Updates From the World of Miles and Points 1/21

Every day, so much information is added to the world of miles and points that it is surely impossible to read it all. For those items that I think will be most valuable to my readers, I will always try to do a detailed blog post. Occasionally, there are news items that I can’t take the time to do a full write-up about, but I still think you might want to know. To get that information to you, I am going to try this “Updates” style of post. Each item will have a sentence or two to summarize and a link to a far more detailed write-up. I hope this helps you to keep a little more up to date with the latest happenings and at the same time introduces you to some of my favorite bloggers and news sources.

Hyatt is offering up to a 30% bonus on purchases of Gold Passport points through March 15, 2012. This isn’t a great deal for their less expensive hotels, but can be quite good for Hyatt’s high end properties. Details HERE.

Emirates will be added as an Alaska Mileage Plan member on March 1, 2012. This is a great new redemption and earning partner for Alaska Airlines. Details HERE.

Perhaps to avoid giving a Valentine’s Day gift, Continental is terminating their relationship with Virgin Atlantic effective February 13, 2012. Details HERE.

Here’s a HUGE congratulations to Rick and the whole team at Frugal Travel Guy. They have announced that Internet Brands has acquired the Frugal Travel Guy site and we can look forward a new design and new features. The current staff will remain in place after the acquisition. Rick and his team were my first daily read when I got started with all of this, so it’s nice to see their hard work paying off. Details HERE.

For an amusing story about what elite status can get for you, read about FrequentMiler’s take on making the most of the middle seat. Story HERE.

For those of you who have been following my posts on credit card churning, Jared has a great summary of the best currently available offers from each of the US based airlines. Remember, you don’t necessarily want to apply for all of these cards today. You can expect that some of these offers will get bigger throughout the year, so do your research before applying. Details HERE.

Starting in the second quarter of 2012, United will be offering their 1k and Platinum Elites reimbursement for the $100 application fee for Global Entry. This is a fee that is already reimbursed for Amex Platinum Cardholders, but will be a nice addition for elites that don’t have that card. Details HERE.

Frequent Traveler University will be held this year April 27-29 in New York. More information will be coming soon and registration will start on February 10th. I don’t know as much about this one as I do about the Chicago Seminars, but since I am so close, I am hoping to attend. Details of the announcement HERE.

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