Educational Posts on Loyalty Programs

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How to Visit Two Caribbean Islands for the Price of One

Travelers who are also country counters always look for ways to maximize their travel time and visit more than one place per trip. Although traveling longer is the most obvious answer, sometimes traveling smarter also does the trick. Knowing special routings and which frequent-flyer miles to use where can help you maximize that time on the ground.

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Stash Hotel Rewards Makes It Easy to Earn Free Nights at Unique Hotels

Stash Hotel Rewards

Are you tired of staying at the same boring hotel chains trip after trip but reluctant to give up the opportunity to earn points in exchange for a more interesting location in which to lay your head? Thanks to Stash Hotel Rewards — a loyalty program for travelers who love independent and boutique hotels—you no longer have to forgo points in the pursuit of unique hotel experiences.

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Monterey Bay Aquarium Shines as One of World’s Best

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Since 1984 Monterey Bay Aquarium has offered education and entertainment. The California-based site was the brainchild of a group of marine biologists who studied at Stanford University’s marine laboratory.

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How to Score Delta Award Tickets Using Virgin Atlantic’s Program

Sometimes the best value for miles is not the most obvious one. And in the case of redeeming miles to fly on Delta, the answer may come from a totally different loyalty program. You can actually spend fewer miles by redeeming Virgin Atlantic Flying Club points for some Delta flights than it costs to redeem SkyMiles.

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Backroads: Active Adventures for Intrepid Travelers

Backroads

Do you try to stay active while on vacation? If so, you’re not alone. An Expedia survey conducted earlier this year found 53 percent of U.S. residents believe it’s important to exercise while traveling. While sightseeing on foot was cited as the most popular way to stay physically active while away from home, some travelers also said they engage in biking and running, often in the hotel gym.

But what if you prefer to make exercise the centerpiece of your vacation and not just a way to balance out a few indulgent restaurant meals? For travelers who live an active lifestyle and want to maintain it while exploring new destinations, there’s nothing better than an adventure with Backroads.

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How Do I Know if a Flight Redemption is Good Value?

How Do I Know If a Flight Redemption is Good Value

When you collect points and miles you do it for the value, not for the mere pleasure of accumulating millions of them–although there is certainly some excitement when you see them piling up. I still remember how thrilled I was to accrue my first 30,000 miles. But I was even more excited to make my first redemption for a round-trip flight to South East Asia with the return flying Thai and Lufthansa first class. This was a ticket worth a few thousand dollars in value. The economy round trip-ticket would have easily run $1,200.

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Allianz Global Assistance: Keeping Your Travel on Track

Allianz Global Assistance

The CMO Council, a peer-powered network for senior marketing decision makers, surveyed more than 2,000 consumer travelers about their biggest travel stressors. Not surprisingly, flight delays and cancellations topped the list of the most stressful, followed by researching deals and handling sicknesses or injuries while traveling.

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Preferred Hotels & Resorts Celebrates 50 Years in Luxury Travel

Preferred Hotels Resorts

Preferred Hotels & Resorts is the world’s largest independent hotel brand, providing global sales, marketing, reputation management, distribution and guest loyalty services to more than 650 distinctive independent luxury hotels, resorts, residences and hotel groups in 85 countries.

Caroline Michaud, vice president of corporate communication and public relations, talked with RewardExpert about the company’s appeal five decades after its inception.

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How to Maximize SPG Points with Marriott Travel Packages

Marriott travel package

When Mariott and SPG merged last year we wrote about the new opportunities the merger created. First Marriott quickly installed a policy allowing members of either program to convert their points back and forth at a ratio of one SPG point to three Marriott points.

SPG points are one of the most valuable currencies in the travel rewards game, with the ability to transfer to over 30 airline partners providing a great deal of flexibility. And if you transfer increments of 20K SPG points to airline partners, you receive a 5K mile bonus, effectively making SPG points worth 1.25 airline miles of your choice. But you can do even better than that. We will show how you can get more than 1.25 miles per point and get a free hotel stay.

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Urgent.ly Helps You Get Back on the Road Fast

Urgent-ly

Car problems happen all the time, and usually when people least expect them. They can really ruin a road trip. Urgent.ly is a 21st century roadside assistance company that brings all that technology has to offer to the table and you only have to pay for the services you request.

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Care2: A Worldwide Community for Good

Care2

From improving animal welfare to protecting women’s rights, prohibiting book banning in public schools to supporting life-saving medical research, there are many causes one can support in an effort to make the world a better place—if you know where to begin. Care2 has made finding that beginning easy, bringing millions of concerned citizens together to create an online community taking positive action for change one signature at a time.

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Could Chase Devalue Ultimate Rewards and How to Protect Your Points

Chase recently sent out a survey to selected cardholders to gauge opinions on several potential negative changes that could be made to the Ultimate Rewards program and its associated credit cards. While no changes are imminent, this survey could give us some insight into what may occur in the future. Since program devaluations are a constant source of risk in the travel rewards game, it helps to consider which opportunities currently provide outsized value that may be ripe for devaluation.

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Getaround Helps Travelers and City Dwellers Do Exactly That

Getaround

There are more than 250 million vehicles in the United States and most are sitting idle 22 hours a day. Through their peer-to-peer automobile sharing community, the folks at Getaround aim to solve this car overpopulation problem, reducing not just the number of vehicles on the planet but bothersome traffic and dangerous pollution as well.

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Top 9 Reasons Why I Love the Premium Citi Prestige Card

Citi Prestige Love

The Citi Prestige credit card is one of my top cards. In fact, I always use it for booking flights, but it is also great for a few other reasons! Here’s why I love the Citi Prestige.

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GoodRx Saves Money on Prescriptions

GoodRx-Inc

In a country known for its high prescription drug costs, Americans want some kind of reprieve. That’s where GoodRx comes into play.

The company aims to help Americans pay the lowest possible prices for prescription drugs. It’s done through proprietary market intelligence technology that evaluates current prices at more than 70,000 U.S. pharmacies. Users can shop and access GoodRx-exclusive discounts online and through phone apps, saving up to 80 percent on necessary medications.

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HomeExchange: A Pioneer in the Sharing Economy

HomeExchange

HomeExchange has facilitated more than one million home swaps since 1992. In 2016 alone, 65,000 members made 135,000 home swaps across 150 countries, and was awarded “Best Site for Booking Your Stay” in 2016 by USA Today readers. It was also the inspiration for the 2006 movie “The Holiday,” starring Cameron Diaz and Jude Law.

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How to Maximize Amex’s Promo Transfer Bonus to British Airways and Iberia

Last month, American Express Membership Rewards program restored its point transfer ratio to 1-to-1 for both partner Avios programs: British Airways and Iberia. With a 250-200 conversion for British Airways and a 5-4 conversion for Iberia, transfer ratios left a lot to be desired previously. Shortly after, a new promotion sweetened the deal even further. Amex began offering a 40-percent bonus on all Avios transfers through September 17.

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Spotted by Locals: Bringing the Experts to You

Spotted by Locals

If you’re a traveler, who better to ask where to eat or what to see than someone who actually lives and cohabitates in your destination?

That’s how Spotted by Locals has become a force in the travel game, using iPhone and Android apps and up-to-date blogs tips by hand-picked locals in 67 cities across Europe and North America. And according to the company, it’s getting bigger and bolder.

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One Concierge: Connecting High-End Clients with VIP Experiences

OneConcierge

“Wealth is the ability to fully experience life,” according to Henry David Thoreau, an American essayist, poet and philosopher. It’s a sentiment many people can relate to, for all the money in the world is next to useless if you don’t have time to enjoy the opportunities that wealth can provide.

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Guide to the Citi Prestige’s 4th Night Free Benefit

One of the greatest –if not the greatest –credit card benefits is the 4th Night Free perk exclusively with the Citi Prestige® Card. Today we’ll do a deep dive into what it is and how to use it.

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