IRS Proposing New Tax Burden on Loyalty Programs

In the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s 2014-2015 Priority Guidance Plan (or business plan), the IRS is currently proposing that travel industry companies pay taxes on the front end of their loyalty program transactions, rather than waiting to pay those taxes until program members make redemptions. This shift in tax timing would mean that travel industry companies would almost…

Andaz Papagayo In Costa Rica To Open On December 15, 2013

Following fast on the heels of the recent official opening of the Andaz Maui, Hyatt has announced that it would be opening the Andaz Peninsula Papagayo in Costa Rica on December 20, 2013, become the brand’s first property in central America. I’ve never been to Costa Rica, but this resort may be the catalyst to…

Maximize Monday: Transferring Hotel Points to Airline Miles

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. A lot of readers sent in questions regarding Club Carlson’s recent unannounced devaluation of its option to convert Gold Points into airline miles with its various partners, so for today’s Maximize Monday post, I thought I’d…

Maximize Monday: Making the Most of Best Rate Guarantees With Hotel Bookings

In a day and age where travelers have more and more options to book travel, it can sometimes be a frustrating, time-consuming process where it’s harder and harder to be sure you are getting the best price possible. Luckily, many airlines, hotels and online travel agencies have instituted “best price guarantee” features where they will…

Marriott Expands Breakfast Benefits for Gold and Platinum Elites

Marriott just officially announced today that starting June 22, Gold and Platinum elites will receive complimentary continental breakfast seven days a week at participating JW Marriott, Autograph Collection , Renaissance and Marriott Hotels in the U.S. and Canada. In the past, breakfast at hotels in the U.S. and Canada was only available during the week,…

Hotel Points Expiration Policies Roundup

Following up on the recent national survey I commissioned from The Princeton Group and my contest about how people track their frequent flyer miles, I thought it would be a good idea to create a basic guide to the expiration policies of the major loyalty programs. In yesterday’s post I covered airline miles expiration policies…