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What are Marriott 35K certificates worth?

With news of the latest Marriott devaluation, Nick and I wondered if Marriott credit cards were still worth keeping (see: Is Marriott dead to us? Should it be to you?).  Most Marriott credit cards come with annual free night certificates valid at any property charging 35,000 points or less.  And, starting March 4th, many of the hotels that previously charged 35K will then charge more. In a recent Frequent Miler on the Air discussion, I…

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Book Air France & KLM with Virgin Atlantic Miles

Your Virgin Atlantic miles just became more valuable.  Thanks to Virgin Atlantic’s new partnership with Air France and KLM, it’s now possible to book Air France and KLM flights with Virgin Atlantic miles.  This is great news because it dramatically increases options for flying between the US and Europe, within Europe, and between Europe and many other destinations. Awards for flying Air France and KLM can be booked on Virgin Atlantic’s website.  You can even…

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Wow! Alaska joins Oneworld in mid-2021, expands partnership with AA

Alaska Airlines Companion Fare

In a surprise move that I don’t think anybody saw coming, as reported by The Points Guy this morning, Alaska Airlines and American Airlines are scrapping plans to reduce their partnership and rather expanding it. Furthermore, Alaska will join the oneworld alliance. While on the one hand I’m not disappointed to have a multitude of options for earning and using Alaska Mileage Plan miles, we do not yet know what the new award charts will look…

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Have a Hyatt Cat 1-4 free night certificate? These are your coming and departing opportunities.

Yesterday, Hyatt announced its annual category changes and we reported that 217 properties are changing in category. Because many of us have earned Category 1-4 free night certificates, many readers are most interested in properties that will be newly added to Category 4 or those that will soon become inaccessible with a Cat 1-4 free night certificate. In this post, I put together the list of new opportunities coming our way on March 22nd as well…

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LifeMiles award sale to/from Asia

Avianca LifeMiles is offering an award sale on tickets between select Asian markets and both the US and Europe. While coronavirus has led to a huge decrease in demand to Asia at the moment and many cancelled flights, keep in mind that you can book travel about a year in advance and there is at least a decent chance that things will normalize during that time. This deal surely won’t appeal to everyone, but for some…

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Buy points for less: When does it make sense to jump on a deal?

There are times when buying points or miles can make a lot of sense.  If you know what you’re doing, it’s often possible to save a lot of money or get a much better experience.  For example, you may be able to spend $50 on points to book a hotel that would have cost you over $100 if you booked the hotel for cash.  Or, maybe you were planning to pay $2,000 for an international…

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Marriott Travel Packages expiring again? Here’s what to do

Background In the summer of 2018, many of us bought Marriott travel packages before it was too late. Prior to the Marriott/SPG merger, travel packages were a great deal. As a reminder, a Marriott Travel Package is a way to use Marriott points to purchase a travel bundle: you exchange Marriott points for both a set number of airline miles plus a 7 night Marriott stay certificate. In the old program, it often made sense…

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Searching for good news in Marriott’s latest devaluation

Marriott’s latest devaluation is coming March 4th 2020.  As Nick previously reported, Marriott is making its annual category adjustments and the news is mostly bad.  One thousand six hundred and eighty seven properties will increase in price vs. only five hundred and seven that will decrease.  That’s harsh.  If you plan to book a Marriott with points or certificates this year, there’s a good chance the award price will increase March 4th (you can search…

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(EXPIRED) Japan Airlines First class Sydney to Tokyo wide open for 60K miles

Executive Traveler reports that Japan Airlines has adjusted its schedule to add flights with a first class cabin between Tokyo and Sydney beginning on September 1, 2020. These flights are widely available for 60K American Airlines miles one-way and many have 2 seats available in first class. This is a great opportunity to enjoy a long first class flight for a bargain price if you have travel planned between the regions. You may even find a chance…

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