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My Overly Ambitious 2024 Airline, Hotel & Credit Card Predictions

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Good morning everyone, I hope your holiday season is going well.  Yesterday, I wrote The Results Are In! My Wild & Crazy 2023 Airline, Hotel & Credit Card Predictions.  In that post, I shared how my 2023 predictions did (spoiler: not great).  But I am not deterred because 2024 is a new year and I have several new predictions that are surely to come true.  Without further ado, here are my predictions for 2024:

My 2024 Airline Predictions

  • Alaska Airlines or Southwest Airlines will introduce a “family pooling” benefit for miles or travel credit.
  • American Airlines will allow Web Special awards to be changed online (currently, they can only be cancelled).
  • British Airways will add another airline (besides Finnair) to the Avios family.
  • Delta will change their 15% SkyMiles discount for Delta credit cards holders.
  • United will allow you to combine multiple travel bank funds and future flight credits for the same reservation.

My 2024 Hotel Predictions

  • Best Western will become a transfer partner with a transferrable points currency.
  • Choice will allow you to book award stays more than 100 nights in the future.
  • Hilton Free Night Certificates will be allowed to be turned into Hilton points.
  • Hyatt Free Night Certificates will be allowed to top up with points.
  • IHG will allow transfers to or from any member that has IHG Platinum status.
  • Marriott will allow you to top up Free Night Certificates with more than 15,000 points.
  • Marriott will let you transfer points between members for free.
  • Marriott will make major changes to their “credit card matrix” and allow members to have more Marriott cards.
  • Wyndham will allow Vacasa Vacation Rentals to be booked entirely online.

My 2024 Credit Card Predictions

  • American Express will remove Hawaiian Airlines as a transfer partner before the Alaska Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines merger is finalized.
  • Bank of America will introduce a 5x rotating category credit card to compete with the Discover It Credit Card and Chase Freedom Flex Credit Card.
  • Barclays will come out with a premium Wyndham Rewards credit card that offers higher bonus categories.
  • Bilt will offer a debit card that rewards “non-renters”.
  • Capital One will start charging for Capital One Venture X Credit Card guests at Capital One Lounges.
  • Chase will introduce a 4x and 5x bonus category on the Chase Sapphire Reserve Credit Card.
  • Chase will introduce a premium IHG credit card that comes with IHG Diamond Elite Status.
  • Citi will add American Airlines as a transfer partner of Citi ThankYou Points.
  • Citi will start allowing product changes to the Citi Dividend Credit Card or Citi Prestige Credit Card.
  • Discover will offer referral bonuses above $100 per referral.
  • US Bank will change the US Bank Cash+ Credit Card into a 5x rotating cash back card.
  • Wells Fargo will have a unique transfer partner once their transferrable points currency is live.

There you have it folks, those are my 2024 predictions.  Please share any of your own travel predictions for 2024 in the comments section below.  Thanks for reading and have a great day everyone!

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10 thoughts on “My Overly Ambitious 2024 Airline, Hotel & Credit Card Predictions

  1. Steve L.

    I’m on board with the restrictive Choice Hotel 100 day future reservation limit. Always found that to be annoying.

    1. Grant Post author

      Hi Sn, that would be nice, but I’m not expecting much from the Chase / Hyatt team since their Hyatt business credit card is so lackluster. We will see if your prediction comes true.

  2. DMoney

    Grant, doesn’t marriott already allow point transfers between members for free (with an annual cap of 100k points)? I have done that mutiple times this past year.

  3. Robert

    Hey Grant – great stuff as always. The ones I’d most like to see are Hyatt letting us top off certs with points, Choice removing the dumb 100 day reservation limit, and Chase adding some better multipliers to the Sapphire Reserve. Sadly, that card is no longer as compelling for me as it was a few years ago.

    I do hope you’re incorrect about the Cash+ turning into a rotating card; like the Shopper Cash, it’s nice being able to pick your own categories. Finally, I hope we see the return of the Citi Prestige or another premium offering to replace it.

    Happy 2024 to you!


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