Another week has gone by and it is time for me to summarize this week’s posts for those who have missed out. Links are provided to each one for curiosity.

One of this week’s posts was a news post, another was an explanations post, and the third one was a perspectives post with a twist. The latter post became one of most popular posts to date after a few days.

Without further ado, here’s the weekly review:


Hotel Lifetime Status

Monday’s post was a guide to hotel lifetime status that compared Marriott, Hilton, and Hyatt. Hotel status is one of the best ways to save money and make your vacation or business trip better. But those who have held a certain level of status for enough time do not have to worry about renewing their status each year. These lucky people have hotel lifetime status.

One of the biggest takeaways is that Marriott Bonvoy does lifetime status differently than Hilton and Hyatt. Marriott offers lifetime status for their three lowest tiers while the other chains offer lifetime status for their top tiers. Marriott’s backwards ways are apparent with lifetime status. And there are no signs of changing it to be like Hilton or Hyatt.


How I Was Clawed Back by American Express

The inspiration for Tuesday’s post came from a very unlikely place. I received a strange letter in the mail from American Express. And when I opened the letter, I found out that I was clawed back for almost $10. This post tells my story about being clawed back and my perspective of this incident six months later.

Real life experiences like this one make me fortunate to be a writer for Travel Update. I am happy that this post got to serve as a warning to other American Express cardholders about being clawed back. Getting that bill was ultimately a good thing for me because it turned into a blossom of a post.

Special thanks to Mark from Miles to Memories (H/T) for featuring this post on his blog yesterday. I totally agree with his short synopsis.


World of Hyatt Rolling Out New Pricing Structure

Wednesday’s breaking news involved the World of Hyatt. The ever-growing hotel chain is rolling out a new pricing structure in the vein of Marriott in March 2020. Hyatt introducing off-peak and peak pricing is an apparent devaluation to the industry’s most valuable hotel currency. However, this new structure does not totally devalue Hyatt points. There is still lots of value to be found at the World of Hyatt. But finding such value will be more challenging starting in March 2020.


I hope that everyone has a great Sunday! Stay posted for more content next week!