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Daily Digest: Hotel Point Discounts and 3X Any Purchase Credit Card Offer

Every day we pick the essential award travel news to keep you stay informed. Today, we are bringing you – Hotel Point discounts and 3X any purchase credit card offer; 5 other award travel news today.

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Spring is here; so is the season of hotel rewards points sales. Hilton is offering a 100% bonus on point purchase through June 7th, making the final price 0.5 cents each. It is slightly higher than our valuation at 0.45 CPP, so be sure have a redemption goal in mind before making the purchase. IHG has a 80% bonus points promotion ending on June 1st as we mentioned a few days ago. This can be coupled with the extra 20% discount offered on the IHG Premier credit card, if you have it. Radisson Rewards joined the game yesterday with a flash sale of 75% bonus points ending today on April 22nd. The price come down to 0.40 CPP, also slightly higher than the Award Travel Report 2017 valuation. Lastly, as discussed last week SPG has a 35% discount for buying points until May 31st with the final price tag of 2.275 cent per point. Starpoint as it currently is can be converted to 3 Marriott Rewards points, whose value skyrockets when used toward Airline + Hotel Travel Package redemption. This is very likely going to be the last SPG point sale ever since the new Marriott/SPG/Ritz-Carlton unified program will kick in on August 1st.

Air Canada, though does not offer first class, has just announced details of their new Signature long-haul business class experience, and it looks extraordinary, with guaranteed tarmac transfers, private chef lounge dining facilities, outstanding wine menus and mattress pads and upgraded linens. Lufthansa has officially announced today that it’s now possible to upgrade the lowest fare Lufthansa Business Class tickets (Z/P) to First Class by use of miles or eVouchers. This was previously only possible on higher-priced Business Class (D).

As we all know, Basic Economy class has become more and more prevalent that it’s now hard to find an airline that doesn’t offer this product. Google has noticed this too and has finally added support in Google Flight for “overhead bin access”, basically what Basic Economy class lacks from its counterpart. Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement, flights between the United States and Russia may cease soon, because the US is taking too long to issue visas for Russian crews. The Russian ministry said that official wait time for visa interview has been extended from 85 days to 250 days, which is really impractical for a traveling certificate for airline crew in my opinion.

A new credit card offer might interest some big spenders out there who are into award travel. The Freedom cards by Chase is typically marketed as cards that earn cash back, but in reality, the Freedom and Freedom Unlimited both earns points in the Ultimate Rewards system, which can be transferred to airline or used toward travel at a higher value when the cardholder also carries any Ultimate Rewards cards that has an annual fee (SapphirePreferred, Sapphire Reserve, and Ink Business Preferred card). The Freedom Unlimited card currently has an offer of 3x UR points per dollar (marketed as 3% cash back) for the first year. This offer doesn’t come with a lump sum of points as the sign-up bonus (3x for one year is its new member offer), but it could be worthwhile if you plan to spend a lot of money with the card in the first year. As always, do the math before making the decision!News Resources:

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