Radisson Rewards is massively devaluing its awards program in the Americas by removing the 9,000 points hotels and increasing them to 15,000 points. That is 67% raise!. Overall, 60% of the hotels will require more points, and 40% less.
Southwest Airlines has launched a yearly subscription that allows Rapid Rewards members to buy miles throughout the year at a predetermined price with a bonus.
Buying Rapid Rewards points has never made any sense. Even less now when they were further devalued last week because the awards are priced dynamically, and you always end up paying significantly more for points than what they are worth.
Hyatt and Playa announced on Monday that they would open a “new” Ziva hotel in Riviera Maya, about 30 minutes south of Cancun airport, by the end of 2021.
It turns out that this “new” hotel is the former Secrets Silversands that has been closed for few years due to a dispute among its owners and striking employees, and Playa has reached an agreement to take it over and flag it under Ziva after some touch-up.
Southwest Airlines has launched a bonus Rapid Rewards points campaign for flights to and from Bush/Intercontinental Airport in Houston (IAH).
The double Rapid Rewards points are valid for tickets both purchased and flown between April 19 – July 18, 2021. You also need to register for this offer.
Greece Is Again Open For Tourism With 24-Hour Curfew& Movement Restrictions In Place Between Regions
Greece is welcoming tourists from today that either need to provide a negative Covid-19 PCR-RT test performed not more than 72-hours of arrival or be fully vaccinated with whatever vaccine, including the not so effective Sinopharm.
I am not sure what this pilot entails because there is a nationwide 24-hour curfew, and travel between regions is banned. You are allowed to leave your place once or twice a day by sending an SMS first to a designated purpose (to buy food or medication).
A LoyaltyLobby reader sent us a note about a stay at Renaissance Palm Springs that, for me, looks more like a homeless shelter than a hotel affiliated with Marriott.
Today’s Airfare of the Day goes to American Airlines and their basic season midweek business class excursion round trip fares between Amsterdam (AMS), Netherlands and Los Angeles (LAX), USA.
Hilton Honors 1,000 Bonus Points Per Night At Hilton, Conrad & Crockfords + Virgin Hotels In Las Vegas
Hilton has and is in the process of launching four new hotels in Las Vegas, of which three are located at the brand new Resorts World-complex.
The Virgin Hotels Las Vegas (the old Hard Rock Hotel) already opened in March. Honors members can earn 1,000 bonus points per night at these four hotels.
Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer has introduced several policies impacting KrisFlyer member status, certificates and miles from expiring due to the on-going Covid-19 pandemic and reduction of travel options.
KrisFlyer has previously extended miles by six months and now has introduced yet a new policy for miles expiring July 2021 and March 2022, including those already extended previously.
Qatar Airways offered status matches last year for members living in select countries and flying with competing airlines. A reader dropped us an email about Qatar’s inability to extend the qualification period.
European Council this past week agreed on the European Commission proposal for Digital Green Certificates (read covid passports) that each member state would be required to issue for its citizens and residents.
European Parliament will cast its vote on April 28, 2021. The plan is to have these interoperable Digital Green Passports issued by each member state + Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, and Switzerland, ready by mid-June.