Daily Digest: Alaska Award Chart Change and 100-Days Choice Award Booking

Every day we pick the essential award travel news to keep you stay informed. Today, we are bringing you – Alaska award chart change and 100-days Choice award booking; 4 other award travel news today.

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For a limited time, you can get up to a 50% bonus when you purchase JetBlue TrueBlue points. TrueBlue points typically cost 3.7 cents apiece including the tax, and this promotion will lower the cost to as little as 1.97 cents per point where you buy 45,000 points for $886.88, tax included. TrueBlue points are often valued at around 1.3 cent per point, so the deal doesn’t make sense mathematically unless you’re close to getting an award ticket missing and use this deal to make up a small difference.

Alaska Airlines is making some changes to the award chart, with a mixture of both positive and negative changes, but they are mostly minor changes rather than a true devaluation. Cathay Pacific and Japan Airlines lovers can save a heart attack because the partner award charts were not affected at all. In case you didn’t know, Alaska has the most generous award charts especially for Cathay Pacific and Japan Airlines premium class, costing merely 70,000 to 75,000 miles one-way from U.S. to Japan and some Asian cities in First Class, with free stopover. The redemption rates and rules are almost too good to be true; read more about it in Lucky’s post in late 2016.

Good news for Choice Privileges members, you can now book award nights up to 100 nights in advance at properties around the world. Until May 9th, Choice members could only book award stays 30 nights in advance at domestic properties and 45 days in advance at international properties unless they had top elite status which increase the limit to 100 days. Contrast this policy to most other loyalty programs that let you book awards a year in advance, and 30 days out was honestly quite ridiculous.

Hyatt has announced plans for a new dual-branded development at Los Angeles International airport, scheduled to open in 2020. The new Hyatt Place + Hyatt House hotel will be located directly adjacent to the airport, providing great convenience for travelers to arriving and departing LAX. 

LATAM Airlines has taken the step to re-brand their frequent flyer programs and consolidated them for all countries under the same name, Multiplus. The programs as they are right now operated separately under different names of Latam Fidelidate and Latam Pass for different countries, which often caused confusion for customers, including myself.

Two Citi AAdvantage credit cards - business and personal - are offering limited time bonuses that let you earn 70,000 and 60,000 bonus miles. These offers arrived along with the new benefits (2x for dining and gas) and increased annual fee (from $95 to $99, waived for the first year.) I wouldn’t put too much emphasis on the word limited time because Citi has been known to offer similar bonuses steadily while always calling them ‘limited time.’ Also, it’s worth noting that Citi allows matching to better AAdvantage offers, often without requiring a proof. Read more about this common trick on Doctor of Credit.

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