Southwest expands again, Delta offering targeted status challenges up and more

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Southwest Airlines expands again, adds three more cities to its route map

The Dallas-based carrier plans new flights to Colorado Springs (COS), Colorado; Jackson, Mississippi (JAN); and Savannah, Georgia (SAV), by June 2021.

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Delta offering targeted status challenges up to Diamond Medallion

For a limited time, targeted SkyMiles members can enroll in a challenge to receive complimentary Delta Medallion status one tier higher than their equivalent status on another U.S. airline, up to top-tier Diamond Medallion status.

Chase adds groceries bonus category through April 2021

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Chase Sapphire Reserve cardholders will earn 3x on up to $1,000 in monthly grocery store purchases, while Chase Sapphire Preferred Card members will earn 2x on up to $1,000 in monthly grocery store purchases. This new bonus category starts Nov. 1, 2020, and goes through April 30, 2021.

Disneyland unlikely to reopen anytime soon — here’s why

California health officials finally released the state’s long-awaited theme park reopening guidelines. If Disneyland had any hopes of 2020 reopening, those hopes have probably been dashed with those announcements.

American Airlines changes the confirmed upgrade process

As part of AA’s change, the Fort Worth-based carrier is adjusting how many seats are available as upgrades, according to a carrier spokesperson. The adjustment will apply to both systemwide and mileage upgrades (and Business Extra ones too).

Hawaii again welcoming visitors; Here’s everything you need to know

Hawaii reopened on Oct. 15 with a pre-travel testing option. Here’s what we know about traveling to Hawaii, and what you need to prepare for a successful trip.

United Airlines tests potential travel bubble solution on London-Newark flight

United Airlines hosted The Commons Project Foundation to trial the CommonPass app on flight UA15 from London Heathrow (LHR) to Newark (EWR) on Wednesday. The flight was the first transatlantic test and the second globally.

TPG’s Summer Hull: I love luxury hotels, but rented an RV and lived to tell the tale

Here’s how and why TPG’s Summer Hull ended up in an RV in the middle of one of the busiest campgrounds in the country.

Singapore Airlines to restart world’s longest flight in November — with a big change

Singapore Airlines said Tuesday that it will restart its nonstop service between New York and Singapore on Nov. 9, even as restrictions remain on travel to Singapore.

Southwest Airlines is seriously considering the Airbus A220 for its next new jet

Southwest, having flown the 737 nearly exclusively since 1971, may finally be ready to add a new aircraft type to its fleet. The airline is evaluating its next small jet — one seating around 140 to 150 passengers — and both Airbus A220 and 737 MAX 7 are on the list.

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