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How to come out ahead for 2020

Like a meteor crashing down on us, 2020 has demolished the travel industry (at least for the short term) in the years to come.


Travel industry 2020


But that doesn’t mean we should just let this year go to waste! There are still opportunities you can do to maximize your rewards when the world opens again.


In this post, here are some ways to come out ahead for 2020.


1) Flight credits? Cash is King

With the travel landscape constantly changing beneath us, it’s important to get your cash redemptions back instead of flight credits. According to D.O.T., if your flight gets cancelled in the U.S., you are automatically entitled to a cash refund.

Like our Flight Compensation Regulation EC 261/2004 (EU Law) story, it’s important to know information like this so you can know your rights and maximize your spending!

If it’s an international carrier like Emirates or TAP Air Portugal, or even Air Canada, things get a little complicated and a flight voucher might be the only way to get your money back since they are not subject to follow the D.O.T. rules…


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Nevertheless, it’s now common that airlines will automatically give you a 20% bonus on top of your travel cost. So if your flight cost $500 USD, they would credit you a $100 USD extra for your future travels.



2) Revamp yourself!


Notice the Chai Bear World website makeover? 😉 Spend time reinvesting in yourself that you were too busy to do.


At home, Paul even made a remote control guide so Miki could stop complaining about not knowing how to play her Nintendo Switch Animal Crossing….


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our remote control guide at home… (mainly for Miki)



or even experiment and create your own cocktail menus at home!


wife in the pic not included



3) Keep track of your points


Spending categories for 2020 constantly changes too. For example, the Citi Prestige now offers (for a limited time) 5 points per $1 spent on all online retailers, groceries, and drugstores, which can be potentially really rewarding.


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That way when 2021 travels come along, there be an excess of rewards you can redeem for future travel memories!



4) Start a new business


Check out their Pygmy masks below that features these new travel designs!




Shop online here at

Free shipping for all U.S. orders for $20+


5) Optimize your elite statuses for 2021 and beyond


Airline programs are super generous now in keeping your loyalty. If you have top elite statuses, chances are you are automatically granted another year of that benefit. What’s even better is that certain programs now offer status matches to gain your business for the future.



For instance, Starlux Airline, an exciting startup Taiwan carrier offers its coveted COSMILE Insighter loyalty status to those that hold top status in other airlines like American, United, or Delta.

Insighter Requirement


And you get this status (til 2024)  by flying ZERO miles.


Insighter Status copy




Overall, this has been a tough year for everyone… but it’s always important to try to see the bright side in things. Take your struggles and turn it into a possible opportunity. For the readers that supported our small passion ventures above, thank you so much! 


We hope to resume back to our normal travel programming soon… 

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