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.

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.

Match British Airways Status To SkyTeam And Star Alliance

July 8, 2024 at 08:11 EDT By Spencer Howard

Head for Points: "This is potentially the most intriguing deal I’ve seen all year. If you have British Airways elite status, you can match it to BOTH SkyTeam and Star Alliance status."

"Even better, a British Airways Silver member will get top tier status in SkyTeam and Star Alliance, not mid tier!"

IHG Promo: 15% Off Award Stays At New Hotels

July 5, 2024 at 09:19 EDT By Spencer Howard

Through September 30, you can get 15% off award stays at select new and renovated IHG hotels. Unfortunately, this promo does not stack with the 4th night free benefit available to those with an IHG One Rewards credit card.

Direct link to offer

Hyatt Promo: Earn Up 20K Points In Caribbean And Latin America

July 3, 2024 at 14:15 EDT By Spencer Howard

If you have Hyatt stays coming up, you could earn up to 20,000 bonus points on your stays.

Promo Details

  • Register by September 30, 2024
  • Stay between July 15 and October 14, 2024
  • Earn 5,000 bonus points for every 3 qualifying nights, up to 20,000 bonus points

Direct link to offer and terms

Marriott x Blade Summer Promo

July 3, 2024 at 12:54 EDT By Spencer Howard

The Bulkhead Seat: "Now through September 2nd, eligible guests staying two or more nights in select suites at the St. Regis New York, JW Marriott Essex House New York, W New York – Union Square, The New York EDITION, The Ritz-Carlton New York, NoMad, and The Luxury Collection Hotel Manhattan Midtown will receive complimentary roundtrip BLADE airport helicopter transfers."

Direct link to promo

Turkish Airlines Launches U.S. Credit Card

July 3, 2024 at 11:25 EDT By Spencer Howard

View From The Wing flagged that there's a new Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles credit card in the U.S. The card is backed by Imprint and issued by First Electronic Bank.

Let's take a look at the details.

Welcome Bonus

  • Earn 40,000 miles if you spend $3,000 within the first 90 days
  • First 5,000 people approved will get a metal card

Bonus Categories

  • 3x on Turkish Airlines
  • 2x on dining, groceries, entertainment, and lodging


Strangely, I don't see any benefits offered when flying with Turkish Airlines.

Annual Fee

  • $99

Direct link to card

Hilton For Business Promo: Earn Double Elite Nights

July 2, 2024 at 11:56 EDT By Spencer Howard

Hilton for Business members can earn double elite night credits on stays through December 31, 2024. All eligible rates (including award bookings) will count toward this promo.

You'll automatically be registered for this promo if you're a Hilton for Business member.

Direct link to join

Points Wire Note:

Hilton Impresario bookings at Conrad, LXR, and Waldorf Astoria properties will count toward this promo. This is a great way to get VIP perks in addition to the double elite nights.

Check out our self-serve booking portal where you can book Hilton Impresario rates.

Virgin Atlantic Devalues Delta Award Rates To Europe

July 2, 2024 at 09:41 EDT By Spencer Howard

Thrifty Traveler: "With absolutely no warning, Virgin Atlantic just quietly raised award rates for many Delta One tickets to Europe to as much as 77,500 points by adding peak and off-peak prices. It gets worse: The airline is also adding a cash surcharge of more than $1,000 on each and every Delta business class redemption."

New Virgin Atlantic Rates On Delta - Business Class

  • East Coast to Europe: 57,500 points + $1,032.30 (15% mileage devaluation)
  • West Coast to Europe: 77,500 points + $1,032.30 (55% mileage devaluation)

I would expect flights from the Midwest to match the East Coast rates as Virgin Atlantic typically groups the East Coast and Midwest together.

Points Wire Note:

No-notice devaluations are among the most disrespectful ways to treat loyalty program members so this is rough.  Even if you could stomach a 55% rate increase, the addition of $1,025+ surcharges is horrendous and makes this a non-starter.

Given that Delta owns 49% of Virgin Atlantic and has repeatedly shown that it hates aspirational award bookings, I can't say I'm totally surprised by this - just disappointed.

How To Access Flying Blue Award Calendar

June 30, 2024 at 13:23 EDT By Spencer Howard

Thrifty Traveler flagged that Air France and KLM have removed an easy way to access the award calendar.

"When trying to pull up Flying Blue's flexible price calendar using the old trick of leaving the date field blank when searching, you'd be met with only blank dates on the calendar."

"Type in your departure and arrival cities and select business class …. but rather than leaving the departure date empty as you once would, scroll to the absolute last date on the calendar Air France or KLM will let you select."

Once the calendar displays, you can click the arrows to scroll to your desired month.

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