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December 2015 archive

Dec 28

It’s the End of the Year as We Know It

We’ve now hit the end of an eventful 2015, and I really did have the intention of writing something insightful, or at least interesting. And then I got lazy. So here are a few final thoughts for the year. I’m going to take a week or so off for now, so there won’t be any …

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Dec 25

The Best Unique Benefits at Each Hotel Brand

Choosing an airline is easy. You likely have one airline that dominates your local region, in which case your choices are limited. If not, you likely go with the cheapest of the one where you have the highest attachment to your loyalty program. Choosing a hotel brand? Not so easy. Unlike airlines, which have different …

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Dec 23

Holiday Musings

I’m preparing for some holiday travel, which is always fun but stressful. Fortunately, we have a non-stop flight, so there are few chances for things to go absolutely wrong. On that happy note, here are a few things around the industry that I found interesting: Status Match at Hilton One of the “downsides” to elite …

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Dec 22

The Best Airline of 2015 is…

I generally plan my flights around schedule, cost and frequent flyer miles. But for the business traveler, the primary motivation is often reliability. And when it comes to the leader in that metric, no one is close to the leader. Delta I’m not a big fan of the changes that Delta has made to its …

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Dec 20

More Hotel Promotions: Hilton and InterContinental

Hilton and IHG have added their fourth quarter promotions to the calendar. Both could turn out to be lucrative. Hilton Double Your Hhonors Hilton has brought back its popular double points promotion, in which it will give you either double points or double miles for each stay. Hilton has a unique “double dip” program where …

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Dec 18

Starwood Winter Promo: Double Points at All Hotels (and then some)

Hotels have just begun announcing their winter promotions, and Starwood’s SPG program was one of the first off the blocks. It’s a double-points bonus, which is pretty standard, but useful, nonetheless. Be sure to register first and then start booking your trips. On any stays of two or more nights, you’ll receive double SPG points …

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Dec 15

Around the Industry…

More Miles for Flowers… If you really want those miles for flowers, the holidays are a good time to do it. I talked about JetBlue last week. This week, both American and Delta are offering bonuses, with the former offering 30 miles per dollar spent and the latter offering 35 miles per dollar. So buy …

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Dec 14

Accor and Fairmont officially to merge

It’s no longer new news, but still worth mentioning, particularly for those who do a lot of travel in Europe: Accor Hotels is acquiring Fairmont. There are very few Accor brands (including Sofitel, Novotel and Pullman, among others) in the United States, so domestic readers may not know much about them, but many of their …

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Dec 12

JetBlue Offers Huge Bonus on Flowers (But Do You Want Them?)

It’s that time of year, when the Christmas lights go up and the price of flowers goes down. Well, not really, but the bonuses to buy them gets bigger. JetBlue is currently offering 30 points per dollar spent at 1-800 Flowers if you Promo Code TB30 at checkout. Since TrueBlue points are worth about 1.5c each, your rebate …

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Dec 09

Global Airline Updates

All kinds of fun tidbits today, with most of it international, or at least affecting international travel. American Adding Premium Economy to International Coach For those American Airlines passengers who want something more than coach but don’t really feel like paying five figures for a seven-hour flight, fear not, they’re coming to the rescue! But …

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