Good morning everyone, greetings from the crowded Copa Club in Panama City, Panama (PTY). Some Citi credit cards are being converted to other credit cards, namely the Citi Forward Credit Card is converting to the Citi Thank You Preferred Credit Card and the Citi Hilton Honors Reserve Credit Card is being converted to the American Express Hilton Ascend Credit Card in the next few weeks.
As of January 15, the Citi Forward Credit Card conversion process is underway and the new Citi Thank You Preferred Credit Card already shows up in my Citi online account. If you use the Citi mobile app, you will see that your Citi Forward Credit Card account is closed, but there is no way to remove that account from the Citi mobile app. In this post, I will show you how to remove / unlink a Citi credit card from your online account.
Greetings from Uyuni airport in Bolivia. I have a few minutes before my flight, so I wanted to get this post published. Sorry for the delay in posting this list, my crystal ball was in the shop for a tuneup. As you can tell from my 2017 travel predictions, I am wrong 99% of the time, so take these predictions with a grain of salt (that I took from the Salar de Uyuni salt flats in Bolivia). Here are some of my highly unlikely, but entertaining travel predictions for 2018. Enjoy!
After the Virgin America merger, Alaska Airlines will add new routes to Mexico, Canada, and the Caribbean
Delta Airlines will introduce cash and miles award tickets, then American Airlines and United Airlines will follow suit
Southwest Airlines will increase their Transfarency by automatically keeping track of travel funds in each account
JetBlue will add new routes along the West Coast and maybe to Hawaii
Singapore Airlines will allow you to book United Airlines awards online
British Airways will bring back the 4,500 Avios award price in the United States
Hilton’s recent unveiling of the newest perks and ways to gain Hilton points got me wondering which of these mattered to me the most. And if any changes mattered to our readers. I have Hilton Gold elite status and a healthy stash of Hilton points, though, last year I didn’t have any Hilton stays. Earning more points per stay, though, is always user friendly :) For people who stay at Hilton properties a lot, the milestone bonuses make sense. I prefer getting points rather than a free night stay that’s limited to certain categories of hotel. Elite rollover nights are a great benefit. I wish Hyatt did this! Gifting status after 60 nights is a great idea. Are you listening Hyatt? Looks to me like Hilton is upping their game, getting creative, and has put together a package of perks that will please loyal Hilton fans. How do you feel about this new program? Going forward, will you shift some of your stays to Hilton? Let me know!
Here is the complete Hilton member benefits email:
Southwest seems bent on making the Companion Pass very difficult to get unless you fly Southwest every week. I believe credit card signup bonuses will no longer count toward the Companion Pass and Southwest might kill the whole concept of the Companion Pass entirely or switch to a certificate program similar to the Alaska Airlines companion fare or Virgin America companion ticket. Southwest Airlines did eliminate hotel transfers counting toward the Companion Pass, but credit card spend and sign up bonuses still count toward the Companion Pass. I am also the proud companion on my girlfriend’s Companion Pass.
Other airline credit cards will adopt the Alaska Airlines companion fare (you pay full price and your companion pays up to $120) or the Virgin America companion ticket (you pay full price and your companion pays full price minus $150). No, I don’t think any other airline added a companion fare as a credit card benefit.
American will introduce a basic economy fare class to compete/copy Delta and United. Yes, I got this one right!
Alaska Airlines will introduce a new level of elite status (maybe MVP Gold 100K?) No, Alaska Airlines MVP Gold 75K is still the highest elite level.
More airlines will get away from the 12,500 one way domestic ticket and start to introduce 5,000, 7,500, and 10,000 mile awards. Yes, I think Alaska Airlines announced cheaper awards on shorter flights.
British Airways will kill the 4,500 Avios award band globally and possibly remove one of their lower award tiers. No, 4,500 British Airways Avios tier is still available outside the US.
Singapore Airlines will allow us to book Star Alliance awards online, rather than calling in. Partially true, but not rolled out completely.
Hawaiian Airlines will get bought by a low cost airline, Southwest Airlines or JetBlue. No, no one bought Hawaiian Airlines.
We will see 1 or 2 more mileage matching promos, this time from a big legacy airline. No, no mileage matching promo like the JetBlue / Virgin America match last year.
My ~20,000 Spirit Airlines miles will expire and I won’t care. Sort of, my Spirit Airlines miles did expire, but I still shed 1 tear.
Good morning everyone. A few days ago, I received the following letter from Citi regarding my Citi Forward Credit Card. The letter was similar to the letter posted on Doctor of Credit, but mine did not include a targeted spending offer. I reached out to Citi on Twitter and asked if they could match me to the targeted offer. Long story short, I spoke to a member of the Citi social media team and we went through a few options. I will share what my long term plan is regarding the Citi Forward Credit Card conversion into the Citi Thank You Preferred Credit Card and share my plans for some of my other Citi credit cards. Here is what the letter from Citi looked like: