Miles And Points

Why It’s Time To Start Lowering Hotel Award Redemption Rates (Probably Not Why You Think)

As 2020 starts to wind down, there have been plenty of announcements from airline and hotel loyalty programs designed to keep members engaged.  The first salvo revolved around reducing the requirements needed to earn elite status.  This was at a time when it seemed like we might get back to some level or normalcy fairly quickly.  Heck, at that point I thought I’d be home for 3 or 4 weeks and then back on the road.  Little did I know then that I probably wouldn’t get on another plane this […]

Plenty of Details: Air Canada Launches A New Loyalty Program With A Familiar Name

Allow me to nerd out for just a minute.  I’ve been a hardcore points and miles nerd for over 20 years.  Rarely in that time have we seen a completely new loyalty program emerge.  Even more rare is to see a new loyalty program from a large, established airline.  Southwest Airlines’ Rapid Rewards program is the one that immediately comes to mind when I think of big airlines with new programs.  Fast forward to today, and we have the reimagined Aeroplan program.  Many moons ago, Air Canada spun off Aeroplan. […]

A Pointed Reminder On The Value Of Flexible Points And Miles

People often ask me what are the best points or miles that they can collect.  Or, they’ll ask me to tell them the best way to redeem.  For me, these sorts of questions are akin to asking me who my favorite child is.  There’s really no perfect way to redeem points.  However, a recent trip I took wouldn’t have been possible for me without flexible points and miles. What Are Flexible Points? An example of flexible points and miles are Chase Ultimate Rewards, which you can earn with credit cards like […]