Magic of Miles

Hilton Category Changes in Effect July 9

Loyalty Traveler has highlighted the new Hilton Category changes that will be implemented July 9, 2014. The last round of Hilton category changes was in April. Yesterday Hilton announced the date of their second quarter financial report, and although there was no announcement the new redemption rates were posted on their website. This seems to […]

IHG PointBreaks Terms & Conditions Change

Since IHG’s PointBreaks most recent list is good for stays until May 31, 2014, over the weekend I was thinking that the next list would be published sometime this week. The list of new properties is not published yet, but IHG has changed the wording on their PointBreaks webpage. Per LoyaltyLobby, the new Terms & […]

Hilton HHonors Award Category Changes 2014

After last year’s Hilton HHonors devaluation many people became disenchanted by the program. March 28, 2013 three new categories were added to the redemption chart so instead of capping out at 50,000 points per night, suddenly properties required as much as 95,000 points. Recently, Hilton released a statement that they will be offering greater transparency […]

Starwood Award Category Changes 2014

Beginning March 4, Starwood properties will see some award category changes. The full list of affected properties can be found here. More hotels are moving down a category than up, although it is interesting to note that 48 of the 140 properties moving down are located in China whereas only 3 of the properties there […]

Club Carlson Devaluation

Starting March 15, Club Carlson is changing their program rules. It’s not really a surprise since most of the other major chains have done so in the last year, but it is still disappointing when a program devalues. The good – Award stays will now count towards elite status. Food & Beverage charged to the […]

Wyndham Airlines Transfer Devaluation

On January 31, 2014 Wyndham suddenly changed the rate at which points could be transferred to airlines. Last week you could transfer 8.000 Wyndham Rewards points to airlines and receive 3,200 miles, this week 6,000 points transfer into 1,200 miles. While the redemption value was previously .4 airline miles now it is .2 so the […]