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July 8 - World of Hyatt Launches Three New Offers for Members

Three new benefits are coming to World of Hyatt members starting today and running through Oct. 8, 2020. Members will now have the ability to receive bonus points back into their account when they redeem points for free nights on stays through the promotion period. All members can get 15% of their points used in a redemption credited back to them while World of Hyatt and Hyatt credit card holders will get a total of 25% of redeemed points back. Members can register here; card members can register here.

Additionally, World of Hyatt is now offering free parking on award stays, and Globalist members can get free parking on paid stays as well. Lastly, members can now earn triple points on eligible “non-stay” spending for dine-in, takeout or delivery at “participating outlets at Hyatt hotels and resorts” through Oct. 8, 2020.

» Learn more: Hotel brands offer summer promotions to entice travelers

July 1 - Chase Sapphire Cards Will Earn Extra on Instacart, Gas, Streaming (Limited Time)

Credit card customers may not be traveling as much this summer given the COVID-19 pandemic, but Chase is making it easier for its Sapphire cardholders to rack up rewards toward future travel.

From July 1 through Sept. 30, 2020, the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card and Chase Sapphire Reserve® will earn bonus points on Instacart orders, at gas stations, and on select streaming services. Here are the details.

June 30 - Wyndham Lowers Elite Status Requirements

The number of nights required to reach that next status level with Wyndham Rewards will now be even easier to achieve. In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Wyndham is dropping the threshold for each elite status level. Gold is now available after just three qualifying nights, Platinum after nine and Diamond after 24. All stays in 2020, including ones earlier in the year, will count toward the new requirements. Wyndham is also running a 2,000-point bonus for each eligible stay completed by July 28, 2020, (for a maximum of 10,000 points over five stays) when guests register for the summer promotion ahead of time.

June 23 - JetBlue Debuts Cash and Points Booking Option

JetBlue Airways announced today that it will begin offering the option to book flights with a combination of cash and points on all flights, including Mint first class, with no blackout dates. This booking feature is more commonly seen in the hotel industry. Options start as low as 500 points and will allow travellers to pick their preferred combination from a range of choices. The cash portion of these flights will continue to earn TrueBlue points.

Coronavirus Flight Cancellation and Change Policies

Coronavirus Flight Cancellation and Change Policies

Airlines have introduced flexible policies that allow travelers to change their future travel plans without fees.