Hello from Belgrade! Tiffany and I are wrapping up a great few days in Belgrade, having flown out here on Aeroflot and returning on Air Serbia. The weather in Belgrade has been great for the most part, and our stay has been very enjoyable, though I wish we had more time to explore the countryside. Stay tuned, because our airline choices next week will get even more interesting!
This was once again quite an active week in the miles & points world, with possibly the biggest announcement being that Hyatt is revamping their loyalty program. Whether or not that’s good news depends on how many nights you usually stay with them per year. On top of that we’ve continued to see great credit card offers, and quite a few promotions for buying points.
With that out of the way, here’s a recap of this week’s news:
I’ve been a loyal Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond member for years, and it looks like Hyatt is making some major changes to the program. Major changes.
Starting next year Hyatt Gold Passport will cease to exist, and World of Hyatt will be Hyatt’s new loyalty program.
We’re seeing some outsized credit card bonuses at present, some of which have higher minimum spends. Reader Jeff posted on Ask Lucky wondering about his credit card strategy in light of needing to meet the minimum spend requirements.
While the thread itself covers several other topics, I thought I’d address the spending concern, as I think it’s something many of us can relate to.
Granted, we’re a very small subset of the population that are looking for more ways to make purchases with credit cards, but sometimes it takes a bit of creativity and careful planning to meet larger spending requirements in the allotted time!
Earlier this month American Express announced a big new benefit for The Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN, in addition to a sign-up bonus of up to 100,000 points.
I’ve been getting a lot of questions about how this works in practice if you have other Amex cards. Can you pool all your Amex points to redeem them at the better rate? Does it matter when you apply for this card?
Well, the good news is that Amex lets you link all your accounts that accrue Membership Rewards points.
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I hope everyone has a great rest of the weekend!