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Open space: 34K / 50K Business Class to Europe with Iberia

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A reader reached out to alert us to the fact that Iberia Plus has released a lot of business class award availability between New York and Miami to/from Madrid, including during peak summertime dates...

[Updated: Extended!] Hilton free night certificates show up in your online account w/ expiration...

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Update 11/22/21: Several readers reached out via email, Twitter, and our Frequent Miler Insiders Facebook group earlier this evening to let us know that they noticed sometime today that the expiration dates on some...

How to use your Citi ThankYou point fortune

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I first published this post just two months ago, but much has changed already.  Since then, Citi has removed the ability to transfer to AA (as expected), and surprised us with the addition of...

Good news: Some Marriott free night certificates have been extended already

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Last month, Marriott announced the extension of elite status and free night certificates. All certificates scheduled to expire before 6/30/22 were to be extended until that date. Good news: some of those certificates are showing...

Nordic Choice Sweet-Spots: Great Value w/ Choice Points

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I've long heard that redeeming Choice Privileges points at Nordic Choice Hotels offered great value, but I've never previously looked very closely at this.  Now I have.  And I found that great value is...

LifeMiles making positive changes to awards to and within Canada

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One Mile at a Time reports on some cool changes being made by Avianca LifeMiles: short-distance awards between the US and Canada and within Canada are becoming cheaper. Avianca will charge fewer miles on most shorter...

[Update: Back in Europe] Air France moves Israel to the Middle East, heavily devalues...

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Update: Israel is once again pricing as part of Europe. I noticed in the terms of the monthly Promo Rewards (and noted in our earlier post) that it says (bold is mine added for emphasis): ...

My bite-sized thoughts about everything new in points & miles (Nov 2021)

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In the past month or so there have been huge changes related to points, miles, and loyalty.  Each week, Nick throws in his 2 cents about these things in his Week in Review series,...

Hyatt Peak/Off-Peak Analysis

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As promised/threatened, Hyatt's peak and off-peak award pricing is now live for stays beginning March 1, 2022 and beyond.  That means that instead of each hotel having a fixed award price at all times,...

Marriott grants wishes and dashes hopes [On My Mind]

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What a day!  Today, Marriott announced that they would once again delay certificate expirations and extend elite status.  Cool.  Even better, they announced that they would be adding "Free Night Award Top Offs" next...

Choice’s Ascend Collection Gems (Great Value with Citi Points!)

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Citibank recently added the ability to transfer ThankYou Rewards points to Choice Privileges at an excellent 1 to 2 rate.  1,000 Citi points becomes 2,000 Choice points.  This makes hotels bookable with Choice points...

The worlds best Preferred Hotels bookable with Choice points

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Separately I wrote about the fact that Choice Privileges points can be used to book many (but not all) high-end Preferred Hotels & Resorts.  It's not easy to book these, but it is possible. ...

Preferred Hotels & Resorts via Choice: Value unlocked. Frustration assured.

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Citibank recently added the ability to transfer ThankYou Rewards points to Choice Privileges at an excellent 1 to 2 rate.  1,000 Citi points becomes 2,000 Choice points.  This is great for Choice Hotels stays. ...

Bilt Rewards sweet spots

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This past weekend, Greg and I (along with a handful of leading content creators in points and miles) were invited to Richard Branson's Moskito Island to learn more about Bilt Rewards, the new credit...

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