Every day we pick the essential award travel news to keep you stay informed. Today, we are bringing you – United and IHG 100% bonus sale, but are they worth it?; 7 other award travel news today. Read yesterday’s post here.
The long-awaited Amex Centurion Lounge is finally coming to LAX the Los Angeles International Airport! The absence of Centurion Lounge in one of the busiest airport in California has surprised many new Amex Platinum cardholders as many assumed Amex to set up lounge in most of the major airports at least in the U.S. LAX is probably the most highly-anticipated location. The new lounge will open in 2019 and will come with a family room, a spa, showers, and a brand new tranquility area that will offer both brightly-lit and dimly-lit quiet areas to help global travelers adjust to their new time zones. It sounds awesome!
Also about Amex Platinum card lounge access, there is a hit-or-miss but neat trick shared by TPG today: You might be able to enter the Eurostar Business Premier Lounges located at four major train terminals in Europe with your non-European Platinum cards. While being a benefit only available to the European Platinum cards, people have reported being allowed into the lounge using cards from other countries as well. Be sure to bring your Platinum cards next time traveling in Europe.
Delta is having another sale for roundtrip to Mexico at 12,000 SkyMiles. Without a fixed award chart it’s difficult to keep track of the price changes for Delta, but 12,000 miles is definitely cheaper than most of the known award rate for U.S. - Mexico roundtrip ticket. Check out the details on MileValue.
In award credit card news, specifically flexible point systems: Amex Membership Rewards is running a promotion for Hawaiian airline with 25% transfer bonus. The regular ratio is 1 to 1 and now 1 to 1.25 with the promotion. A slightly annoying thing about transfer MR to Hawaiian or any other U.S. based airlines is that there’s a transfer fee unlike foreign airlines. The fee is $0.60 per 1,000 points transferred.
Chase’s flexible point system, Ultimate Rewards, is renowned for its instant transfer of points for most airlines. After performing the transfer on UR website, you can log in to your airline frequent flyer account immediately and see the miles already posted. However, it’s not the case when transferring to Flying Blue. Recently many complained the transfer took more than 12 hours to conclude, and someone had to wait 72 hours before seeing the miles in their account. Chase has replied to Point Me to the Plane acknowledging the issue and confirming that it has be resolved.
Two loyalty programs are running points sale, both at 100% bonus. United’s promotion ends on June 19 and the final price is 1.88 cent per mile, and IHG’s ends on June 15 and the price is 0.5 cent per point. In case you didn’t know, both prices are so-so, so don’t get too excited. As always, at these prices we recommend that you purchase only when 1. you have a concrete redemption plan and have calculated the value and 2. made sure there are availability.
IHG is launching a new upscale brand, Voco, focusing on hotel conversion. Instead of building their own new properties, the hotelier would partner with existing hotel properties and convert them into part of the chain, in this case IHG looks for high-end hotels and the first one will be in Australia. Conversion brand isn’t a new thing at all, existing brand in the market includes DoubleTree, Curio and Tapestry by Hilton, Autograph Collection and Tribute by Marriott, and Unbound Collection by Hyatt.
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