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Chase adds new Sapphire perks and benefits with up to 10x on limited-time categories

Chase is back with yet another round of extras specifically for its Sapphire lineup — and it all started on July 1.

The worst 5 premium economy cabins in the sky today

From cabin crew who didn’t know what food they were serving to shoddy service and subpar in-flight entertainment, these are the five worst premium economies of the past year.

Related: The top 5 premium-economy cabins in the sky today

Amex giving cardmembers $50 each to spend with small businesses

(Photo by Isabelle Raphael / The Points Guy)
(Photo by Isabelle Raphael / The Points Guy)

From June 29 through Sept. 20, Amex cardmembers will be eligible to receive up to a total of $50 in statement credits.

A cruise with no port calls? In the new era of COVID, one line is about to try it

Norwegian expedition cruise company Hurtigruten this week is beginning 14-day sailings from Hamburg, Germany, to the Norwegian coast that — for now — won’t include a single port stop.

Delta could furlough more than 2,500 pilots, will downsize flight attendant bases

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 24, 2017: A Delta Airlines passenger jet taxis at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, New York, with the airport
A Delta jet taxis at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, with the airport’s 32 story, 321-foot tall control tower in the background. (Photo by Robert Alexander/Getty Images)

The furloughs will occur after the employment protections under the federal government’s coronavirus aid package, or CARES Act, sunset on Sept. 30.

Related: Delta Air Lines will shrink its European footprint after coronavirus

These are the long-haul international routes AA, Delta, Hawaiian and United plan to fly in July

Long-haul international routes continue to creep back onto the maps of American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines and United Airlines in July even as U.S. coronavirus cases surge anew.

Overhead bins are now banned for all flights in Italy — will other countries follow? 

Italy’s National Civil Aviation Authority announced a decree intended to prevent people from congregating while onboard planes by banning the use of overhead bins.

5 things to know about visiting a reopening Hawaii

World famous Hanalei Bay seascape scenic beach in Hanalei, Kauai, Hawaii.
World famous Hanalei Bay seascape scenic beach in Hanalei, Kauai, Hawaii.

Beginning Aug. 1, it will be possible to enter Hawaii and, with the required negative COVID-19 test, immediately begin to enjoy all that the islands have to offer.

UPDATE: Europe is out, but here’s where Americans can go

On June 30, we learned that the European Union would not allow Americans when it began reopening for tourists on July 1. That means we’re taking Greece, and lots of other places, off our summer travel wish list.

9 things you didn’t know you could pay for with a credit card

African American woman laying in bed online shopping with laptop

There are lots of big purchases that you may be overlooking completely.

American drops 19 long-haul routes; cuts in LAX, adds in Seattle

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 18: American Airlines Boeing 777, departs Los Angeles International Airport on June 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by FG/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
American Airlines Boeing 777, departs Los Angeles International Airport on June 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by FG/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)

Los Angeles is down. Dallas Fort/Worth and Seattle are up. And American Airlines’ first-ever service to Africa will have to wait.

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