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Is Cash Back the only credit card reward type you should be using for now?

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Will everyone be using cash back rewards only since they won't be booking any airlines or hotels any time soon?

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Will everyone be using cash back rewards only since they won't be booking any airlines or hotels any time soon?

Pretty much imo. I can't think why anyone would want to be accumulating airline points for flights that are not available to destinations that are not open.
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Pretty much imo. I can't think why anyone would want to be accumulating airline points for flights that are not available to destinations that are not open.

It won't always be that way. I have no problems building up travel points right now.
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Depends on your situation, your credit profile, what you want to do.

I'm still using my AmEx Gold Delta Skymiles card to save Skymiles as they don't expire. I also plan on applying for an Amex pre-qualified card in the future so I'm putting spend on that card before applying.

After I get that card I plan on switching back to a cash back card if AmEx Delta is done with their temporary bonus on groceries (4x) that they added during this pandemic because of the lack of people traveling.
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I always go with cash back because I can make gains with it, and because I am confident I can get deals on flights/hotels at any point I decide.
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On the flip side many of these hotel and airline cards are now offering multiples on other purchases like grocery stores. So you're likely getting more than an effective 1 cent per point (1%).

I'll also add that when I travel with the family, schedule and price are much more important than airline, as I generally don't have enough points in any one airline to haul all our asses around the world. hotels are a different story though.
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On the flip side many of these hotel and airline cards are now offering multiples on other purchases like grocery stores. So you're likely getting more than an effective 1 cent per point (1%).

I'll also add that when I travel with the family, schedule and price are much more important than airline, as I generally don't have enough points in any one airline to haul all our asses around the world. hotels are a different story though.
True, but I can't imagine in the near term a lot of people will have a burning desire to spend a lot more than before on a plane ticket, then hours at an airport to then spend hours on a plane while they make you wear a mask and do not give you even a drink of water to go to a place where the hotel will likely be making you jump through a bunch of hoops as well. I could be wrong though. Really only good if you are looking a year+ out imo, but who knows.
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True, but I can't imagine in the near term a lot of people will have a burning desire to spend a lot more than before on a plane ticket, then hours at an airport to then spend hours on a plane while they make you wear a mask and do not give you even a drink of water to go to a place where the hotel will likely be making you jump through a bunch of hoops as well. I could be wrong though. Really only good if you are looking a year+ out imo, but who knows.
oh snap! Are airlines not giving complimentary food/drinks/snack during this? Can't imagine, specially on international flights.
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oh snap! Are airlines not giving complimentary food/drinks/snack during this? Can't imagine, specially on international flights.

Don't know how many international flights there are these days, but from what I have heard most domestically have gone from peanuts\chips and a can (or in the case of United, a dixie cup lol) of soda to now zip on domestic flights.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/25/bu...index.html
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I'm willing to bet the airlines will take this as an opportunity for additional cost cutting and delay or eliminate the return of the service cart.
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<p>Is your username in reference to the car? My first car was a cherry red 95 Eclipse. Biggest POS I've ever owned, biggest money pit I ever had.</p><p> </p><p>Anywho, I think you are right about airlines and the service cart. We (the taxpayes and the government that serves us) sould take this opportinity to let capitalism take it's course and let them fail if they must.</p><blockquote>talonesi<p>I'm willing to bet the airlines will take this as an opportunity for additional cost cutting and delay or eliminate the return of the service car</p></blockquote><p> </p>
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<p>Anywho, I think you are right about airlines and the service cart. We (the taxpayes and the government that serves us) sould take this opportinity to let capitalism take it's course and let them fail if they must.</p><blockquote>talonesi<p>I'm willing to bet the airlines will take this as an opportunity for additional cost cutting and delay or eliminate the return of the service car</p></blockquote><p> </p>

The airlines would have failed years ago if not for taxpayer propping up. You can argue that would have been better in the long run (and that would probably be correct imo), but that ship has sailed a long time ago as the saying goes. The gov, based on kickbacks\lobbying and other factors decided that having a viable and fairly inexpensive commercial airline industry was in the economic and national security interest of the country and decided not to let major airline manufacturers like Lockheed and Boeing fail and not to let the airlines consolidate and limit flights and set prices to the point where airfares would be too expensive for the masses. Maybe that was the right call on the grand scheme of things, maybe not, but if it cost you 2000 dollars to fly from NY to LA for ex., the impact on tourism and vacation spots and the economy in general would be devastating.

As to the service cart on planes, the least of our issues as we are likely to be looking at 3+ hours in an airport followed by more expensive tickets and much more uncomfortable and longer\stop over flights at least in the short term. To say nothing about going from some bag of chips and a can of soda to NOTHING in the way of food that you do not bring on board yourself by buying in the waiting area at exorbitant prices pre-flight.
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