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Monthly Archive: January 2017

Jan 31

Hilton HHonors 2K Every Day Promotion

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Hilton has announced its next promotion, which will cover the period February 1 – April 30. Called “2K Every Day,” the premise is simple. You’ll earn 2,000 points for every night that you stay during the promotion period. You earn 10 HH base points for every dollar that you spend, so the promotion may actually …

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Jan 30

It’s Official: Prices Are Going Up

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After two years of declining ticket prices in the airline industry, things are looking up for them in 2017, as most are predicting positive unit revenues, or RASM*, trends. Prices Are Heading up True, you may not have noticed it if you didn’t live in a competitive market but, over the last two years, ticket …

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Jan 27

Southwest Brings Back The 50,000 Point Credit Card

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An eagle-eyed reader beat me to it, but I got an email last night from Southwest that they had brought back their 50,000 point Rapid Rewards credit card. Rapid Rewards And The Companion Pass A companion pass is just what it sounds like: for the duration of your status, which you earn by flying 100 …

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Jan 26

Everything We Know about Valuing Points Is Wrong

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One of my favorite topics is discussing how much individual points are worth. I have X points in program Y and an award costs Z points. Find enough instances of Z and you can come up with a pretty good idea of how much points are worth in a system. If I find 10 hotel …

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Jan 24

Up to 6,000 Points from Club Accor

club accor

If you are from the United States, you may never have heard the name “Club Accor,” although you’ve probably heard of at least some of its brands, which include Sofitel and Novotel. There’s a reason for that: There are under  100 Accor hotels in the US, slightly fewer than the 4,000 or so in western Europe.They are …

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Jan 23

SPG And Uber Underwhelm

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SPG and Uber have modified their points-earning agreement and, as modifications usually go, it’s a downgrade. You’ll Earn Fewer Points Chastity: I know you can be overwhelmed, and you can be underwhelmed, but can you ever just be ‘whelmed’?Bianca: I think you can in Europe. -From the movie Ten Things I Hate About You Whelming …

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Jan 20

And Now, for Something Completely Different…

I have been thinking a lot about Aaron Sorkin ever since I read a few days ago that it is supposed to rain in Washington DC today. Sorkin often uses rain in his movies to indicate that “something bad” is about to happen, in much the same way that oranges in The Godfather indicated that …

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Jan 19

2,000 Free Points from Intercontinental

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Intercontinental (IHG), the parent of the Intercontinental and Holiday Inn brands (among others), is offering 2,000 easy points.* They represent easy points and the survey points may keep your account from expiring if you don’t use it often. Opinion Check-In Surveys are the single easiest way to pick up points on the cheap. They can …

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Jan 18

American Airlines Adding Basic Economy

basic economy

American Airlines issued a press release today announcing the introduction of its Basic Economy fares, matching the new fare class set out by Delta and United. Basic Economy Basic Economy (BE) is a class of service right below traditional economy and is meant to compete with the Spirit Airlines of the world. You’ll get a …

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Jan 16

American Airlines Just Destroyed Their Best Mileage Award

With all the sturm und drang of the past several weeks, American slipped a change through. It was not a particularly well-publicized move, but it was one that put severe restrictions on one of the most valuable aspects of the program. It’s going to get a bit wordy, but it’s one that matters. Easy Upgrades …

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