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Blog Post Archive

Starwood Offering ‘Faster Free Nights’ and Other Targeted Offers

Starwood appears to be getting aggressive with targeted offers. For instance, they've got a double elite credit offer out there currently. This morning I received an email offering me a targeted promotion. The email didn't tell me what I would get. It's interesting they're imploring me to 'come back'. Show More Summary

Limited Time 50% Increase in Signup Bonus for Ink Cash Card

Limited time 50% increase in signup bonus for a great no annual fee card... Continue reading Limited Time 50% Increase in Signup Bonus for Ink Cash Card...

The Death of RedBird: Target’s RedCard to Stop Taking Credit Card Loads Tomorrow?

A memo was sent to all Target stores stating that -- effective tomorrow -- credit cards may no longer be used to load funds onto a REDcard. That doesn't mean all hope is lost -- the card may still be very useful. Continue reading The Death of RedBird: Target’s RedCard to Stop Taking Credit Card Loads Tomorrow?...

American Discounting Miles to 2.1 Cents Apiece For One Week

Through May 11 American is offering a discount on purchased miles - as low as 2.1 cents apiece. This will be worthwhile to some. Here's when. Continue reading American Discounting Miles to 2.1 Cents Apiece For One Week...

Etihad Reneging on Transfer Bonus, Changes Terms & Conditions Mid-Promotion

Late last monthEtihad introduced a promotion, 25% bonus on transfers in from Citibank through May 15. They appear to be reneging on the way that offer was presented, however. The promotion is now listed on a different page of he website. Show More Summary

Club Carlson Offers a New Elites-Only Bonus to Help Offset Their Devaluations

When Club Carlson announced that their co-brand Visa will stop giving second night free on award stays, they offered something of a sweetener to make the news go down more easily. They announced 30,000 bonus points on your next stay paid with the card by August 31. Show More Summary

A Singapore Flight Attendant’s Mega-Rant and More Can’t Miss Stories

A collection of interesting links you’ll want to see, many you’ll want to click. Continue reading A Singapore Flight Attendant’s Mega-Rant and More Can’t Miss Stories...

Etihad A380 First Apartment Award Space Wide Open to/from New York!

Via One Mile at a Time it appears that award space is wide open for two passengers to fly Etihad’s first ‘apartment’ onboard their A380 between New York JFK and Abu Dhabi. You can use Etihad’s own points (Citi ThankYou Rewards points...Show More Summary

Denver Airport Was Invaded by Storm Troopers on Star Wars Day

It was a sort of clever idea at first, “May the 4th be with you!” But brands spend a lot of money on consultants and ad firms to try to graft onto internet members. And so brands can’t stop tweeting about Star Wars Day. Denver international...Show More Summary

Hyatt Lets You Transfer Points to/from Any Member for Free

Hyatt’s 40% bonus on points purchases, stackable with a 20% rebate can certainly be a good deal — especially for elites, redeeming cash and points, at expensive hotels. Thinking about how to really make the most use of this, I started to ponder the 55,000 point per year purchase limit for Gold Passport points (which used to be just 40,000). Show More Summary

Emirates Could Introduce Its New A380 First Class ‘Railcar’ This Year

When Etihad first announced their A380 Residence concept last year, Emirates didn’t want to be left in the dust and announced same day that they were doing the same thing. At the time it seemed like they simply didn’t want to let themselves be one-upped. Show More Summary

American Express Plenti Launches, Lets You Earn Rebates at Many of the Places You Shop Anyway

The new American Express free to join coalition loyalty program Plenti has officially launched and is taking signups. I broke details on it back in mid-March. I’m looking forward to earning points (worth a penny apiece) for activities across retailers I undertake already — like earning off of my monthly AT&T bill and for buying gas. Show More Summary

Another Club Carlson Devaluation Coming June 1

Last year Club Carlson reduced elite bonuses, moved many hotels up in reward category, and introduced a new more expensive top redemption tier. A month ago Club Carlson announced the elimination of the last night free benefit on award stays for members with their co-brand credit card. Show More Summary

You Can Now Earn American Miles on All Etihad Flights

No more route or codeshare restrictions, you can now earn American miles for all Etihad flights on paid eligible fares. That's good news for the American-Etihad relationship, and the likelihood of maintaining that relationship. Continue reading You Can Now Earn American Miles on All Etihad Flights...

The Nobel Peace Prize for Frequent Flyer Programs Goes To..

The El Al and Saudia frequent flyer programs were co-winners of an award at the Freddies in Atlanta last week. Here's the story that led to that, and the staging of the presentation. Continue reading The Nobel Peace Prize for Frequent Flyer Programs Goes To.....

Starwood’s CEO Has a Unique View on Loyalty

Adam Aron no longer has ‘interim’ in his Chief Executive Officer title at Starwood. He launched Pan Am’s first frequent flyer program. As Hyatt’s Chief Marketing Officer he launched Gold Passport. I had the pleasure of interviewing him on stage at the Travel Executive Summit on Thursday in Atlanta. Show More Summary

A Credit Card Executive Denied His Signup Bonus and Barclays Partnering with American Express

A credit card executive from one bank tells about being denied the signup bonus for a card from another issuer. Barclays and American Express partner in an unexpected way. And what will we see when the United-Chase deal comes up for renewal? Continue reading A Credit Card Executive Denied His Signup Bonus and Barclays Partnering with American Express...

Did American Quietly Improve Million Miler Benefits?

Reports are that American AAdvantage million milers now receive a higher upgrade priority... Continue reading Did American Quietly Improve Million Miler Benefits?...

Delta Adds More Blackout Dates to its Terms and Conditions

Partner award travel on Korean Air using Delta miles has blackout dates, and those are now more transparent - published in the SkyMiles terms and conditions. Here's what that means. Continue reading Delta Adds More Blackout Dates to its Terms and Conditions...

United’s Throwaway Ticketing Lawsuit Thrown Out of Court — So They’re Threatening Customers Instead

United's lawsuit against Skiplagged, the site that helps consumers save money on airfare through 'throwaway ticketing', has been dismissed on jurisdictional grounds. But United is warning their customers that they'll shut down mileage...Show More Summary

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