Category: Hotels

One way to boost your hotel program point balance

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Earning lots of points is the name of the game, whether in an airline or hotel program.  While airlines have become stingy with bonus mile promotions in recent years, the big four hotel chains – Hilton, Hyatt, Marriott and Starwood – tend to offer several bonus opportunities to boost your point balance each year. (more…)

Changes to American Express Platinum lounge benefits

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The American Express Platinum card comes with a hefty annual fee of $450. Historically, this cost has been partially offset by some of the best credit card perks in the industry, including an annual $200 fee reimbursement for airline-imposed fees and Amex’s Platinum Travel Desk, which includes two-for-one business class tickets on many international airlines.

One of the most valuable benefits has been the access the card offered to airline lounges around the world, including those run by American Airlines, Delta and US Airways. (more…)

Mattress runs to earn and maintain hotel elite status

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It’s December, which means that the window to earn or maintain airline and hotel elite status is closing soon. U.S.-based programs work on a calendar year for status qualification.  That means your elite status is based on the flights you take or the hotel stays you complete between January 1 and December 31.

We recently covered the concept of mileage runs, taking flights just to earn elite qualifying miles for airline status.  The hotel equivalent is mattress runs, stays you complete just for the qualifying nights to earn or maintain elite status with a hotel loyalty program. (more…)

Earn bonus miles for converting points to Air Canada Aeroplan

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Happy Thanksgiving week to American readers. As you’re planning your holiday travel and dreaming of big trips for 2014, there’s an opportunity to earn some significant bonus miles by transferring points into Air Canada’s Aeroplan program.

From now until December 9, point transfers from American Express and various hotel programs into Aeroplan will net bonuses of up to 25%. (more…)