And just like that, BOOM!, it’s the weekend! Hooray! Here’s a quick recap of the posts we wrote this week:
This week Joe wrote about:
And Sharon wrote about:
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Hotel promotions seem to be a trend right now, with hotel brands often announcing the next promotion before the current one is even over. Some of them, like IHG’s Accelerate promo, allow you to find the best way to meet the tasks you are assigned to get the bonus. Others are downright uninspiring like the current Hilton promotion. Every once in a while there is a promotion that comes along that could possibly be very lucrative.
Wyndham hotels recently announced their promotion for stays from February 5, 2018 that are completed by July 1, 2018. If you sign up for the promotion and make two qualifying stays during the promotional period, you earn 15,000 Wyndham Rewards points. Since Wyndham Rewards offers a flat pricing of 15,000 points for a free night at any of their hotels, this bonus will pay for a free night.
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I was shocked to find out there was a TWO BILLION DOLLAR hotel merger announced last week. The collective sound from the miles and points blogosphere could could be described as “meh” (with shoulders raised and then lowered for dramatic effect).
Sorry if I seem cynical but IHG’s $430 million purchase of Kimpton caused palpitations from Kimpton loyalists. When Marriott purchased the Starwood hotel brand for $13 billion dollars, you’d have thought the world was going to come to an end because it would be harder for Platinum members to get suite upgrades. Instead of the multitude of articles those mergers created, this one barely got a mention (excepting the ones from One Mile at a Time, Loyalty Traveler and Miles to Memories).
I’m referring to Wyndham’s purchase of La Quinta for $1.95 billion dollars This will bring the nearly 900 mid-scale, upper mid-scale and economy La Quinta locations into the Wyndham portfolio of hotels. When this merger is complete, Wyndham will have over 9,200 locations worldwide, making it the largest chain if measured by number of hotels and the third largest chain measured by number of hotel rooms, at over 800 thousand. Continue reading “The Hotel Merger That No One Cares About”
From new military loyalty cards to a report about someone who stayed in a Japanese capsule hotel, here are some stories we saw this week that we thought were interesting. We hope you will, too:
- Million Miles Secrets reported on Citibank adding Avianca to the Thank You Points program.
- Star Wars Pop-Up bars are the new thing, and as per Conde Nast Traveler and they appear to be for those with plenty of galactic credits to throw around.
- As per Frequent Miler, Chase added the ability to transfer directly from Ultimate Rewards to two more valuable partners, Aer Lingus and Iberia.
- Loyalty Lobby wrote about how SPG is back with their Birth Year promotion. We used this for a stay in Austria and it saved us a bunch of money.
- On a more negative note, View From the Wing reported that Singapore Airlines is going to start to charge more points for awards on partner airlines.
- Another downer is that AMEX is not going to offer any Small Business Saturday promotion this year. Oh well, it was good while it lasted. We appreciate One Mile At A Time for letting everyone know.
- Doctor of Credit reported that Caesars Entertainment launched new loyalty card for military. It also provides discounts at Wyndham Hotels, Norwegian Cruise Line and Hawaiian Airlines.
- We love stacking multiple offers because it’s a great way to save lots of cash and to earn points, too. The Points Guy reported on some reader success stories of doing just that!
- If you enjoy reading about other peoples’ trip reports, Wandering Aramean just posted one about his stay at a capsule hotel in Japan.
- Finally, in the “OMG, really???” category, No Mas Coach reported on how an Air France flight had to be cancelled due to a passenger who was caught masturbating. Yes, really. And the story of what happened afterwards is even more weird.
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Going on an international trip is very exciting but it can also be very expensive. Using a credit card to pay for purchases when traveling internationally is often the best way to get a good exchange rate and the rate your bank gets will be better than the one you’ll get on your own if you exchange cash. Using a card also means that you don’t have to carry around a bunch of cash with you. However, many cards will add on a “foreign transaction fee” to any transactions made with anything except your home currency. Here’s an easy way to keep from paying that extra 2-3 percent on all of your purchases while away.
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Miles and points are two ways to improve the way you travel and getting a healthy balance of hotel points is a major part of that. Even if you don’t go out of your way to collect hotel points through other means, just getting points for the stays you pay for can eventually earn you enough for a night or two off on a future stay. That’s money you can use for
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