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A bit of a round up since I was away over the weekend…

LATAM and American End Codeshares as Delta Takes 20% Stake in LATAM

This very large news story broke on Thursday night. Essentially, Delta took a 20% stake in LATAM (the large tie-up of LAN Airlines and TAM Airlines) and LATAM concurrently shocked everyone by announcing a near term exit from the Oneworld Alliance. I have started a post on what this *specifically* means for your travel to/from South American using your AA miles and how I expect this to play out. Expect that in the next day or two and please let me know if you have any specific angles you want covered there.

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More on the LATAM / Delta tie up at View from the Wing.

New Barclay’s 75,000 American Airlines AAdvantage mile offer on its Business Aviator Credit Card

65,000 miles for one purchase + 10,000 more for an employee card and purchase. If you haven’t had this card before (or it’s been a while), this is a solid deal.

More at Reddit

Delta SkyMiles Credit Cards from American Express Launch New delta business platinum skymilesBonus Offers Tomorrow; Announce Overhaul to Card Earn Rates and Benefits

I’ll break down the changes for you in more detail tomorrow, when the bonus offers launch. Note that the changes themselves don’t go into effect until January 2020, so no huge rush to digest the changes (some big, some small).

If you want to peruse the changes card by card, Amex has made a very nice website detailing them here.

Bank of America Creates New Rules on Application Approvals

Per Doctor of Credit, a new 7/12 and 3/12 rule on new card applications. You’ll be denied if you have 3 or more applications on any card when you apply, unless you have a Bank Of America Bank account, in which case you can have up to 6 (i.e. not 7 or more, thus 7/12)

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