Chase Sapphire Reserve Adds US$100 Statement Credit Towards Accounts With The New $550 Annual Fee

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I just received an email from Chase Card Services to check my secure messages concerning “A $100 statement credit toward the annual fee on your Reserve credit card”.

Chase has announced back in January that they would up the annual fee for Chase Sapphire Reserve cards that renew April 1 and beyond to $550 per year (from the previous $450).

Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles 6-Month Status Extension

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Turkish Airlines has quietly extended Miles&Smiles members elite tiers by six months.

The airline has not sent out any communication to its members about this extension, and there is no information on Miles&Miles website. You can see the extension when logging in to your account.

Airfare of the Day: Lufthansa/Swiss BUSINESS CLASS Paris (CDG) to Bangkok (BKK) from 1,442€

Today’s Airfare of the Day goes to Lufthansa/Swiss and their 2nd level business class excursion round trip fares between Paris and Bangkok, valid for travel until March 2021.

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Bangkok Airways Suspends All Domestic Flights Until April 30, 2020 – Koh Samui Traffic Cut Off

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Bangkok Airways has just announced that it will suspend all domestic flights from April 7 until at least April 30, 2020 subject to further developments.

The carrier has already shut lounge operations and also suspended international flights in the last few weeks in measures responding to COVID10 and Thai Immigration rules.

Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Elite & PPS Club 12 Month Status Extensions

Singapore Airlines just sent out an email that partially deals with the topic that Sebastian wrote today (read more here) on weekly Whine Wednesday-column.

Singapore Airlines

The email deal with coronavirus (COVID-19) related issues but also has some relevant information for KrisFlyer program elite members.

Whine Wednesday: Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Refuses Status Grace Period or Goodwill Upgrade For Members During COVID19

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Our Whine Wednesday topic for this week is about Singapore Airlines Krisflyer and their apparent refusal to provide members with a grace period for status accrual or a goodwill amount of status miles.

Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer is one of the few programs that doesn’t run by calendar year but a floating membership year dependent on the month of enrollment.

Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan 50% Elite Qualifying Miles Bonus March 7 – May 31, 2020

Alaska Airlines launched back in early March, an elite qualifying miles bonus for Mileage Plan member travel that has now been extended through May 31, 2020.

Mileage Plan members earn 50% elite qualifying miles bonus for flights flown after registering for this offer that are flown March 7 – May 31.

Marriott Updates COVID-19 Cancellation Policy (March 30, 2020)

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Marriott has updated coronavirus (COVID-19) reservation policies that waive all cancellation fees and refunds prepayments for all existing reservations with any arrival date if done 24 hours before the scheduled arrival or by June 30, 2020.

JW Marriott Lima

Reservations made between March 13 – June 30, 2020, for any arrival date, can also be canceled without penalties for up to 24 hours before the scheduled arrival. Marriott will also waive points expiration, and extends Suite Night Awards and certificates.

Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus Miles Pushes Miles Expiry Through September 30, 2020

Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus is extending miles that expired yesterday (March 31) or are about to on June 30 through September 30, 2020, due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

This extension is automatic and there is nothing that members need to do. It is unclear, however, what Thai Airways is planning to do members with status. Are tiers extended by a year?

UPDATE: Hilton Honors Diamond Member Suite Upgrade Benefit Change? (Corrected)

On Monday, we wrote (read more here) about a question from our reader who had noted a wording change on the Hilton page for Diamond benefits.

Hilton Shinjuku

The page showed that Diamond members are eligible for up to Executive-level accommodations while previously suites were mentioned.

Airfare of the Day: Delta/Air France/KLM/Virgin Atlantic BUSINESS CLASS London (LHR/LGW) to Chicago (ORD) from £1,148

Today’s Airfare of the Day goes to Delta/Air France/KLM/Virgin Atlantic and their midweek business class excursion round trip fares between London and Chicago, valid for travel until March 2021.

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Aegean Miles+Bonus Extends Status & Tier Qualification By Six Months

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Aegean has today extended its Miles+Bonus program member tiers by six months that also applies to the qualification period due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

You now have the status effectively for 18 months, during which you need to complete the flights required to retaining or upping the tier.

Marriott Data Breach 5.2 Million Guests Affected

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Marriott today sent out 5.2 million emails to guests whose account information with the hotel company was exposed to an unrelated third party.

Marriott Hack March 2020

Records of these estimated 5.2 million guests had been accessed using two employee credentials from a franchised property (unclear which hotel and where).

The LOT – Condor Takeover Might Be Dead In The Water: Condor Applies For Government Loan Extension

Late January I wrote about how LOT Polish Airlines proved to be successful in their bid to acquire Germany’s Condor but this deal could now be off the table given the Economic climate.

Condor has previously received a 380 Mio EURO bridge loan from the German government which needs to be repaid in April of this year, however the airline has now applied for an extension of said loan.

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