Less than a year after American Airlines launched their new loyalty program they’re tweaking the requirements to earn status as well as the benefits. This is on the heels of United Airlines finally adopting the requirements they announced in 2019 and Delta increasing their qualification requirements. I’m not surprised to see American making changes a year in. Okay, maybe a bit surprised. But, I wholeheartedly agree this is the right approach. Smart companies continue to innovate where they see opportunities. In most cases, small tweaks are more well-received by customers […]
If you’re a regular listener of my podcast, you’ve heard me and my co-host Richard Kerr talking about the Bilt Rewards Mastercard. Bilt Rewards is a new player in the points and miles space and they’ve also revolutionized how folks will pay rent, offering valuable rewards for paying your rent through Bilt. They’ve rolled out some pretty cool promotions in the first year of existence, including a pretty sweet 5X promotion on Black Friday. My wife was also able to score a free exercise class recently in the Bilt Rewards […]
What a long, strange trip it’s been. American Airlines is treating some of their best customers like they did a long time ago. The airline industry has been through so much the past 20 years. I traveled a bit here and there for work in the 90s. I never really traveled enough to earn elite status until 2000, and then started chasing status in earnest in the wake of 9/11 as business travel returned. Leading up to 9/11 my father was a road warrior who traveled almost exclusively with TWA. […]
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 […]
If you’ve been thinking about an Apple purchase, today is the day to pull the trigger. It’s also a great reminder of the value of airline shopping portals, like we discussed recently on my podcast Miles To Go. Multiple airline shopping portals are offering bonus miles today for purchases from Apple. United Airlines is offering 5 miles per dollar for Apple purchases today. If you haven’t shopped through the United Airlines shopping portal, you can also probably double dip with this new member offer. Or, if a member of your […]
Remember the olden days of the US Airways Grand Slam promotion? This won’t get you back to those heights, but you might score a few free miles. If you’re trying to earn bonus miles for family travel, it’s worth taking a peek to see if you can add a few miles here and there.
Hyatt is offering points and miles on all Hyatt Place and Hyatt House stays through the end of June, 2018. As Hilton does away with the Double Dip, Hyatt temporarily creates their own version with two promos!