Do you have all the time in the world to keep track of all the airlines, the alliances, which airlines are adding flights and routes, and which routes are being canceled? I certainly don’t. I was reminded of this a few weeks ago when United announced its new non-stops to Europe for Summer 2018. Sure, these are seasonal routes, but still, for those of us who work hard accumulating miles and points, this is exactly the kind of knowledge we need to book those award tickets, and book them early. Knowing when award charts open, and seasonal route award seats are bookable, is just not something I’m good about keeping track of. In addition to United’s new Summer routes, United also started daily service between LAX and Singapore and between New York and Buenos Aires. See what I mean? That’s a lot of news to follow. And that’s just United.
Hot off the World of Hyatt presses, another new program has just been announced giving us new ways to earn and redeem Hyatt Points! Do you need some inspiration for finding your next travel destination or experience? World of Hyatt members can now book one-of-a-kind Travel-worthy Experiences through IfOnly. These Travel-worthy Experiences, located across several destinations in the U.S. and Europe, is another step in Hyatt’s strategy to engage with high-end travelers.
American Express has made changes yet again to their lounge access policy. So of course the first thing we want to know is what those changes are and will we be affected. I wrote about the American Express Centurion Lounges and asked readers how they were feeling about them. Readers were mixed, with the chief complaint being the overcrowding of lounges. American Express did start limiting the number of guests cardholders could bring in with them, and as of October 2, they’ve made an even more restrictive change.
Monday, October 9th, is the last day FatWallet’s site will be open. It’s closing, so make sure you don’t have any cash back sitting in your account. You need to request payment for your Cash Back balance! FatWallet is charging a monthly maintenance fee if you have any money sitting in your account. Everyone is now being shifted over to Ebates, FatWallet’s sister site, for discounted shopping and cash back. If you haven’t joined Ebates yet, here’s my referral link. Thanks in advance for signing up with my link, and have a great day!
World of Hyatt sure is branching out lately. First they created the Try the World series of gift boxes. That’s a work in progress! Now they are luring us away from Airbnb / VRBO / Homeaway type stays with a new program called Oasis. According to this announcement, you’d be staying in a home yet receiving the amenities of a hotel-like stay. So far they’re rolling Oasis out in 22 cities around the world. We’ll also be able to earn Hyatt points and redeem them for stays.