovery could pan out in the upcoming months.
After Amex started the trend, other issuers also followed. In this post, I elaborate more about the extensions by Amex that help customers get an extra 3 months to meet minimum spend requirements for welcome bonuses.
As the global economy gets disrupted, many people are asking a pertinent question. With travel at a standstill and a recession at our doorstep, does it make sense to convert our points into some valuable cash?
In this post, I put forth market research data to take a closer look at the future of loyalty programs. The data points to some interesting trends.
Under public pressure and regulatory scrutiny, airlines are now issuing refunds instead of vouchers. In this post, I ask the question whether loyalty programs will roll back any devaluations to get customers back at their airlines and hotels once things resume. Only time will tell, but United sure dashed any hopes by announcing another no-notice devaluation.
Influencers were the darling of many marketing departments when times were good. As companies cut their budgets and slash costs, what will be the future and the relevance of travel influencers?
In my column the Counterpoint, I argue why you should cancel the Chase Sapphire Reserve card given the current state of public health and travel restrictions.
In this post, I point out how current market conditions are going to change the miles and points game in the short run. Turns out, Chase could already be making changes in that direction.
Many airlines and hotels are selling their currencies at a discount. With travel at a standstill, does it make sense to buy these currencies at a discount now, with a hope of traveling at some time in the near future?
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