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Citi (apparently) loses transfer partner Garuda Indonesia

In reading blog posts from around the Internet for our week in review around the web post (which publishes later tonight), I came across a post from Milelion (a Singapore-based blog) saying that Citibank had lost Garuda Indonesia as a transfer partner. It isn’t uncommon for banks with a presence in multiple countries to have different transfer partners, so I wasn’t immediately sure whether this would affect US-issued cards. However, after logging in to ThankYou.com,…

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(EXPIRED) Delta flash sale to the Caribbean (from 10K round trip)

Delta is running a flash sale on flights to the Caribbean / Latin America / Mexico, with round trip flights starting at 10,000 SkyMiles. The travel period in many cases is during hurricane season and the official travel windows are quite small, so this may not appeal to everyone. On the other hand, if you book with a credit card with decent travel protections, weather may be less of a concern than getting to palm trees…

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Marriott travel packages in a Peak world: good value?

When Marriott merged with SPG in August 2018, they massively increased the prices for travel packages.  Travel packages offer a way to spend a big chunk of Marriott Bonvoy points in exchange for two things: a bunch of airline miles of your choice plus a 7 night stay certificate.  The total cost in points depends upon the hotel category stay certificate you want and whether you want 50,000 or 100,000 airline miles. When the post-merger…

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Marriott Cash + Points Revised. Good deal?

This morning Marriott announced several changes to Marriott Bonvoy awards (details here).  One of the changes is that they revised Points + Cash pricing for peak and off-peak awards.  I wasn’t too excited about the original plan, but how about now?  Did Marriott redeem Cash + Points?  (see what I did there?) The chart, above, shows the regular award prices (Points Only) and the Cash + Points prices.  The Cash + Points rates are the…

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Marriott announces major award changes: peak/off-peak, cash+points, and more

Marriott has announced several major changes to their awards program.  This information was sent to us directly by Dan Forman, Senior Director Consumer PR at Marriott International.  Here’s a quick summary: Peak and off-peak award pricing coming September 14 2019. For my complete analysis, see: Surviving Marriott Peak & Off-Peak Award Pricing. Cash + Points pricing has changed. For my complete analysis, see: Marriott Cash + Points Revised. Good deal? Points Advance feature has devalued…

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Surviving Marriott Peak & Off-Peak Award Pricing

For better or worse (mostly worse), Marriott’s Peak and Off-Peak award pricing will begin September 14 2019.  At first glance, it doesn’t look too bad.  Category 1,2 and 3 award prices only vary 2,500 points per night from standard.  And category 4 and 5 award prices only vary 5,000 points per night from standard.  Categories 6 and 7, though, see bigger swings: 10K points per night from standard.  And category 8 jumps to 15K points…

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(EXPIRED) Delta flash sale to Europe from 26K round trip

Delta is running a flash sale for economy class travel to Europe, with flights from 26,000 SkyMiles round trip. While we often see fall airfares drop to the low $300’s from places like New York and Boston, this flash sale could be particularly good for those based in other parts of the country where fares are often much higher. The Deal Delta SkyMiles is running a flash sale, with awards to Europe priced from 26,000 SkyMiles round trip…

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Stacking sweet spots with Miles & More

Last week, we found out that Barclays has increased the offer on the Lufthansa Miles & More credit card to an all-time high of up to 75,000 mile. Getting the full bonus requires $20,000 spend in the first year, which is really steep — yet this card has piqued my interest. While most blog posts about the offer (including mine) highlighted Mileage Bargains, that’s not actually why I find this offer intriguing. The Miles &…

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Complete guide to Avios: British Airways, Iberia, and Aer Lingus

I find that US residents are often skittish about foreign frequent flyer programs.  Many don’t realize that foreign programs are often the best options for booking domestic flights.  “Avios” is the name of the point currency shared by multiple foreign airline frequent flyer programs: British Airways, Iberia, and Aer Lingus.  Points earned in any of those three programs (or transferred from transferable points programs) can be moved to the other programs.  For example, if you…

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