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Marriott Adds New Loyalty-Program Benefits

October 8, 2015 |

Marriott this week announced four new (and not so new) Marriott Rewards features that make a good program even better:

  • Effective immediately, Marriott Rewards and Ritz-Carlton Rewards members can book an award stay before they’ve accumulated sufficient points to … Read More

Discounted American Awards for Credit Card Holders

October 8, 2015 |

Got an AAdvantage credit card issued by Citibank or Barclays? Then you may be entitled to book award flights for fewer miles.

Holders of the various AAdvantage-affiliated credit cards can book awards to selected U.S. and Canadian destinations at discounted … Read More

Earn Double Delta Miles Plus an Elite Bonus for Hilton Stays

October 7, 2015 |

Although Delta has a special marketing relationship with Starwood, it’s not an exclusive arrangement. This joint promotion with Hilton is a repeat of similar bonuses offered in past years.

Offer Details

Through December 31, Hilton HHonors members can earn double … Read More

The Coach-Class Legroom Problem, Solved?

October 7, 2015 | 2

Pity the coach-class flyer (me, you, and the rest of the 99 percent). Even as travelers’ height and girth have increased, coach-seat legroom has been steadily reduced.

Combine that seating squeeze with full flights — averaging 80-plus percent full, these … Read More

Earn 30% More United Miles for Partner Transactions

October 6, 2015 | 1

United’s MileagePlus program has partners. Lots of partners. United wants you to remember that, and is offering bonus miles to reinforce the message.

Offer Details

Through November 20, MileagePlus members will receive a 30 percent bonus when earning miles with … Read More

Delta Posts Profits and Cuts Jobs

October 6, 2015 |

Recent Delta headlines have told decidedly different stories, some with a good-news angle, some less so:

  • A $2.2 billion profit for the first half of 2015
  • A 5 percent decrease in unit revenue for September
  • A 14.5 percent pay … Read More

Best Western Rewards Changes Are Encouraging

October 5, 2015 |

Less than a week ago, I characterized Best Western Rewards as a “conservative and underutilized loyalty program.”

Today, it’s still a conservative program. But with two just-announced changes, it’s a bit less so. And the very fact that the company … Read More

Win an Alaska Cruise for 2

October 5, 2015 |

Enter the Holland America “Best of Alaska” sweepstakes by March 31, 2016, for a chance to win the grand prize: a 10-day Holland America Line Alaska Denali Land+Sea Journey trip, including a seven-day cruise, overnight stays in Denali and Fairbanks, … Read More

Weekly Recap: The Unfriendly Skies, Redeeming Miles for BMWs, & More

October 3, 2015 |

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

Earn 15,000 Bonus Points for 1 Park Inn Stay

October 2, 2015 |

In recent years, Club Carlson promotions have been among the standouts among special offers from the major hotel chains. The latest is no exception.

Offer Details

Through December 31, Club Carlson members can earn 15,000 bonus points for one eligible … Read More

Best Western to Launch Spiffy New Boutique Hotel Brand

October 1, 2015 |

With a network of more than 4,100 hotels, Best Western is among the largest of the major hotel chains. But due to a combination of general corporate passivity and a conservative and underutilized loyalty program, the company gets less attention … Read More

United’s New CEO: Yes, We Suck

October 1, 2015 | 5

The friendly skies, it turns out, weren’t so friendly after all.

Today, in full-page ads in a handful of major newspapers, United’s new CEO, Oscar Munoz, admitted that “the journey hasn’t always been smooth.”

And on, a new website … Read More