Next year, Delta will switch its Skymiles frequent-flyer program from a mileage base to a dollar base. You've probably already read about that, so the question becomes one of how to deal with it. Overall, the new rules will be good for business travelers and bad for vacation travelers—so bad that vacation travelers might want to reconsider loyalty to Delta, if other lines don't follow suit. ... read more»
France is always working to show off its rich heritage in innovative ways. You'll see some impressive changes this year.
The big news in Paris is that the extensive, multiyear makeover of the Picasso Museum is nearing completion. The museum, which will reopen sometime in 2014, is home to the world's largest collection of Picasso works, representing the full range of the artist's many styles (check the museum's website for the latest). ... read more»
Enter the Travel+Leisure World's Best Awards Giveaway sweepstakes by March 31 for a chance to win the grand prize: a trip worth up to $10,000, organized by a Travel+Leisure travel agent. Runner-up prizes include trips worth $5,000 (two winners) and $2,500 (one winner), and a check for $1,000 (two winners).
To enter, complete and submit the online survey.
Time required to enter: less than 60 seconds. ... read more»
Following is our regular summary of the latest travel news and best frequent traveler promotions reviewed during the past week.
If it was a good deal—or a notably bad deal—from an airline, hotel, or car rental loyalty program, you can read all about it here, and plan your travel accordingly.
Through May 14, Wyndham Rewards members can earn a 5,000-point bonus for every stay at participating Wyndham hotels.
Qantas, the Flying 'Roo, has hit a rough patch. So rough, in fact, that it will have to all but reinvent itself to keep flying. ... read more»
With their outsized sign-up bonuses and promises of trips-of-a-lifetime, travel-rewards credit cards seemingly have a monopoly on travelers' hearts and minds, and pride of place in their wallets.
But I have long counseled that cards featuring travel rewards should be most consumers' back-up option, not their first choice.
Rewards cards typically award users with miles or points that amount to a rebate of between 1 and 2 percent, not including periodic bonuses that can improve the value proposition somewhat. The points are generally redeemable only for travel, from a limited number of suppliers. And most of the cards have annual fees, in some cases as high as $450. ... read more»
Enter the CruisesOnly Million Points and Cruise sweepstakes by March 31, 2014, for a chance to win the grand prize: a voucher redeemable for a cruise for two worth up to $2,000, plus 500,000 Choice Privileges points. Airfare to and from the cruise port of embarkation is not included.
In addition to the grand prize, there are 10 runner-up prizes of 50,000 Choice Privileges points each.
To participate, provide the requested contact information on the sweepstakes landing page and press "Submit." Time required to enter: under 15 seconds. ... read more»
Qantas, the Flying 'Roo, has hit a rough patch. So rough, in fact, that it will have to all but reinvent itself to keep flying.
The most recent sign of trouble: a $208 loss for the first half of the airline's fiscal year. According to Qantas CEO Alan Joyce, as quoted in Air Transport World: "We are facing some of the toughest conditions Qantas has ever seen." ... read more»
It has long been rumored that one or more of the legacy airlines were in the process of developing a replacement for their current loyalty programs. Like those of Southwest, JetBlue, and Virgin America, the new program was expected to reward travelers on the basis of their spend rather than according to the number of miles they flew. It was a prospect welcomed by some and dreaded by others.
Supporters and detractors of the revenue-based model can now debate the specifics of one such program-to-be, following Delta's announcement earlier today that it will launch an all-new revenue-based version of its 33-year-old SkyMiles program on January 1, 2015.
The specifics are important, since Delta's new program is almost as different from Southwest's Rapid Rewards as it is from its own SkyMiles program. It is, in short, a hybrid, featuring spend-based earning but more traditional tier-based award pricing. ... read more»
Picture crystal-clear turquoise waters, an endless stretch of sea surrounding a saltwater lagoon. Lying back on a beach lounger, you adjust your shades and take a deep breath. You feel that kind of relaxation that comes only from a vacation well spent—one where there is no clock running, no plans for the day, no agenda except to go where the wind takes you. The only interruption to this absolute serenity is the occasional rustling of a nearby shrub as its resident iguana turns his body to better soak up the sun. Now remind yourself that it is, in fact, December. And it's 80 degrees. No, this isn't the Caribbean; this is Hawks Cay Resort, in the Florida Keys. ... read more»
Fortune magazine this week released its annual listing of the 50 world's most admired companies, according to a survey of 3,920 business executives from 30 countries.
It is, arguably, the Academy Awards of the corporate world, not least insofar as the results reflect the opinions of industry insiders and may be at odds with the consensus view of consumers. ... read more»