My Travel Predictions (Both Good and Bad) for 2014
Happy holidays everyone! As 2014 quickly approaches, I wanted to share my predictions for 2014, regarding airlines, hotels, and credit card rewards. Feel free to agree, disagree, or share your own comments below.
- British Airways – I think the 4,500 and 7,500 (maybe even 10,000) Avios award prices will go away or the entire award chart will be revamped. The current prices are just too good.
- Alaska Airlines and Delta Airlines – since there has been a lot of fighting over routes to/from SEA and SLC, I think Alaska will no longer allow you to earn or redeem miles with Delta.
- American Airlines and US Airways – after the merger, we will see some new “enhancements” (aka devaluations) to the new award chart. Maybe off-peak awards will be changed or removed.
- Southwest Airlines and AirTran – hopefully the merger goes through smoothly and quickly. I look forward to using Southwest Rapid Reward Points for flights to Hawaii, Mexico City, and other tropical destinations south of the border. I also think the 50,000 Southwest Rapid Reward sign up bonus will no longer count for companion pass status, it is just too easy to get Companion Pass.
- Hawaiian Airlines – merge with another airline, maybe JetBlue or Alaska Airlines.
- Lufthansa – revamp their award chart after everyone signs up for their credit card.
- Virgin Atlantic – miles will be transferable 1:1 with Virgin America and Virgin Australia.
- I think the new American Airlines and Hilton will create a partnership (similar to SPG-Delta and United-Marriott) for reciprocal elite benefits. What do you think Hilton Gold will be worth?
- Starwood – their credit card from American Express will offer no foreign transaction fees so I can use the card at SPG hotels outside the United States.
- Hyatt – change the credit card from “2 free nights at any Hyatt in the world” to something not as good (maybe exclude top tier properties).
- Hilton – since there are so many ways to get Hilton Gold, I think we will see some benefits dropped, like no free breakfast.
- IHG – I hope they run more Points Break deals, but I think they will raise award night prices or Points Break prices, from 5,000 to 10,000 points a night.
- Club Carlson – Revamp stay 2 nights for the price of 1 night award chart.
- Points Hound and Rocket Miles will merge into one company – Points Miles or Rocket Hound?
- Credit card sign up bonuses – I think more cards will go from having huge sign up bonuses, to having larger spending bonuses (such as $10,000, $20,000, and up) to receive more bonus points/miles.
- Chase Ultimate Reward Points – add more travel partners, but not offer any transfer bonuses.
- American Express Membership Reward Points – less transfer bonuses and less transfer partners.
- Citi Thank You Points – add more transfer partners and allow transfer from all Thank You accounts.
- Discover It card – will have a $500 sign up bonus (please!)
- Capital One – revamp their reward program and offer 5x rotating categories to entice more credit card sign ups.
- A new card will come out from now where to surprise and overwhelm the travel credit card industry (please!)
That is all the predictions I can think of, time to go open some presents. Happy holidays everyone! What do you think? Share your thoughts below in the comments.