Some Delta Members Getting Transcon Upgrades, Bonus Miles on American to Asia, A Great Points Transfer List. Things I Find Interesting On Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Hyatt has released an update to their iPhone app with lots of increase functionality.  Hyatt has been way behind the curve on the reliability of their technology and on feature enhancements.  This update takes care of some welcome feature enhancements but we’ll need a bit more time to see if this improves the reliability and functionality. HT: ballardFlyer on Milepoint. Delta starts to allow higher tier elites to upgrade on transcontinental flights.  This is a nice plus for Diamond and Platinum Medallion members as Delta has a pretty nice product […]

Milepoint Is Nominated For The GlobeRunner Awards

It’s been about 3 years since 3 friends and I started Milepoint, a community for frequent travelers.  We were pretty proud of our work and still are today.  We’re not as big as the communities that have been around for a decade or longer.  But, we have a great (IMO) group of members who enjoy helping others get more out of their travel experience.  And, I guess we’re starting to get a little bit of recognition for that, since we were nominated for a GlobeRunner Award for Best General Travel […]

Milepoint Members Enjoy A Hyatt Happy Hour

What do you get when one of the most likable executives in the travel industry invites 25 or so frequent travelers to come have a drink?  The Milepoint/Hyatt Happy Hour. No question I’m a Hyatt HomerTM.  But I think the attendees at this event would all tell you Hyatt threw a good party.  Jeff Zidell, the VP of Hyatt Gold Passport, reached out to Milepoint a few months ago with the idea to throw a small party exclusive to Milepoint members so the folks at Gold Passport could spend more […]

And The Winners Of Milepoint Premium Membership Are…..

Thanks to everyone for brainstorming on great Spring Break ideas for our family.  I appreciated all the suggestions.  Now, on to the winners! First, my random winner, courtesy of   Chris Jarjoura said: My kids have been begging me to take them to the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas. It looks like it would be a great place for kids and adults as well. Congrats to Chris on winning Premium Membership. The next winner is Esteban, who recommended the destination we picked, Cabo.  Congrats! And, in the spirit of […]

The Other Shoe Drops On Hyatt Program Changes. It’s A Good Shoe This Time

I wish I knew where Gary gets all his good info from.  We knew there was another announcement coming from Hyatt (and likely a good one) after they announced their devaluation recently.  I wouldn’t call the good stuff a home run, but it’s a solid double.  Here’s a link to the changes, as well as the highlights below: As an elite member, you’ll now have access to a lower paid “elite” rate, subject to availability.  The rate will be 20% off the Hyatt Daily Rate.  I’m guessing this will be […]

Win Milepoint Premium Membership! Free United Miles, Hilton Gold Status and More…..

I was pretty excited when Milepoint announced it’s second round of Premium Membership a couple weeks ago.  It’s been just over a year since Milepoint launched our first premium membership drive and that one sold out before everyone who wanted a package could get one. This year, the team worked even harder to get more packages and sales have been moving along at a pretty brisk pace, already outpacing last year’s sales.  As a co-founder of Milepoint, I made arrangements early on to purchase a few packages for giveaways to […]

Starwood Preferred Guest Introduces Hot Escapes

Today is the last day to vote for your favorite picture and help someone win a free airline ticket. Finding a great low fare that everyone doesn’t know about is one of the toughest things to do if you don’t obsess about travel like I do.  There are plenty of hidden places to find them, but by nature they’re not easy to find, organized in one place. For those that are familiar with Starwood Preferred Guest, you may have been a fan of either Starpicks or Beat the Timer.  These […]

Perfect For Occasional Travelers! Milepoint Is Back With Another Awesome Premium Membership Offer

Milepoint is back with it’s second Premium Membership offering, and I think it’s a great fit for entry level travelers, those who travel a few times a year for business or pleasure. Everyone knows air travel isn’t as luxurious as it used to be.  Planes are full, seats are closer together.  It’s not any easier when you land, with hotels charging more for extra services and rental car prices going up as well.  When my co-founders Tommy and Randy showed me the list of partners for this year’s premium membership, […]

Things I Find Interesting On Sunday, October 6th, 2013

Did you submit a picture to win a free airline ticket yet? View From The Wing has some news on changes to the Hyatt Visa card.  The card is now free for the first year, which I think is a big plus.  Earlier this year they added double points for restaurants, airline tickets and rental cars, which was also a positive move. On the down side, I think the benefit they added earlier that allowed you to earn credits towards elite status is a bit pricey.  $20K in spend gets […]