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IHG One Rewards Stealth Award Rate Devluation

July 12, 2024 at 05:10 EDT By Spencer Howard

Loyalty Lobby: "When I did a similar comparison last time, point values ranged from 0.4 to 0.7 US cents each. IHG may have tightened the cash/point range, and you won’t see those higher values, or at least not now."

"But looking at these current point values, you should have your head checked if you are swiping the IHG/Chase cobranded card for anything other than IHG hotel stays. Even then, half of the properties are incorrectly coded at Chase’s end as non-IHG, and you need to chase up the points (pun intended)."

Points Wire Note:

At this point, it's tough to justify buying IHG points even with a 100% bonus. It might make sense if you have a co-branded Chase IHG credit card and can get a 4th night free, but that's about it.

Earn Bonus American Miles On Premium Cabin Flights

July 10, 2024 at 13:36 EDT By Spencer Howard

One Mile At A Time: "American AAdvantage is offering some targeted promotions, whereby you can earn bonus miles for premium cabin travel. To find this offer, log into your AAdvantage account through aa.com or the American Airlines app, go to your main account page, and click on the “Promotions” tab. If eligible, you’ll see this listed there."

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Alaska Mileage Plan: Global Getaways Award Promo

July 10, 2024 at 13:33 EDT By Spencer Howard

Alaska Airlines has launched another round of their quarterly Global Getaways promotion that offers up to 50% off award tickets on partner airlines to select global 

Important Terms

  • Must book by July 31, 2024
  • Eligible travel dates: October 1, 2024 through January 31, 2025
  • Only economy and premium economy award tickets are eligible
  • The destination determines eligibility, not your point of origin

Eligible Destinations

  • Athens: From 25,000 miles (standard: 35,000 miles)
  • Delhi: From 30,000 miles (standard: 42,500 miles)
  • Guadalajara: From 12,500 miles (standard: 17,500 miles)
  • Muscat: From 25,000 miles (standard: 42,500 miles)
  • Rome: From 27,500 miles (standard: 35,000 miles)
  • Taipei: From 25,000 miles (standard: 37,500 miles)

Hyatt Place and Hyatt House Promo

July 10, 2024 at 13:26 EDT By Spencer Howard

You can earn double Hyatt points at Hyatt Place and Hyatt House properties worldwide through October 15, 2024. There are over 550 properties from which to choose.

To participate, you must register by September 15, 2024.

Direct link to register

Chase Sapphire Reserve Offers Marriott Gold Fast Track

July 10, 2024 at 13:20 EDT By Spencer Howard

If you have the Chase Sapphire Reserve, you can register for a Marriott Bonvoy Gold status fast track promotion.

If you register by September 30, 2024, you'll receive 3 months of Marriott Gold status. If you stay 3 nights within that 3 months, your Gold status will be extended through February 2026.

Direct link to register

Points Wire Note:

Marriott Gold is middling at best. You can get late checkout and room upgrades (in theory), but it doesn't provide breakfast. As for the promo, it's nice enough if you have Marriott stays coming up, but the Amex Platinum and Business Platinum offer Gold status just for being a cardholder.

40% Off Southwest Flights To Hawaii

July 10, 2024 at 13:02 EDT By Spencer Howard

Southwest Airlines is offer 40% off flights to Hawaii, but you have to book by July 11. However, you can travel between August 13 and December 17, 2024. Just use the code HAWAII40.

Keep in mind that there are blackout dates:

  • To Hawaii: August 29 to September 3 and November 21 to 25, 2024
  • From Hawaii: August 29 to September 3 and November 21 to December 3, 2024

Direct link to promo

Is Aero The New JSX?

July 10, 2024 at 13:00 EDT By Spencer Howard

Cranky Flyer: "Let’s start with the basics. Aero uses five aircraft today — four Embraer 135s and one Embraer Legacy. The Legacy is dedicated to charter, but the Embraer 135s do a mix of charter and scheduled public charter (like JSX)."

"The difference here is that instead of putting 30 seats on the airplane the way JSX does — which is the maximum allowed under Part 380/135 rules — Aero has a mere 16 seats onboard in a 1-1 configuration. This is a luxury experience from start to finish. Here’s a look inside one of the aircraft that was on the ground in Van Nuys when I visited."

Chase Aeroplan Card Promo: Earn 40% Bonus Points

July 9, 2024 at 15:18 EDT By Spencer Howard

If you apply for the Chase Aeroplan Card by July 17, you can get 40% bonus points on all spend for 40 days starting July 8 up to $40,000.

Current Chase Aeroplan cardholders can earn 40% bonus points on all spend (up to $40,000) from July 14-17, 2024. Registration required.

Direct link to register

Delta And Riyadh Air Announce Partnership

July 9, 2024 at 15:13 EDT By Spencer Howard

Skift: "Riyadh Air announced Tuesday that it signed a preliminary agreement with Delta Air Lines, which could bolster the Saudi Arabian startup’s global presence as it looks to launch flights next year."

"Riyadh Air said the agreement would allow both airlines to expand their networks. Eventually, both airlines said they want the agreement to turn into a codeshare, which would allow them to sell each others’ flights to customers. The deal will also make Delta the exclusive North American partner for Riyadh Air."

"Delta plans to launch a nonstop service between the U.S. and Riyadh, but the timeline for those flights is currently unclear."

Marriott Launches Program For Small Businesses

July 9, 2024 at 10:07 EDT By Spencer Howard

Loyalty Lobby:"Marriott has launched a new Business Access by Marriott Bonvoy for small and medium-sized businesses that have not previously set corporate rates with Marriott."

"There is a booking discount involved, and administrator can also give elite tiers based on the total number of nights consumed by all travelers. Members with cobranded Chase or American Express business credit cards can also apply for the program."

Direct link to register

Points Wire Note:

It seems Hilton launching Hilton for Business motivated Marriott to try to compete for small and medium-sized businesses.

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