As you may have already heard (or at least suspected after HHonors gutted some of their award chart), the HHonors AXON awards that are available to Hilton Amex cardholders are also changing effective June 15th. As you may have also guessed, the changes are not good news. Before I get into the details regarding the changes, I want to make sure that you know what an AXON award is. An… Read the Rest.
Two of my very favorite offers right now are for the Ink Plus or Ink Bold and the Amex Business Gold Rewards card because both currently come with hefty sign-up bonuses – some of the best out there. The Ink Bold® Business Card and Ink Plus® Business Card are both awarding 50,000 Ultimate Reward points after spending $5,000 in the first three months and the The Business Gold Rewards Card®… Read the Rest.
I have had Pre-Check for a while now and it really has had a substantial impact on the ease of travel for my family. If you aren’t familiar with Pre-Check, then check out this post. The gist of it is that with PreCheck you no longer have to remove your: Shoes 3-1-1 compliant bag from carry-on Laptop from bag Light outerwear/jacket Belt You literally just show your boarding pass and… Read the Rest.
Thanks to View From the Wing for sharing the info that things are going to return to the days of “household income” on credit card applications in the near future. As you may or may not know one of the (at least somewhat unintended) outcomes of the 2009 Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure “CARD” Act was that stay-at-home parents who did not work outside the home were put in… Read the Rest.
Every major hotel loyalty program goes through annual category adjustments where some properties move up in category and some move down. Of course it seems in recent history we see more properties moving up than down, but in theory it is where they tweak category levels based on things like the average price of the hotel over the past year. While I was gone (and mostly offline) for the Frequent… Read the Rest.
One of the pieces of mail I get with some regularity is an invitation to the Hyatt Wild Oak Ranch in San Antonio to stay in a one-bedroom suite on a discounted rate that is typically $99/night or less plus 10,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points. A one-bedroom suite in a fun and family-friendly city for under $100 night plus 10K bonus Hyatt points awarded for visiting – what a deal,… Read the Rest.
I flew home very late last night from Dulles and the Frequent Traveler University/Randy Peterson Executive Summit/Freddie Awards whirlwind in order to spend at least part of the weekend with my family. I was sad to miss the last day of events, but it was time for me to shift the emphasis from points to mommy for a little bit. But before I totally put FTU DC in the history… Read the Rest.
The second session at the Randy Peterson Executive Summit was all about the loyalty programs themselves. To read about the session with the loyalty credit card issuers read this post. I had to step out for part of this second session, but I had my friend take notes for me the whole time, so here are some snipits from the presentation entitled “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles”. On the panel: Bob… Read the Rest.
This morning I went to a session at the Randy Peterson Executive Summit where we got to hear straight from the credit card issuers regarding their loyalty credit cards. In attendance were the VP of Membership Benefits from Amex, General Manager of Partnership from Chase, a VP from US Bank, and reps from Barclays and Capital One (didn’t get their titles). I have been live Tweeting some of the comments… Read the Rest.
I just attended my second Freddie Awards in as many years, and for the second year in a row I am very interested in what I learned. For those not familiar, the Freddie Awards are a long running annual awards show that celebrates the “best”hotel and airline loyalty programs, promotions, etc. for the previous year. This year over three million people voted – yes, three million. That’s a long of… Read the Rest.