Happy Monday to all our travel friends, both near and far. Here are some articles we’ve read from other bloggers (and other sources) that we think you may like, so we’re passing them along.
- American Express has notified businesses that they will be bringing back the Shop Small promotion in 2021. It’s supposed to be starting on June 29th and last until August 22nd. The offer details are still unconfirmed but it doesn’t look to be as lucrative as last year’s Shop Small deal. The Shop Small promotion is targeted and you’ll need to sign up through your AMEX account just like any other AMEX Offer if you can.
- American Airlines is back at it again. They’ve sent out another round of emails to customers offering elite status with no requirements. Both Sharon and I have received offers like this in the past. I was upgraded to Platinum while she was bumped all the way to Platinum Pro. While these offers tend to upset American’s loyal customers who have to work to keep status every year, they must be doing what they’re designed to do since they keep bringing it back.
- Hawaii has been cautious about loosening its COVID restrictions. In fact, there’s been a bit of confusion as some state officials will say one thing while the Governor says another. Back in February, it looked like many of the restrictions would be lifted…until they weren’t. But it finally looks as if Hawaii will soon be eliminating the testing requirement for those who are fully vaccinated.
- United Airlines is apparently going to make its basic economy fares a little less terrible. That’s not hard as United’s rules are the worst of all the major US airlines. This wouldn’t fix all of the problems with United, but it may prevent the situation the passenger sitting next to me had when flying with her family on United with basic economy tickets.
- When you’re running a travel website, there are decisions you need to make when writing about offers. Banks and other companies offer referrals (in the form of cash, points, or other credits) if you sign up using one of our links. We always are upfront about this and appreciate it every time we notice that someone used our links. However, there are times when a public offer is better than a referral link. I’ll always tell you to use the better offer. I want you to get a better deal, even if it means we don’t get anything for it. That’s why I’ve told readers not to use our link when signing up for a card. If you haven’t heard, there is currently a huge offer for the Chase Sapphire Preferred card. While we didn’t cover this particular offer, many other sites did, and here’s a post that gives credit to those sites that posted the better offer, even though they’d lose out on a referral.
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