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Daily Digest: $4.5 Billion Spent In Baggage Fees and Discounted Fairmont Gift Cards

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A final reminder that tomorrow is the last day of the Daily Getaway, where World of Hyatt points will be on sale at around 1 cent per point, a 46% discount from regular price. The deal is ultra-limited and were usually sold out within minutes in the past. Get yourself ready before 1PM EST tomorrow, May 8th. Fairmont offers an opportunity to get 20% bonus on gift card purchases, basically a 17% discount on price. The promotion officially ends on May 9, but it might also become unavailable before then, so don’t wait till the last minute! Hilton Honors has launched a targeted offer for 15,000 bonus points requiring two nights within 90 days of registration. According to our award travel report, Hilton points is valued at around 0.45 cent apiece, so you could view the bonus points with an approx. value of $67.50, could be a great deal for a two night stay!

The lounge membership Priority Pass has got a lot of attention lately when multiple travel media mocks how the airport lounges went from a place of privileges to an arena. With more and more credit card companies offer free Priority Pass as a benefit of card ownership, many airline lounges are not even allowing entry for Priority Pass members during peak hours despite being in the program. Last week we learned that the Chase Sapphire Reserve card is changing their policy by limiting the number free guest entry to 2 guest per card holder. Today we’ve got some news on the positive side that the Priority Pass membership is getting 2 new restaurants in Miami International Airport.

Here are two pieces of news that might be interesting to award travelers and the general public alike.

Travellers arriving or departing on international flights at Orlando International Airport will soon not have to show their passports or even a boarding pass to get on their plane: facial recognition will soon be implemented to identify travelers by their face. Ready or not, technology is changing everyday life more and more each day.

It shouldn’t be surprising that airlines are making more and more money by charging passengers all kinds of fees, but we are still astonished to learn that US-Based airlines have collected over $4.5 Billion in baggage fees alone in 2017.

Lastly in credit card news, Chase’s new Marriott Rewards Premier Plus credit had an early launch on May 2nd with an 100,000 bonus points offer. Now it looks like Chase and Marriott couldn’t make up their mind and have two separate sign-up offers for this card. The alternate offer of 2 Free Nights with $200 statement credit plus a first year annual fee waiver might be interesting for those who have a travel plan in mind. We recommend that you make your decision wisely before signing up by doing some comparisons using pointimize.com for your hotel stay at Marriott.

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