Delta Stays Credit: How to Use Your New SkyMiles Card Benefit
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by Jackson Newman
2d ago
Last month, Amex did what Amex does and upped the annual fees on the suite of Delta SkyMiles co-branded credit cards. With those higher fees came many coupon-like statement credits to help justify the price hike. The biggest credit is for hotel and vacation rental bookings made with Delta Stays – the airline's hotel booking platform powered by Expedia. Depending on which SkyMiles credit card you carry, you've now got up to $250 in credits to use with Delta Stays each year. Delta Stays is similar to other online travel agencies (OTAs) in that you can easily search for hotel and vacation re ..read more
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From Delta One to Emirates, 9 Ways to Fly Lie-Flat for Under $1,000
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by Gunnar Olson
3d ago
Say it with me: Business class isn't just for the bougie. While the cheapest economy tickets are (almost) always going to be more affordable than the cheapest business class fares, some travelers might be surprised at how inexpensive a lie-flat seat, lounge access, champagne, and a multi-course meal in the sky can actually be. In the past year, we've sent our Thrifty Traveler Premium members a mistake fare flying United Polaris business class from $899 roundtrip, Delta One business class flying to Hawaii for $582 each way, roundtrip JetBlue Mint business class under $952 to the Caribbean, and ..read more
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From Delta One to Emirates, 9 Ways to Fly Lie-Flat for Under $1,000
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by Gunnar Olson
3d ago
Say it with me: Business class isn't just for the bougie. While the cheapest economy tickets are (almost) always going to be more affordable than the cheapest business class fares, some travelers might be surprised at how inexpensive a lie-flat seat, lounge access, champagne, and a multi-course meal in the sky can actually be. In the past year, we've sent our Thrifty Traveler Premium members a mistake fare flying United Polaris business class from $899 roundtrip, Delta One business class flying to Hawaii for $582 each way, roundtrip JetBlue Mint business class under $952 to the Caribbean, and ..read more
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Your Best Bets for Flying Lie-Flat to Hawaii
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by Peter Thornton
3d ago
Visiting Hawaii is always near the top of many travelers' wish lists. Flying in a lie-flat seat is another. Combining the two can be a dream come true. Not all airlines fly lie-flat seats out to the Hawaiian Islands. Notably, the two airlines with a large presence in the Aloha State, Alaska and Southwest, do not. But the largest U.S. airlines, American, Delta, and United along with Hawaii's hometown carrier Hawaiian Airlines all fly plenty of routes with those coveted lie-flat beds on the long flight to Hawaii. With six-hour flights from the West Coast, a flight to Hawaii is comparable in dist ..read more
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New! Earn up to 185K Points (or 5 Free Night Awards) With These Marriott Credit Card Offers
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by Jackson Newman
3d ago
Staying at Marriott hotels and wondering if you should get one of the chain's co-branded credit cards? With six different cards currently available from not one, but two banks, there's plenty to pick from … almost too many. We're here to help you choose. With limited-time offers on cards from both Chase and American Express, now is as good of time as any to add one of these cards to your wallet. The current offers allow you to earn up to 185,000 Marriott Bonvoy points or five free night awards (up to 50,000 Bonvoy points), depending on which version of the card you choose. Even if you're not a ..read more
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Marriott is Giving Away Taylor Swift Eras Tour Tickets (And Even a Full Trip!)
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by Allie Johnson
4d ago
Fellow Swifties: I don't know about you, but I'm feeling a free trip to Taylor Swift's The Eras Tour for two. That's exactly what Marriott is offering travelers. The hotel chain recently announced it's giving away tickets to see Taylor Swift in concert in Europe, the United States, and Canada later this year. And not just that, some of the prizes include airfare and accommodations, too. Marriott Bonvoy members can enter for a chance to win one of the following: Three trips to see the Eras Tour tour in three different countries. You'll get three separate four-day, three-night trips for two peo ..read more
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Is Delta Eliminating Its On-Time Bags Guarantee Program?
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by Nick Serati
4d ago
Delta is better than most airlines when it comes to late bags: Thanks to the airline's baggage guarantee, if it takes more than 20 minutes for your bag to arrive, you can easily (and in most cases, instantly) get 2,500 Delta SkyMiles as compensation for the delay. Unfortunately, this SkyMiles gravy train might be grinding to a halt. According to View from the Wing, who spoke to a source with knowledge on the matter, Delta could be set to end the Bags on Time program as early as next month, saying that the decision is attributed to the “high cost of the program driven by awareness in viral TikT ..read more
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ANA Raises Award Rates for First, Business Class on ANA and Partner Airlines
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by Allie Johnson
4d ago
All Nippon Airways (ANA) Mileage Club is one of the best airline frequent flyer programs out there with low rates to fly to Japan and back, but also to Europe, Australia, and more. The Japanese carrier has a ton of sweet spots to fly economy or even business class for fewer miles than other airlines will charge you. But some of the sweet spots are taking a hit soon. ANA is raising award rates – how many miles you need to book a flight – for booking business and first class flights on ANA and partner airlines like United and Air Canada, too. It's the first time in a decade that the airline has ..read more
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Now Live: Book MGM Hotels From 5,000 Marriott Points Per Night!
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by Jackson Newman
5d ago
Both the hotel and casino worlds were upended last summer when MGM announced it was ditching Hyatt in favor of a new partnership with Marriott. After more details were released last month about what to expect in terms of elite benefits, many of MGM's Vegas properties are now bookable online using Marriott Bonvoy points. So how much does a night in Sin City cost when using Marriott points? Mid-week rates start as low as 5,000 Bonvoy points per night, but … you'll still be on the hook for those pesky resort fees. You won't find those rock-bottom rates at MGM's top-end casino resorts but even som ..read more
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Hyatt All-Inclusives Hit Hardest (Again) in Latest Round of Award Chart Changes
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by Allie Johnson
5d ago
Hyatt released its upcoming round of changes to award pricing at hundreds of hotels on Tuesday and while it's not nearly as brutal as last year, many popular properties are still taking a hit. In all, 183 hotels are changing award categories: 137 properties are moving up to a higher category and therefore will require more World of Hyatt points (or transferrable Chase points) to book a free night while just 46 properties are moving down – requiring fewer points to book a free night stay. Award chart changes are an annual ritual for Hyatt, although less than half the number of properties are mo ..read more
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