Is the SPG set to disappear? Is the $49 IHG card a bad deal? Will these awards devalue soon? Those answers and more.

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In this Frequent Miler Week in Review, we have a juicy rumor on the demise of the SPG website and a list of awards that you should book before they’re gone. While most people will tell you that the $49 IHG card is a great deal, see below for a counterpoint. Those posts and more to follow — read on for this week’s recap.

[RUMOR] SPG Website Going Down on August 1st?

This is a rumor at best, but maybe not so far fetched — will the SPG website disappear as of 8/1/18? It’s far from impossible and the latest reminder that SPG is living on borrowed time, so it makes a lot of sense to pick up Starpoints while you can as the combined program will happen sooner or later.

No, you shouldn’t rush to sign up for IHG’s crappy credit card

InterContinental Kiev
Everyone has different travel styles and goals. While some readers primarily use points and miles to travel to farflung and exotic international locales, others are looking for the next great staycation. And so I also understand that a travel credit card that appeals to Bob might not appeal to Sally. However, I read this post from Free-quent Flyer wondering what argument could be made against the IHG credit card. While I agree that IHG Rewards Club as a loyalty scheme lags far behind the competition, I don’t think that has any influence on the value of this card and its signature benefit. A free night anywhere annually for $49 would be valuable if IHG had no rewards program at allThe author’s stated goal in travel hacking is to pay as little as possible for the trips he wants to take. At $49 per year, this card is the easiest of wins (as long as the free night certificate continues to work at any hotel). Do I prefer IHG hotels in general over Hiltons or Hyatts or Marriotts? No. But I would much rather pay $49 for a night at a perfectly nice Intercontinental/Kimpton/Hotel Indigo/Crowne Plaza/EVEN Hotel/Holiday Inn than spend more money or spend points that cost more to manufacture for the blind loyalty of liking Hilton or Hyatt more. I like a nice hotel as much as the next guy, and I’m definitely guilty of the occasional trip for a snazzy resort or huge suite, but I’m more often traveling for the destination than the accommodation…and realistically, the average Intercontinental/Crowne Plaza isn’t a bad place to stay for forty-nine bucks. In two-player mode, I think you’d be hard pressed to put together an annual weekend getaway for less than $98 unless you have endless no-cost MS opportunities (and I recognize that some do).

Resort Fees Stink! Here’s a Secret to Ease the Pain of Paying Them!

Apart from the hotel executives and shareholders among us, we all hate resort fees. Million Mile Secrets offers a tip to get something more in return for your fee. I don’t necessarily think that this tip will pay off consistently, but I nonetheless support the effort to express dissatisfaction with the fees at every opportunity in the (probably unrealistic) hopes of these fees eventually being eradictated. Ultimately, I think the only things that would cause these fees to disappear are either legislative necessity or a big enough hit in the pocketbook that hotels feel a need to change. This probably won’t quite do the latter, but I’m all for trying.


5 awards that are ripe for devaluation

While we’re not really earn-and-burn types (see: The earn and burn fallacy. Shall we give hoarding and cherry picking a try instead?), the truth is that devluations constantly happen. In this point at Points With a Crew, Ian Snyder looks at some sweet spots that he predicts will devalue next. Regardless of whether or not these awards actually devalue, the post is a great reminder to keep looking out for new programs from which to extract value. There are constantly sweet spots hiding in plain sight, and it pays to look for them.


That’s it for this week around the web. Check back soon for this week’s last chance deals.

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