In this Frequent Miler Week in Review, we have a juicy rumor on the demise of the SPG website and a list of awards that you should book before they’re gone. While most people will tell you that the $49 IHG card is a great deal, see below for a counterpoint. Those posts and more to follow — read on for this week’s recap.
This is a rumor at best, but maybe not so far fetched — will the SPG website disappear as of 8/1/18? It’s far from impossible and the latest reminder that SPG is living on borrowed time, so it makes a lot of sense to pick up Starpoints while you can as the combined program will happen sooner or later.
Apart from the hotel executives and shareholders among us, we all hate resort fees. Million Mile Secrets offers a tip to get something more in return for your fee. I don’t necessarily think that this tip will pay off consistently, but I nonetheless support the effort to express dissatisfaction with the fees at every opportunity in the (probably unrealistic) hopes of these fees eventually being eradictated. Ultimately, I think the only things that would cause these fees to disappear are either legislative necessity or a big enough hit in the pocketbook that hotels feel a need to change. This probably won’t quite do the latter, but I’m all for trying.
While we’re not really earn-and-burn types (see: The earn and burn fallacy. Shall we give hoarding and cherry picking a try instead?), the truth is that devluations constantly happen. In this point at Points With a Crew, Ian Snyder looks at some sweet spots that he predicts will devalue next. Regardless of whether or not these awards actually devalue, the post is a great reminder to keep looking out for new programs from which to extract value. There are constantly sweet spots hiding in plain sight, and it pays to look for them.
That’s it for this week around the web. Check back soon for this week’s last chance deals.