Welcome to episode 17 of the PointsHoarder podcast. This time around we’re talking a lot about hotels. Why? Because three major chains all made changes to their policies in the past few weeks. Hilton, Hyatt and Priority Club all changed their rules, either related to qualifying for status or the benefits received. Most folks would consider them “enhancements” to the programs, though Stephan tries to convince us that they might be good changes. I’m not buying it.
We also spend some time talking about American Airlines, their newly inked and ratified deal with their pilots and the relative stability of American versus US Airways outside of a merger. At the time of the recording we had no idea that JetBlue would take our suggestion and go after US Air in their Philly hub; the new Philly-Boston service was just announced that this morning.
- Updated Hilton Honors Elite Status qualification rates
- Hyatt Platinum Extras going away
- Priority Club elite status changes
- AA/US – Merger Talks
- American reaches an agreement with pilots