It’s been a topsy turvy week with the election results sucking out the energy out of everyone. While everyone was focused on the elections, we got the news that one of our favorite award travel sweet spot is about to end. Here’s a quick recap of the stories we covered this week

Award travel sweet spot to end in March

Emirates announced that they’ll no longer continue to offer first class seat award space to partners starting April 1, 2021. However, you can still book Emirates tickets in Economy and Business class by using your Alaska Airlines MileagePlan Miles. In this post, I argue as to why this is not that big a loss as Alaska had already increased the prices of many of these awards significantly, up to 200%.

Ends Sunday: 80k offer on the Chase Sapphire Preferred

Today is the final day if you’re interested and eligible for this offer. You can access this offer via many links publicly available as well as Chase’s refer-a-friend links. You will earn a welcome bonus of 80,000 Ultimate Rewards points after you spend $4,000 in the first three months. If you’re eligible, then this is a fantastic offer to help you rack up some really valuable Ultimate Rewards points for future travel.

Elections 2020: Did the travel industry root for Trump or Biden?

Skift details some interesting aspects about the 2020 election campaign in this report. On one hand, airlines supported candidates on both sides. CEOs donated to both parties based on their projection of a candidate winning a particular seat. On the other hand, the hotel industry favored Biden a lot more decisively over Trump. Overall, the whole game is aimed at getting access to the candidate once the candidate gets into office and money is simply the vehicle.

320,000 Hilton Honors points u for grabs with this 100% Bonus

Hilton Honors is currently running a 100% bonus of points purchased on the Hilton website. You will earn a 100% bonus of points you purchase until December 31, 2020. You can buy a maximum of 160,000 Hilton Honors points. With the 100% bonus, you can buy 320,000 Hilton Honors points for $1,600. If you have a trip coming up any time soon, this is a great opportunity to buy Hilton points at half a cent per point.

150,000 sign-up bonus on the Hilton Surpass Card

American Express is currently offering a 150,000 points welcome bonus on the Hilton Surpass Card. This is a fantastic welcome bonus for a card that carries a $95 annual fee. You’ll earn a bonus of 150,000 Hilton Honors points after you spend $3,000 in the first three months.


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