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The Best Frequent Flyer Programs for 2019, Ranked

WalletHub is out with a list of what it considers the Best Frequent Flyer Programs for 2019. Because the term “best” is usually relative to the traveler, lists of this kind can range from useful to clickbait. WalletHub’s version seems to be the former; it includes substantial data points and even an interactive calculator where travelers can enter their travel budget to find the best option for them.

The survey ranks the 10 largest domestic airlines based on 23 key metrics, ranging from the breadth of the airline’s route map to the ease of attaining elite status to the airline’s fees. The methodology is quite extensive, (which we’ll get to in a moment).

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The ‘Best’ Frequent Flyer Programs

As for that list, here are the WalletHub rankings.

  1. Delta SkyMiles (for the fourth straight year in WalletHub’s rankings)
  2. United Airlines
  3. JetBlue Airways
  4. Southwest Airlines
  5. Hawaiian Airlines
  6. Alaska Airlines
  7. American
  8. Frontier
  9. Sun Country
  10. Spirit

Digging Deeper into Frequent Flyer Programs

WalletHub helpfully silos its data into three of traveler types, based on average annual airfare spend: Light ($527 per year on airfare), Average ($3,880) and Frequent ($7,232). WalletHub also has a calculator that will list the top two programs for you, based on your personal spending habits:

There are a few data points that really jump out from WalletHub’s research. First, only three airlines (JetBlue, Frontier, and Hawaiian) are offering more rewards value in 2019 than in 2018, which is calculated as the value received per $100 spent. Hawaiian leads that category, returning $21.29 for Frequent travelers, $15.97 for Average travelers, and $10.64 (a statistical tie with Frontier) for Light travelers. Second, Delta and JetBlue are the only airlines whose miles don’t expire due to inactivity. Conversely, eight of the ten airlines have no blackout dates.

Third, and of no surprise to anyone playing the mileage game, “airline miles cost an average of 61 percent more than they’re worth when purchased rather than earned.” And another “no surprise” is that Spirit is the worst on this metric, with a 72 percent markup on its purchased frequent flyer miles. Southwest is the “best” option, with a 44 percent markup on purchase miles; JetBlue is another outlier, with “only” a 51 percent markup.

There’s a lot more information in the full report, so it’s worth reading whether you’re enrolled in a program or considering it.

Readers: What is your preferred frequent flier program? Or have you stayed out of the points/miles game?

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Are Uber and Lyft’s New Reward Programs Worth It?

Uber and Lyft simultaneously announced new reward programs this week, with both set to roll out in the coming weeks. Like the respective services themselves, both programs are similar but offer some nuanced differences—so users of both might be wondering which is more worthwhile.

Lyft Rewards

Let’s start with Lyft Rewards. Lyft hasn’t released the full details of its program yet, but it does say customers will earn a point in the program for each dollar spent. “Earn enough points and you’ll unlock a reward like an upgrade to Lyft Lux or savings on future rides,” Lyft says in a release. Riders will be able to check their point balance when they log into the app.

Looking ahead, Lyft says it’s “also exploring how we can keep making Lyft Rewards better over time. We hear you: Passengers want perks like ride upgrades, access to more-experienced drivers, and double-points days.” So it seems those benefits will become part of the program down the road.

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Uber Rewards

Uber Rewards is more clearly defined. The program is structured like a traditional airline frequent flyer program, with tiered reward levels—Blue, Gold, Platinum and Diamond—carrying increasingly valuable benefits.

“Once you’re in the program, you’ll start earning one point for every eligible dollar spent on UberPool and Uber Eats orders; two points for UberX, UberXL, Select, and WAV; and three points for Black and Black SUV,” the company said in a statement. “Once you earn 500 points, you’ll advance from Blue to Gold. At 2,500 points you’ll advance to Platinum. And at 7,500 points, you’ll advance to Diamond.”

You’ll also earn $5 toward your Uber Cash balance for every 500 points earned, regardless of your membership level.

The Gold membership tier includes flexible cancellation (you can cancel and rebook within 15 minutes and have the cancellation fee refunded), plus “priority support” for faster response times. Platinum members get those benefits plus price protection on a route, which lets you “lock in lower prices between your two favorite places on UberX, even during traffic or busy times.” Platinum members also receive priority pickups to reduce wait times at most airports.

Diamond Uber members will receive the Gold and Platinum benefits, plus dedicated phone support with fast 24/7 response times, complimentary surprise upgrades from UberX to premium products like Uber Black, and a special “UberX Diamond” option in the app that gives members access to highly-rated drivers. Diamond members can also skip the delivery fee on three Uber Eats orders every six months.

Uber Rewards will launch in phases over the coming months, with the initial roll out limited to Miami, New Jersey, Denver, Tampa, New York, Washington, DC, Philadelphia, Atlanta and San Diego.

Should You Join?

As with any loyalty program, the value of participation is dependent on how often you use the service already. It’s impossible to compare the programs yet, as neither is ready for use and Lyft hasn’t released nearly as many details about Lyft Rewards. But if you use either Uber or Lyft exclusively and often, there’s no reason not to enroll in either program. If you use Uber Eats there’s probably even more of an incentive to join Uber’s reward program. Why not receive something in return for the money you’re already spending?

The equation changes if you’re agnostic about Lyft and Uber, or don’t use either service regularly. Notably, Uber’s earnings period lasts six months, which means you have to do a lot of riding during a six-month stretch to both earn and utilize your rewards, and to maintain your rewards tier. Easy enough if you live in a city and use Uber ever day, but non-urban residents may find it challenging to hit those tiers consistently. You don’t want to overspend on rides just to chase those rewards tiers.

Will you be joining? Which one? Comment below.

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7 Ways to Double the Value of Your Miles and Points When You Travel

Travel rewards can be an excellent way to save money when you use miles and points correctly. The average credit card rewards point is worth one cent. But some cards, such as business rewards credit cards, offer more bang for your buck. With these suggestions, your rewards points can be worth at least twice the value. Let’s take a look to see how.

Transfer Your Points to an Airline

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Two of the most valuable travel rewards cards you can own are the Chase Sapphire Preferred and the Platinum Card from American Express. This is because you have the option to transfer your rewards points on a 1:1 basis to multiple airline and hotel travel programs. Your points can instantly double or triple in value when you transfer them to the right loyalty program.

Frequent flyer miles are usually more valuable than hotel rewards points. You should always try to redeem your reward miles when they are worth at least two cents each. For example, you only need 5,000 points for a $100 flight instead of 10,000 points.

Every airline has their own sweet spot with reward flights. You might find some of the best deals on discount airlines like Southwest Airlines (Chase transfer partner) and JetBlue (American Express transfer partner).

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Book First Class Flights Instead

You need more points to book a first class or business class flight, but your points can be worth more than staying in economy class. Some of the best first class award flights can be found with these airlines:

Don’t forget that you can also book first class or business class on domestic airlines like United to also avoid the fuel surcharge fees.

Depending on which rewards credit card you have, it’s possible to transfer your points on a 1:1 basis to these airlines. Or, you can also book partner flights through an alliance member of a 1:1 transfer partner.

In some cases, you might have to call the customer service number to book the award flight by phone instead of online. But, if you want a world-class experience in the flight and airport lounge, international first class flights are one of the best ways to redeem your miles.

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Avoid Fuel Surcharge on Long-Haul Flights

You might like to save your frequent flyer miles for long-distance flights. If you fly to Europe or Asia, you might have to pay a fuel surcharge even on award flights. To save some cash, redeem your points on the following airlines for long-haul flights:

Even if you don’t have award miles for one of the above airlines, you might be able to book partner flights through an alliance member to avoid the fuel surcharge too.

Once you arrive in Europe or Asia, you may want to fly between cities in the region. British Airways Avios are some of the most valuable points for short haul flights. You can book intra-Europe flights for 4,500 Avios to visit multiple countries and skip the steep fees that British Airways charges on their long-haul flights. Consider using an international travel credit card to save you even more.

Take Advantage of Free Hotel Night Certificates

Even if you only stay in a hotel one night a year, hotel rewards cards with free night certificates are one of the best travel deals. Most hotel nights cost at least $100 a night, while the credit card annual fee is less than $100. If you strategize, you can offset the annual fee by cashing in on a free night.

When you book a room that’s closer to the $200 or $300 nightly rate, this single benefit pays the annual fee. Plus, you can save you an extra $100 in the process. You can also enjoy a few special hotel perks and your loyalty points never expire (as long as your account is open).

One of the best hotel free night certificate options is the new World of Hyatt Credit Card. You have the chance to get two free hotel nights each year on top of Hyatt’s already generous rewards. The most expensive reward night only costs 30,000 points. Hyatt is also a 1:1 Chase Ultimate Rewards travel partner, so it’s even easier to maximize your rewards points.

Book Multi-Night Hotel Rewards Stays

When you plan on staying in a hotel for at least four nights, some hotels will give you a night free when you use rewards points for the entire stay. This benefit comes standard with some hotel loyalty programs, while others might require you to own their co-brand hotel rewards credit card.

Below are the multi-night rewards night policies of a few hotel loyalty programs:

  • Hilton Honors: 5th night free if you have Hilton Honors Silver status or above
  • IHG: 4th night free if you own the IHG Premier or IHG Traveler credit card
  • Marriott: 5th night free for all Marriott Rewards members

If you don’t want to be locked into one hotel rewards program, the Citi Prestige automatically pays the nightly rate for every 4th night on a 4+ night hotel stay you pay with cash. You only have to pay the fees and taxes for the 4th night. Plus, you can use this benefit each week of the year if you choose.

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Get 20 Percent Back on Hotel Purchases with the Capital One Venture Credit Card

While any credit card will book a hotel room, you might get the best deal with the Capital One Venture. Any room you book on Hotels.com with your Capital One Venture card will earn 10 points per $1 spent plus a credit to get your 11th Hotels.com night free.

Your other Venture purchases will earn 2 points per $1. You can redeem your Venture miles for travel statement credits or future award travel.

Pool Hilton Honors Points

If you’re traveling with a group, Hilton Honors has a cool feature to pool Hilton points with your family and friends. This can be an easy way to get the 5th night free or even pay with points instead of cash for a weekend trip.

You can also use your points for room upgrades, vacation packages, and all-inclusive resorts. Now that you don’t have to go solo in banking up your points for the ultimate Hilton stay, you can enjoy these memorable experiences sooner than ever.

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Summary

As you can see, there are many ways to maximize your rewards points. The key is to analyze your spending habits to figure out where you’ll earn the most. Then, consider what matters most to you in regards of redemption. Don’t worry, you don’t have to have a perfect credit score to qualify. The key is to strategize.

Airline awards are usually more valuable than hotel rewards, but there are excellent redemption options for flights and nights. For the ultimate flexibility, get a travel rewards card with 1:1 transfer partners. That way, you can spend your points as you please to always get the best deal.

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There’s a New No-Fee Credit Card for Earning Miles

Add the new AAdvantage MileUp Card from Citibank to the (very) short list of no-fee credit cards that earn airline miles. It offers one American Airlines mile per dollar charged, plus double miles for purchases at grocery stores or with American Airlines.

The MileUp Card, launching July 22, will offer a signup bonus of 10,000 miles and a $50 statement credit after spending $500 within three months of opening an account. This no-fee card is straightforward in its points-earning power—no checked bags or other American Airlines perks come with it.

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Similar no-fee cards that earn miles are the Delta Blue Skymiles Card from American Express, which earns one Delta mile per dollar charged. There’s also the Amex EveryDay Card, which earns one AmEx point per dollar that can be converted to a mile on a bunch of airlines.

Most other cards that earn airline miles—or credit that can be exchanged for airline miles—entail an annual fee of at least $70 a year. It may be waived the first year, but the fee kicks in after that.

My position on cards that earn airline miles is: Go for airline miles if you use them for upgrades and premium travel awards, and use the airline on which you would earn the most miles by flying. But if you more often fly coach, you’re better off with a card that earns up to two cents per dollar on all purchases—use cash to buy your air tickets, and regard any miles you earn as an extra benefit.

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Marriott Reveals New Unified Loyalty Program

When Marriott acquired Starwood in 2016, there was much speculation on how the merger would affect two very different loyalty programs. Since then, the Marriott and Starwood programs have operated independently, but as of yesterday, Marriott has announced that the programs, plus the Ritz-Carlton Rewards program, will officially merge into one mega-program beginning in August 2018.

The merger will create the largest hotel loyalty program on the market, giving its members a chance to earn points through any of the company’s 29 hotel brands under one program. With 6,500 hotels to choose from, Marriott members will not have any trouble finding a points-earning hotel anywhere in the world.

But what does that mean for members’ existing points?

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How Points Will Transfer

Starwood Preferred, Marriott Rewards, and Ritz-Carlton Rewards members will combine separate accounts into one, and points will be transferred at varying values. Starwood points, which have been valued higher per point than Marriott and Ritz-Carlton points, will be tripled. Non-elite members in the new program will begin earning 10 points per dollar spent at every brand, excluding Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites, and Element, which will only earn five points on the dollar. Additional points can be earned across all brands for incidental purchases during a stay at any of the hotel brands in the new portfolio, which will make it even easier to earn elite status.

In addition to the three-to-one points transfer, Starwood and Marriott members will also be combining their elite programs with a new earning structure of five elite tiers: Silver, Gold, Platinum, Platinum Premier, and Platinum Premier with Ambassador. Overall, the tiers will be much easier to reach for Ritz-Carlton and Marriott Rewards members. You can read the full tier chart and check out all the benefits here.

The new program will also be keeping Starwood’s airline transfer partners plus 10 more, for a total of 45 transfer partners. The one-to-one transfer ratio will remain to same.

What’s New

Marriott will also be introducing two new personal credit cards. The Starwood Preferred Guest American Express Luxury Card will earn members six points on the dollar spent at participating hotels and three points for every dollar spent on airfare and at U.S. restaurants. The Chase Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Card will also earn members six points per dollar at participating hotels, and two points per dollar spent on other eligible purchases.

Marriott is also promising members an improved digital and mobile experience with access to member-only rates at all 6,500 of its participating hotels from Marriott’s mobile apps. Members will also be able to use the apps to check in or out, receive alerts when the room is ready, chat directly with hotels, and use their smartphone as their room key.

Still to Come

Announcing the new program months before the August merge gives members across all three programs plenty of warning, but there are still a few things we don’t know. Over the next few months, Marriott will be releasing more information about when and how members can combine their accounts. And even though the new program will begin in August, Marriott hasn’t yet revealed the name of the new program.

For now, there is a sense of relief among the members across all three programs as they plan for the new points-earning opportunities of a unified program.

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Recap: The Week’s Biggest Travel Stories and Best Deals

Following is our regular summary of the latest travel news and best frequent traveler promotions reviewed during the past week.

If it was a good deal—or a notably bad deal—from an airline, hotel, or car rental loyalty program, you can read all about it here, and plan your travel accordingly.

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Big Changes at Hilton Honors from April 3

Hilton announced early this year that there were significant changes coming to the Honors program, set to take effect on April 3. This is a reminder of what’s coming, and how it’s likely to affect you.

Earning

The most impactful changes take place in points-earning.

First, members will earn points only—no more points-and-miles or points-and-points.

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Second, the earning rates, including elite bonuses, will change, as follows:

  • Blue (non-elite) members will earn 10 points per $1 (versus 15 currently)
  • Silver members will earn 12 points per $1 (versus 16.5 currently)
  • Gold members will earn 18 points per $1 (versus 17.5 currently)
  • Diamond members will earn 20 points per $1 (versus 20 currently)

Elite Benefits

Perhaps recognizing that the earning changes would be perceived as a net devaluation, Hilton is adding some new perks for elite Honors members:

  • Elites can rollover elite-qualifying nights
  • Gold and Diamond elites can gift elite status to other members
  • Elite members will receive milestone bonuses (10,000 points every 10 nights beginning after 40 nights)

Winners and Losers

On the earning side, there are clearly more losers than winners. Only Gold members earn more, and only marginally more.

Points-and-miles is a program feature that had value for many members. While Hilton claims that only 1 percent of Honors members elected to earn that way, that’s still a big number (1 percent of 71 million equals 710,000 members). It will be missed.

For Gold and Diamond elites, the combination of rollover nights, elite-status gifting, and milestone bonuses will make the program modestly more valuable.

Honors remains competitive overall with the other major chains’ loyalty programs. No thanks to these latest changes.

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How to Earn an Easy 300 American AAdvantage Miles

Sometimes you just need a few frequent flyer miles, to reach an award threshold or to keep your accumulated miles from expiring.

Here’s one quick and easy way to do that, if what’s needed are American Airlines AAdvantage miles.

First go to Miles for Opinions and spend two minutes setting up an account (name, address, AAdvantage number, and so on).

Then, within three months of enrolling, take one of the proffered surveys. You’ll earn 250 miles for enrolling and taking the first survey, plus the miles awarded for that first survey.

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Longer surveys award more miles; shorter surveys award fewer. And in both cases, the numbers aren’t big. But sometimes, a handful of miles are just what’s needed. In that case, a bit of opining might just be the quickest, easiest way to get them.

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Alaska Airlines to Add New Mileage Partner: Aer Lingus

When Aer Lingus launches its new service between Dublin and Seattle on May 18, it won’t be going it alone.

Aer Lingus has partnered with Seattle’s hometown carrier, Alaska Airlines, in an interline relationship designed to make it easier for Aer Lingus passengers to transfer to Alaska Air flights, and vice versa.

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But that’s just for the short term. Longer term, the agreement calls for reciprocal frequent-flyer program participation. That means members of Alaska’s Mileage Plan program will be able to earn and redeem miles for flights on Aer Lingus, and members of the Aer Lingus AerClub will be able to earn and redeem on Alaska Air flights.

Alaska’s Mileage Plan already has one of the most robust rosters of airline partners of any airline loyalty program, allowing program members to earn and redeem miles on 13 airlines serving over 900 destinations.

No dates for the loyalty program tie-up have been announced.

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Earn Double Delta Miles for Partner Transactions

Double miles are always nice, but …

Offer Details

Through May 31, Delta SkyMiles members can earn double miles for transactions with program partners the member did not do business with in 2017.

Transactions eligible for the bonus include hotel stays, Airbnb stays, Lyft rides, car rental bookings, SkyMiles Cruises bookings, FTD and Vinesse purchases, SkyMiles Shopping, and SkyMiles Dining transactions.

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Registration is required.

Deal or No Deal

Double miles are always nice. But the requirement that qualifying transactions be with partners you haven’t done business with for over a year has to call into question whether you’ll have any compelling reason to do business with them during the next two months.

Still, if you do happen to find yourself staying at an Airbnb or using Lyft for the first time since December 2016, it would be a shame to miss out on the double miles.

So register, just in case.

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From Choice Hotels: A Free Night After 2 Stays

Over the past several years, Choice’s recurring promotional offer has been 8,000 points after two stays.

[st_content_ad]Sometimes it’s promoted as such: 8,000 points after two stays. More often though, the headline promotes either a free night or a gift card—both of which are available for 8,000 points.

For its latest promotion, the featured bonus is a free night. But what you’re really earning is 8,000 Choice Privileges points—enough to redeem for a gift card, or for a free night at one of 1,500 lower-priced hotels in the Choice network.

Offer Details

Between April 2 and May 25, Choice Privileges members can earn 8,000 points after two stays. Again, that’s enough points for a free night at more than 1,500 Choice hotels.

Qualifying stays must be booked at ChoiceHotels.com, via the Choice mobile app, or by calling 1-800-4CHOICE, although Diamond and Platinum members may book direct with the hotel, and corporate travelers may book through a travel agent or corporate booking system.

There’s no limit to the number of times the bonus may be earned.

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Deal or No Deal

Earning enough points for a free night after two stays, even at a lower-end hotel, is a potentially high-value offer, especially if the qualifying stays are single nights at lower-priced properties.

That makes this one of the more lucrative of the current hotel promotions.

There’s no harm in being repetitious, if what’s being repeated is a good deal.

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Earn Up to 120,000 Bonus Points for Radisson Stays

Fresh on the heels of Carlson Rezidor’s rebranding as the Radisson Hotel Group and the relaunch of Club Carlson as Radisson Rewards, Radisson has launched its first-of-the-year global promotion.

Offer Details

Between March 12 and June 30, 2018, Radisson Rewards members can earn the following bonuses for completed stays:

  • 5,000 bonus points after 2 nights
  • 15,000 bonus points after 5 nights
  • 50,000 bonus points after 10 nights
  • 120,000 bonus points after 20 nights

There’s an additional 500-point bonus for every booking made with the Radisson mobile app.

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Registration is required.

Deal or No Deal

There’s the potential to earn some hefty bonus points with this promotion, for multiple stays, and more than three months to do it.

The limiting factor will be Radisson’s relatively sparse 1,100-hotel network, which is even weaker in the U.S. than in Europe.

Nevertheless, this is an auspicious start to the New Radisson Rewards program, a promotion worthy of any of the major hotels groups.

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