April 12 - HawaiianMiles Don't Expire Anymore
Hawaiian Airlines' loyalty program is making another consumer-friendly change that's here to stay. HawaiianMiles will no longer expire. Previously, miles would expire after 18 months of account inactivity, but the airline had paused expiration through Dec. 31, 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Hawaiian Airlines joins Delta, JetBlue, Southwest and United in allowing their members to keep their miles indefinitely. Read our full guide to find out more about when your frequent flyer miles expire (and how to prevent them from expiring).
Nov. 17 - Frontier Airlines Will Now Status Match All Major U.S. Airlines ... For a Fee
Between now and Dec. 1, 2020, if you have elite status with a major U.S. Airline but have also been eyeing one of Frontier Airlines' three tiers (Elite 20k, 50k or 100k), there is an opportunity to get your status matched. Current elites with other airlines can head to Frontier's special website to submit a form and receive equivalent status with Frontier Miles that is good through Dec. 31, 2021.
Status on Frontier will get you benefits such as free seat selection, carry-on bags, priority boarding and more. The one catch: The verification process required to review your other airline details will cost you a $49 fee. The matching levels will work as follows:
Sept. 3 - Hawaiian Airlines Abandons Change Fees
The flurry of changes to change fees isn't over quite yet. Hawaiian Airlines has joined in, eliminating change fees for all travelers who buy for main cabin, Extra Comfort or first/premium cabin class seats. The fees will still apply to basic economy fares. Change fees are also waived for award flights. Unlike American, United or Delta, Hawaiian's fee waiver applies to all of its destinations, including between Hawaii and the U.S. mainland, its international destinations and within the Hawaiian Islands.
How to Maximize Your Rewards
You want a travel credit card that prioritizes what’s important to you. Here are our picks for the best travel credit cards of 2021, including those best for:
Airline miles and a large bonus: Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
No annual fee: Wells Fargo Propel American Express® card
Flat-rate rewards with no annual fee: Bank of America® Travel Rewards credit card
Premium travel rewards: Chase Sapphire Reserve®
Luxury perks: The Platinum Card® from American Express
Business travelers: Ink Business Preferred® Credit Card