A Hodgepodge Of News – The Week In Review 5/19/14-5/25/14


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In honor of this week's fuel dump fare, here is Shawn Reece in Prague last March!
In honor of this week’s fuel dump fare, here is Shawn Reece in Prague last March!

Happy Memorial Day weekend!  Here is a quick review of news and interesting items from the past week.

  • IHG’s world famous Point Breaks list will be released on Tuesday 5/27/14. They did preview a few of the properties which will be included.  Here they are. I will have the full list and analysis on Tuesday.
      • Crowne Plaza Hotel Bangkok- Lumpini Park, Thailand
      • Crowne Plaza Johannesburg-The Rosebank, South Africa
      • Hotel Indigo San Jose Forum, Costa Rica
      • Holiday Inn Hotel Laval- Montreal, Canada
      • Holiday Inn Hotel Frankfurt – Airport, Germany
      • Staybridge Suites Guadalajara Expo, Mexico
  • Barclay’s announced major changes to their US Airways credit card including the elimination of companion certificates, first class check-in & miles towards elite status. They are adding a few benefits as well including a 10% mileage rebate on redemptions.  Gary has the details.
  • Chase added Singapore Airlines’ KrisFlyer program as a transfer partner to their Ultimate Rewards program!  This is good news since many of Singapore’s awards including their popular “Suites” are only bookable with KrisFlyer miles.
  • Travel Is Free has a great piece on some of the world’s best ruins and how to see them for free by using points & miles.
  • There were some fantastic deals this week including a fuel dump fare from the U.S. to Asia via Europe for $130 and roundtrip to Europe from select U.S. cities starting at $345. Here is one quick tool I use to evaluate how good a deal really is.
  • Speaking of deals, learn how to set up alerts so that you will know about the next big deal before the masses.
  • Week 2 of Daily Getaways starts tomorrow.  Here is my analysis of the deals.
  • Southwest Airlines has extended their schedule out until January 4, 2015 making it possible to book many of their new international routes for later this year.
  • The Deal Mommy is gauging interest for a family travel meetup.  Sounds interesting.

Well I guess that is it for today.  Was there anything interesting that I missed?  Please let me know in the comments.  Enjoy your weekend!


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