Miles And Points

We’re All Hoarding Points & Miles. Does That Mean They’ll Be Worth Less?

American Express points out in a recent article what most of us already know.  If you’re earning points and miles via a travel reward credit card right now, you’re earning at a much higher rate than your redeeming them.  That’s if you’re redeeming at all.  AMEX makes the point that many folks are hoarding their points and miles until they can use them again for travel.  Will that be in 2021?  2022?  That’s a really good question, and it’s also where the problem comes in. Popular travel reward credit cards […]

Whoa! (Targeted)10 Points Per Dollar On All Spending On Advantage Aviator Silver MasterCard

We all know airlines and hotels are hurting right now.  The COVID-19 pandemic has been brutal. In a nod to the reality that 2021 isn’t likely to be a “normal” travel year, some brands are already making big moves.  Hilton was the first hotel chain to lower elite status requirements for next year.  Airlines are jumping in, with American Airlines going first and United not far behind.  But, it’s not just enough to lower status requirements.  That only helps generate revenue if people want to travel and your value proposition makes them […]

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 […]