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On my mind (#Bonvoyed! edition)

A few nights ago I overheard an elderly woman at a restaurant talking about Marriott: “Now they call it ‘Bonvoy’. I hate that name.”  Agreed.  We hate it too.  All of us.  Not only do we hate the name, but we hate the TV commercials where happy travelers loudly proclaim the nonsense word: “Bonvoy!” They want you to hate the commercials I remember a time in 7th grade where a substitute teacher asked our class…

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Hyatt Has Improved Its Best Rate Guarantee Scheme

Hyatt Best Rate Guarantee

Hyatt has announced immediate changes to its Best Rate Guarantee scheme and, unlike some hotel loyalty scheme “enhancements”, this one appears to be a change for the better. Before today, Hyatt’s Best Rate Guarantee offered a match to the room rate you found elsewhere, along with a $50 credit to be used towards a future stay. That $50 credit had an expiry date of one year, so the policy was neither particularly rewarding nor overly…

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Stay At Any La Quinta & Earn 900 Bonus Wyndham Rewards Points

Wyndham Rewards La Quinta 900 Bonus Points

Wyndham has launched a new promotion to encourage members to stay at its relatively-newly acquired La Quinta brand. The Deal Stay at any La Quinta property and earn 900 bonus Wyndham Rewards points. Direct link to offer. Key Terms Offer valid for stays from April 12, 2019 and stay must be completed by May 20, 2019. Limit one set of bonus points. The Bonus will usually be posted to an eligible Member’s Member account within…

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New upgrade offer: 15 elite night credits with Chase Marriott upgrade

Chase is out with a very interesting new upgrade offer for those still hold the old Chase Marriott Rewards credit card:  earn either 10 or 15 elite night credits after spending $3,000 by the end of June (depending on which offer you are targeted for). The Deal Targeted offer to upgrade your old Chase Marriott Rewards card to the new Chase Marriott Bonvoy Boundless card (formerly called The Chase Marriott Rewards Premier plus) and get…

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Singapore promo: 66.5K miles for business class from San Francisco to Singapore

Singapore Airlines is out with its latest list of “spontaneous escapes”. Similar to Flying Blue Promo Awards, this is a monthly list of discounted routes/cabins. The current list is valid for bookings made by April 30, 2019 for flights from May 1 to May 30, 2019 and it includes one option originating from the US: San Francisco to Singapore for 66.5K miles one-way in business class (as opposed to the usual 95K miles required). Since…

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(EXPIRED) Ibotta: Earn 8% + $10 Bonus On Choice Hotels Bookings (Targeted?)

Ibotta Choice Hotels 8% + $10

Ibotta is offering an increased cashback rate of 8% on Choice Hotels reservations today. In what’s likely a targeted additional offer, you can also get a $10 bonus on stays costing $125 or more. The Deal Earn 8% cashback on Choice Hotels bookings via the Ibotta app. Earn additional $10 cashback for stays of $125 or more. If you’re new to Ibotta, feel free to sign up with one of our referrals with our thanks:…

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Sweet new lie-flat rides to London

There are several luxurious new ways to fly business class to London, coming soon.  Here’s a very brief round-up.  The big question in each case, is how long will it take for these to be rolled out widely? British Airways Club Suite British Airways looks like it is finally looking to compete with the best business class products in the world with these “Club Suites” with doors.  These seats will debut on BA’s new A350…

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Marriott’s 2019 Elite Thank You Gift initiative

Marriott Bonvoy apparently sent memos to participating hotels about their new initiative to show appreciation to elite members.  A reader was kind enough to share pictures of this memo with us.  My understanding after reading the memo is that only certain elite members, during certain time-frames will be appreciated.  And, part of the accompanying FAQ has me giggling.  More on that below… 2019 Elite Thank You Gift initiative There are two parts to Marriott’s initiative. …

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The bright sides of the United award chart purge

This morning I published a mostly negative look at United’s decision to eliminate their award chart: Fallout from the United award chart obliteration.  But the news isn’t all bad.  There are, or may be, big advantages. Here’s my “glass is 3/4th full” look at the idea of United eliminating award charts by November 15th 2019: The Excursionist Perk hack gets cheaper One of the features of Unites MileagePlus program is the Excursionist Perk.  This feature…

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