The 2023 Bonvoyed Awards

As we shut out 2023, it’s excessive time we took a second to acknowledge the low factors in loyalty by honoring those that have dishonored their loyal members with surprising devaluations, unfriendly adjustments, and different unforced errors. The 2023 Bonvoyed awards are on — and also you’ll need to hearken to this week’s Frequent Miler on the Air to search out out who takes house this yr’s unhappy Bonvoyager trophy proven within the image right here.

Elsewhere on the weblog this week, examine how I acquired into miles and factors, Greg’s new favourite points-bookable lodge (which I’ve discovered from simply 9,000 factors per evening!), and how you can discover when your Capital One Buying rewards will submit. Additionally don’t neglect to make use of up your airline incidentals credit (we’ve up to date our submit about what nonetheless works) and contemplate which playing cards to maintain or cancel (a information to that has additionally been up to date and linked beneath). Watch or hearken to the present or learn on for extra from this week at Frequent Miler.


00:00 Intro
01:58 Large Mailbag
04:51 Card Speak: Marriott Bonvoy Bevy & Bountiful playing cards
10:41 What loopy factor . . . did Air France / KLM Flying Blue do that week?
21:44 Award Speak: Bilt provides Avianca LifeMiles  
Award Speak: IHG permits free level transfers between members….properly, some members
27:27 Finnair Plus pronounces new award charts and information
38:19 Major Occasion: 2023 Bonvoyed Awards The Nominees….
: Marriott Bonvoys free evening certificates
41:19 Hyatt / MGM marriage goes bust
43:51 Wyndham vacates their high-value Vacasa bookings
45:41 Delta dumps their devastation
47:52 Chase guts their Pay Your self Again program
49:07 Air Canada Aeroplan’s Etihad alliance goes astray
52:00 turns into 5x much less rewarding
56:15 Nominee recap
56:42 Nick’s decide for 2023 Bonvoyed Award
59:24 Greg’s decide for 2023 Bonvoyed Award
1:02:41 Query of the Week: What’s the smartest thing to do with 80,000 Membership Rewards factors earlier than we cancel Participant 2’s Amex Gold card?

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This week on the Frequent Miler weblog…

The backstory: How Nick acquired into miles and factors

The prospect of circumstance could be a lovely factor. Whereas many miles and factors folks acquired into this recreation after paying dues as a highway warrior, I very by chance stumbled into this area partly as a result of I used to be in search of methods to journey past my means. Whereas the submit emphasizes the fortunate convergence of things that led me to the place I’m, the reality is that the story depends as a lot on the kindness of excellent folks I met alongside the way in which in guiding me and giving me alternatives. A reader requested how the FM workforce acquired into miles and factors, so that is my story.

Amex Airline Charge Reimbursements. What nonetheless works?

Amex Platinum cards

As we head towards the tip of the calendar yr, now is the time to make use of up your Amex airline charge reimbursements for 2023 when you nonetheless have them kicking round (you’ll get a recent set in January for 2024!). I’ve up to date this submit with current knowledge factors, however I need to emphasize that credit are posting slowly proper now — as in 7 to 14 days after buy (it appears to range a bit by airline). I like to recommend making your prices right now if you wish to have an opportunity of confirming that you just’ve obtained the credit earlier than the tip of this yr. There are some simple backup plans when you look via the info factors within the submit and remember the fact that chat reps will often assist you to change your airline on request (even when you’ve used a number of the credit score already). Warning: it typically takes a calendar day for the system to replace and acknowledge your new airline choice. Make any adjustments, then wait a day to make use of the credit.

Right here’s when your Capital One Buying Rewards will submit to your account

This submit simply consists of a brief tip, but it surely’s one that may prevent some stressing over questioning when your Capital One Buying rewards will change into payable because you’ll have perception into the agenda as soon as you already know the place to look (as anticipated, it varies by service provider). I’m additionally together with this on this week’s evaluation as a result of the $200 referrals from the superb Capital One Buying referral promotion started posting to accounts yesterday. Some doubted whether or not or when these would submit, although I used to be assured they’d all alongside. Now that there are doubtless some new believers on the market, you could discover this submit helpful.

Which Premium Playing cards are Keepers?

Simply the opposite day, I counted our open bank cards and I’ve to confess that I used to be shocked by the quantity we at present have open in my family. As if he learn my thoughts, Greg up to date his spreadsheet that helps you establish which playing cards to maintain, including some playing cards and making updates to others with new or altering advantages. That is well timed for me as I determine which playing cards to maintain and which of them to kick to the curb briefly order.

Cellars-Hohenort Lodge Cape City South Africa: Now Greg’s favourite points-bookable lodge

I’m tentatively planning to spend a few nights in Cape City subsequent yr and Greg’s glowing evaluation of this SLH property has me pondering I ought to e-book it sooner fairly than later. That’s very true as a result of Greg was gushing about this place at 15,000 factors per evening, however it’s obtainable at off-peak priced in the course of the dates I’d be contemplating, which drops the worth to only 9,000 factors per evening for the standard room (versus a versatile money price of about $375 an evening!). Particularly given the way in which that Hyatt intends to deepen its integration with Mr. & Mrs. Smith, I ought to in all probability hop on this SLH reserving as quickly as I can.

American Categorical Enterprise Gold Credit score Card Evaluate (2023)

American Express Business Gold

The Enterprise Gold is an fascinating animal within the sense that it didn’t actually make sense as a long-term keeper for most individuals within the “present” kind. Nevertheless, with the 2024 adjustments, I believe the cardboard could show to be a keeper for a wider vary of cardholders. Given the truth that the month-to-month credit have already begun, it is sensible to get in earlier than the charge will increase since these month-to-month credit are already sweetening the pot.

Amex provides household language to Marriott Bonvoy playing cards

It’s a bummer to see the household language unfold to yet one more card, but when it’s going to unfold I’m happier with the “will not be obtainable” language that’s displaying up on playing cards just like the Bonvoy Bevy. That leaves open the likelihood that you just could be eligible. The one technique to know for sure is to attempt to submit an utility. From the phrases, Amex ought to let you already know when you’re not eligible and provides you a chance to withdraw your utility if that’s the case, so when you’re authorised it’s nonetheless a reasonably protected wager that you just’ll get the bonus. Simply make sure you maintain display pictures of the phrases.

Getting Began: How you can switch factors from Chase Final Rewards to companions [Video]

How to transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards to partners

Should you’re comparatively new to utilizing your transferable factors with airline and lodge companions, this video ought to present you the essential mechanics of constructing a switch from Chase Final Rewards to airline and lodge companions.

That’s it for this week at Frequent Miler. Preserve an in depth eye on this week’s year-ending final probability offers and make sure you burn up all of these credit and gives earlier than they expire.

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