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Sunday, January 21, 2018

New IHG Promotion: It's Go Time

Starwood isn't alone!  IHG is also joining the promotion party and offering a new set of possibilities for stays and other activities entitled "It's Go Time":


It's good to see options from other hotel groups - maybe this is the start of a good year for extra point earning!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

First 2018 Starwood Promotion: Great Weeks, Grand Weekends

I'm very loyal to Hyatt in general, given my travel habits and general locations for where I stay.  In fact I generally go out of my way to find a property no matter where I happen to be.  Having options, though, is important for travel and so Starwood properties are a close second for me when it makes sense.  I've also taken advantage of the SPG/Uber partnership in the past to get points whenever I needed a rideshare.

Since I'm on the lookout, I wanted to share that Starwood just posted a new promo for 2018: Great Weeks, Grand Weekends.  The point proposition doesn't look too bad:


Double Starpoints is nice; not as many from past promos but decent.  Another nice option for stays through April.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Hyatt New Change for 2018: Free Night Awards Count toward Tier Status

Hyatt has been my mainstay hotel chain of choice over the last number of years.  I've visited quite a few properties in the U.S. and other foreign countries - while their footprint is smaller compared to other chains, I find the quality to be a step above the rest.  Take for instance the Hyatt in the Maldives (from site):



Since World of Hyatt changed up the earning process for qualification, there has been a lot of grumbling about how to get stay credit and other points.  Thankfully, Hyatt is introducing a feature that most will probably like: credit for award stays.

From their email:

You deserve to be rewarded for your loyalty. We are excited to announce starting January 1, 2018, all nights on free night awards will count toward tier status. You can now earn elite status and additional benefits and rewards faster.
Plus, we’re extending the validity dates for the following free night awards. Starting with awards issued January 1, 2018, you can use them up to 180 days from issuance.
Free night in a Category 1-4 Hyatt hotel or resort when you stay 30 qualifying nights or earn 50,000 Base Points in a calendar year
Free night in a Category 1-7 Hyatt hotel or resort when you stay 60 qualifying nights or earn 100,000 Base Points in a calendar year
Wherever your travels take you, World of Hyatt looks forward to rewarding you even more in 2018.

This is an excellent upgrade in service!

Saturday, December 16, 2017

The Christmas season is upon us

Another year is winding down. Soon 2018 will be here - thinking back on the many adventures this past year brought, I find myself thankful for the opportunities to travel, experience immersion in cultures, and explore new locales. I may not have traveled as many BIS miles as other years but I have no complaints.  The new year promises a similar amount of fun and exploration.  I'm also looking forward to visiting family back in Wisconsin and in Arizona.

Curious if anyone else has big travel plans in the new year?