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Hyatt's recent promotions have been among the industry's most generous. So it was with considerable anticipation that we pored over the details of its new fall/winter offer.

Offer Details

With Hyatt's Great 10K promotion, Gold Passport members who stay five nights at Hyatt family hotels between September 15 and December 15 will earn 10,000 bonus points. The bonus may be earned an unlimited number of times during the promotion period....read more»

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If, like me, you're on the list to receive emails from Delta about the latest SkyMiles miles-for-shopping promotion, you may have gotten into the habit of summarily deleting the messages without so much as a second look.

There are just too many of them. And most of the offers are either lackluster (ho-hum value) or moot (irrelevant products).

As a result of tuning out those SkyMiles messages, I missed a recent limited-time opportunity to earn a hefty 50 miles per dollar spent. As, I'm sure, did many of my readers.

Fret not. Presumably due to its popularity the first time around, Delta has reprised the offer, giving SkyMiles members a second chance to earn major miles for major purchases....read more»

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As a rule, airline miles earned for hotel stays do not count toward elite status—they're redeemable miles, but not elite-qualifying miles (EQMs).

But these aren't normal times, and rules are broken as often as they're observed.

Case in point: Hilton's latest bonus offer for members of Delta's SkyMiles program....read more»

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If it feels like all hotel promotions, all the time, that's because fall is traditionally a bonus-rich period as hotels struggle to keep rooms occupied in the post-summer travel falloff.

And this year, that predictable seasonal decline in travel demand is exacerbated by the ongoing travel slump, adding an extra degree of urgency to the hotels' marketing initiatives.

Next up on the growing list of major hotel chains offering bonuses for fall stays: Best Western....read more»

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Members of Hyatt's Gold Passport have waited a long time for a credit card linked to the program. For that and other reasons, I can't recall another card launch that had such outsized expectations surrounding it.

First, Gold Passport has been notably aggressive with its program and promotions (Big Welcome Back, Free Nights Faster). That's necessary and appropriate, given the size disadvantage of Hyatt's hotel portfolio (fewer than 500 properties, versus 4,400 for InterContinental, for example)—they have to work harder. And the expectation was that Hyatt would want a card that boasted a clear competitive advantage....read more»

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If you missed the chance to take advantage of United's 30 percent discount on short-haul award flights, you can stop fretting and start planning—United has extended the offer through the end of September.

Offer Details

Through September 30, Mileage Plus members can save 30 percent on coach-class award tickets for short-haul flights (less than 700 miles) within the U.S., or between the U.S. and Canada. ...read more»

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