Our favourite journey rewards for 2023

In 2023, our travels returned to full velocity forward and have collectively taken us all around the globe. This week on Frequent Miler on the Air, we glance again at our favourite factors and miles redemptions of 2023 and favorites of all time (and sure, Greg did make it on to QSuites and had rave evaluations!).

Elsewhere on the weblog this week, learn concerning the large information that Alaska needs to purchase Hawaiian, an unlucky change to Marriott free night time certificates, your finish of yr guidelines, and why you may wish to be reserving your entire motels by Reserving.com proper now.

This week’s podcast

00:00 Intro
01:35 Large Mailbag
04:10 Journey Speak
04:28 Alaska needs to purchase Hawaiian Airways
12:00 Tim’s profitable EU261 declare
14:33 Card Speak: Hawaiian Airways bank cards
22:30 Award Speak: Avianca customer support may be higher than its fame suggests.
29:30 Predominant Occasion: Our favourite journey rewards of 2023
31:05 Get together of 5 (ANA First Class and LATAM Enterprise Class)
35:34 Qatar QSuites (perhaps)
37:06 British Airways Membership World Suites
39:35 Air France enterprise class
42:01 Turkish Airways enterprise class
47:24 Our all-time favourite flight awards
47:31 Etihad First Class Residences
48:08 Previous Singapore Suites / ANA First Class flight
50:29 Our favourite lodge redemptions of 2023
50:38 Eichert’s Personal Lodge in Queenstown, NZ (SLH by way of Hyatt) 52:11 Grand Lodge Victoria in Menaggio, Italy (on Lake Como) (SLH by way of Hyatt)
54:13 Kona Seaside Yacht Villa by Vacasa (Wyndham Rewards) 57:27 Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando, Florida
1:00:57 Greg honorable mentions: VIlla Copenhagen; Kimpton Fitzroy; Ventana Huge Sur, Inn at Bay Harbor
1:02:57 Consolation Lodge Bolivar in Rome, Hyatt Regency Good
1:04:44 Our all-time favourite lodge awards
1:05:48 Necker Island
1:09:36 St Regis Bora Bora
1:13:14 Non-flight or lodge rewards
1:13:30 BLADE helicopter flight
1:15:45 Cruising without cost due to on line casino standing matching
1:20:11 Query of the Week: Which playing cards are price getting within the hopes that they get grandfathered?

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This week on the Frequent Miler weblog…

Alaska Airways is shopping for Hawaiian Airways. Is it a Christmas miracle or a bah humbug?

In an intriguing shock transfer, Alaska is making a play to purchase Hawaiian Airways. Earlier than having an opportunity to consider it, I might need referred to as this a complete snoozer, however Tim rapidly identified Hawaiian’s comparatively sturdy South Pacific route community. Given Alaska’s free stopover on a one-way award, I’m already imagining my cease in Hawaii en path to Bora Bora — although this isn’t but a achieved deal. Learn extra with Tim’s full evaluation.

Marriott Guidelines for extending free nights

Unhappy information on the Marriott entrance: Free night time certificates, long-extendable by request with the precise telephone agent, now look like nearly completely unextendible. Whereas we had not too long ago acquired info from an insider about how extensions work, it appears that evidently a brand new memo has gone out instructing brokers to disclaim extensions throughout the board. Whereas there have been one or two reviews of readers with really extenuating circumstances getting an extension after the “deadline” earlier this week, I undoubtedly wouldn’t rely on with the ability to prolong a Marriott free night time certificates transferring ahead. This was by no means a assure, however now it looks as if a virtually assured denial.

Finish of 12 months Guidelines for 2023

Greg’s achieved his half and made an inventory, so now it’s your flip to verify it twice: be sure you use all of your credit (I actually must get this half achieved!), select your alternative advantages, apply for Amex playing cards, pool your factors, and get all of it achieved by New 12 months’s Eve.

Wow. Lufthansa Miles & Extra is giving 30x miles on Reserving.com reservations

When you’re achieved with the tip of yr guidelines, you may wish to pour a while into planning out 2023 lodge stays — as a result of Lufthansa Miles & Extra is providing a whopping 30 miles per Euro spent on Reserving.com reservations. We don’t usually write about Miles & Extra as a result of they don’t companion with any of the most important transferable currencies, however they’ve some good candy spots that would make the rebate right here really feel yuge. The largest bother goes to be ensuring you possibly can earn sufficient miles to not must high off since that’s type of a ache.

Free keep at Conrad Las Vegas / Resorts World by way of Ocean Prime standing match

At this level, due to Atlantic Metropolis standing matching shenanigans, my spouse and I’ve gotten hundreds of {dollars} in free cruises. Now we’re about to throw down with one other $800-$1,000 or extra in worth thanks to a different Atlantic Metropolis standing perk: a free 2-night keep at Conrad Las Vegas, which additionally comes with $100 in eating credit score and $100 in Freeplay. Reserving a vacation weekend with this was surprisingly clean and simple. We now have to be in Las Vegas for a weekend occasion, so that is saving us tons of of {dollars} and since we’ve each booked rooms, we’ll additionally find yourself with $200 in complete eating credit score and $200 in Freeplay. I’d say we’ve gained earlier than even touching down.

Park Hyatt Vienna Diplomat Suite Premium Suite Award: Backside Line Evaluate

The Park Hyatt Vienna has a really robust fame amongst factors and miles fanatics. After my latest keep, I can see why. The lodge appears and feels luxurious and my experiences with customer support had been wonderful. A few readers within the feedback famous differing customer support expertise, however a number of others discovered the welcome heat and workers useful. Given the simple entry to a number of Christmas markets, I’d 100% keep right here once more although I might use far fewer factors to remain elsewhere — although I’ll not go for the premium suite subsequent time as I’m unsure it’s definitely worth the premium over a regular suite (or customary room).

World of Hyatt Full Information

With a variety of modifications coming in 2024, our full information to World of Hyatt has been up to date with details about the approaching integration with Mr. & Mrs Smith, new milestone rewards, new paths to elite standing, and extra. Bookmark this useful resource for reference.

Are you conserving your Hilton Aspire Card (and what are your daring 2024 predictions) – Ask Us Something Ep 62

Are you keeping your Hilton Aspire Card - Ask Us Anything Ep 62

We had our first Gregless Ask Us Something this week as Greg was en path to South Africa for trip, however I’d say that the remainder of us did our greatest to carry down the fort by answering as lots of your questions as we might. Test the recap for extra from our month-to-month Q&A.

That’s it for this week at Frequent Miler, however be sure to control final probability offers to get the great things earlier than it’s gone.


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