The biggest news in travel at the moment is the merger between Marriott and Starwood. Travelers are asking what it means to them. Here’s how to take advantage of the best benefits with the two programs plus the latest in other travel news for the week.
What’s Next on Marriott/SPG: Linking Accounts, Maximizing Benefits and Other Miles/Points News
Marriott and SPG Deal Closes, Hilton Stays Earn Delta Elite Status and BA Rolls Out Red Carpet
Bet you didn’t know that you could boost your Medallion Qualification Miles with Delta by staying at a Hilton? Well, you can through a limited time promotion. We have that and lots of other good news in this week’s roundup.
Buying, Sharing and Getting Bonus Miles is Trending
There’s a lot going on in the travel world this week. Delta nixes Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse access for some, but rewards sports fans in Washington. JetBlue puts up boxing mitts with Delta in Atlanta, again. And lots more.
Allegiant Gets in the Game, Lie-flat on all AA long-haul Routes and Marriott Partners With TED Talks
It might not be your favorite airline, but there is a new player in the game when it comes to travel loyalty. Allegiant is launching an “infrequent” flyer program while Marriott expands the minds of its frequent travelers with a new TED Talks partnership.
Cocktails Predicting the Next President? Why You Might Need a Drink When You Hear About Delta
Delta Air Lines is at it again. The airline is raising rates on award tickets without any notice to flyers, which seems to be its practice since deleting its award chart. That’s why Omni’s latest promotion might be of interest for some travelers. Also, take note of several hotel promotions scheduled for the fall.
Sapphire Reserve Hits the Market, Bye to Etihad Limos, Birthday Bonuses From Virgin
This week’s roundup has both good and bad news. The Chase Sapphire Reserve applicataion went live this past week with its 100,000 point sign-up bonus. But while there are lots of great ways to earn bonus miles, Etihad has squashed one of our favorite benefits on first class award tickets. Read it and weep amidst the plethora of other good deals out there.
Delta Suites, Chase’s Sapphire Reserve and FF Program Workarounds
There’s always exciting news in the travel world, and this week is no different. Learn a clever workaround for maximizing your miles even with new revenue-based programs. Plus, there is some great news in the credit card world, like a new premium card offering 100,000 points and lounge upgrades.
Free Entertainment on American, United Discounts Award Travel and Delta Apologizes
This week is chock full of travel-related news for frequent flyers. Whether you are earning or burning miles as you travel, consider these tidbits to discover ways to improve upon and enjoy the journey, no matter where you are headed.
United Changes, Jet Blue Allows Changes, Marriott Makes Friends and More
In our weekly roundup column we look at what’s happening around the world that is of interest to miles and points collectors.
United Just Changed a Fundamental Rule for Booking Award Travel
One of the most valuable features of many airline loyalty programs is the ability to book a stopover during your itinerary. How does a stopover differ from a regular connection? Usually you must arrive and depart within 24 hours during international connections (or within 4 hours during domestic connections).
New Routes and Back-to-School Bonuses
This week has been full of travel news for points and miles collectors. These are some of the latest tidbits to get you up to speed.
FF News: Bye Citi Prestige Lounges, Hello PreCheck and AA Changes
Admirals Club access for Citi Prestige
If you hold the Citi Prestige card, you’re about to lose an important benefit. Starting July 23, 2017, American Airlines Admirals Club access will no longer be a feature of the card. Of course, there is still Priority Pass membership as a benefit, which provides access to hundreds of lounges, but there are not as many in the U.S. For the $450 annual fee, this is a big loss for domestic travelers that fly American frequently.
Air Berlin Begins Overseas Service from SFO and BOS and Increases Service in the U.S.
Based in Germany, air berlin is expanding their existing services to North America. Most recently, they launched flights to San Francisco, CA (SFO) and Boston, MA (BOS) and increased frequencies to other destinations. It’s yet another way for you to cross the Atlantic Ocean and redeem your miles.
Keep Points Balances Full With Mileage Promotions and Travel News
Keep those miles and points balances full with these latest and greatest mileage promotions and travel news.
Air Serbia Lands at JFK
Last month a new airline arrived at JFK Airport giving you another means of crossing the Atlantic from New York and possibly using your miles. The new airline is Air Serbia currently operating five times a week except Sundays and Wednesdays.
New Opportunities from Flying Blue and Ultimate Rewards Partnership
Chase Ultimate Rewards is one of the most valuable bank rewards programs. Points can be redeemed for almost any flight booked through the Ultimate Rewards travel portal at a value of 1.2 cents each, or you can transfer them to a variety of airline and hotel loyalty programs. Most third party programs restricted the amount of award availability, but they have the advantage that you could get much more value for your points.
JetBlue Airways Expands Its Popular Transcontinental “Mint” Service
Days after losing an intense bidding war to buy Californian-based Virgin America, JetBlue Airways has upped the ante in the battle for high-paying fliers from the Golden State.
How Will the New Chase Credit Card Rules Affect Frequent Flyers?
Chase is tightening restrictions on credit card applications. They are limiting the number of new cards a customer can get to five within a 24-month period. So if you apply for a sixth new card in a two-year period, Chase is very likely to turn you down.
Alaska Air and Virgin America Vow Frequent Flyers’ Experience Will Remain Intact Following Merger
On April 4, Alaska Air Group Inc. announced it will purchase Virgin America Inc. in a $2.6 billion deal that vaults the combined company to the top carrier on America’s West Coast.
Two New Airlines Enter the A350 Space
Singapore Airlines and TAM became the newest airlines to join the A350 flying family, taking delivery of their aircraft on March 2, 2016 and December 17, 2015 respectively. Singapore Airlines is the second airline to fly the planes in Asia and TAM is the first in South America.