For those who love it, shopping is its own reward. For everyone else, we can console ourselves by earning big rewards while shopping. In this week’s podcast, Nick and Greg discuss the art of extreme stackery (yes, that’s a made-up word) so that we can all reap rewards (miles, points, and cash back) when shopping. Additionally, on the podcast, we talk about the latest big Hyatt news, booking Etihad flights with Air France/KLM Flying Blue miles, and more.
Elsewhere on the blog this week, read all about Hyatt’s big changes; find out how Tim got over $1400 for a delayed flight; learn about a new transferable points card; and more. Watch or listen to the podcast or read on for more from this week at Frequent Miler.
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This week on the Frequent Miler blog…
Big Hyatt changes are in store for 2024:
- Huge (mostly positive) changes to Hyatt’s Milestone Rewards: Hyatt is revamping its Milestone Rewards. At each Milestone (starting at 20 nights and every 10 nights thereafter), there will be more choices, rewards will be shareable, and there will be new and more valuable rewards for those achieving 100 nights or more (up to 150 nights). For more modest travelers, serious awards kick in at 40 nights.
- New ways to earn Hyatt elite nights for meeting planners, travel advisors, and Hyatt Leverage admins: For every $5,000 of eligible spend, earn 2 qualifying nights towards elite status and Milestone Rewards.
- Hyatt goes next level with Mr & Mrs Smith [Integration “early 2024”!]: Hyatt has announced full integration of “100s” of Mr & Mrs Smith properties in early 2024. I’m excited!
- Earn Hyatt elite night credits & points when buying Mr & Mrs Smith gift cards: While waiting for full integration, you can take advantage of the short term opportunity to earn Hyatt points and elite nights by buying Mr & Mrs Smith gift cards.
Transferable points and new credit cards are coming soon from Wells Fargo. It’s exciting to think that we may soon have a new player in this game. I realize that not everyone is a Wells Fargo fan, but more competition to give us transferable points is always a good thing. Now I’m crossing my fingers that they’ll offer good transfer ratios and decent transfer partners (let’s hope that Choice isn’t the only choice).
Tim’s Singapore Airlines flight from Frankfurt to JFK was delayed and so Tim filed an EU 261 claim. He received over $700 per person from Singapore Airlines (over $1400 total). There’s much more to this post than a happy story for Tim. This is a mini-guide that you can refer to when you too get delayed when flying from or to Europe.
Well… ick. Amex has been experimenting with new ways of describing welcome bonus offers. Now, instead of always seeing fixed offers like “90,000 points after $5,000 spend”, you’ll sometimes see things like “Earn up to 150,000 points” or “Earn 100,000 points or more.” You won’t know exactly what your welcome bonus will be until after you apply. Fortunately, after you apply, but before you accept the new card, Amex will show you the full details of the offer and you’ll have a chance to back out with no harm to your credit report. Still… this can make comparison shopping for new cards much more difficult.
One of the strengths of United’s mileage program is the ability to add a free segment to an international award. They call this an “Excursionist Perk award.” If you need an extra flight in the middle of an international trip, this might work for you. There are also ways to use Excursionist Perks that are not nearly that simple and definitely not what United intended. In this advanced award booking post I explored the question of whether Excursionist Perks are ideal for booking positioning flights for international travel.
Amex made big changes to their Hilton Aspire and Surpass cards recently. In this post, Tim reviews the new Aspire card. Is it worth the new $550 annual fee? Personally, I’m looking forward to dumping one of my two Delta cards next year in order to free up room in my Amex portfolio for a Hilton card.
That’s it for this week at Frequent Miler. Keep an eye on this week’s last chance deals to be sure that you don’t miss any before they are gone.