Good afternoon everyone, I hope you had a great weekend. Much like the corporate world with midyear reviews, I thought it would be fun / embarrassing to do a midyear review of My Wild and Crazy 2022 Airline, Hotel & Credit Card Predictions. I copied the list from the previous post and will see how many predictions I got correct and how many were dead wrong. But remember, there is still 6 months left in the year for the remaining predictions to come true…
My 2022 Airline Predictions (1 / 7)
- Alaska Airlines or Southwest Airlines will bring back their “convert travel funds to airline miles” feature. – I still cannot believe this feature exists but Alaska and Southwest are not using it.
- American Airlines will return as a Citi ThankYou Points airline transfer partner. – I still cannot believe that Citi can’t get American Airlines to come back to the ThankYou Points portal.
- Avianca will give Turkish Airlines a run for their money for domestic Star Alliance awards.
- British Airways will let you use Avios to pay the taxes, fees, and fuel surcharge portion of award tickets.
- Delta Airlines, Southwest Airlines, or United Airlines will introduce a “Miles and Cash” payment option for award tickets (pay 10,000 miles or pay 8,000 miles + $40).
- JetBlue will partner with another US airline for award bookings. – Yes, you can book JetBlue flights using American Airlines miles.
- United Airlines will be a transfer partner with Brex, Citi, or American Express.
My 2022 Hotel Predictions (1 / 8)
- Best Western will be added as a Citi ThankYou Point transfer partner.
- Choice will allow you to book award stays online for Preferred Hotels & Resorts properties. – Still only bookable over the phone.
- Hilton free night certificates will be valid all days of the week going forward (not just weekends).
- Hyatt or IHG will allow you to use a cash copay or points copay to book rooms at higher category hotels than what free night certificates will allow. – Yes, IHG will allow you to top up an award to book a higher category hotel.
- IHG Spire Elite Members will get free parking and waived resort/destination fees on stays. – New IHG One Rewards Diamond Elite Member, but no free parking or waived resort fees.
- Marriott free night certificates will increase to 40K and 60K levels.
- Radisson Rewards will finally allow their free night certificates for spending $10K, $20K, and $30K to be valid at international properties. – I didn’t see the Radisson Hotels Americas being sold to Choice Hotels in my crystal ball.
- Wyndham will devalue the Vacasa Vacation Rental booking option by charging more points or adding a cash copay for cleaning (but I really hope this doesn’t happen).
My 2022 Credit Card Predictions (2 / 11)
- American Express will raise the credit card limit from 5 to 6 credit cards. – Yes, Doctor of Credit reports some people have 6 credit cards.
- Bank of America will allow you to spend your way to another Alaska Airlines Companion Fare.
- Barclays will provide good upgrade offers to upgrade from the old Barclays Wyndham Visa Credit Card to the Barclays Wyndham Earner Credit Card.
- Bilt will be rewarding for members who do not pay rent and do not have the credit card – with a possible shopping portal or card linked offer network.
- Brex will come out with another bonus to reactivate all dormant Brex users. – Uhh, actually Brex is planning on closing a lot of accounts for small businesses without VC funding.
- Capital One will offer good upgrade offers to upgrade from the Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card to the new Capital One Venture X Credit Card.
- Chase will roll out the “Pay Yourself Back” feature on other credit cards, besides the Chase Air Canada Aeroplan Credit Card.
- Citi will bring back the 1.25 CPP value when booking travel through the Citi ThankYou Point travel portal.
- Discover or Wells Fargo will introduce a premium credit card that has an annual fee.
- Point Debit Card will introduce a no annual fee debit card. – Technically not a new debit card, but Point removed the annual fee on their only debit card.
- US Bank will allow moving / combining points and cash back across various credit card products.
4 out of 26 is pretty bad, but there is still time for some of the other predictions to come true. If I missed anything, please let me know and I will update the post. If you have any questions about my predictions or where to buy your own crystal ball, please leave a comment below. Have a great day everyone!