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CheapTickets’ New Loyalty Currency Expires After Just 30 Days

July 23, 2014 |

The online travel agencies already boast competitive prices, plenty of inventory, and solid if not flashy user interfaces. So it’s no mystery why the latest battle for the hearts and minds of travel consumers is taking place in the arena … Read More

Hilton’s New Promotion Undermined by the Fine Print

July 23, 2014 | 3

Longtime points chasers will recall, wistfully, a time when a hotel chain’s “systemwide promotion” was just that: systemwide. In other words, stays at any and all properties in that hotel company’s network would count toward earning whatever the bonus happened … Read More

Act Fast: JetBlue 20% Award-Price Discount

July 22, 2014 |

JetBlue has recently been among the most aggressive airlines in offering discounts on award travel. That’s the good news.

The bad news: The discounts, this latest one included, have all been flash sales, giving TrueBlue members as little as 48 … Read More

Citi Adds Transfer Partners to ThankYou Program

July 22, 2014 | 1

A majority of frequent-flyer miles are earned through purchases made by credit cards, either cards linked directly to specific airline programs or cards that award points that may be transferred into multiple airline and hotel programs, such as the Starwood … Read More

Chase Sapphire Credit Card Adds, Deletes Perks

July 21, 2014 |

The Chase Sapphire Preferred card has established itself as one of the perennial favorites among travel-rewards aficionados for a number of good reasons. Among them:

  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Points transfer 1:1 to 11 airline and hotel programs
  • Awards … Read More

Win an 8-Day Trip for 2 to Tokyo

July 21, 2014 |

Enter the Sapporo “Legendary Journey” sweepstakes by August 27, 2014, for a chance to win the grand prize: an eight-day trip to Tokyo for two, including air, hotel, and $2,400 in spending money.

In addition to the grand prize, 12 … Read More

Recap: The Week’s Biggest Stories and Best Deals

July 18, 2014 |

Following is our regular summary of the latest travel news and best frequent traveler promotions reviewed during the past week.

If it was a good deal—or a notably bad deal—from an airline, hotel, or car rental loyalty program, you can … Read More

Airlines’ Rising Fees Befuddle and Infuriate Flyers

July 18, 2014 | 3

The airlines call them ancillary revenues.

Travelers call it nickel-and-diming.

By whatever name, the dizzying array of fees that airlines now impose for everything from checked bags to carry-on bags to seat selection to ticket reissues is big business. And … Read More

Kimpton Rebrands, Refreshes Points Program

July 17, 2014 |

Kimpton, with just over 50 hotels and restaurants in its network, is a David among Goliaths when it comes to hotel chains. Marriott, for instance, just passed the 4,000-hotel mark, and it’s not the largest of the major chains.

Size … Read More

Just How Uncomfortable Can Air Travel Be?

July 17, 2014 | 1

Much is currently being made in academic economics journals about the widening wealth gap between the haves and the have-nots. And the idea has gotten considerable traction among travelers as well. Whether the two phenomena are linked or not remains … Read More

Starwood Resort Stays for 35% Fewer Points

July 16, 2014 |

As it did last year, Starwood is offering award nights at six resorts for 35 percent fewer Starpoints.

With the discount factored in, the per-night prices for the participating resorts are as follows:

  • W Retreat and Spa Maldives – … Read More

Are These the World’s Best Airlines?

July 16, 2014 | 1

As it has since 1999, airline ratings service Skytrax has published the results of its 2014 World Airline Survey, ranking more than 200 of the world’s airlines from best to worst. The rankings were based on responses to 18.9 million … Read More