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.
Qatar Airways Will Adopt Avios, the Points of British Airways, Iberia & Aer Lingus
Major news out of Qatar Airways is that the airline has adopted Avios as its mileage currency. Avios is the points currency of British Airways, Iberia, and Aer Lingus. There can be some major implications for travelers with this shift. Here is what we know so far and what remains to be clarified in the coming weeks.
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.
MGM Overhauls M Life Rewards Program, Changes Coming February 1, 2022
MGM is making big changes to its M Life rewards program, and these will launch on February 1, 2022. The new program will be called MGM Rewards. Changes for gamblers and non-gamblers are coming, so let’s dive into all of the details.
IHG Rewards Changes Coming in March 2022: New Elite Status Tiers & Higher Requirements
IHG Rewards just announced changes to its loyalty program, coming in March 2022. Elite status will have more tiers, and earning this status just got more complicated. Additionally, IHG's announcement means the info you see online/in the app is no longer correct. But, IHG promises "more fun" and "enhanced benefits" coming soon. Let's dig in to what we know so far.
Citi ThankYou Rewards Adds Wyndham as Second New Hotel Transfer Partner in Under a Month
Citi ThankYou Rewards just added Wyndham Rewards as its second new hotel transfer partner in under a month. Wyndham Rewards offers a fixed-redemption-rate program, making it a great choice for times when cash rates (and points rates with other hotel brands) are high. Here's how to take advantage of this new partnership.
American Airlines Simplifies Elite Status Requirements and Makes Changes to AAdvantage Program
American Airlines just announced that it is revamping its loyalty program and simplifying the way AAdvantage members can achieve elite status. Beginning in 2022, AA will replace its current elite status requirements and use the all-new AAdvantage Loyalty Points system.
Marriott Introduces Dynamic Award Pricing, Says Goodbye to Award Chart
Big news from Marriott this morning. Over the next few months, Marriott is introducing dynamic award pricing. This will see the end of award charts and standardized pricing. Instead, award prices will mirror demand and cash prices at hotels. Here is what we know about this huge change.
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.
Citi Adds Choice Hotels As Its Newest Transfer Partner
Citi ThankYou Points just got a bit more flexible to use. As of Monday, Citi ThankYou Points are now transferable to Choice Privilege points. That makes Choice the only hotel transfer partner for Citi. You'll get 2 Choice points for every 1 ThankYou Points you convert.
Amex Business Platinum Card Adds Benefits, Hikes Annual Fee
The Business Platinum Card from American Express is undergoing some changes. First, the annual fee has increased. Second, several additional perks and benefits have been added, including a wireless credit, Adobe credit, Indeed credit, and more.
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.
Chase Announces New Sapphire Benefits, Improved Earning Rates
From August 16, 2021, Chase is enhancing both the Sapphire Preferred and Sapphire Reserve credit cards. Both cards are getting improved earning rates on a wide variety of categories along with other features and improvements. Even better, there's no increase in the annual fee.
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.
Capital One Ups Its Game: New Transfer Partners, Better Transfer Rates, New Airport Lounges
Capital One just announced a bunch of great enhancements to the Capital One Miles program, including 4 new transfer partners and better transfer rates for 7 existing partners. Capital One has also announced plans to open 2 new airport lounges, with the first opening in late summer 2021.
Southwest Devalues Rapid Rewards Program, More Points Now Needed for Award Flights
Southwest Airlines just made some very unwelcomed changes to the airline's Rapid Rewards program. Without notice, Southwest reduced the value of Rapid Rewards points. You'll now need more Rapid Rewards points to make the same award travel redemptions.
You Can Now Fly ANA Business Class to Japan for Just 45,000 Virgin Points One-Way
One of the sweetest sweet spots just got even sweeter! Flying Club members can now redeem Virgin points for one-way ANA awards in any class of service. Combined with this partnership's unbelievable award pricing, this opens incredible opportunities for flights to/from Japan. But don't delay — deals this good don't tend to last forever.
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.
Chase and Air Canada Announce New Credit Card and Point Transfers Starting in 2021
Air Canada Aeroplan announced an exciting new partnership with Chase and Mastercard set to debut in late 2021. This includes a new Chase-issued Aeroplan co-branded credit card for U.S. customers and (even better) the ability to convert Ultimate Rewards points to Aeroplan points! Translation: your Ultimate Rewards points will become a whole lot more valuable!
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.
American Airlines Eliminates AAdvantage Award Fees, Extends Mileage Expiration Pause
American Airlines just announced three positive changes to its AAdvantage program. Effective November 11, 2020, AA is eliminating all award reservation fees and eliminating all fees for canceling awards and redepositing miles. Plus, AA is extending the pause on mileage expiration through June 30, 2021. Here's what you need to know about these changes.
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.
Additional Bonus Categories for Chase Freedom Unlimited Now Active
The Chase Freedom Unlimited® has always been a great card for daily use thanks to its 1.5% cash-back earning on everything you buy. Starting on September 15, 2020, cardholders can take advantage of three additional bonus categories: 5% on travel purchased through Chase, 3% on dining, and 3% on drugstore purchases.