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Today is my birthday and while I’ve already gotten myself a gift (a $260 roundtrip ticket to Madrid which I splurged and upgraded both directions, an Air Europa ticket to Barcelona, one night at Le Meridien Barcelona on points and two nights at the Westin Palace Madrid on cash and points), I thought I’d create a travel wish list. You know, just in case the loyalty programs needed any ideas on what to get me ;-). Since 13 is my lucky number, I figured I’d stop there, though I could probably go forever. Feel free to comment below with your wish list for loyalty program/travel improvements.

1) Hyatt announces a Faster Free Nights (one free night for every two stays) promotion that mirrors past promotions: no limit on the number of nights earned or category restriction on redemptions

2) SkyTeam becomes friendlier about first class redemptions. Currently Delta doesn’t allow first class redemptions on any SkyTeam partner and Air France only lets their elite passengers redeem for First (at insanely inflated prices). Come on – join the club and open up First class redemptions to all – it’s not like your product is superior to Oneworld or Star Alliance!
3) American Express adds new transfer partners to Membership Rewards: US Airways, American Airlines, Emirates, bmi, and Qantas.
4) All credit card companies waive foreign transaction fees. Why the hate for international travelers?!
5) The TSA gets rid of full-body scanners and instead invests in training its work force
6) Starwood offers a 50,000 point bonus on their co-branded Amex card
7) British Airways stops charging fuel surcharges on award tickets
8 ) Delta goes back to a two tier award chart and loads more “low” level awards to be competitive with the other US carriers
9) All airlines decide that angled and recliner business class seats aren’t acceptable and install fully lie-flat beds (specifically you, Air France and KLM!)
10) The ANA Award Search tool incorporated a calendar feature so you could search Star Alliance award availability by month (instead of the current day by day)
11) Continental hires more phone agents, especially for their international award booking desk which usually has 20+ minute hold times
12) All hotels follow Hilton’s lead and allow award nights to count towards elite status
13) All governments (especially the US Department of State) stop fleecing travelers with absurd passport and visa fees. Seriously – let’s encourage people to travel!

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  • Dean

    Happy Birthday Points Guy!

  • http://blog.infomofo.com InfoMofo

    Regarding #4, I’ve been considering getting one of the no-annual fee Capital One credit cards and just keeping it in my sock drawer until I go abroad, just so I can avoid foreign fx fees?

    Are there any other credit cards that waive these fees?

  • Kevin

    Happy Birthday!

  • Nancy

    Hope you have a fabulous, fun and travel filled birthday Points Guy!!! Great wish list!

  • The Points Guy

    Thanks for the birthday wishes all!

    InfoMofo: There are a bunch of cards that don’t have foreign transaction fees. The Hyatt card ($75 annual fee, but you get 2 free nights at ANY Hyatt), Amex Platinum ($450 annual fee, but tons of benefits and 50,000 sign up bonus), British Airways Visa ($75 fee).

    If you want one with no annual fee, Capital One is probably your best bet, but it pains me to recommend that because their points aren’t worth nearly as much as the co-branded cards.

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  • Ric Garrido

    Happy Birthday to you.

    Now get off the computer and have some fun.

    Time for me to give my Dad a call for his birthday today too.

  • Glenn

    this handy dandy chart shows various banks along with their foreign transaction fees as well as ATM fees
    http://www.flyerguide.com/wiki/index.php/Credit/Debit/ATM_Cards_and_Foreign_Exchange

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