When 5 nights costs less than 4, moving Avios, monthly dining credits and more

In this week’s Frequent Miler week in review, you’ll useful info about how to move your Avios as well as why Amex might be doing those monthly dining credits. You might even save some points on your next hotel award stay. Read on for the weekly recap.

How to transfer Avios between Aer Lingus, BA, and Iberia

With the excellent current point transfer bonus to Avios, you might be thinking about moving some points over. But what if you already have some Avios in British Airways, Iberia, or Aer Lingus? The good news is that you can move those Avios around. This guide that Greg put together makes it pretty easy even though the process isn’t necessarily intuitive.

Hilton’s funny math: save points by extending a stay

You likely know that Hilton offers the 5th night free on award stays. In theory, that should mean that the total cost of a 5-night stay = the total cost of a 4-night stay. In practice, Hilton’s dynamic award pricing can be leveraged to your benefit. Since longer stays sometimes price out cheaper, it is sometimes possible to book 5 nights for less than the cost of 4 nights.That doesn’t make a lot of sense to me, but I’ll take a longer stay for fewer total points pleaseandthankyou.

Marriott / SPG elite benefits guarantee

Show me the money! Did you know that Marriott’s terms promise compensation in some cases if you do not receive your elite benefits? When Greg first wrote about this, I wasn’t sure that I would ever invoke it. However, the more I think about it, I realize that this is a way to improve consistency across the board by making sure that individual properties honor elite benefits.

Which Hotel Program Has The Most Rewarding Q3/Q4 2018 Promotions?

Marriott MegaBonus In More Places

If you’re planning upcoming hotel nights, but you’re not sure which chain’s promotion gives you the most bang for the buck, you’ll want to see Stephen’s analysis of  the current offerings to help you decide where your loyalty should lie based on return on the dollar this quarter.

Amex’s brilliant move toward monthly bonuses. Will it be enough to counter Chase?

 

This post outlines what is a brilliant move for Amex, but is it a good move for consumers? I’m going to emphatically say “yes”. Would it be better if you could use the entire credit at once — of course it would. But if Amex is choosing between offering a benefit in dribs and drabs or not offering said benefit at all, I’d be much happier to take the occasional credit when it works out. This opinion is coming from someone who has no GrubHub/food delivery service available my home area, but it’s great to have the option available when I am closer to a major city.

How my travel wallet reduces travel stress

I was at an event last night where a friend who is relatively new to miles and points was eager to show me that the cards in his wallet have been marked with labels so he doesn’t forget the category bonuses. I was glad to see he had a system for organization. Speaking of such a system, have you ever wondered what a blogger does for a travel wallet? See this post for Greg’s take on a travel wallet and to leave you own thoughts and experiences on the topic.


That’s it for this week at Frequent Miler. Check back soon for our week in review around the web and this week’s last chance deals.

About Nick Reyes

Nick Reyes is a (fairly) regular guy with an animalistic passion for maximizing the value of miles and money to travel the world in comfort and style. There is little in life that he loves more than finding a fantastic deal and helping you shop smarter & harder to achieve your travel dreams.

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