Every day we pick the essential award travel news to keep you stay informed. Today, we are bringing you – Travel The World Earning $4,000 a month and Hilton Double Points; 4 other award travel news today.
One of the most useful award booking feature for the Marriott Rewards program is Point Advance, where Marriott lets you book for a stay using points, with having enough points in the account at the time of booking; in fact, you can book without any point in your account. This is useful because in many scenarios, we are expecting points to be deposited from various sources such as credit card sign-up bonus, SPG point transfer, or points transfer from friends and family; by the time these points deposit, the award night availability may have already changed. We are glad to find out that the Points Advance feature will stay in Marriottwhen the new program launches in August.
A reminder that SPG is currently running a point sale, possibly the last one ever, of 35% discount. The cost for 30,000 Starpoints comes out to be $682.50. This can become very interesting when combined with the 25% transfer bonus for American Airline miles that also ends on May 31. Stacking the two promotions, the effective cost for the AAdvantage mile will become 1.456 cents per mile, a very good deal especially if you’re targeting a premium class partner redemption to many destinations, which can easily have a value of 3 CPP or more.
Hilton just announced its newest summer promotion where you’ll earn double points at most Hilton properties, except Hampton by Hilton Hotels in Mainland China. The promotion runs from May 1 and August 31, registration prior to checking out is required. JetBlue and JetSuiteX have announced a new codeshare partnership, which they say marks the first codeshare agreement between a semi-private public charter operator and a major national carrier. For those of you not familiar, JetSuite is a private jet rental service, with most of their planes being light private aircraft. Their goal is to make private jets as accessible as possible. British Airways is making two improvements to their first class, letting first class passengers get to the terminal earlier, and get their luggage earlier. While BA doesn’t have the best award chart and the surcharges are sometimes discouraging, the carrier certainly is trying to make its first class stand out.
The Iceland’s budget carrier, WOW Air, announced a competition today allowing the winner to make $4,000 a month while traveling the world with their best friend. The campaign touted as the “best summer job ever” caught a great deal of attention on social media today. Candidates must submit a two-minute clip offering travel tips for their hometown by May 14, 2018, and the winner will be announced on May 18. This reminded me of the “the best job in the world” competition by Tourism Australia back in 2013.
Points with a Crew shared some simple tips that will make your next Southwest trip easier. Long story short, making changes to your refundable Southwest tickets will make them non-refundable, so the keyword here is to cancel and rebook, instead of making changes. Also keep in mind that all Southwest fares booked with Rapid Rewards points are fully refundable, up until 10 minutes prior to scheduled departure, making it my personal favorite domestic loyalty program.
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