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Clean Up Orphaned Hotel Points. 25% Bonus When You Transfer To American Airlines AAdvantage Miles

American Airlines is offering a 25% bonus when you transfer hotel points to AAdvantage miles. This is a good opportunity to get some value out of those orphaned hotel points, but I wouldn’t convert large balances unless you’re trying to top up for a specific reward.

IHG (Formerly Priority Club) Fall Promo: The Big Win

Most people will know the program that covers such brands as Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza and Intercontinental Hotels as Priority Club.  They’ve changed the name of the program to IHG Rewards.  I don’t find their program that rewarding so I don’t spend a lot of time writing about it or staying at the properties.  That being said, they offered me a lucrative amount of points (71,800 in all) if I completed all the goals of the challenge. You need to register for the promotion to see what types of offers […]

Recapping My Progress On Hotel Status At The Half-Year Mark

We’re halfway through 2013 so I figured I would check to see if I’ve made the expected progress on elite status for the first 6 months.  I’m a big fan of Hyatt and Starwood (in that order) and had hoped to keep top-tier status in both when the year started.  Both are smaller than mega-chains like Marriott, Hilton and Priority Club so having both Hyatt and Starwood gives me ample coverage in most cities I travel to. First up, Hyatt.  I got a surprise and delight just about a month […]

News And Notes For Friday, January 11th, 2013

Out of this year’s Consumer Electronics Show comes a gadget for travelers who like to check a bag when they travel.  I hate checking bags, so this probably isn’t for me.  TrakDot is a small gadget that goes in your suitcase when you travel.  A smartphone app allows you to see where your bag is in the event it doesn’t drop onto the baggage claim belt like it’s supposed to.  The device is supposed to retail at $50 with a small annual fee.  I see a few issues here: 1.  […]