When you think about frequent flyer programs, you need to separate the two functions they serve. One part of the program is where you earn points by flying with the airline (or by having a co-brand credit card, transferring miles from a flexible currency partner, using a shopping or dining portal) which you can redeem for things like free flights (and other items like merchandise, upgrades and lounge memberships). Airlines have made earning points from flying more and more difficult while offering large bonuses for credit card sign-ups.
The other part of a frequent flyer program is the ability to earn status with your travels. The more you fly on an airline (or one of their alliance partners), the higher status you achieve. When you get status, you earn perks like free checked bags, upgrades, lounge access as well as a dedicated service line to speak with when you need assistance. The higher the level of status you have, the more points you’ll earn when you fly, tying the two parts of the program together.
While I feel that everyone should pay attention to the points earning side of frequent flyer programs, it just doesn’t make sense for most people to worry about getting status with an airline.
Continue reading “Airline Status Matters For Some People But Most Of Us Should Just Ignore It”
Happy Saturday friends, and hooray, it’s finally the weekend! Here’s a recap of what’s gone on at YMMV this week. From what we’ve written to what others wrote that we really liked and wanted to share, it’s all here, in one convenient place!
Continue reading “Mystery Woman Sneaks Onto Flight, 7 Apps You Should Have When Traveling, I Wish Hotel Housekeeping Would Stop This, & More!”
Many of the co-brand hotel credit cards offer a free night as a yearly benefit for paying the annual fee for the card. I think with all cards nowadays, this night is capped and leaves out the best hotels. IHG’s free night used to be good anywhere and Hilton’s free night only has a small list of excluded properties but is only good for a weekend stay. That means you’re often left trying to decide when’s the best time to use the free night and maximize the value. The problem is that you never know if the redemption you’re looking at is the best value or if you’ll be able to get a better value later on, leading to a case of FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out). I’ve changed to the mindset of using these free nights wherever I can. I don’t often need single night stays so staying for free is better than paying and I don’t want to end up wasting one at the end of the year.
Here’s an example to show why only looking at the price of the hotel you’re booking might not be an accurate way to judge the value of the free night certificate. Continue reading “What’s A Free Hotel Night Actually Worth? And Is It Worth It?”
I was going through email and saw one from Flying Blue. Since it was most likely regarding our upcoming award reservation, I read it right away. The first line wasn’t what I wanted to see.
I would like to inform you of the cancellation of your flights.
At first, I was worried it was regarding the confusion when booking and the eventual help from a Flying Blue agent needed to issue the tickets for flights. I was relieved when I continued reading:
I have already rebooked your flights for you. For more details about your reservation ******, please go to ‘My reservations’ on airfrance.com. Also, we have sent ticket separately.
We had booked flights from FRA-DTW-MCO in Delta One. Not my preferred routing but it was the only thing available with miles. It turns out Delta has canceled the FRA-DTW flight.
Continue reading “Delta Removed The Flight We Were Booked On From The Schedule (But Only For 19 Days)”
Hi travel friends! Here are our most popular posts for September 2019. Some of them were actually written before September (heads up that rules and offers change and we can’t guarantee that those older posts are still accurate), so take a look to make sure you didn’t miss any of the good stuff:
Continue reading “American Airlines Offering Status For Nothing, Favorite Eats In Key West, Marriott Making It Harder To Stay With Them, & More!”