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It has been quite a year for the points and miles world, with lots of juicy credit card and mileage bonuses (and not one, but two American Airlines double EQM promos!). I’m still not sure whether I’ve been naughty or nice this year (I have been cheating hardcore on my long-term fling with Delta), but here are my wishlisht items for this Christmas. If none of these work out, I’ll just take a Gulfstream G5 jet or at a very minimum a Delta Private Jets card that comes along with Diamond Medallion Status!). Feel free to comment with your most realistic wishes in 2013.
In no particular order…
1) Delta decides not to change toward a revenue based frequent flyer program. While I’ve begun to limit my exposure to Delta by attaining elite status on American, United and Virgin America as well, my main concern is that if they successfully devalue their program, others might follow. Let’s keep a good thing going and not rock the boat with trying to change the industry. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!
2) Hyatt decides to do a major program improvement to be more competitive with Starwood Preferred Guest. I’d like to see a cash and points redemption option, award stays counting towards elite and suite upgrades on awards stays.
3) More TSA Pre-check locations around country. I’ve been spoiled with this great expedited security feature and would love to see it standard at every airport int he US.
4) Amex adds US Airways as a partner and makes Starwood at transfer partner at a 2:1 ratio instead of 3:1.
5) Citi adds transfer partners to Thank You program including American Airlines, Hilton and Alaska.
7) British Airways wakes up and realizes their fuel surcharges are insane and lowers them – at least for economy redemptions which currently make absolutely no sense since it can be cheaper to buy tickets than redeem and pay hundreds in taxes and fees.
8) There are more stellar credit card sign-up bonuses of at least 75,000 points and minimum spending requirements are lowered across the board.
9) Vanilla Reloads to be sold all over and you can buy with credit cards.
10) American Airlines does not merge with anyone and emerges from bankruptcy as a standalone carrier. In my opinion, the less airlines, the more we all pay in fares so I’d like to see four major US domestic airlines (United, Delta, US Airways and American) and it seems like American is trying to do this.