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Daily Digest: Checked Bags Arrived Late? Get 2,500 Miles as Compensation! (6/6)

Every day we pick the essential award travel news to keep you stay informed. Today, we are bringing you – Checked bags arrived late? Get 2,500 miles as compensation!; 7 other award travel news today. Read yesterday’s post here.

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Starting with news in the hotel industry, in April, MGM announces a $214 million deal to sell Mandarin Oriental hotel to an undisclosed buyer, and now the mystery has been unveiled. Waldorf Astoria, one of the luxury hotel and resort brand of Hilton, has announced plans to convert the Mandarin Oriental Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip to the Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas in August.

Following SPG’s plan in 2015 to revitalize their Sheraton brand, Marriott recently announced their plan to invest $500 million into renovating Sheraton properties. Some locations are as old as 70 years, and customers complaints can frequently be seen on hotel review sites such as TripAdvisor.
Opportunities to earn bonus points via staying are available for both Radisson Rewards and Choice Privileges. Radisson Rewards for Business is a program for member to book reservation on behalf of others (similar to SPG Pro), and it’s now offering double points on top of a 3,000 points one time bonus for June and July. Choice Privileges is running their Summer promotion of 5,000 to 8,000 bonus points for every two stays from June 12 to August 17.

We’ve started to include news from the online forum reddit as a news resource for the Daily Digests series. The information on reddit tends to be more specific and sometimes not the easiest to understand without knowing the context very well. As usual, we’ll do our best to provide enough insights along with each piece of news for our readers. Let us know what you think about the inclusion of reddit as a resource!

Bank of America issues the Alaska Airline co-brand credit card, and what’s particularly interesting about this card is that it has different flavors, but the flavor isn’t chosen by the customer but by the bank when the card is approved. If the bank decides to approve an application with a credit line of more than $5,000, the card will be a VISA Signature card; otherwise a VISA Platinum Plus card. The difference between the two is that the former has a 30,000 miles sign-up bonus, but the latter only has 5,000 miles. Since the customer basically has no control over the bank’s decision, it’s almost like gambling when applying, and it’s one of the things people dislike the most about this card. Looks like BofA finally gave in and decided to make both versions have the same bonus offer.

User LostPeon shared an interesting fact about checked baggage. Both Alaska and Delta airlines have policies (possibly other airlines too) that passengers shouldn’t have to wait longer than 20 minutes for their luggages to arrive at the carousel after flight arrival. If you experience a wait of longer than 20 minutes, you can ask for a voucher that you can redeem for 2,500 miles. It pays to be patient!

Lastly it’s about a very specific trick that some people might find interesting. On August 27, 2017, Chase announced that effective immediately, existing Sapphire card holder will not be approved for another Sapphire card. It was a extremely negative change since both the Sapphire Preferred and Sapphire Reserve cards have great sign-up bonus and were two of the most recommended entry cards for newcomers. Well, as the saying goes, where there's a will, there's a way. It was soon discovered through various experiments that there are tricks to bypass this restriction, and were recently compiled in this well-written post.

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