IHG just introduced dynamic award pricing — here’s what that means for travelers

Written by Andrew Kunesh @ The Points Guy

After rolling out dynamic award pricing in Greater China last month, IHG confirmed to TPG that hotels in the Americas are now pricing award nights dynamically. The hotel group also told us that it will roll out the pricing structure to “more hotels coming weeks.” TPG’s initial tests have confirmed that dynamic pricing has also …

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Here’s what hotel loyalty programs might look like after coronavirus

Written by Jasmin Baron @ The Points Guy

The coronavirus pandemic continues to severely impact the travel industry with no end yet in sight. As a result, companies and loyalty programs have had to make significant policy adjustments to accommodate travelers, from introducing flexible change and cancellation policies to pausing points expiration and more. With U.S. hotel occupancy rates at unprecedented lows, hotel …

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First responders can now search for free or discounted Hilton, IHG hotels on Google

Written by Victoria M. Walker @ The Points Guy

Healthcare workers, first responders and essential workers have been on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic. By day (or night), they work with patients or perform other essential jobs to keep the economy running. For more travel tips and news, sign up for our daily newsletter. But life after their shifts can be as equally perilous. Many …

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Coronavirus: The airlines, hotels and cruise lines that impressed us — or let us down

Written by Zach Griff @ The Points Guy

Even since the coronavirus halted travel, we’ve seen companies respond in many different ways. Some have taken a customer-first approach and others … not so much. As it relates to travel in the age of the pandemic, airlines, hotels and cruises have all needed to figure out what to do with new and existing reservations, …

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Your ultimate guide to United Airlines partners

Written by Andrew Kunesh @ The Points Guy

Many of the world’s major airlines have partnerships with other airlines, hotel groups and rental car companies. These partnerships open up more flight destinations and give loyalty program members more ways to earn and redeem their airline miles. Some of these include cobranded credit cards, credit card transfer partners and partnerships with other airlines. Chances …

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Hotel chains shore up supply of cash to weather coronavirus storm

Written by Nick Ellis @ The Points Guy

Several of the world’s largest hotel chains just released their earnings reports for the first quarter of 2020, which spanned Jan. 1 to March 31, 2020 — and while the numbers paint a bleak picture of the industry, every company seemed confident they could emerge even stronger after the coronavirus pandemic subsides. For more TPG …

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IHG quietly rolls out dynamic award pricing in Greater China, more regions to come

Written by Andrew Kunesh @ The Points Guy

InterContinental Hotels Group — better known as IHG — has started rolling out dynamic award pricing at select properties in Asia. The hotel chain announced its move to dynamic pricing in its 2018 year-end report with the intent to introduce the new pricing structure in 2019, however, the changes have been delayed until now. In …

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If you are worried about airline bankruptcy, here’s how to burn through your miles now

Written by Benji Stawski @ The Points Guy

The ongoing spread of the COVID-19 virus is disrupting air travel in a way we’ve never seen before. Even with massive amounts of financial aid and major schedule cuts, airlines are struggling to stay afloat and there’s no doubt that not all will make it out alive on the other side of this. In early March, British airline Flybe became the first airline to collapse in …

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Dreaming of South Africa: How I’m planning to return using points, miles and cash

Written by Katie Genter @ The Points Guy

As a digital nomad without a home base, I’m itching to get back on the road when the time is right. Related reading: Here’s what to consider if you’re thinking about booking future travel now Although I have a lot of upcoming trips planned, I keep coming back to one destination: South Africa. My husband and …

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Hotel Loyalty Programs Updates and Extensions

Written by From the Newsroom @ Mighty Travels

On January 30, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a public health emergency of international concern. With the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak countries all over the world are taking precautions in order to minimize the risk. Just a few weeks later the World Health Organization declared a pandemic. Following the news, many airlines were forced […]

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Waiting too long to redeem an annual award night certificate — reader mistake story

Written by Ethan Steinberg @ The Points Guy

Editor’s note: This story was submitted to TPG when the number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. was much smaller. You can see TPG’s complete coronavirus coverage here. Today, I want to share a story from TPG reader Liang, who waited too long to redeem an IHG anniversary award night certificate: I opened an IHG Rewards Club …

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Your ultimate guide to credit card annual perks

Written by Carissa Rawson @ The Points Guy

With the sheer volume of credit cards available it can be difficult to figure out which is best for you and why. Whether you’re just starting out in the points and miles game or are well-versed in the rewards program space, it’s important to know which cards offer which perks. Here we’ve put together the …

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Our favorite ways that travel companies are giving back during the time of coronavirus

Written by Nick Ellis @ The Points Guy

Editor’s note: This is a recurring post, regularly updated with new information and offers. The coronavirus pandemic that’s currently raging in every corner of the globe has slowed travel — both domestic and international — nearly to a halt. Visit TPG’s guide to all coronavirus news and updates. Predictably, this has resulted in many airplanes flying …

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Route 66 road trip planner: The best stops along the way

Written by Melanie Haiken @ The Points Guy

Editor’s note: The team at The Points Guy loves to travel, but now is not the time for unnecessary trips. Health officials note that the fastest way to return to normalcy is to stop coming in contact with others. That includes ceasing travel. We are publishing some travel guides because we should all use this …

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What happens to your airline companion fare or hotel free night certificate now?

Written by Andrea M. Rotondo @ The Points Guy

Editor’s note: This is a recurring post, regularly updated with new information and offers. The world is slowly getting used to a new “normal.” Travel bans have been decreed and then extended; theme parks, casinos and hotels have closed with opening dates pushed back; and restaurants and bars have become — and remain — take-out only …

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Complete guide to hotel elite status during the coronavirus outbreak

Written by Andrew Kunesh @ The Points Guy

Editor’s note: This is a recurring post, regularly updated with new information. As the world continues to react to the ongoing spread of the coronavirus, several hotels programs are announcing modifications to their elite status schemes. Many of these offers were initially specific to those residing in the Asia-Pacific region and provided peace of mind …

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Coronavirus hotel change and cancellation policies: What to know

Written by Victoria M. Walker @ The Points Guy

Editor’s note: This is a recurring post, regularly updated with new information. If you have travel scheduled in the coming weeks and months, you’re probably wondering how to proceed as more people test positive for the novel coronavirus around the world. Already, we’ve seen U.S. airlines scrambling to respond to both the coronavirus outbreak and the …

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