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Best in Miles, Points, Credit Cards, Travel and More: Around the Web Nov 7 — Nov 13, 2021



Welcome to my weekly miles and points roundup plus other travel news from the blogosphere. Here are some topics:

  • LifeMiles improves the Award Chart
  • Hyatt adds 11 SLH hotels
  • All you need to know about the new Capital One Venture X card
  • New Chase Aeroplan Card Details
  • New Stimulus Money
  • And more!


LifeMiles’s New Distance Based Award Chart For The United States & Canada, by OMAT. Hey, it doesn’t happen all the time that a frequent flyer program would really improve anything, so enjoy!

Virgin Atlantic Massively Improves Perks: Gifting, New Benefits & More, by God Save the Points. It actually sounds quite interesting. Now you can earn elite status after just four segments in Upper (Business) Class or less and that includes award flights! Now, I would never use Virgin points to fly across the pond due to their insane fuel surcharges, but intra-Europe flights are a good option to quickly earn elite status (and then match it to another airline).

Another good post by God Save the Points, this time about the coolest airport lounge experiences.

Delta Promises Premium Select Cabin on All European Flights for Summer 2022, by Upgraded Points.


Here is a well-researched, in-depth analysis of Choice sweet spots in Scandinavia from Frequent Miler: Nordic Choice Sweet-Spots: Great Value w/ Choice Points

Radisson Rewards Extends Points Expiry Through November 2023, by Loyalty Lobby.

Hyatt Adds New Small Luxury Hotels of the World Properties [11 Total!], by Upgraded Points.

Several Marriott Hotels Sell Rooms Through Airbnb – For Less Money Or Instead Of Marriott.com At All, by VFTW. Hotel listings on Airbnb are not a rare find: plenty of hotels use Airbnb as yet another marketing platform, but I’ve never seen hotels from a major international chain on a vacation rental website, unless it’s an owner unit of some sort.

Credit cards

Everyone and their mother has posted about the new Capital One Venture X card, but if you don’t have the time to read every one, here is my own summary that includes absolutely everything you really want to know: Cutting Through the Noise: What Do You REALLY Need to Know About the New Venture X Card?

Here is another Venture X card post from God Save the Points that confirms what I’ve read elsewhere: that Capital One is approving more people for this card than it used to approve for other cards in the past.

[Rumor] Chase Aeroplan Card Details (Sign Up Bonus, 3x Grocery & More), from Doctor of Credit and his reader Chris. I’m signed up for the Chase Aeroplan waitlist, and I’d rather this rumor didn’t materialize (it seems the welcome bonus has been designed to block long-haul Business Class redemptions).


U.S. Now Faces Push for Domestic Air Travelers to Show Proof of Vaccine or Negative Test, by Skift.

This is a grim reminder that the pandemic is far from over: Covid cases are surging in Europe. America is in denial about what lies in store for it, by Guardian.

Other tidbits

A great Reddit report about booking several rooms in Hawaii and several tickets to Hawaii on Turkish. My goodness, I wouldn’t have the stamina. 🙂

Here is a trip report with great tips: Uzbekistan Trip Report: Mosques, Minarets and Mausoleums, by 10X Travel. Of course, I remember Uzbekistan during the USSR days, and even then it was amazing! I would choose the same cities as the author: Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand.

New Stimulus Money Going Out Next Week – Last Chance to Make Sure You Get It This Year! By Running With Miles


My favorites:

  • America Needs a New Scientific Revolution
  • The Company Man
  • The Untold Story of Sushi in America (sad but totally fascinating!)

And now just for fun

Here is a brilliant parody of Mark Zuckerberg that doubles as a brilliant Iceland travel marketing video (or is it the other way around?). Found on Skift.



Best Hyatt Points Values for Cat. 1-4 International Hotels Including Suites: Part 3 — Category 3

  There is a strong presence of Hyatt category 3 hotels in Europe, but also in Canada, Mexico and some very desirable destinations in Asia. My previous posts are here: Best Hyatt Points Values for Cat. 1-4 International Hotels Including Suites: Part 1 — Category 1 Best Hyatt Points Values for Cat. 1-4 International HotelsContinue Reading

Best Hyatt Points Values for Cat. 1-4 International Hotels Including Suites: Part 2 — Category 2

My previous post is here: Best Hyatt Points Values for Cat. 1-4 International Hotels Including Suites: Part 1 — Category 1 Please note This is not about the best Hyatt hotels ever — it’s more about the value of using World of Hyatt points versus cash. You might not find cities and places I’ve pickedContinue Reading

Best Hyatt Points Values for Cat. 1-4 International Hotels Including Suites: Part 1 — Category 1

  OK, look, Hyatt points best value is like Hilton points best value or Marriott points best value — always in the eye of the beholder. However, and I think most people will agree, the overall value of Hyatt points is higher than Hilton’s or Marriott’s or IHG’s for that matter. Hyatt has become thatContinue Reading

Hyatt’s Gild Hall A Thompson Hotel in NYC: My King Suite Review

  Last week we stayed at Gild Hall A Thompson Hotel, a Hyatt property in Lower Manhattan, to celebrate my wife’s birthday. I wanted to book a suite for the occasion, and a Gild Hall King suite was what I thought the nicest standard suite I’ve seen, even if you count hotels that cost muchContinue Reading

The World of Hyatt Devaluation 2019: Part 2 —Sweet Spots to Book Before March 18

The World of Hyatt Devaluation 2019: Part 1 — New Sweet Spots 130 World of Hyatt hotels are moving to a higher award category on March 18 , 2019. You still have one month to redeem your award stays at the current rate. Keep in mind that if you make any changes to your reservationsContinue Reading

Chase World of Hyatt Credit Card — a Great Deal, a Lousy Deal, or the Greatest Deal Ever?

  Every summer, we go to the Hamptons for a few days, and we always stay at Hyatt Place East End. The weekend summer rates in that part of New York are through the roof, so Hyatt points in locations like that is a lifesaver. Of course, nothing remains the same. I remember Hyatt PlaceContinue Reading

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