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Aeroplan to Update Some Award Pricing Effective September 1, 2022

Air Canada's Aeroplan award program has announced a series of tweaks to its award chart. Rather than overhauling the entire chart, pricing changes are affecting some routes between North and South America, North America and Europe/Africa, as well as some routes that don't touch North America. Here's what you need to know so you can lock in the cheapest rates.

IHG Hotels and Resorts Introduces New IHG One Rewards Program

IHG is finally launching its new IHG One Rewards program. The new program sees significant changes - including a new elite tier - while some tiers have been renamed and qualifying requirements have been tweaked. Also, there are brand new benefits for some tiers, and IHG has announced the upcoming introduction of its Milestone Rewards.

Details Released of Which 200+ Marriott Hotels are Moving to Dynamic Pricing March 29, 2022

Marriott Bonvoy just released the details on 200+ hotels that are moving to dynamic pricing on March 29, 2022. Here's the list of the hotels that will increase in price, plus how many extra points you will need. Other news includes what we can expect for 2023 and when you will be able to add points to free night awards for high-priced bookings. There's a lot to digest in here, so grab a drink and dive in with us.

Changes to Expedia Rewards Starting on February 1, 2022

Expedia is relaunching its rewards program on February 1, 2022. Expedia's elite status will soon require earning "Trip Elements" and the earning rate for these elite status credits depend on what type of booking you make (flight, car, hotel, cruise). Here’s a quick briefer of the new rewards program, how you earn points, and the other details you should know about.

Hyatt Introduces Peak and Off-Peak Pricing Model

Back in December 2019, Hyatt announced it would be changing the way award nights are priced. Those plans were temporarily put on hold due to the Covid-19 pandemic. But as of October 26, 2021, Hyatt implemented these changes for all nights stayed on March 1, 2022 or after. Here's what you need to know about the new pricing.

You Can Now Transfer Capital One Miles to 6 More Airlines at a 1:1 Ratio

You can now transfer Capital One miles to 6 more airline mileage programs at a 1:1 ratio. These improvements now mean you can transfer Capital One miles to 13 airlines at a 1:1 transfer ratio, putting it well on par with other major transfer currencies. This is a big improvement in redemption options. It should make Capital One miles much more valuable going forward.

You Can Now Book Etihad Awards Using Aeroplan Points — Including ‘The Apartment’

In June 2020, Air Canada Aeroplan partnered with Etihad Guest, allowing reciprocal earning and redeeming opportunities. Now that Aeroplan has relaunched as a new program, we are revisiting this partnership. While both programs can offer solid value, we're particularly excited about how this partnership makes booking Etihad's premium-class cabins a little more accessible for award travelers.

JetBlue Changes Carry-On Bag Policy and Drops Change Fees

JetBlue announced significant changes to the airline's carry-on and change/cancellation policies. This announcement is a mixed bag (pun intended) with some good changes to change fees and some bad news for those flying on the cheapest fares. Here's what passengers need to know about these changes.

Delta SkyMiles Further Devalues Partner Awards to Europe and Asia

Delta Air Lines has done it again. For reasons unknown, it's just raised partner award prices to Europe and Asia for the second time in four months. To make matters worse, these aren't small, forgettable price hikes. These are significant, balance-busting increases that make certain partner awards laughably expensive. Let's go over this and see if there's anything salvageable.

Hyatt Credit Card Changes: Phase Out of Legacy Card, Change to Earning Free Night Awards

Hyatt has announced a string of new promotions and card updates, so we've rounded them all up in one place for you. Hyatt cardholders can earn bonus points at Amazon and at grocery stores this holiday season. Plus, legacy Hyatt Card holders have the opportunity to earn a free night by the end of the year. Hyatt is also adjusting how cardholders earn Free Night Awards in 2021. And, remaining legacy Hyatt Cards are being phased out in January 2021.

Delta Devalues Partner Awards to Europe and Asia Without Notice

This week, Delta devalued partner redemptions to specific destinations without any notice. Now, flights between the U.S. and Europe / Asia cost up to 40% more miles than before. While Delta isn't the first airline to raise award prices during the pandemic (we're still mad at you, United), the timing leaves many award travelers wondering—why?

New Amex Gold Cardholders Are No Longer Eligible for the $100 Airline Fee Credit

One of Amex's go-to benefits for justifying high(er) annual fees is the Airline Fee Credit. This credit reimburses cardmembers for making eligible purchases with their airline of choice every year. However, for the Amex Gold, this benefit is in its last years. Starting in January 2022, Amex will no longer offer the annual $100 Airline Fee Credit to Amex Gold cardholders that signed up before February 4, 2021. What's next for this card?

Delta Removes Change Fees From Some Awards, Extends Card Benefits and Lounge Memberships

Delta just announced several major SkyMiles program updates. And, that good news is it's all positive. The airline is extending Sky Club memberships, Medallion status perks, and co-branded credit card benefits. In addition, Delta is permanently slashing fees and restrictions on many domestic award tickets. But, unfortunately, there are some notable exclusions.