Here’s a 35,000 foot view of travel news from around the Internet and a recap of my weekly posts…
News Around the Interwebs
It’s been a somewhat slow week in the points and miles world, but here were some of the highlights of the week that I saw pass through:
Delta Free Flights for Displaced DC-NYC passengers
After various reports of $2300+ airfare from DC to New York, MJ on Travel reports that Delta Airlines has come out to honor Amtrak customers displaced by the effects of the May 12th Derailment of Amtrak Train 188. Continue Reading →
First of all, my apologies — I’ve been M.I.A. for the last couple weeks. Frankly, life has gotten into the way, as I’ve been busy with work, finding a new place for when my lease expires next month, and of course spending time with my family over Thanksgiving. Once everything settles down, I will start posting a little more, as I still have trip reports and how-to guides and all sorts of stuff I want to write about!
In the meantime, I’ll briefly touch on a few things going on in the World of travel, points and miles — a weekly roundup of sorts. It’s been a relatively slow week, but there’s still stuff happening!
Me in Lufthansa B744 First Class, sans falcon
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Snip, snip, snip….
This is apparently the week for US-based airlines to make all sorts of passenger un-friendly changes and cuts. While ultimately screwing over the passengers, the cuts are largely going to please investors on Wall Street.
Just this week, Delta, United and JetBlue have announced some cuts that hurt the consumer, and in many cases, they’ve prettied-up their press releases to make it look consumer-friendly. Tsk, tsk…
Some of the changes this week include:
- JetBlue announces “refresh” of A320 cabins (read – less leg room)
- JetBlue announces that free checked bags are no more!
- United makes a number of “enhancements”
- Delta announces new 2015 award chart
- Delta eliminates stopovers and open jaws on award tickets
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Well, it’s been an insanely busy week for me, as I got back into the swing of things at work, and in life in general. As such, I didn’t get to write as much as I wanted to, so here is a weekly round-up of some of the goings-ons in the World of travel, points and miles. I’ll try to call out the top four or five stories on a weekly basis in the future.
Atlantis Resort becomes a Marriott Rewards Partner
This week, the uber-popular Atlantis Resort and Casino in the Bahamas officially joined the Marriott Rewards program. The incredible resort is now bookable with Marriott Points at the following levels:
- Beach Towers – 35,000 points per night (category 7)
- Coral Towers – 35,000 points per night (category 7)
- Royal Towers – 40,000 points per night (category 8)
- The Cove – 45,000 points per night (category 9)
While a little steep, it is a great resort, and if you’re sitting on a stockpile of Marriott points, it’s a definite option for a Caribbean vacation. The property is marketing each tower as a separate hotel. While the Cove and maybe Royal Towers could be a deal, I don’t think the Beach and Coral Towers are particularly good values considering that a night here can routinely be had for les than $150 per night.
The fact sheet regarding points redemptions can be found here. Keep in mind that with Marriott, when you redeem for four nights, you receive the fifth night free. Continue Reading →