PointsHoarder 28: New partners, new seats, new deals

June 13, 2013

Lots of “new” going on in this episode, which I suppose is a good thing. After all, if we were talking about old stuff it probably wouldn’t be quite as interesting.

Much of the discussion was about two new partnership announcements made in recent weeks. The first is the deal between Hyatt and MGM’s Las Vegas properties, essentially adding 30% more rooms to the Hyatt portfolio. The second is about the changes to Delta’s partners and earning (or not earning) credit for flights with them.

Stephan had the opportunity to try out United’s new Airbus seating layout and he wasn’t impressed. You can read his full review here and also listen to him explain it in detail on the show.

Virgin Atlantic seems to not be charging the full YQ fuel surcharge on coach award tickets these days. That’s pretty significant, especially given high prices for flights across the Atlantic this summer and the ease with which the award inventory can be found. Also the points are pretty easy to come by.

Ever had a trip that you knew would suck when you booked it but you flew it anyways? I did recently. Three consecutive domestic redeye flights is never, ever a good idea.

All that and more in this week’s edition of the PointsHoarder podcast.

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