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  • Fuji Unveils Instax Square SQ1 Instant Camera and Two New Film Varieties (2440 characters)

    Wed, 16 Sep 2020 10:02:00 -0400Fuji Unveils Instax Square SQ1 Instant Camera and Two New Film VarietiesPetaPixel

    Fujifilm has just revealed a new addition to its lineup of square format instant film cameras: the Instax Square SQ1. Essentially a square version of the popular Instax Mini, the Square SQ1 gives users 1.5x the print size as well as some handy new automatic features.

    As mentioned above, the SQ1 is basically a square print (read: slightly larger) version of the popular Instax Mini, and that’s exactly how Fuji is pushing it:

    “Instax Square SQ1 combines everything our users love about the Instax Mini?s cool, modern style and functionality with the larger, vibrant output of our square format instant print film,? said Fuji North America President Manny Almeida. ?We?re confident that Instax Square SQ1 will fit right in with our creative, expressive user base and allow them to create compelling, new instant prints.?

    You can see the same messaging in the ad below:

    The minimal boxy design and small body gives you a little more “print for your buck,” so to speak, and also comes with two handy features.

    First, Auto Exposure uses ambient light levels to optimize shutter speed and flash output for more natural looking images regardless of the conditions you’re dealing with; and second, ‘One-Touch Selfie Mode’?combined with the built-in selfie mirror?makes for better close-up shots when you rotate the lens from the “On” position into the “Selfie” position.

    The first feature is a no-brainer, and the second feature?which we also saw in the Instax Mini 11?is just a close focus mode that sacrifices infinity focus by limiting your focus range to 0.3 – 0.5m.

    Finally, alongside the SQ1, Fujifilm is also debuting two new Instax Square film varieties: Instax Square Rainbow and Instax Square Monochrome. Unfortunately fuji didn’t share any additional info, but we assume the Rainbow variety features a colorful frame around regular Instax film, while Monochrome is simply a Square version of the Instax Mini Monochrome film they released back in 2016.

    The Fujifilm Instax Square SQ1 and both new square film varieties will be available mid-October. The camera is available in Terracotta Orange, Glacier Blue, and Chalk White for $120, while the film will run you $15 for a 10-pack of the ‘Monochrome’ variant, and $16 for a 10-pack of the ‘Rainbow.’

    To learn more, head over to the Fujifilm website here.

  • How to pick the perfect hotel loyalty program for your style of road trip (22428 characters)

    Wed, 16 Sep 2020 10:00:00 -0400How to pick the perfect hotel loyalty program for your style of road tripThe Points Guy

    In a world where air travel is at a standstill, more travelers are starting to road trip during the coronavirus pandemic. Your car ? whether a rental or a personal vehicle ? is a safe haven from the outside world. That said, you’re not in your car 100% of the time. Unless you’re renting an RV, you’re sleeping in hotels either in-transit or at your final destination.

    For many, this has made hotel loyalty programs and elite status even more useful during the pandemic ? especially when compared to airline elite status. With the right status, you can score free room upgrades, get free breakfast and much more. On top of this, hotel status isn’t too hard to earn either ? sometimes, all you need is a credit card.

    On top of this, you’ll earn hotel points when you book direct with one of the major hotel groups. These points can be massively valuable since you redeem them for free stays. This makes road tripping more affordable and can help you stay at more luxurious properties that might otherwise be out of your price range.

    Not all hotel loyalty programs are equal, though. Depending on how you road trip, some may work better than others for your specific type of travel. So this article, I’ll discuss which hotel loyalty program is best for your style of road trip. I’ll start by giving you an overview of each program, discuss elite status benefits and then show you the easiest way to earn status with the program.

    Let’s get started!

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    The big city traveler ? World of Hyatt

    World of Hyatt is the hotel loyalty program of choice for many TPG staff members. It has an incredibly lucrative elite status program that has industry-leading benefits like free parking on award nights, widespread lounge access and status sharing when booking awards for others. On top of this, the program has excellent redemption rates and points are relatively easy to earn.

    Sounds great, right? It can be ? but the hotel group’s limited footprint makes it best for those traveling to big cities. Let’s take a closer look.

    World of Hyatt status overview

    As discussed, World of Hyatt elite status benefits are arguably the best in the travel world. There are three different status tiers, cleverly named Discoverist, Explorist and Globalist. On the low-end, Discoverist has a baseline of benefits like a 10% bonus earning on paid stays, free water bottles, space-available access to Preferred Rooms and 2 pm late checkout.

    Explorist includes a 20% bonus on points earning and gives you access to space available room upgrades. Explorist members are eligible for upgrades, excluding suites, so you may be able to score a nicer room than you paid for. This is by far the biggest benefit of Explorist over Discoverist.

    Globalist, on the other hand, is the true creme de la creme of the hotel loyalty world. This tier bumps the points bonus to 30% and gives you access to standard suites for complimentary upgrades. Likewise, you have access to hotel lounges for breakfast, 4 pm late checkout and free parking on award stays ? something essential for road trippers. Finally, other travelers can use your elite status benefits when you redeem points for them through the Guest of Honor benefit.

    All World of Hyatt elites can earn American Airlines AAdvantage miles in addition to World of Hyatt points too. Just link your AAdvantage account to your World of Hyatt account, and you’ll earn 1 mile per dollar spent on all Hyatt stays booked directly with Hyatt. Better yet, you’ll still earn World of Hyatt points too, giving you an easy way to double-dip on your points earning.

    Related: 7 ways Hyatt Globalist elite status can make your next trip better

    Who is this best for?

    As impressive as World of Hyatt is, it isn’t the best bet for all road trippers. The Chicago-based hotel group only has 900 properties worldwide. Most of these are in big cities, and there are few options in suburbs and along major highways ? two places where road trippers may want to spend a night after a long drive.

    That said, it’s hard to beat if you frequent major cities where Hyatt has a presence. The elite status benefits are second-to-none and the program the best redemption rates in the industry. It sticks to a standard award chart that has very reasonable award rates. Category 1 hotels cost 5,000 points per night and Category 8 hotels cost 40,000 points per night. That said, the company plans to introduce peak and off-peak pricing next year.

    Before you pick Hyatt, think about where you’ll go on your next few road trips. If you plan to go off the beaten path, it’s in your best interest to pick another loyalty program. At the same time, World of Hyatt is undoubtedly your best bet if you’re a city traveler that wants the best experience.

    Related: 5 easy ways to maximize Hyatt award redemptions

    How to earn World of Hyatt status quickly

    Now for the bad news: it’s hard to earn World of Hyatt status. The World of Hyatt Credit Card is the hotel’s only U.S. cobranded credit card. This card is pretty generous, with its interesting bonus earning categories and a substantial welcome bonus. It does include complimentary Discoverist status, but you’ll have to spend quite a bit to upgrade.

    The card includes five elite qualifying nights per year and you’ll earn two more for every $5,000 you spend on the card. There’s no limit on how many bonus elite nights you can earn. Globalist requires 60 nights to qualify, so you’ll need to spend a massive $140,000 on the card in a single calendar year to earn status from credit card spend alone.

    With that in mind, credit card spending should be seen as a way to supplement hotel stays. You’ll earn elite qualifying nights on paid and award stays, so it’s relatively easy to reach the nights you need if you plan on traveling.

    Unfortunately, the hotel group doesn’t offer status matches to the general public. Some American Airlines elites are eligible for an upgrade to Globalist, though, so make sure to link your accounts.

    Related: World of Hyatt Credit Card review

    off the beaten path road trippers ? Best Western Rewards

    Best Western Rewards isn’t the most popular loyalty program, but it has its place for road trips. The hotel group’s properties are generally well-priced and located in road-trip friendly locations. You’ll find them in smaller cities, suburbs and along major highways. That said, there’s still a selection of Best Western properties in major cities around the U.S. and abroad too.

    That said, Best Western Rewards elite status isn’t the most exciting and it can be tough to earn points without actually staying at Best Western properties. At the same time, though, some may find it worthwhile depending on how they road trip ? let’s take a closer look.

    Best Western Rewards status overview

    Best Western Rewards has four different elite status tiers: Gold, Platinum, Diamond and Diamond Select. Unfortunately, the main benefit to each of these tiers is earning bonus points on stay ? this ranges from 15% to 50% bonus points.

    Beyond this, all elite members are eligible for complimentary water and bonus points on check-in. These tiers don’t offer upgrades or other benefits seen on more lucrative programs, so don’t expect a life of luxury with Diamond Select status.

    Who is this best for?

    The Best Western Rewards program is really only fit for road trippers who want cheap, no-frills stays at hotels that are off the beaten path. There are 4,500 Best Western properties worldwide, and 2,000 of those are located here in North America. In the U.S., you’ll find these properties scattered around the country, including near major highways and smaller cities.

    While we can’t find official word on how Best Western award nights are priced, it looks to be dynamic based on the cost of a specific hotel night. You won’t get a ton of value for your points, but the points can help you reduce the cost of a long road trip. That said, Best Western hotels are relatively inexpensive, so you’ll want to use your points to cover expensive last-minute stays when possible.

    For example, a night at the Best Western Plus North Canton Inn & Suites in Ohio costs $72.75 after taxes when booking a month in advance. You can use 12,000 Best Western points for this same hotel night, giving you 0.6 cents per point in value. Alternatively, a last-minute stay booked one day in advance costs $135.12 after-tax or 20,000 points. This redemption offers 0.67 cents per point in value.

    How to earn Best Western Rewards status quickly

    If Best Western Rewards fits your road trip style, you can earn elite status quickly with the hotel’s two cobranded credit cards. Here’s a look at what they have to offer:

    • Best Western Rewards Premium Mastercard ($59 annual fee): Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $1,000 in your first three billing cycles; earn another 20,000 bonus points when you spend at least $5,000 during each 12 billing cycle period. Includes Platinum status so long as your credit card account is open.
    • Best Western Rewards Mastercard (no annual fee): Earn 16,000 bonus points after your first purchase; earn another 16,000 bonus points after your first Best Western stay. Includes Gold status so long as your credit card account is open.

    You can also take advantage of Best Western’s ongoing status match program. The hotel group matches most major elite statuses, which are valid through Jan. 2022. All you have to do is submit a form on the company’s website.

    Related: Why I’m taking advantage of the Best Western Rewards status match

    Leave your options open ? Marriott Bonvoy

    With over 7,000 properties worldwide, Marriott Bonvoy gives you a ton of places to earn and redeem points and take advantage of elite status benefits. Marriott has properties in both the U.S.’s largest and smallest cities, with everywhere from Manhattan, NY to Manhattan, KY having at least one Marriott property.

    Marriott Bonvoy status overview

    Marriott Bonvoy has five elite status tiers: Silver, Gold, Platinum, Titanium and Titanium Ambassador. Silver has very minimal benefits, earning just 10% more points on paid stays and offering priority late-checkout. Thankfully, things get a bit more interesting with Gold status.

    This tier earns a 25% points bonus on all stays and gives members access to complimentary space-available upgrades. When I was a Gold member, I scored a handful of nice upgrades to larger rooms and ? on one occasion in Philadelphia ? a Junior Suite. This is when you can really see the benefits of hotel elite status.

    Platinum and Titanium status are the higher-end tiers, which are harder to earn. These come with enhanced upgrades, better late checkout, free breakfast, lounge access and other various features that make travel more enjoyable. Complimentary breakfast is by far my favorite benefit of Platinum status ? on a recent road trip to Newport, Rhode Island, I was treated to a sitdown breakfast (complete with lobster!) at the Marriott Newport.

    Platinum members are awarded a Choice Benefit every time they qualify or requalify for status by reaching 50 elite qualifying nights. My favorite Choice Benefit is the 5 Suite Night Awards option, which lets you upgrade to a suite. These upgrades are space-available, but I’ve found that I have a better shot at an upgrade with one of these coupons versus waiting for a standard space-available upgrade.

    Finally, Titanium Ambassador status is Marriott’s top-tier status. It’s the same as standard Titanium status, but includes a dedicated Marriott Ambassador who can help you with bookings and special requests and extended late checkout. Unfortunately, Marriott recently laid off all of its Ambassadors, so the future of this status tier is unclear.

    Who is this best for?

    With a massive amount of properties, Marriott Bonvoy is an excellent choice for road trippers who want to keep their options open. You can use your elite status benefits regardless of where you are in the world ? so when international travel is more accessible in the future, you’ll still reap the benefits of your status.

    It’s also a solid option for points travelers. You can earn Marriott Bonvoy points relatively easily with cobrand credit cards issued by American Express and Chase. Plus, you can transfer in points from American Express Membership Rewards and Chase Ultimate Rewards, but I don’t necessarily recommend this. You’ll generally lose value in the process.

    Redemptions with Marriott Bonvoy are mostly predictable. The program issues a standard award chart that’s broken down by category. There are peak, standard and off-peak pricing built-in though pricing is generally reasonable. That said, we’ve seen prices for many properties increase during the summer months and holiday season.

    You’ll generally find the best redemptions when booking mid-tier hotels. For example, a weekend night at the Residence Inn Philadelphia Airport is a whopping $285 after taxes and fees for a night in late-October. The same hotel can be booked for 25,000 Marriott Bonvoy points, giving you 1.14 cents per point in value. This is almost twice TPG’s current valuation.

    Related: Why Category 5 is the new sweet spot in the Marriott Bonvoy award chart

    How to earn Marriott Bonvoy status quickly

    Just like earning Marriott Bonvoy points, you can earn status quickly with credit cards. Each of Marriott’s cobranded credit cards includes a specific status tier. Likewise, you’ll learn 15 free elite qualifying nights every year you keep your card open, giving you a headstart towards earning a higher status tier.

    Here’s a look at the best credit cards for earning Marriott Bonvoy elite status:

    • Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant? American Express® Card: Earn 75,000 points after spending $3,000 in the first three months of account opening. You’ll also enjoy an annual award night worth up to 50,000 points, $300 annual travel credit at Marriott properties, instant Gold Marriott elite status with the ability to earn Platinum with $75,000 in annual spending on the card. $450 annual fee.
    • Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card: Earn 100,000 Bonus Points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first three months from account opening. You’ll also enjoy an annual award night worth up to 35,000 points and immediate Silver status, with the ability to earn Gold status with $35,000 in annual spending on the card. The card has a $95 annual fee.
    • Marriott Bonvoy Bold? Credit Card: Earn 50,000 Marriott points after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first three months of account opening. Enjoy Marriott Bonvoy Silver status thanks to the 15 elite night credits awarded by the card. No annual fee.

    My favorite way to earn Marriott status, however, is with the Platinum Card by American Express. This card includes both Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite status and Hilton Honors Gold status that’s valid so long as your card is open and in good standing. Likewise, the premium travel card includes a handful of other travel benefits like Priority Pass Select lounge access and a Global Entry fee waiver.

    Have elite status with another program? Marriott Bonvoy offers elite status matches to many of the other major loyalty programs. Check out our full guide to hotel elite status matches for more info.

    Related: Which Marriott Bonvoy credit card is right for you?

    The no-frills points traveler ? Hilton Honors

    I have a love-hate relationship with Hilton Honors. On the one hand, I love the fact that Hilton has a ton of properties worldwide and ? more often than not ? they’re pretty nice. Unfortunately, however, the program doesn’t offer the best elite status perks and they’re very inconsistently distributed. As a Diamond elite, I’m upgraded from time to time, but generally, my status isn’t recognized.

    On the points side, it’s super easy to earn Hilton Honors points with the program’s huge cobrand credit card portfolio. These cards often have welcome bonuses of 75,000 Hilton Honors points or more and include free night certificates, elite status and other perks. I’ll discuss that more later in the section. Unfortunately, though, the program’s pricing is ultra-dynamic and unpredictable.

    Hilton Honors status overview

    Now let’s talk Hilton elite status. The program has three elite status tiers: Silver, Gold and Diamond. As you’d expect, Silver benefits are pretty lackluster but are still worth mentioning. The standout features include a 20% points bonus on paid stays, fifth night free on award stays and two complimentary bottles of water at most properties.

    Things get a little more interesting with Gold status, though. This tier offers an 80% bonus on paid stays and gives you access to space-available upgrades. You’re also eligible for a free continental breakfast at some properties, which can be a nice money-saver when traveling in more expensive cities. The quality of said breakfast depends on the property, but I’ve found that it’s pretty barebones at most mid-tier hotels.

    Diamond status kicks things up a notch. You get a 100% bonus on paid stays, which means you’ll earn 20 points per dollar on stays. This is a huge bonus, which is especially useful for business travelers that remain loyal to a single chain. You also have access to executive lounges, premium wifi and can upgrade all the way to a one-bedroom suite.

    Unfortunately, getting these benefits is a bit of a struggle. As a Diamond member, I’ve received upgrades a handful of times, but it’s inconsistent. As discussed earlier, my status isn’t usually recognized on stays at mid-tier properties. On the other hand, I’ve received upgrades at higher-end properties and have been offered access to lounges.

    Related: Your guide to Hilton Honors lifetime elite status

    Who is this best for?

    I think Hilton Honors status is best for the traveler who plans to pay with points and doesn’t mind lackluster elite status benefits. Despite the unpredictable award chart, you can often find good deals when traveling off-peak and staying at higher-end hotels. A night at the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills is $702 after taxes when booking a week in advance. Alternatively, you can redeem 95,000 points for a 0.74 cents per point in value.

    On the other hand, a weekday night at the Hampton Inn Manhattan Empire State Building is $122 when booking roughly a month out. You can use 28,000 points for the same stay, giving you 0.4 cents per point value. This is 0.2 cents per point lower than TPG’s most recent valuation.

    One of the great things about the Hilton Honors program, though, is that there are no blackout dates. Sometimes prime dates will be costly in terms of points, but it could save you hundreds (or thousands) of dollars in the process. This makes the program a good option for those who want to spend as little cash as possible on stays.

    Related: Maximizing redemptions with Hilton Honors

    How to earn Hilton Honors status quickly

    Like Marriott, you can earn Hilton Honors status quickly with a credit card. In fact, you can earn top-tier Diamond status with a single credit card. These cards also include huge welcome bonuses, nice bonus categories, and ? in some cases ? a free night certificate every time you pay the annual fee. Here’s a look:

    As mentioned, the Platinum Card by American Express includes free Hilton Honors Gold status too. You can activate this card benefit from the Benefits page on the American Express dashboard. Again, this status is valid so long as your Amex Platinum is open and in good standing.

    Additionally, you can match your existing travel elite status to Hilton. The hotel group accepts status matches from major hotel and airline loyalty programs, giving you a chance to earn Gold or Diamond status immediately. Just note that these matches require you to stay a set amount of nights to retain status through March 2022.

    Related: 10 things to do when you get the Amex Platinum

    Bottom line

    Hotel status has the potential to make your road trip cheaper and more luxurious. Here, I showed you the best hotel loyalty options for various types of travelers and how to earn said status quickly. Compare these options to find which status is the best for your road trip style ? it will make your road trips more enjoyable and affordable. Drive safe!

    Feature photo by OLOS/Shutterstock

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  • Southwest Airlines is using the coronavirus to solidify its dominance in California (4677 characters)

    Wed, 16 Sep 2020 09:45:00 -0400Southwest Airlines is using the coronavirus to solidify its dominance in CaliforniaThe Points Guy

    Southwest Airlines warns in its boiler plate to investors that “outbreaks of disease” could negatively affect its business. But the carrier does not suggest that a global pandemic could also be a long-term boon to its business.

    Yet the coronavirus pandemic is proving to be something of the latter to the Dallas-based carrier, at least in terms of network expansion. Miami (MIA), Palm Springs (PSP) and Steamboat Springs, Colorado (HDN), will all join the Southwest map by year-end. This is a surprisingly robust expansion timetable for an airline known for its metered, cautious approach to adding new dots.

    This is not to say COVID-19 has not hit Southwest hard. The airline expects its first annual loss since 1972 this year and roughly 17,000 staff have taken leaves of absence or departure packages to help reduce expenses. The voluntary staff reductions mean Southwest will not furlough any workers this year, but involuntary cuts could still come in 2021.

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    ?As we?ve seen in past downturns, we?ve been able to capture substantial demand post the downturn,? Southwest commercial chief Andrew Watterson said of the airline’s crisis strategy in a May interview. ?We?d expect no different this time.?

    This is where Miami and Palm Springs come in. While the former is a seemingly clear-cut push into South Florida’s primary airport, the latter is something of a mash up. Palm Springs offers both outdoor-oriented attractions for social distancing-minded travelers and closes one of the last gaps in Southwest’s robust California network.

    The popular desert destination “is the largest California city that we do not serve,” Southwest CEO Gary Kelly told TPG in an exclusive interview. “We are the number one airline in California by every measure. So here it’s an opportunity for us to plug it in [to our network].?

    Related: Southwest CEO says Miami push part of long-term strategy, not ?pandemic play?

    Palm Springs Sonny Bono Concourse courtyard ? (opened 1999), by Gensler. ? @PhilipStewartNY. #airportarchitecture https://t.co/rJGGfrSIxG pic.twitter.com/kvB55j1PFB

    ? Airport Architecture (@airportarch) July 28, 2020

    Palm Springs was the 11th-busiest airport in California with 2.6 million travelers in 2019, according to U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics data via Cirium. And, as Kelly said, Palm Springs is Southwest’s busiest unserved market in the state since the carrier added Long Beach (LGB) flights in 2016.

    Southwest has its work cut out for it at the Southern California airport. All of its major competitors already serve Palm Springs, with Alaska Airlines leading the market with a nearly 24% share of passengers in 2019, BTS data shows. American Airlines had just over a 22% share and United Airlines 22%.

    But the carrier’s California expansion is not limited to Palm Springs. Southwest was awarded all of 17 slots JetBlue Airways’ is giving up in Long Beach following that airline’s decision to close up shop and move its West Coast base to Los Angeles (LAX) beginning in October.

    Related: Southwest Airlines grows route map, will add Miami and Palm Springs

    Alaska, JetBlue and Spirit Airlines are also growing in California during the pandemic. Alaska is using the drop in air travel on some of its bread-and-butter business routes to add more than a dozen new routes along the West Coast, particularly from Los Angeles to the Pacific Northwest. JetBlue will open a new LAX base next month and expand it with new routes in November and December. And cuts by other airlines allowed Spirit to add slot-restricted Orange County (SNA) to its map.

    Southwest has not said what routes it will fly with the new slots in Long Beach or from Palm Springs. Kelly declined to provide a hint for either. But, looking at Palm Springs, don’t be surprised if flights to key bases like Denver (DEN), Oakland (OAK) and Phoenix (PHX) are high on the list.

    Related: Southwest Airlines wins JetBlue?s abandoned slots in Long Beach

    The Golden State expansion comes 30 years after Southwest first elbowed its way into the intra-California market. The carrier used the Gulf War crisis and ensuing recession to expand rapidly in the state ?a move that eventually forced American Airlines and USAir (later US Airways) to retrench there.

    Southwest anticipates being roughly a quarter smaller at the end of the year than it was in December 2019.

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    Featured image by Marco Garcia/The Points Guy.

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  • Southwest Airlines CEO says Miami push part of long-term strategy, not ?pandemic play? (7746 characters)

    Wed, 16 Sep 2020 09:25:00 -0400Southwest Airlines CEO says Miami push part of long-term strategy, not ?pandemic play?The Points Guy

    Southwest Airlines is betting that it can grow out of the coronavirus pandemic as it has nearly every past economic crisis since its first flight took off from Dallas Love Field in 1971.

    No new destination is more emblematic of that expansionist mindset than its plan to add Miami (MIA) by the end of the year. A major international gateway, the airport is South Florida’s equivalent of Boston Logan (BOS) or Los Angeles (LAX). It’s a major hub for American Airlines and South American carriers, better known for its connections to Rio de Janeiro than cheap U.S. flights.

    “Yes, we have a lot of flights at Fort Lauderdale,” Southwest CEO Gary Kelly told TPG in an exclusive interview. “That does not mean that we’re going to be able to grab customers from Miami and get them to drive to our airport. 20 years ago, maybe, but not now.”

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    Southwest unveiled plans to serve Miami, along with Palm Springs (PSP), earlier in September. The new Miami service will complement its long-standing service to Fort Lauderdale (FLL) and West Palm Beach (PBI) in South Florida.

    The Dallas-based carrier has not said where it will fly from Miami. Kelly also declined to spill the beans when speaking to TPG, saying only that Miami will be a smaller operation ? especially compared to its mid-sized base in Fort Lauderdale.

    Southwest operated up to 69 daily departures from Fort Lauderdale in September 2019 ? since cut to just 28 daily departures due to COVID-19 ? according to Cirium schedules. The airport is one of the airline’s main gateways to the Caribbean and Latin America, spurred by the opening of a new international concourse there in 2017.

    Related: Southwest Airlines adds Miami and Palm Springs to route map

    “There’s still more to come from Southwest in South Florida,” says Southwest’s CEO ahead of #FLL concourse debut: https://t.co/kixC9lqpL7 pic.twitter.com/ik3qMqi3Ki

    ? Edward Russell (@byerussell) June 2, 2017

    Miami is just the latest example of a multi-decade trend in U.S. air travel that has seen budget airlines increasingly expand into major, primary airports.

    That trend is playing out in South Florida. As recently as the 1990s, a plethora of legacy airline names competed in Miami and the only airport where discounters could find a significant edge was nearly 30 miles up I-95 in Fort Lauderdale. But a shift began with the bankruptcies and mergers of the 2000s that created today’s American, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines. Those mergers strengthened the larger mega carriers, but it also began opening primary airports to low-cost rivals.

    Southwest participated in the buying spree with its acquisition of AirTran Airways in 2010, a deal that also landed the carrier desirable slots at restricted airports in New York and Washington.

    The side-effect of these openings was the flyers could get affordable fares from primary airports. Southwest is known for these disruptions so much so that the U.S. Department of Transportation even coined a term for the phenomenon, dubbing it “the Southwest Effect,” in the 1990s. Rivals like Frontier Airlines and Spirit Airlines have carried that torch on into the 2010s.

    Related: How will airlines rebuild their route maps after the coronavirus?

    ?Boston sort of is the analogy to your Fort Lauderdale question,” Kelly said when asked if expanding to Miami ? the type of airport with high operating costs that Southwest has typically avoided ? marked a change in strategy. “We were serving the Boston Metro area with alternative airports, i.e. Manchester, New Hampshire, and Providence, Rhode Island. And that strategy worked beautifully as long as we were the low-fare, low-cost carrier.”

    Kelly continued: “That all changed because you had a lot of copycat airlines taking a page out of the Southwest book… turning it perhaps in different fonts, but nonetheless, a more low-fare, low-cost approach.”

    JetBlue Airways had opened its Boston base by 2006 with Southwest landing in the city three years later in 2009. Similarly, Frontier Airlines added Miami to its map in 2014 and unveiling plans for a new base late last year. While the Denver-based discounter’s move may have pushed Miami up Southwest’s list of future destinations, COVID-19 catapulted it to the top.

    Related: Southwest Airlines unveils new Steamboat Springs routes

    ?What?s happened is there?s no depth in a market,” said Kelly, explaining that with few business travelers flying, the carrier no longer needs shuttle-like frequencies on many routes. That “is an opportunity for us is to go back to that list of cities that we can add to our route map and add new customers, or new itineraries for our customers.?

    In addition to Miami and Palm Springs, Southwest will also add Steamboat Springs (HDN) in Colorado to its map this year. The three cities together make 2020 a banner growth year for Southwest, which is well known for a slow, metered approach to expanding its map.

    But it’s not only Southwest. JetBlue cited the availability of additional gates at LAX during the pandemic as one of the reasons it will move its West Coast base there in October, closing up shop in nearby Long Beach (LGB) in the process. The New York-based carrier is also using the crisis to build up its presence in Newark (EWR), an airport dominated by United.

    Related: Southwest Airlines says travel picked up in August, but still expects a tough fall

    Southwest’s new destinations come even as it anticipates being at least a quarter smaller at the end of the year than it was in December 2019. The pandemic is the sole cause for this pullback as it has decimated air travel around the world. Many now expect the recovery to take at least four years.

    Still, Kelly does not see adding cities as counter to Southwest’s schedule reductions. Instead, he argued that the new dots on the airline’s map allow it to attract a broader array of travelers ? and their cash ? at a time when every dollar in the bank is critical.

    The new cities also put a few of Southwest’s idled Boeing 737s to use and keep its crews flying. The airline was the first major U.S. carrier to say it would not furlough any staff this year, though executives could not provide similar assurances for 2021.

    “This can’t just be a pandemic play,” he said. In other words, the plan is for Miami, Palm Springs and Steamboat Springs to stick around after COVID-19 subsides.

    Related: US airlines ?fighting for survival? with no hope of V-shaped recovery

    Since the pandemic forced Southwest to slash its schedule, it has focused on continuing flights between cities and eight key bases like Baltimore/Washington (BWI), Dallas and Denver (DEN) where travelers can connect on to other destinations. It is probably safe to expect new routes from Miami ? and Palm Springs for that matter ? to follow this pattern.

    But travelers accustomed to Southwest’s Columbus-Nashville or Hartford-Fort Myers flights need not fear. Kelly is firm that Southwest will not turn into another American, Delta or United that focuses its operation around several large hubs as a result of COVID-19.

    “There’s been no strategic decision that we have to change our spots here at all,” he said. “We’re very much devoted to our point-to-point system.”

    Related: Southwest Airlines moves to new digs at Nashville with opening of Concourse D

    Additional reporting by Ben Mutzabaugh.

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  • Earn bonus miles on American Airlines award tickets for a limited time ? here?s how (4698 characters)

    Wed, 16 Sep 2020 09:02:00 -0400Earn bonus miles on American Airlines award tickets for a limited time ? here?s howThe Points Guy

    Flying this fall? If you’re sitting on a stash of American AAdvantage miles, now could be an ideal time to use them.

    Typically, you don’t earn any points or miles when redeeming for an airline or hotel award. However, Hyatt bucked that notion when it began a points rebate offer earlier this summer (which has now been extended). Now, American is doing something similar.

    American is launching a unique offer to spur award bookings for the month of October. Here are the details on how you can earn bonus miles on award flights.

    For more TPG news and deals delivered each morning to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter.

    Related: Targeted: American Airlines is once again offering 3x miles on Hyatt stays

    Promotion details

    From Oct. 1, 2020 through Oct. 31, 2020, AAdvantage members can earn 250 bonus miles for each award segment flown — up to 2,000 miles for the entire promotional period. Advance registration from Sept. 16 through Oct. 7 is required at aa.com.

    Granted, that’s not a lot of bonus miles, but consider that these tickets are typically ineligible to earn any miles.

    AAdvantage members can always book award travel for anyone, but for the purpose of this offer, only the person flying will receive miles.

    Additionally, travel must be completed by Oct. 31, 2020 to qualify for the bonus. For instance, if someone flies their outbound segment on Oct. 31 and returns on Nov. 1, only the segments flown on Oct. 31 would be eligible for miles.

    Related: What is it like flying American Airlines during the pandemic? 

    Combining with “Web Special” awards

    American notes that you can combine this offer with Web Special awards. That’s great news for flyers since as of this writing, there are some fantastic Web Special offers available.

    As TPG first found last week, 5,000-mile Web Special awards in economy have returned for destinations throughout the U.S. There are also opportunities to fly in business class for as little as 15,000 miles — and a bit more for Flagship First.

    With 5,000-mile awards, a connection through an American hub airport is required. That means it’s even more lucrative with the bonus. Since 250 bonus miles are on a per-segment basis, you’ll get more miles for each connection that you have.

    4,500-mile award example

    For instance, this flight from New York to Grand Junction via Phoenix in mid-October would price out to just 4,500 AAdvantage miles with the new bonus promotion.

    4,250-mile award example

    Meanwhile, this flight from Newark to Eugene via Charlotte and Phoenix would cost just 4,250 AAdvantage miles with the new bonus promotion.

    Again, these examples are as of this writing and may no longer be available. However, the gist of this bonus miles promotion remains — the more connections you have, the lower the redemption is. Just keep in mind that the maximum you can get back is 2,000 miles.

    How to earn more AAdvantage miles

    To earn more American miles in the future, consider adding these AAdvantage cards to your wallet.

    The information for the Citi AAdvantage Platinum card and CitiBusiness AAdvantage Platinum card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

    Related: What are the best cards for American Airlines flyers? 

    Bottom line

    This is a unique offer from American to earn miles back from a flight redemption. While not the most lucrative promotion out there — and not nearly as fruitful as Hyatt’s — it’s still a great way to get a bonus if you were already planning on using your miles.

    And if your plans change due to the pandemic or otherwise, American is allowing you to cancel your flights booked by Dec. 31, 2020 for no fee ? making this deal a way to effectively grab refundable award tickets.

    Featured photo by Chris Dong/The Points Guy. 

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    Wed, 16 Sep 2020 09:00:00 -0400Finding Resilience & Possibility with Guy RazChase Jarvis Blog

    Today’s episode is another doozy. Guy Raz is the creator and host of so many popular podcasts including How I Built This, Rewind, Wisdom from the Top, TED Radio Hour, and the children’s program Wow in the World. Or you may have heard him on the radio as the host of the breakout NPR Radio show, All Things Considered. A journalist by trade, Guy has received the Edward R. Murrow Award, the Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize, the National Headliner Award, and the NABJ Award, among many others. Now he’s out with a book by the same name as his podcast, How I Built This, where he has curated some of the best, most powerful and popular advice from many of the world’s top creators and entrepreneurs. In this episode we dive into: What he has learned through having conversations with many of the world’s top creators and entrepreneurs How to find and cultivate what you love to do The power of listening Though we are wired to avoid it, if we want a life of meaning, risk is required and so much more… Enjoy! FOLLOW GUY: instagram | twitter | website Listen to the Podcast Subscribe   This podcast is brought to you […]

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  • Amex reveals Centurion Lounge reopening dates and more (5738 characters)

    Wed, 16 Sep 2020 09:00:00 -0400Amex reveals Centurion Lounge reopening dates and moreThe Points Guy

    Our favorite blue doors are opening once again.

    Nearly six months ago, American Express shuttered all 12 of its Centurion Lounges due to the pandemic. Now, the issuer is gearing up to (slowly) reopen its top-notch airport hangouts across the country.

    On Monday, Oct. 5, the Philadelphia and Seattle locations will once again welcome eligible Platinum Card® from American Express and Centurion cardmembers. Amex is taking a phased approach to the reopenings, and we certainly hope more locations will reopen soon. The company is weighing multiple factors on a local and state level, including COVID-19 case counts and local hospital capacity, in determining whether or not to reopen a given lounge.

    Below you’ll find a list of the U.S. Centurion Lounge locations, along with their reopening dates. We’ll keep this information updated as we hear more from Amex.

    In an interview with TPG, Alexander Lee, Amex’s vice president for travel experiences and benefits, said “we are ready to open in the right environment. Even though the demand for travel is suppressed, we want to be there to greet our cardmembers.”

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    Many airline and third-party lounges reopened months ago. The lounge experience during the pandemic is noticeably different from before, and that’ll be the case at Centurion Lounges too.

    When reopening, all Amex outposts will adhere to the new “Centurion Lounge Commitment,” designed to ensure the health and safety of flyers and staff.

    As part of this plan, lounge guests can expect socially distant seating arrangements, reduced capacity, increased frequency of cleanings, hand sanitizing stations and more. Masks will be required to enter the lounge and can only be removed when eating or drinking. As government regulations and cardmembers’ needs evolve, so will the Centurion Lounge Commitment.

    Amex lounges are some of the best in the world thanks to chef-inspired food, premium liquor and special amenities like showers, spas and family rooms. Most of these offerings will remain available ? but they’ll be modified to promote health and safety.

    Related: The ultimate guide to Centurion Lounges

    Buffets will be closed. Instead, food will be served in pre-portioned, individually-wrapped plates by Amex representatives. The bar will remain open with a full wine list, but the cocktail menus, designed by Jim Meehan of New York’s famed Please Don’t Tell, will be abridged. This way, guests won’t congregate around the bar while waiting for the mixologist to prepare drinks.

    Three of our favorite Centurion Lounges ? in Dallas, Miami and Los Angeles ? won’t be as special when reopening. That’s because traditional spa services are being replaced with Theragun massages and digital, self-guided meditations. (A Theragun uses percussive therapy to treat muscle soreness and relieve pain.)

    Shower rooms across the network will be closed, and family rooms will be limited to one family or group at a time, on a first-come, first-serve basis. The wine tasting area at the San Francisco lounge will remain closed when the space ultimately reopens.

    Cardmembers shouldn’t worry about overcrowding when the lounge reopens, even though they’ll be operating at reduced capacity. Lee is “confident that we’ll be able to accommodate all of our cardmembers. There’s no change to how we manage capacity ? we operate on a first-come, first-serve basis.”

    Amex was already hard at work at implementing a seamless, contactless check-in experience before the pandemic hit. In 2019, the issuer piloted a QR code-based check-in experience through the Amex mobile app. Lee confirmed with TPG that this technology will be available at all lounges when they reopen, minimizing the number of touchpoints between cardmembers and staff.

    Despite a pandemic, 2020 will be a big year for the Centurion Lounge network. In the first quarter, Amex opened brand-new locations in PhoenixCharlotte and Los Angeles. Also, following a short coronavirus-related delay, three more lounges ? at Denver, London Heathrow and New York-JFK ? are on track to open by the end of the year. Finally, Amex has confirmed that an overhauled Las Vegas lounge and new LaGuardia location are coming in 2021.

    More than ever, Amex is doubling down on its lounge network. Though demand for travel will likely remain at historic lows for quite some time, the issuer isn’t taking any breaks. Platinum and Centurion cardmembers can rest assured that once travel resumes, the Centurion Lounge network will be bigger and better than ever.

    Related: Why you should get the Amex Platinum

    And in the meantime, Amex has sweetened the deal for would-be travelers currently stuck at home. Updates to The Platinum Card® from American Express include added credits for streaming and wireless telephone carriers for the rest of the year.

    With the Centurion Lounges beginning to reopen and limited-time benefits added to the card, there’s no better time to have the Platinum in your wallet.

    Featured image by Zach Griff/The Points Guy

  • Cambridge Staff 'Fobbed Off' At Meeting Over ARM Sale To Nvidia, Says Union (2251 characters)

    Wed, 16 Sep 2020 09:00:00 -0400Cambridge Staff 'Fobbed Off' At Meeting Over ARM Sale To Nvidia, Says UnionSlashdot

    An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Opposition to the $40 billion sale of the UK's largest tech firm, Arm Holdings, is mounting, as the trade union Unite said staff concerned about their future had been "fobbed off" and the company's local MP urged the government to act. The government has so far declined to say whether it will consider deploying powers to block the deal or attach conditions, despite pressure from Labour, trade unions and Arm's outspoken co-founder Hermann Hauser. On Tuesday, Unite said members who worked for Arm at its Cambridge headquarters had been kept in the dark and fobbed off in an internal meeting, with senior figures telling them any transaction was at least 18 months away. Unite called on the government to prevent the sale, saying ministers should be "protecting tech firms from being hollowed out by detrimental takeovers and providing the investment needed for the sector as a whole to flourish." Daniel Zeichner, the Labour MP whose constituency includes Arm's headquarters, will meet union officials and employees on Friday. Speaking in the House of Commons on Tuesday, he called on the government to secure a legally binding guarantee to protect jobs as well as an exemption from US foreign investment rules. On Monday, ARM co-founder Hermann Hauser penned an open letter to the UK's Prime Minister Boris Johnson in which he says that he is "extremely concerned" about the deal and how it will impact jobs in the country, Arm's business model and the future of the country's economic sovereignty independent of the U.S. and U.S. interests. A spokesperson for Arm said: "Communication sessions have been ongoing with employees at a global, regional and departmental level since the deal was made public. Together, [Arm CEO] Simon Segars and [Nvidia CEO] Jensen Huang held multiple interactive communications sessions with Arm employees, providing them with the highest levels of transparency within the legal constraints of the situation. It was also clearly communicated that the regulatory process does not have a specific timetable and employees will be kept informed as we get more information relating to the initial estimate of 18 months."

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  • Who?s eligible for the elevated Chase Sapphire Preferred bonus? (5169 characters)

    Wed, 16 Sep 2020 08:30:00 -0400Who?s eligible for the elevated Chase Sapphire Preferred bonus?The Points Guy

    Chase just announced an elevated sign-up bonus for one of its most popular travel credit cards ? the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card. New cardholders will now earn 80,000 Ultimate Rewards points after spending $4,000 in the first three months of account opening. TPG values Chase Ultimate Rewards points at 2 cents each, which means this bonus is worth $1,600.

    With one of the most lucrative sign-up bonuses on the market right now, many cardholders ? both new and existing ? might be wondering how they can score this points haul. Here’s a quick rundown to remind everyone who is eligible for the Chase Sapphire Preferred bonus.

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    Who’s eligible to apply?

    This is what Chase states on its website regarding Chase Sapphire Preferred eligibility:

    The product is not available to either (i) current cardmembers of any Sapphire credit card, or (ii) previous cardmembers of any Sapphire credit card who received a new cardmember bonus within the last 48 months. If you are an existing Sapphire customer and would like this product, please call the number on the back of your card to see if you are eligible for a product change. You will not receive the new cardmember bonus if you change products.

    If you’ve never held a Chase Sapphire Preferred or Chase Sapphire Reserve, you’re in the clear to apply. So long as you are approved, you shouldn’t have any problems with sign-up bonus eligibility. However, things get a little more complicated if you are a current CSP/CSR cardmember — or have been one in the past.

    Chase has a 48-month rule on receiving new cardmember bonuses within the Chase Sapphire family. So if you’ve earned a Chase Sapphire Preferred or Chase Sapphire Reserve bonus in the past four years, you’re out of luck to earn this bonus until you’ve passed the 48-month mark. And keep in mind that the 48-month rule applies to when you received the bonus, not necessarily when you applied for the card.

    You can only have one Sapphire credit card at a time, which means those who are current cardmembers of the Chase Sapphire Preferred, Chase Sapphire Reserve or the no-annual-fee Chase Sapphire Card (not currently open to new applications) cannot apply for this card or receive the bonus.

    Related: What credit score do you need to get the Chase Sapphire Preferred card?

    Don’t forget 5/24

    Something else to consider is Chase’s 5/24 rule. Even if you meet the above requirements to be eligible for this bonus, you’ll still need to fall under Chase’s infamous (though unpublished) 5/24 rule. If you’ve opened five or more new personal credit card accounts (including authorized user accounts and some business accounts) across all issuers in the past two years, Chase is almost certainly going to deny your application.

    Related: How to calculate your 5/24 standing

    Canceling to re-apply

    Chase recommends current cardholders looking to make a switch to change products, but that will exempt you from earning this amazing 80,000-point bonus. However, there is another option for some cardholders ? you can cancel your current Chase Sapphire card and reapply for the Chase Sapphire Preferred. But know that Chase frowns on this behavior, and you risk taking a hit to your credit when you cancel a card, especially if it’s one that you’ve had for a long time.

    Now, you’ll need to make sure that you can earn the bonus otherwise (meaning you’ll need to be under 5/24, and it needs to have been at least 48 months since your most recent Sapphire sign-up bonus hit your account). For example, I currently have the Chase Sapphire Preferred, which I applied for around two and a half years ago. Even if I canceled my card tomorrow to re-apply for this larger bonus, I’d be ineligible because it’s not been 48 months since I earned my original CSP sign-up bonus.

    Keep in mind that just because you hold the card (or a different Sapphire card) now, does not mean Chase would automatically approve your application should you cancel and try to reapply. A number of factors go into an approval, and Chase has certainly tightened those approval qualifications this year due to the economy and the coronavirus pandemic. Going this route is a risk, but for some, the potential reward may be worth it.

    Related: Don’t let Chase’s shutdown pattern bite you

    Bottom line

    Elevated sign-up bonuses on the Chase Sapphire cards are rare, so those who are able should definitely seriously consider applying for Chase’s current 80,000-point sign-up bonus. Even if you know you’ll eventually want to upgrade to the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the CSP offers almost double the sign-up bonus. If you’re eligible, it would make a lot of sense to sign up for the Preferred and then upgrade to the Chase Sapphire Reserve after a year of card membership.

    Apply for the Chase Sapphire Preferred with its new 80,000-point sign-up bonus or check out TPG’s Chase Sapphire Preferred review for more details. 

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  • French President Emmanuel Macron Compares 5G Opponents To Amish (785 characters)

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  • Why Liquidity Is a Simple Idea But Hard to Nail Down (309 characters)

    Wed, 16 Sep 2020 05:18:00 -0400Why Liquidity Is a Simple Idea But Hard to Nail DownBusiness News, Financial News, Business Headlines & Analysis - The Washington Post

    In the financial world, liquidity is cited constantly but rarely explained. It?s a term used in different ways depending whether the subject is economics, markets or banks. Regardless of which context, an old market adage often rings true: Liquidity is a coward that disappears at the first sign of trouble.

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  • The secret to getting free preferred seats on your flight (461 characters)

    Wed, 16 Sep 2020 05:00:00 -0400The secret to getting free preferred seats on your flightMillion Mile Secrets

    There are ways to get “free” upgrades to better seats on the plane by leveraging benefits from many of the best travel credit cards, like the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card or the American Express® Gold Card But there’s a trick you’ve probably never heard of. Let me set the scene. I’m traveling to Oklahoma City […]

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