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Hyatt devaluation: peak & off-peak pricing in 2020

Hyatt announced a couple of significant changes today. First, starting in March 2020, they will introduce peak and off-peak pricing on all types of redemptions (standard rooms, club rooms, suites, etc). They will additionally introduce the ability to redeem points for dining & spa experiences on-property at potentially much better value if you’re spending a lot at once. While I’d label the changes as “less bad than I was expecting”, these are clearly still a…

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Good biz class availability to Tahiti from LAX

Air Tahiti Nui currently better-than-average availability for two passengers in business class from Los Angeles to Tahiti. Most of the departures for two passengers are Sundays to Wednesdays, but the good news is that it is fairly widely available through the end of the schedule. The Deal Award space for two passengers in business class on Air Tahiti Nui between Los Angeles and Pepeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia Search and book awards at AA.com Key Details Taxes & fees are $5.60 leaving the…

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Searching for Hyatt SLH extreme luxury

Last week, One Mile at a Time wrote “AMAZING: Redeem Hyatt Points At $2,350+ Per Night Nicaraguan Private Island.”  This got my attention.  Calala Island is an all-inclusive resort that is part of SLH (Small Luxury Hotels of the World).  SLH, meanwhile, partners with Hyatt on some, but not all of their properties.  Over time, the partnership has  steadily added more and more member hotels (you can find info and an up-to-date list here).  With…

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Europe from 16K miles round trip on Delta main cabin / 36K Comfort+

Update: If you’re willing to pay a bit more in taxes, you can find flights to London from 16,000 miles round trip in the main cabin or 36K round trip in Comfort+ (from as far as Los Angeles. (H/T: Will Run for Miles) Delta is offering a flash sale on flights to/from Europe, with prices starting at 22,000 SkyMiles + $57.75 round trip in the main cabin or 42,000 miles round trip in Comfort+. While we often see fare…

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(EXPIRED) 5K awards widespread on American Airlines

Drew at Travel is Free noted an interesting phenomenon he discovered that likely won’t last long: on most American Airlines domestic US routes, you can find at least some (and in some cases widespread) availability for 5,000 miles each way on domestic routes within the US. This likely won’t last. As I was searching, the site crashed on me a few times, so this may not last. If you have domestic travel in mind for 2020, it…

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Best ways to get to Europe with miles or money

Ah, the Old Continent. Whether you plan to search for Platform 9 3/4, hunt for trolls, sleep in castles, or you’re just really craving a ham baguette, Europe has an undeniable allure for many travelers. Fortunately, it is quite probably the foreign continent with the greatest number of connections from North America, giving you a plethora of possibilities whether looking to use miles or money. It can still be tough to score an award ticket…

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Turkish changes award chart: Act now for some sweet spots (but don’t panic – there’s good news, too!)

Turkish Miles & Smiles has taken me for a roller coaster ride this afternoon. I have spent almost all day making myself crazy: first, I thought that Turkish had completely obliterated its award chart (they didn’t). Then, I thought it was all a misunderstanding and nothing had changed (that wasn’t true). Next, I thought that only the domestic award sweet spot was changed / eliminated (that unfortunately might be coming). Then, I discovered it is not…

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Good news regarding United nixing award charts (and some bad news too)

As promised and threatened, on November 15th 2019, United eliminated close-in booking fees and stopped publishing award charts.  I previously covered my thoughts about these changes with both a pessimistic view and an optimistic view: Fallout from the United award chart obliteration The bright sides of the United award chart purge Both of the above posts were written before the changes went into effect.  Now that the changes are in place, we’re seeing both good…

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[Update: surcharges resolved] Iberia business class space for summer 2020 from Washington Dulles

Update: The surcharge issue has been resolved (H/T: View from the Wing). Also, I am now seeing off-peaking pricing on some fall dates (34K each way in business class) as shown below. Iberia has wide open business class award space on direct flights from Washington, DC (IAD) to Madrid in summer 2020. This is a new route starting on May 1, 2020 and at the time of writing, awards can be booked with Iberia Avios, American Airlines AAdvantage…

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