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World of Hyatt Credit Card bonus elite nights now posting (+ I got a...

Anyone who successfully applied for the World of Hyatt credit card between 16 October and 31 December 2020 was given a choice of two good welcome offers and was promised 10 elite night credits for 2020 and a further 10 elite night credits in 2021 (double the usual number of elite night credits that the card offers). The 2021 bonus elite night credits are now posting.
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My hotel loyalty plans for 2021 (and possibly beyond)

For the past couple of months, I've been reevaluating the various loyalty programs I interact with on a frequent or semi-frequent basis as I decide where to focus my efforts in 2021. As far as big hotel chains go, I'm now very sure which ones will be getting the bulk of my business and which ones I'll be mostly avoiding. It looks like I'll be making a few changes from prior years.
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More Marriott Bonvoy Members Are Being Targeted For Promotions

Marriott appears to be continuing to take the same lackadaisical approach to global promotions that we've come to expect from the hotelier (it hasn't bothered to come up with a new global promotion for Q1) but in the lead up to Christmas, we started to see select Bonvoy members being targeted for a variety of new deals. Now, more people appear to have been targeted.
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Register Now For Hilton’s New 2021 Promotion

Hilton is the first of the major hotel chains to announce a new quarterly promotion for 2021 (Hyatt chose to extend its existing excellent promotions) and it's a promotion that we've seen Hilton run in the past. It's also a promotion that will be popular with anyone booking multiple short trips and less popular with those booking a small number of longer trips.
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Marriott Bonvoy Has Now Extended Expiring Certificates & Travel Packages

Towards the end of October Marriott announced that it would once again be extending the validity period of all free night certificates and upgrade certificates that were set to expire before 31 July 2021. True to its word, that's exactly what Marriott has now done.
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All Hilton Diamond Elites will be able to gift elite status for 2021

Hilton Honors has announced that from next week it will be extending a "one-time opportunity" to its Diamond and Lifetime Diamond Elite status holders which will allow them to gift status for one year to a family member or friend.
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World Of Hyatt Gains Another 10 SLH Properties (One Is A Little Different)

Continuing the recent theme of Hyatt being the only major hotelier that's releasing any worthwhile news, we now have a new announcement from Hyatt to say that it has added a further 10 SLH properties to the World of Hyatt program. One of the properties is a little different.
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Reminder: Hyatt Is Offering An Easy 500 Points To Everyone (TODAY) & Special Rates...

Hyatt is hoping to encourage more people to take some time out to be mindful and to honor Hyatt's third annual Global Day of Gratitude by offering 500 World of Hyatt points to everyone who completes a guided meditation today. In addition, Hyatt is also offering special discounted rates for healthcare workers from around the world.
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Is IHG About To Extend Expiring Free Night Certificates?

If you're about to burn an IHG Rewards Club free night certificate that's set to expire in a few weeks' time it may be worth holding off for a few more days as help may be around the corner. Katie Genter has reported that despite IHG's obvious reluctance to extend expiring certificates for a second time, the hotelier may be about to have a change of heart. 
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Forget Hyatt Globalist, I May Mattress Run All The Way To 4 Suite Upgrade...

With Hyatt's recent announcement that it has reduced its elite qualification criteria for 2021 by half and with the discovery that this now means that World of Hyatt members can earn Hyatt Globalist status by spending as few as 10 nights in Hyatt properties worldwide, a lot of people seem to be considering doing a mattress run to earn that valuable top-tier status. I may take it one step further. I may mattress run to earn the suite upgrade awards too.
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Accor Promotion: Double Rewards Points On One Stay In Europe

Accor's ALL loyalty program has launched an end of year promotion in which it's offering double points on one stay made through 10 January 2021. The promotion covers most Accor properties in Europe but members must register if they're to collect the bonus that's being offered. 
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Yes, You Really Can Earn Top-Tier Hyatt Status In Just 10, 13 or 15...

At the time I was writing about yesterday's big Hyatt announcements, two things flashed through my mind. Firstly, I thought that the decision to reduce the elite qualifying criteria by 50% was incredibly generous. Secondly, it occurred to me that the combination of the reduced elite status targets and the extension of one of Hyatt's promotions may open up an incredible opportunity to earn Hyatt elite status with fewer nights than ever before.
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Marriott Promotion: Book Most Properties At Off-Peak Award Rates

Marriott has brought back a promotion that originally debuted back in June and which allows Bonvoy members to book most of the properties in Marriott's portfolio at off-peak award rates. This time around the promotion is a little more generous than the June promotion as the travel window is a month longer, but be aware that the booking window is still relatively short.
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Extended: Now Earn 3x or 4x Hyatt Points And Get 25% Back On Award...

Today is very clearly a day of Hyatt news on Traveling For Miles. The big news from earlier is that Hyatt is reducing its elite status targets by an incredible 50% for 2021, and now I'm pleased to report that Hyatt has said that it is extending three of its current promotions (including its fantastic Bonus Journeys promotion) through to the end of February 2021 - that an extension of almost two months.
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Incredible: Hyatt Reduces 2021 Elite Qualifying Criteria By 50% (Earn Top-Tier Status With Just...

The World of Hyatt has just announced that it is reducing its elite status qualifying criteria by 50% for the 2021 qualification year and, in one fell swoop, it has just made top-tier status considerably more accessible to a large number of World of Hyatt members.
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Choice Hotels Promotions: 20% – 30% Off & 2,000 Or 5,000 Bonus Points On...

Choice Hotels is currently running a couple of promotions that should stack together very nicely. The first promotion is offering between 20% and 30% off stays taken by the end of the year (US only), while the second promotion is offering 2,000 or 5,000 points depending on the number of nights you stay by the end of the year.
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ENDS TODAY: Buy Marriott Bonvoy Points At Best Ever Rate

Marriott has been running a flash sale this week in which it's offering a bonus of up to 60% on Bonvoy Points purchases. Historically speaking, this is the highest bonus we have ever seen Marriott offer (it matches the bonus offered back in May) and we now apparently have it on good authority that this will be the best offer we see during the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales.
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Radisson Rewards Black Friday Deal: Buy Points With A 100% Bonus

Radisson Rewards has launched a Black Friday points sale and, unsurprisingly, it's the best sale that the loyalty program usually publishes. Most points purchases made through 2 December will earn a 100% bonus and as that values Radisson's points at just 0.35 cents each and as Radisson has boosted the maximum number of points its members can buy in a year, this opens up the opportunity for significant savings at some of the hotelier's best properties.
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Patience: Marriott’s Best Ever Points Sale May Be Bettered

In the past 24 hours, Marriott launched a new sale in which it's offering Bonvoy members the opportunity to buy points with a bonus of up to 60% thrown in. Historically speaking, this is the highest bonus we have ever seen Marriott offer (it matches the bonus offered back in May) but there's an outside chance that there's something better to come.
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Get A 30% Bonus When You Transfer Select Hotel Points To Avios

It appears to be the season for 30% Avios bonuses. First we have Chase offering a 30% bonus on Ultimate Rewards Point transfers to various Avios-issuing airlines and now we have British Airways offering a 30% bonus on transfers from IHG Rewards Club and Radisson Rewards. But is this promotion any good?
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Marriott Will Extend Ritz-Carlton Upgrade Certificates

The Ritz-Carlton Credit Card issued by Chase has a number of very useful benefits (it's why I got the card earlier this year) and among them are the upgrade certificates that allow cardholders to upgrade select paid stays three times a year. The Covid crisis put paid to most people's chances of using their certificates this year but it looks like those certificates will now be given a second lease of life.
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Will IHG Now Charge 100,000 Points/Night For Select Basic Rooms?

IHG has now added 400 Mr & Mrs Smith properties to its booking engine and as of late yesterday, most of these properties are now available for cash or award bookings. Since these properties were added, I've been searching the IHG site to see if I could find any particular sweet spots or great-value award redemptions and while I haven't noticed any notable good deals, I have noticed a point of concern.
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Marriott Bonvoy Extends Free Night Award Validities & Further Pauses Points Expirations

One of the more rewarding benefits that come with the various Marriott Bonvoy co-branded credit cards are the free night awards that are offered on a cardholder's card anniversary or as part of a very generous credit card welcome offer. These free night awards are also often earned through promotions, annual choice benefits, or travel packages but sadly, as most of us are still not in a position to travel freely, these free night awards haven't been of much use this year. Thankfully, Marriott has just made them a little more useful.
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Hilton Honors Extends Statuses Again, Reduces Elite Status Requirements & More!

Hilton has just announced a number of adjustments to its loyalty program that should bring smiles to a lot of faces - from further status extensions and reduced status thresholds through lower targets for milestone bonuses to extended benefits for Hilon co-branded American Express cardholders, there's quite a lot of good news here. 
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Warning: Avoid The New IHG Points Sale – It’s Terrible

This isn't going to be a long post as the headline pretty much says it all. Anyone who needs to top up an IHG Rewards account should almost certainly avoid the new sale that has just launched (unless you happen to need the points right now) because, as IHG points sales go, this one is terrible.
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The Current Marriott Promotion Has Been Extended

It was almost exactly two months ago that Marriott released details of its latest global promotion which, at the time, was set to run through to 18 October. Now, and with the promotion end-date nearly upon us, Marriott has quietly extended the date through which guests can earn the bonus points on offer.
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Great Deal: Radisson Is Offering 25% Back On Award Bookings

Radisson appears to be taking a leaf out of Hyatt's book by launching an offer for 25% back on awards bookings and although the offer isn't quite a generous as Hyatt's for World of Hyatt credit card holders (the Radisson promotion doesn't run as long), it's definitely more generous than Hyatt's for everyone else. 
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Buy Choice Privileges Points with a 25% discount [possibly targeted]

Choice Privileges Rewards is back with a new promotion in which it is offering members a 25% discount when buying points by 6 November 2020. The wording in the terms and conditions suggests that this promotion may be targeted so other Choice Privileges members may see slightly different offers.
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Hyatt Extends Elite Benefits & Points Expirations (Again) And Announces Award Chart Changes

Over the past six months, all the major hotel chains have taken steps to keep their more loyal customers happy and to make it easier for their elites to use the benefits afforded to them, but none has done more than Hyatt. Now, as chains like Hilton, IHG, Radisson, and Marriott start to roll back some of the positive moves they made earlier in the year, Hyatt is back with more good news for its fans.
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LAST DAY: Register For The Hyatt/American Airlines Status Matches

American Airlines and the World of Hyatt have been offering status match promotions for each other's elite status holders since the beginning of March. Today, 2 October, is the last day for American Airlines AAdvantage members to register for this offer.
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DEAL: Marriott’s dining program is offering 8 points/dollar in October

Marriott’s Eat About Town dining program has just announced a new promotion in which it’s offering all Bonvoy members 8 points per dollar at participating restaurants all around the United States. New joiners to the program have the opportunity to earn a bonus of 1,000 points on their first dine and as you don’t have to use a Marriott Bonvoy credit card to participate, there’s scope to earn a significant number of points with this promotion.
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Earn 5,000 Bonus Points On Every Radisson Stay + 5,000 Bonus Points For Co-Branded...

At the beginning of July, Radisson Rewards has launched a promotion through which it has been offering guests a bonus of 5,000 points on every stay. This bonus continues to be offered through the end of the year with all of Radisson's worldwide properties participating, but the promotion has just been boosted by news that Radisson Rewards Visa card holders can earn additional bonus points too.
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Use The Latest Choice Hotels Promotion To Book Free Nights (USA + Canada)

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Earn 3x AAdvantage Miles with World of Hyatt [Targeted]

The World of Hyatt is currently sending out emails to targeted members with an offer of three AAdvantage Miles per dollar on all Hyatt stays through the end of the year. Considering this offer will stack (very nicely) with the upcoming promotion in which WoH members can earn up to four times the usual number of base points, this is an incredibly generous offer to receive.
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Register For IHG’s “Unlimited Double Points” Promotion (+ Bonus For IHG Credit Card Holders)

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Get ready for Hyatt’s new (and excellent) year-end promotion

Hyatt has now announced details of the promotion it will be running from 1 October through the end of the year and once again the hotelier has come up with something that's orders of magnitude better than anything any of the other chains have come up with so far. Put simply, this is one of the best Hyatt promotions I recall seeing in recent years.
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Great hews: Hyatt extends its promotions on award bookings, dining & parking into 2021

Since the beginning of July, Hyatt has been running a number of excellent promotions covering award night bookings, spending at restaurants within Hyatt properties, and on parking at Hyatt properties worldwide. These promotions were all set to end on 8 October but Hyatt has just announced that it has extended the end date for all of these promotions to 4 January 2021.
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Accor Is Offering Members 6,000 Bonus Points (Worth €120)

ALL, the loyalty program for Accor Hotels around the world (Fairmont, Sofitel, Novotel, Ibis, etc...), has launched a new promotion in which it's attempting to tempt customers back into its properties with the promise of an increasing number of bonus points the more they stay.
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The InterContinental Ambassador Renewal Promotion Is Live…But You May Not Notice It

Around a month ago, we were given a heads up that IHG was about to launch a new promotion to try to encourage members to renew their InterContinental Ambassador membership. Since then, however, there doesn't appear to have been any official announcement of the promotion (at least not one that I've seen) and, even though the promotion is now live, it would be very easy for someone to not realize that a promotion is running when they go to renew their membership.
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Marriott Bonvoy Status Match Is Back (Limited Time)

Marriott has brought back its elite status challenges for a limited period of time (although we haven't been told when that limited period of time will end). Travelers with elite status in a number of other major hotel loyalty programs can now earn Marriott elite status at a greatly accelerated rate by booking and consuming a pre-set number of nights at Marriott properties within a 90 day period.
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Registration is now open for Hilton’s new Double Rewards promotion

Hilton's current "Points Unlimited" promotion ends on 7 September and details of the promotion to follow this one are now live. The new "Double Rewards" promotion is one that builds on the Points Unlimited promotion in a way that should please Hilton loyalists and in a way that makes earning top-tier elite status through a status match incredibly easy. Registration is now open.
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Radisson Rewards Announces Two More Positive Measures For Members

Back before "lockdown" was even a thing for some people, Radisson Rewards was the first of the major hotel loyalty programs to announce status extensions for all of its elites and one of the first to announce that it was pausing point expirations too. Now, with the revised deadline for points expirations looming at the end of the month, Radisson Rewards has made two more favorable announcements.
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How a key element of the World of Hyatt made a mattress run pointless

I'm a big fan of Hyatt despite not actually having World of Hyatt elite status. I cannot remember the last time I had a bad stay at a Hyatt property and the value I frequently get when I redeem Chase Ultimate Rewards points for Hyatt stays is something that I struggle to match with a lot of my other redemptions.
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How To Apply Marriott Suite Night Awards To A Reservation In 6 Simple Steps...

Marriott Bonvoy allows its members to choose 5 suite night awards as part of their benefits package when they earn 50 elite night credits in a year (the Annual Choice Benefits), and it allows members to choose a further 5 suite night awards as part of their benefits when they earn 75 elite nights in a year. That makes it pretty important to know how to apply these upgrades online.
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How To Pool Hilton Honors Points (It’s Free!)

Way back in April 2017 (those seem like halcyon days right now!) when Hilton refreshed its Honors loyalty program, part of the refresh included the addition of a points pooling feature that is remarkably easy to use. There's no fee to pool Hilton Honors points and up to 11 people can participate so this is definitely something all Hilton Honors members should be aware of.
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This Is Why Marriott Suite Night Upgrades Are A Joke

On the face of things, Marriott Bonvoy Suite Night Upgrades look like a very nice benefit to be offered, but there are so many ways in which Marriott has allowed the upgrades to be devalued that they can often feel like a chore to use rather than the fantastic benefit they should be.
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How To Redeem An IHG Free Night Certificate In 6 Simple Steps [2020 Edition]

There are two IHG Rewards credit cards which offer cardholders a free night stay at any IHG property costing up to 40,000 points per night – the IHG Rewards Club Premier Credit Card and IHG Rewards Club Select credit card (not open to new applicants) – and this is a quick step-by-step guide to redeeming the IHG free night certificate once it’s loaded to your account.
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Use InterContinental Ambassador Benefits At Regent Properties & Earn A Free Night With One...

Apparently someone has pointed out to IHG that it needs to up its game because, all of a sudden, the InterContinental Ambassador program is looking a lot more interesting than it has for a while. First, we get the news that the InterContinetal Ambassador free night benefit can be used at Kimpton properties (and midweek) and now we're seeing the program expanded (albeit on a trial basis) to select Regent properties too.
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My Ritz-Carlton Award Booking Dilemma

From a social distancing point of view and from a 'staying healthy' point of view, the Ritz-Carlton Tenerife and Tenerife itself seem like as good a place as any to visit right now...but I'm hugely conflicted about how to book the accommodation.
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Is Everyone Having Issues With The IHG Website? (Cannot Make Bookings)

Yesterday I wrote about the good news that some Chase IHG Free Night Certificates are still able to book any property in the world and, although I'd only gone through the booking process as far as the final "book reservation" button, everything looked in order and no errors occurred. The same cannot be said when just tried to complete a couple of reservations.
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Some IHG Chase Free Night Certificates Can Still Book Any IHG Property Worldwide

In mid-April, IHG confirmed that all existing free nights certificates earned via Chase credit cards would see their expiration date extended by 6 months but, when the certificates started appearing in member accounts, the few remaining certificates that would have worked at any IHG property in the world before their original expiration date could no longer book any property costing over 40,000 points. I tested this for myself.
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Hyatt Now Lets You Book Suites With Points Online

Unlike some hoteliers, Hyatt allows customers to book suites with its loyalty currency at reasonable rates but, up until now, suite availability checks and suite award night bookings have had to be done over the phone. However, at some point over the past 48 - 72 hours that has changed as suites can now be booked with World of Hyatt points on Hyatt.com and via the Hyatt mobile app.
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IHG Rewards: Earn up to 4x points on stays [Worldwide]

Back in the middle of June, IHG Rewards launched a new promotion in which it offered between double and quadruple points on stays made by 8 September 2020. At the time, a major downside to the promotion was the fact that it was only open to members based in the US but, now that IHG has remembered it has members elsewhere too, the promotion is now open to all.
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LAST DAY: Buy Marriott Bonvoy points at their historic low

Unlike a lot of loyalty programs, Marriott didn't start selling its currency at a discount until April last year. Since then, however, the hotelier has offered up at least three further sales and the sale ending today sees Marriott Bonvoy offering its biggest bonus to date. Bonvoy members have just hours left to make the most of this sale.
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All 2020 Hilton Elite Nights Will Rollover Into 2021

Over the weekend we saw Marriott's bonus elite nights dropping into members' Bonvoy accounts but Hilton has just upped the ante by announcing that all Hilton Honors elite nights earned in 2020 will rollover into 2021 making Hilton elite status a whole lot easier to earn next year. 
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Bonus Elite Night Credits Have Now Posted For Marriott Lifetime Elites

Almost exactly a month ago, Marriott announced that on top of the elite status extensions that it has offered to all of its Bonvoy elites, it would also be adding bonus elite night credits to member accounts by the end of this month. On Friday night, most Bonvoy accounts were updated (unexpectedly early) but the accounts of a lot of Lifetime Elites remained unchanged, and this led to some confusion. 
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InterContinental Ambassadors: Use Your Weekend Night Award At Kimptons & Midweek

One of the more major benefits of the InterContinental Ambassador program just became more valuable - the free weekend night certificate that all Ambassador members are given as part of their benefits pack can now be used at Kimpton properties worldwide and, to make things even better, the Kimpton bookings are not restricted to weekends!
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How to generate even a low number of United Miles at just 1.86 cents...

Right now, United Airlines isn't running a mileage sale but that doesn't mean that you can't buy miles at a big discount to what the airline is currently charging. In fact, it's currently possible to generate up to 72,000 United Miles at a cost of just 1.86 cents each and, possibly more importantly, you can generate as few as 4,000 miles at the same cost/mile.
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Wyndham Rewards Elite Status Thresholds Reduced For 2020

Wyndham Rewards has announced that it is reducing the number of nights required to earn elite status with the program in 2020. By announcing this move the program is following in the footsteps of IHG, Marriott, and Hyatt who have all announced their own measures to make their elites statuses (or the benefits associated with elite status) more attainable in 2020.
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This Is Why I Like IHG’s New Variable Pricing Awards

I'm not exactly one of IHG biggest fans nor am I a fan of award pricing that's based on the cash price of a booking, so I've been more than a little surprised to find that I actually quite like IHG's new dynamic price awards. IHG's variable pricing may not work for everyone but, for me and for quite a few other people, it looks like it may actually improve the value we get out of IHG Rewards and, just as importantly, out of the free night certificates issued by IHG co-branded credit cards.
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Deal: Save 20% & Get Free Breakfasts At Hyatt Properties Worldwide

Hyatt has launched a new promotion in which its offering World of Hyatt members up to 20% off at most Hyatt brands around the world, and guests participating in this promotion are getting free breakfasts thrown in too. This offer will stack with Hyatt's current triple points promotion and could help American Airlines elites earn cheap Hyatt status so this a potentially very worthwhile deal.
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Accor Extends Elite Status, Upgrades & Points Expirations

Accor's Live Limitless loyalty program has announced a series of measures to keep its members happy and engaged while the travel world in at a standstill, and it has followed in the footsteps of Hilton Honors, Marriott Bonvoy, the World of Hyatt, and Radisson Rewards by confirming that it will be extending elite statuses through next year.
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You Can Now Buy Marriott Bonvoy Points At A Historically Low Price

Unlike a lot of loyalty programs who have been discounting their miles and points for years, Marriott didn't start selling its currency at a discount until April last year. Since then, however, we've seen at least two further sales and now the hotelier is back with its biggest bonus to date.
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Hilton’s Extends Its “Points Unlimited” Promotion

In news that's probably not going to have a material effect on most people's plans (mainly because they don't have any!), Hilton has extended its "Points Unlimited" promotion that it unveiled at the start of the year. Originally set to end on 3 May, the promotion now ends on 7 September 2020. 
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The one essential rule to follow when buying miles or points

Whether they're scrabbling around for money during a worldwide crisis or whether they just want to make some quick and easy cash during more normal times, a lot of loyalty programs like to run sales on the points and miles they issue. Some of these sales can offer a very economical way to travel in comfort and are well worth investigating but, regardless of how good a sale is, all of them should come with a health warning that everyone should heed.
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Marriott Raises $920 Million From Chase & American Express

Marriot has just announced that it has raised $920 million in cash through the agreements it holds with JPMorgan Chase and American Express and, in doing so, follows Hilton in using its credit card partners to raise much needed liquidity during the current crisis.
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Niche Play: Get a 25% bonus when you convert Hyatt points to AAdvantage Miles

Every now and again American Airlines offers a bonus for converting hotel points into AAdvantage Miles, and right now there's a promotion running in which anyone with a World of Hyatt balance can transfer their points into the AAdvantage program and receive a 25% bonus on top of the points that are normally on offer. For most people, this remains a less than tempting proposition but it may still be useful for some.
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Expired IHG Free Night Certificates Are Reappearing (But Some Aren’t Working Correctly)

The IHG free night certificate that I get through my legacy IHG Rewards Club credit card expired earlier this month and disappeared from my account. IHG had already confirmed that certificates with 2020 expiration dates from 1 March onwards would be extended through December 2020 but it's only now that my replacement certificate has appeared online. That's the good news.
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IHG Rewards Extends Elite Statuses Through January 2022

IHG Rewards was the first of the major hotel chains to announce measures to help its members earn and retain status when it lowered its elite status thresholds back in the second week of March. Since then, the loyalty program has lagged its competitors with most of its efforts but it has now finally caught up with the rest of the pack by announcing status extensions across the board.
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How To Deal With Hotels That Refuse Elite Upgrades

A recurring theme among many travelers with hotel elite status is that they frequently fail to score upgrades at properties that are far from full and where an upgrade should be offered per the terms of the loyalty program to which they belong. There is no easy fix to this and there's no guaranteed method of 'forcing' a property to offer an upgrade, but there is something you can do to give yourself a better chance when you're checking in.
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InterContinental Ambassador Memberships Are Being Extended (But No Official Announcement)

My InterContinental Ambassador membership was set to expire next month so I've been wondering if IHG would be offering an extension and, if an extension was forthcoming, what it would look like. With no announcement of any kind coming from IHG I emailed the hotelier to see if I could find out what may be in works and, although I have yet to receive a reply, I got my answer when I checked my account this morning.
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Marriott Status & Suite Night Extensions Are Now Appearing In Bonvoy Accounts

Marriott Bonvoy acted relatively quickly when, as far back as 13 March, it announced that it would be extending the expiration date of suite night awards and the free night awards that come with various Marriott co-branded credit cards, but it wasn't until 8 April that Bonvoy joined the party and followed Hilton, Hyatt, and Radisson in extending all elite statuses into 2022.
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IHG Is Confirming Free Night Certificate Extensions

Lately, I've been giving IHG and IHG Rewards a deserved hard time by pointing out how they have been doing less than their competitors in a number of areas relating to customer care and by pointing out that they only have themselves to blame if customers are less than happy with them overall...but I've finally had some positive news drop into my inbox.
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You Reap What You Sow: This Is Why Some Loyalty Programs Are Facing More...

It's already pretty clear which corporations will come out of this crisis looking better than others but it's also clear that some corporations are being given a very basic lesson in what it means to reap what you sow, and it will be interesting to see if they learn anything from this experience.
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4 Hyatt Status Extension Questions Answered

Last week, Hyatt announced that it was extending its moratorium on points expirations, extending the expiration dates of various award instruments and extending elite statuses into 2022, and there have been four questions that I've been receiving from readers over and over again regarding Hyatt's announcement so I thought I'd address them in this post.
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This Status Extension Argument Makes No Sense To Me

In the past few weeks, we have seen a lot of the big airlines and hotel chains offering status extensions to members of their loyalty programs but we have also seen quite a few loyalty programs choosing a different path and, instead, choosing to take much shorter-term measures. This short-termism doesn't really make any sense to me but what makes even less sense is the argument that I've seen put forward to explain (or excuse) the moves being taken by the likes of British Airways and IHG Rewards.
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Marriott Bonvoy (Finally) Extends Elite Status Through 2022

Marriott is in the process of sending out emails signed by Arne Sorensen (Marriott President and CEO) in which the hotelier finally confirms that, amongst other things, it is extending elite status for all Bonvoy members through February 2022.
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How IHG Has Gone From Hero To Zero Very Quickly

It was way back on 12 March that IHG Rewards was the first major loyalty program (from the hotel or airline industry) to take measures to make it easier for its members to earn/retain status this year but that appears to have been the end of the program's interest in looking after its members and guests.
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Great News! World Of Hyatt Is Extending Elite Statuses Into 2022

In news that will be music to the ears to a lot of readers, Hyatt has just announced that it's extending its moratorium on points expirations, extending the expiration dates of various award instruments and, most importantly, extending all elite statuses into 2022.
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Hilton Isn’t Changing Diamond Status Benefits (For Now)

At the beginning of the week, there was a rumor circulating that Hilton Honors may be in the process of withdrawing a benefit that is considered among the most valuable by its top-tier Diamond status holders but based on a recent update, those fears were unfounded.
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Marriott Hacked (Again): Have You Been Bonvoyed?

If you've ever had any dealing with Marriott you'll probably already know that its IT systems are pretty useless but what you may not know is that its IT systems aren't very secure. In fact, their security appears to be laughably easy to circumvent.
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Buy Hilton Points & Book 5 Nights In The Maldives For $1,900

At a time when almost nobody is traveling anywhere, it may seem a little odd to find a loyalty program offering a sale of its currency but there's probably a quite a bit of logic behind Hilton's decision to offer up a 100% bonus on Honors Points purchases made in the next two months.
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Nice Move: Hilton Honors Extends Status For 2020 & 2021

Hilton Honors has today announced that it is extending the status expiration dates of all its elite members around the world and, in a surprise move, it has announced that this extension will also apply to elite members who were due to lose their status at the end of this month.
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Radisson Rewards Extends Elite Status & Halts Points Expirations

Up until recently, IHG Rewards has been the only big hotel loyalty program to make any global changes to elite status or status earnings in light of the current crisis but now Radisson has also joined in with a very positive change of its own.
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Huge News: Hyatt Pushes Back Devaluations To 2021 (And More)

We've just had some huge news out of Hyatt that should make a lot of people very happy indeed - the introduction of peak and off-peak pricing in the World of Hyatt program is being pushed back to 2021 and all but 5 Hyatt properties will now be remaining in their current World of Hyatt categories.
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Marriott Bonvoy Waives Change/Cancellation Fees, Pauses Points Expiration & More

Marriott has just issued a release from its President and CEO Arne Sorenson in which it outlines what it is doing to keep guests safe during their stays, how it is changing its cancellation policies and what steps its taking to minimize the losses by Marriott Bonvoy members.
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IHG Rewards elite status requirements lowered for 2020

If you're targeting IHG Rewards Club status this year and have been wondering how you're going hit the necessary targets with all the travel restrictions that are being put in place (I suspect more are on the way) there's good news for you - IHG has announced that it is reducing its elite status targets for 2020.
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American Airlines & Hyatt Offering New Elite Status Challenges [Targeted]

Hyatt and American Airlines have just announced that from today, select AAdvantage and World of Hyatt elites will be offered challenges to earn elite status in the other's loyalty program through 2022. Challenges are targeted, require registration, and are appearing on dedicated American Airlines and Hyatt webpages.
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Updated List Of All Hyatt SLH Properties & A Few Statistics Too

A while back a reader commented that "[m]ost SLH properties are on the top of the spectrum" so, while I'm well aware that Hyatt created a new top-tier Category 8 band just to incorporate some of the higher-end SLH properties, it occurred to me that I didn't really know what the full SLH list looks like...so I asked Hyatt.
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Register Now For Marriott’s Latest Promotion (It’s Terrible, But You May As Well Register)

With the coronavirus putting the world in full-on shutdown mode and with hundreds of travel plans being canceled by the second it wouldn't be unreasonable to expect the larger hotel chains to be doing whatever they can to encourage anyone still traveling to choose their properties. Not Marriott.
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Amex Is Offering A Hilton Transfer Bonus Of Up To 50% [Targeted]

American Express has launched a new bonus of up to 50% for transfers between Membership Rewards and Hilton Honors made by 14 April 2020. Historically such transfer bonuses have been targeted and have ranged between 10% and 50% so you'll have to log in to your online account to see what bonus Amex has chosen to offer you.
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5 Hyatt Properties To Book Before 22 March 2020

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I Knew Marriott Would Make This Mistake…But At Least It’s In My Favour!

In August last year, Marriott announced a couple of significant changes to the way its Points Advance reservations work and when these changes came into effect in September, I pointed out that the Bonvoy program's systems appeared to be incapable of dealing with one of these changes correctly. I also pointed out that I thought I could see how Marriott's solution to this system flaw may actually benefit some guests....and I was right.
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Hyatt adds 48 more SLH properties to The World of Hyatt

Following on from the hotel categories announcement earlier, Hyatt has also announced that a further 48 Small Luxury Hotels properties will be joining the World of Hyatt with immediate effect. The latest additions now mean that over 350 SLH properties are now participating in the world of Hyatt and more are almost certainly on the way.
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Hyatt hotel category changes announced (& more news too)

At the beginning of December Hyatt announced that it would be introducing peak, standard, and off-peak award pricing from March this year but the hotelier didn't let us know exactly when those changes would be introduced or if hotels would also be moving categories...but now we know.
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How to find your Marriott Free Night Certificates in your Bonvoy account

This post is the first in a series of three which will examine how to find Marriott free night certificates in your Bonvoy account (via desktop and via mobile app), how to apply a free night certificate to a single night booking and how to apply a certificate to a multiple night booking.
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New Hyatt promotion: Double points + bonuses for credit card holders

Hyatt has just announced its first major promotion of 2020 and with it it's offering World of Hyatt members double points at participating properties worldwide and it's offering holders of its co-branded credit cards the chance to earn yet more bonus points on select stays.
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Marriott Adds Gas To The Bonvoy Dumpster Fire

Marriott Bonvoy has released details of all its properties that are moving categories in a few weeks' time and if there was anyone left out there who still viewed Bonvoy as a great rewards program, even they are going to have to now concede that Bonvoy is a dumpster fire that just had gas added to the flames.
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IHG promotion offers Platinum members up to 55 points/dollar (but I doubt anyone will...

The first IHG Rewards promotion of 2020 will start from 15 February 2020 and the headline that IHG is pushing is one that suggests that members will be able to earn "up to 4x bonus points" for stays made through 15 May...but that really doesn't tell the whole story. It's more complicated than that.
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Did The IHG Rewards Club Just Get Devalued Again?

Based on recent history IHG usually uses the beginning of a new year to put through some negative changes to its loyalty program (in 2018 top-tier redemptions became more expensive and in 2019 over 570 properties became more expensive) but so far 2020 has seen IHG Rewards remained unchanged...until now.

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