Stacking fallacies and other news you can use


Welcome to this week’s Frequent Miler week in review around the web, where we recap the news you can use from around the Internet.

Extreme Stacking

When Stacking Goes Wrong: The Danger of Percentages & Framing a Problem

We talk a lot around here about stacking deals — but not all stacks are created equally. Earlier this week, there was a great Office Max / Office Depot gift card deal. In the discussion about maximizing the deal, there was some light discussion about whether the $100 GC or the $200 GC was a better deal. Sirthea at Doctor of Credit writes an excellent analysis as to which option was clearly better and why — and it’s a useful analysis to read for anyone looking to maximize office supply store deals.

Virgin Alaska Different Works

Do Not Transfer Virgin America Elevate Points to Alaska Airlines Yet

We’ve talked quite a bit about the merger between SPG and Marriott. Specifically, since their loyalty programs are merging but not yet merged, there can be a lot of value found in moving points back and forth between the two programs. Alaska’s merger with Virgin America has also enabled the moving of points — but only in one direction (Virgin to Alaska — not the other way). Rocky at Travel Codex reviews why you should not transfer your points until you need them for an award in order to increase your flexibility. I transferred Starpoints to Virgin America for a nights and flights redemption on the final day of SPG’s partnership with Virgin (back in January). The reason I did so was to take advantage of the outsized value in transferring the Virgin points to Alaska. However, I have not transferred those points to Alaska yet — and Rocky explains exactly why.

World of Hyatt Explorist

Hyatt Awarding ‘Secret’ Free Nights as Part of New World of Hyatt Program

I would love to love Hyatt. I certainly intended to while working towards Diamond Globalist status last year — going out of my way to stay at a Hyatt Place 20 miles away rather than the Hilton near my destination because that’s all that Hyatt has in so many cities. I thought that the thing I liked least about the new World of Hyatt was that in the vast majority of their properties, my loyalty doesn’t earn much that isn’t provided regardless of loyalty. But I was wrong — Gary covers the thing that I would hate the most about the new World of Hyatt if I were actively trying to re-qualify. How can you ask so much of your most loyal guests (going out of their way to find a Hyatt, settling for Places/Houses when there’s a better option — and doing those things 20% of the nights in a year) and then not even tell them when their loyalty has earned them a reward? Color me disappointed in Hyatt.


8 American Airlines Award Booking Tips & Tricks!

I know that not all readers are advanced award ticket bookers. If you are relatively new to redeeming your miles for awards, AcCounting Your Points has a very nice primer/reminder of the basics and advantages of booking AA awards.

Delta Diamond

BREAKING: Another NO NOTICE Delta SkyMiles award devaluation (with partners this time) #KeepDescending!

Speaking of award booking……unfortunately, Delta has done it again — a stealthy devaluation this week that could cause some annoyance for those partner awards (Delta awards are as yet unaffected) — though it seems that adding a Delta segment may help you keep historical pricing — for now. Rene’s got the scoop.

That’s it for this week around the web — check back soon for a reminder on your last chance at several lucrative deals this week!


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