I know it has been a while but when you get bogged down with other work it takes some time to get back in the habit of blogging. So, here it goes again.
Here are some important news items that have taken place recently:
- Many bloggers are pointing out that Chase has a special 50,000 point bonus promotion right now. Since the norm is 40,000 that is a 25% increase! With an extra 10,000 points you could get a hotel stay at a lower-tier hotel in Hyatt or IHG; or you could transfer those points to Southwest for a free one-way ticket on one of their cheaper routes. It’s incredible what you can do with the Chase Sapphire Preferred. If you would like to be referred for one of these cards, let me know!
- I received an email today from the Starwood Preferred Guest program announcing that Marriott is to acquire Starwood hotels, so the programs will be merging in the future. Some speculate this could be horrible since SPG points are worth more than Marriott, but others say it could remain a separate entity. Only time will tell the outcome for frequent travelers.
- A little bit older is news that Hyatt is finally allowing award redemptions for Points + Cash, allowing you to spread your points a bit farther. Oftentimes these redemptions are cheaper per point even with the cash purchase. So, if you can spend some cash on a hotel to extend your points, go for it!
That’s all I’ve got for now.