Amex Cardholders Can Now Activate a Free Year of Calm Premium Membership
American Express announces a new partnership with the Calm app. All U.S. Amex cardholders can now signup for a free premium subscription to the app for one year. That’s 12 months of access to guided meditations, calming music, and even soothing bedtime stories—all for free!
IHG Rewards Extends Elite Status and Free Night Certificates
IHG Rewards Club members should be pleased to hear that IHG is extending elite status for elite members through January 2022. Plus, IHG has reduced elite status requirements, extended Ambassador membership, extended free night certificates, and more.
Earn 5x Points on DoorDash and Tock Purchases Using Chase Cards
Chase Sapphire cardholders will receive 5x points and Chase Freedom cardholders will receive 5% cash back when ordering from restaurants using delivery services DoorDash and Tock until May 31, 2020. Bonus points are available on up to $500 worth of purchases for a total of 2,500 Ultimate Reward points or $25 cashback.
Chase Automatically Extending Sign-Up Bonus Spending Period for Some Cardholders
There isn’t a lot of great news in the travel world these days but Chase has some for new cardholders. Following the lead of American Express, Chase is extending the deadline to meet the spending requirements for new cardholders approved earlier this year.
Marriott Extends Elite Status, Further Extends Points Expiration
Marriott is back with more changes to its policies due to COVID-19. Following in the footsteps of many other hotel brands, it’s extended elite status for all current elites. Plus, you won’t have to worry about your points expiring anytime soon.
Marriott (Finally) Giving Travelers the Option to See All-In Price
Marriott customers have long been frustrated that the price shown in search results can jump 10%, 20%, or more on the final booking page when all taxes and fees are included. In a win for transparency, Marriott has added a new option to see rates that include all taxes and fees in search results. Here’s how to select this option.
Marriott Extends Flexibility for Reservations, Pauses Points Expiration, Extends Benefits
The big travel brands are issuing policy updates every week or so these days. While most updates apply to all travelers and loyalty program members, Marriott is a good news/bad news story. Marriott extends flexibility for new and existing reservations. However, the benefits available to Bonvoy members vary depending on where you live.
Choice Hotels Suspends Points Expiration, Provides Flexible Cancellation Policies
COVID-19 continues to create chaos in the travel world. To help, Choice Hotels is offering travelers flexible cancelation policies—both for existing and new reservations—and pausing points expiration. However, there’s no word yet on how the hotel loyalty program will adjust elite status for 2020.
Hyatt Suspends Points Expiration, Delays Peak Award Pricing, Provides Cancellation Options
Hyatt is rolling out policy changes that can help with existing travel plans and provide flexibility around future reservations. Peak and off-peak pricing is postponed, most category changes are on hold, and some World of Hyatt elites are getting a status extension.
Hyatt vs. Marriott: A House Divided
Our family has long been loyal to Marriott, too long as far as I’m concerned. I’ve decided that it is time for us to move our loyalty over to Hyatt – but this requires my reluctant husband to switch over his business travel. I’m outlining my case for making the move here, are you convinced?