Travel brands across the world have been struggling with how to get customers to travel since the start of the pandemic. Many of those offers were patchwork in the beginning to solve a problem that seemed to be measured in weeks, maybe months. Six months later it’s clear that travel is on a very slow path to recovery and major travel companies need a long-term plan. Hilton recently made clear how much they value increasing/retaining their loyalty ranks in 2021. Hilton Reduces Elite Status Requirements Early on, Hilton was the […]
There will be lots of first-time questions as folks get used to the new World of Hyatt programs. Here’s one from a reader on the free nights all top-tier members are expecting to receive in the next few days.
I knew that my January was going to be brutal on the road. It performed as advertised and I’m exhausted. There’s still 10 days left and I still have another business trip. Sandwiched in between I’ll need to find time to build two Pinewood Derby cars and help plan a birthday party for my soon-to-be 6-year old son. Here’s hoping February slows down a bit. To that end, I’m running way behind on laying out hotel and airline elite status plans for 2017. I’m still working on my flight activity […]
The Best of the Rest is my effort to summarize all the travel/miles & points stories that interested me on a daily basis but didn’t have time to write about in length. Culled from over 100 blogs/authors I follow, some are passed along without comment, while I add my analysis to others. This is your shortcut to find out what’s going on in the travel world without having to read dozens of travel blogs to get all the best info.
Even though Marriott threw a major curve ball as it relates the face of hotel loyalty in late 2015, there’s still plenty of reasons to focus your hotel strategy. I focused mine in 2015 on Hyatt and SPG. Here’s my plan for 2016.
United Airlines has had a combination of a software glitch and fare sale on international partner awards going on for a while now, and after acknowledging in publicly, they’ve said that it will end tonight. I was pretty disappointed when these award price increases were announced. It was painful to consider that it would cost 140,000 miles to fly Lufthansa business class roundtrip to Europe, which is a much better product than United. I’m a value junkie, and when the “price” of these awards went from 100,000 roundtrip to 140K, […]
While 2014 was still a busy year for travel, it was a bit slower than 2013. It certainly didn’t feel like it at times! I set out with a goal to requalify for Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond status, the hotel status I value most highly. My secondary goal was to requalify for Starwood Preferred Guest Platinum status. I was 99% certain I could achieve these goals. My third, and more lofty goal to achieve was to accrue 100 room nights with SPG to retain my Ambassador. I had a rough […]