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Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed:
Go Paperless and Get 1,000 Bonus Club Carlson Gold Points
In celebration of Earth Day this week, Club Carlson has a targeted offer where some members can earn 1,000 points for changing their preference to paperless statements by April 28, 2015. Check your email to see if you’ve been targeted, or just log into your account and you may see a large banner where you can click to “opt out.”
1,000 Bonus Starpoints for Brazil, Colombia, Mexico Stays
Stay at one of nine participating Starwood hotels in Brazil, Colombia and Mexico and earn 1,000 bonus SPG points. The offer is valid for eligible stays between May 1, 2015 and July 31, 2015. Eligible stays consist of a minimum of two nights with a breakfast inclusive rate. The participating properties are as follows:
- Aloft Guadalajara in Mexico
- W Bogota in Colombia
- Four Points by Sheraton Queretaro in Mexico
- Sheraton Reserva do Paiva, in Recife, Brazil
- Four Points by Sheraton Bogota in Colombia
- Four Points by Sheraton Saltillo in Mexico
- Four Points by Sheraton Cancun Centro in México
- Las Alcobas Luxury Collection in Mexico City
- Four Points by Sheraton Barranquilla in Colombia
Required Hyatt Gold Passport Password Change
Due to issues with hacking (apparently, 200 accounts were recently hacked), the Hyatt Gold Passport program is requiring all members to sign into their accounts and change their passwords. When you attempt an to log in to your account, you should click the “Forgot Your Password” link in order to reset it (directions will then be sent to your email address); otherwise you won’t be able to log in.
Reminder: Top Credit Cards for April 2015
My list of top card offers for April is out, including several great new offers from Citi. See the list below, or check out this post for more details..
1. Chase Sapphire Preferred
2. Ink Plus Business Card from Chase
3. Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve
4. Citi / AAdvantage Platinum Select MasterCard and CitiBusiness AAdvantage Platinum Select World MasterCard
5. Discover it Miles
6. Platinum Card from American Express
7. United MileagePlus Explorer Business Card
8. IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card
9. Citi Prestige
10. Citi ThankYou Premier
FTU Advanced Returns in August and September
Frequent Traveler University Advanced returns in Washington D.C. August 21-23, 2015 and in Dallas, TX September 25-27, 2015. FTU Advanced features a small-group setting, allowing experts to go far beyond the basics, and Q&A sessions with each speaker give all participants an opportunity to discuss complex issues and address difficult questions related to points, miles, and award travel in general. Register soon online to reserve your spot.
Priority Pass and Swissport Launch Aspire Lounge at London Heathrow (LHR)
Priority Pass has partnered with Swissport to launch a shared use airport lounge at LHR Terminal 5. The lounge will be named Aspire, the Lounge and Spa at LHR T5, and opens to the public this summer. The lounge will be located near Gate 18, and will be the first in Terminal 5 open to all travelers. Opening date and pricing information is still unknown at this point.
Alaska Mileage Plan Offers $50 Discount to New Members in California
You can get a $50 discount on a flight to Mexico or Hawaii if you are a California resident and sign up for the Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan program. First, join the program, then wait for your Mileage Plan welcome email (it could take up to 48 hours). Redeem the $50 discount by using the Save Now link in the email. The offer is valid for new member sign-ups now until July 24, 2015.
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
|Intro APR||Regular APR||Annual Fee||Foreign Transaction Fee||Credit Rating|
|N/A||16.24%-23.24% Variable||Introductory Annual Fee of $0 the first year, then $95||0%||Excellent Credit|