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2x Southwest Points, Bonus SkyMiles, New Hyatt Centric Brand

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Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed:

Targeted customers can get double points for Southwest flights
Targeted customers can get double points for Southwest flights.

Earn Double Points on Southwest (Targeted)

Check your email to see if you’ve been targeted to earn double points and double Tier Qualifying points on flights booked on Southwest Airlines by February 1, 2015 and completed by February 28, 2015. You must register and book your flights by February 1, 2015 in order get the double points.

Get bonus Skymiles on Hertz rentals
Get bonus Skymiles on Hertz rentals.

SkyMiles Members Save up to 40% and Earn Bonus Miles With Hertz Rentals

With the new Hertz/Delta partnership, general Delta SkyMiles members can earn 500 SkyMiles, Silver/Gold members can earn 1,000 SkyMiles, and Platinum/Diamond members can earn 1,250 SkyMiles per Hertz rental. In addition, until March 31, 2015, general members can earn 200 bonus SkyMiles per day and Medallion members can earn 300 bonus SkyMiles per rental day. Finally, you can get an extra savings of up to 40% percent off your rental. Make sure to book through the Delta SkyMiles website and add your Delta SkyMiles number to the reservation to ensure you get the discount and all the miles.

Hyatt is launching a new brand, Hyatt Centric
Hyatt is launching a new brand called Hyatt Centric. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Hyatt Introduces New Hotel Brand Hyatt Centric

Hyatt Centric is a new hotel brand geared toward “lifestyle explorers,” a modern generation of travelers who (according to Hyatt) are both savvy and curious. Hyatt Centric will be aimed at both business and leisure travelers, and is the sixth brand Hyatt has added to its portfolio since 2006. The brand will focus on the “must-haves” and the “less-is-more” concept, and seems to be pet-friendly but not child-friendly.

Several of the locations are not actually new properties, but a re-branding of other old properties, and the focus seems to be on urban locations. The first Hyatt Centric hotels will be in Paris, New York, Miami, Chicago, Atlanta, Washington, D.C., Park City, Houston, Key West, Santa Barbara, Long Beach and San Francisco.

Get 3X on the first Friday for dining out using your Chase Sapphire Preferred card. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.
Get 3X points on the first Friday of the month for dining out using your Chase Sapphire Preferred card. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Reminder: Dine Out on February 6, 2015 For 3X Points With Chase Sapphire Preferred

Don’t forget that on the first Friday of every month, which is coming up on February 6, 2015, you  can earn 3x Ultimate Rewards points on dining purchases with the Chase Sapphire Preferred card. No registration is necessary, Chase will award the bonus points automatically for any qualifying purchases made by 11:59 pm in whatever time zone you happen to find yourself.

Cebu is one of the airlines that has banned fuel surcharges in the Phillippines. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.
Cebu is one of the airlines that has banned fuel surcharges in the Phillippines. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Philippines Bans Fuel Surcharges

The Philippines has decided to ban fuel surcharges as of January 8, 2015 due to a drop in oil costs. The surcharge had been in effect since 2011, and Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, and AirAsia Philippines have already changed their fares to reflect the new ban. However, flyers are not seeing much of a drop in ticket prices, as many airlines have raised airfare to compensate.

Save up to 50% on Starwood stays in Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia
Save up to 50% on Starwood stays in Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia.

Starwood Up to 50% Discounts in Select South East Asian Countries

You can get up 50% off at Starwood properties in Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia when you book a stay before February 1, 2015 and stay by August 31, 2015. You can search by country and city, and the discounts vary by date and property.

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