This is a roundup of news that I have come across during the day. Here you can read about a churning story, two new JetBlue credit cards in Puerto Rico, Spirit Airlines using its loyalty program to raise cash, living on Las Vegas Strip for $1K/Month, and what cruises look like now.
“A fellow churner & MSer, my 84 year-old Mother, passed away suddenly of heart failure at the end of July. She’d been doing both since the 1970’s (became an AA million-miler using the no longer doable “purchase AAA Travelers Checks with a credit card, deposit Travelers checks in bank account, pay off credit card well before due date, earn those AA miles at 1:1 since no multipliers way back then, rinse + repeat”). And more recently was still MSing a bit monthly via Plastiq. This is a tale of what to do (or not to do) while churning, to keep your family or executors from having one heck of a mess to clean up, because something like this can potentially happen to you.”
If you’re a JetBlue flyer and live in Puerto Rico, you now have two new options to earn TrueBlue points with a credit card. The Puerto Rican bank Popular has teamed with JetBlue to launch the $0-annual-fee JetBlue Mastercard and the $99-annual-fee JetBlue Mastercard Eleva. Here’s what to know about the new cards:
Spirit Airlines does not have the richest frequent flyer programs for customers or investors, but it is nonetheless trying to use its loyalty schemes to raise $600 million from private markets amid the worst economic disaster in commercial aviation history. Spirit’s proposal is far from as lucrative as one United Airlines announced in June. United said it could tap its mammoth program, MileagePlus, for roughly $6.8 billion in new money.
Domestic travel is still an option, and AAA forecasts that Americans will take a whopping 700 million road trips this summer. To help inspire your next getaway, we’ve compiled a list of various domestic travel destinations that feel worlds away—despite being right here on American soil.
Boarding in the Italian port of Genoa for a seven-day Mediterranean cruise on August 16, travel agent Valeria Belardi prepared herself for a voyage like no other. Belardi was one of some 3,000 pioneering cruisers on board MSC Grandiosa, the first cruise liner to return to the Mediterranean following the global shut down of the multi billion-dollar cruise industry in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.