The COVID-19 pandemic has placed a lot of challenges on people. Way down the list of important items are the decisions we’re all making with the credit cards in our wallet. Many of us have plenty of travel-related credit cards in our wallet. I’ve got a podcast episode coming up later this week that goes through my entire wallet. For now, though, I wanted to share my short-term credit card strategy. There are a ton of short-term opportunities to earn extra miles with credit cards right now. Many cards have […]
You may have missed it when we released it, but a new Miles To Go episode is ready for you to download and listen! We’ve got Norwegian Airlines on the podcast in this episode to talk about new routes that can get you to Europe on the cheap! I’m a big fan of Norwegian’s premium cabin, it’s a great value for the money. Jen and I talk Southwest Airlines and when is the right time to buy Early Bird boarding. Finally, we wrap up with Gary Leff discussing how American Airlines can […]
Two weeks is enough time to work out the kinks on the Marriott/SPG integration, right? How about two months? Apparently, that’s not long enough, either. While members continue to have these issues, Marriott sits mostly silent. They do find time to tell investors things are great. It doesn’t seem they’re spending the time to ask customers if that’s actually the case.
Marriott announces details of new loyalty program, combining Marriott Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest and Ritz-Carlton Rewards into one program. New award charts, elite benefits, lifetime status and credit card updates are just some of what we’re chewing on.
Lifetime status is the reward for years (decades?) of loyalty to an airline. Alaska Airlines appears to be saying that loyalty to Virgin America doesn’t really mean all that much to them. If true, that’s a bit disappointing.
Those that follow my blog know that I’ve been a HyattHomerTM for a number of years now. They consistently deliver great service and benefits to me. They’ve done so for a number of years. Their lifetime status is one of the hardest to achieve among the major chains. Unlike chains like SPG, award nights don’t boost your total. Lots of nights at cheap properties don’t boost your total. Only cold, hard cash boosts your total. Earning 1 million base points (by spending $200,000 at Hyatt hotels) was the only way […]