Weekly Travel News Roundup: 19 December 2014

The Weekly News Roundup is a collection of headlines from around the internet that caught the attention of the Tagging Miles team. Content on these blogs do not necessarily reflect the positions of Tagging Miles, and should not be considered endorsements. Have a great story we should read? Contact us now and let us know!

Do Now (if you haven’t already)

  • From Free-quent Flyer Book – Register your Chase Freedom for Q1 2015 5x. Its good for Grocery Stores, Starbucks, and Movie Theaters up to $1,500.
  • Sign up for the Marriott MegaBonus promotion for stays between February 1 and April 30 2015. Perhaps a bigger question: is Marriott starting to recognize that they need to reward stays as well as Nights?

Award Travel and General Airline New

  • Via One Mile at a Time – Emirates will be accepting 2 class A380’s soon, losing First Class. In addition, Lucky notes that Emirates is going to add in a “Residence-like” product, potentially losing a dozen or so economy seats. Seems like two extremes to me.
  • Tiffany has been doing some more regular writing for Lucky at One Mile at a Time. This week she’s written about where to search for award space. Its a great post for folks that haven’t redeemed a ton of miles for award travel. I tend to appreciate her point of view, as refreshing, and because she talks primarily about booking award travel – an area that is like solving the latest rubik’s cube.
  • From Miles4More – American Express Membership Rewards transfer bonus to British Airways Avios is back!
  • Wandering Aramean has visualized his Hotel Hustle data. I’m not sure I can agree with what the graphs say, but they are worth looking at. If anything, they prove that the best value for points are Hyatt and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG). I just didn’t think SPG was all valuable for hotels.


Manufacturing Spend

  • This was a pretty big week for manufactured spend, and not necessarily in a good way. We heard about Vanilla Reloads’ pending demise (we have a date – 1 April 2015), although FrequentMiler is more optimistic.
  • In fact, Frequent Miler appears to be trying to balance between the Ghost of Christmas Past, and Ebenezer Scrooge with all the bad news of late.
  • Doctor of Credit writes of the continuing saga of Old Blue Cash.
  • Trying to look on the bright side, Doctor of Credit shares his experience buying Amazon gift cards – its even more interesting when you consider how many transactions you can get toward cards like the American Express Everyday card or bank debit cards.

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