Connect

Recent Stories from :

United Makes Top-Tier Elite Status Harder to Earn

United Makes Top-Tier Elite Status Harder to Earn

Grant Martin, Skift

Changes to United's MileagePlus program will make it harder for ultra-frequent flyers to stay loyal to the airline.

6 days ago

Ctrip Will Show Frequent Flyer Earnings With Searches

Ctrip Will Show Frequent Flyer Earnings With Searches

Grant Martin, Skift

Supplemental flight data like Wi-Fi availability and seat pitch is slowly coming to online search. Ctrip's entry may accelerate that.

1 week ago

Mastercard Adds New Hotel Benefits for Elite Cardholders

Mastercard Adds New Hotel Benefits for Elite Cardholders

Grant Martin, Skift

Mastercard is launching new best rate and service guarantees, which should help woo some travel-focused customers away from American Express.

2 weeks ago

Hyatt Adds Spa While Dropping Vacation Partners From Loyalty Program

Hyatt Adds Spa While Dropping Vacation Partners From Loyalty Program

Grant Martin, Skift

Hyatt certainly has been creative in experimenting with ways to use loyalty points this year. Its latest move allows its World of Hyatt members to redeem points for spa experiences at Exhale properties.

2 weeks ago

Leading Hotels of the World Relaunches Its Pay-to-Play Loyalty Program

Leading Hotels of the World Relaunches Its Pay-to-Play Loyalty Program

Grant Martin, Skift

Leading Hotels of the World's $175 annual fee to join its loyalty program may be off-putting to some frugal frequent travelers. But the Leaders Club, ostensibly, is not for the frugal frequent traveler.

3 weeks ago

United Airlines Moves the Goal Post for Earning Top-Tier Elite Status

United Airlines Moves the Goal Post for Earning Top-Tier Elite Status

Grant Martin, Skift

It just got 25 percent more expensive to earn top-tier elite status on United Airlines.

3 weeks ago

Airline Loyalty Elites Sit Out a Wave of New Fees

Airline Loyalty Elites Sit Out a Wave of New Fees

Grant Martin, Skift

While most of the traveling public saw an increase in baggage fees this month, those carrying airline elite status were once more spared. Sooner or later, that luck will surely run out.

4 weeks ago

Priority Pass Parent Invests in Mobile Airport Food Ordering Platform Grab

Priority Pass Parent Invests in Mobile Airport Food Ordering Platform Grab

Grant Martin, Skift

If it wasn't obvious that Collinson and Priority Pass were expanding into the dining scene before, it is now.

1 month ago

Airlines Extend Loyalty Incentives to Chinese Travelers as Asian Market Grows

Airlines Extend Loyalty Incentives to Chinese Travelers as Asian Market Grows

Grant Martin, Skift

International brands are clamoring to build loyalty with Chinese travelers. Just recently, American and Singapore airlines launched partnerships with Fliggy, a Chinese booking engine, to share loyalty perks across platforms.

1 month ago

Virgin Group Announces New Loyalty Program Powered by Virgin Atlantic

Virgin Group Announces New Loyalty Program Powered by Virgin Atlantic

Grant Martin, Skift

It'll be nice to see a unified loyalty program that will be usable on all Virgin properties from trains to retail to airplanes. Unfortunately, we still don't know much about what the program will look like.

2 months ago

Early Stumbles for Marriott and Starwood Loyalty Merger

Early Stumbles for Marriott and Starwood Loyalty Merger

Grant Martin, Skift

The union of Marriott and Starwood's loyalty programs last week could have gone far worse based on mergers past. But it also could have gone better.

2 months ago

Six Flags Takes Travel Counterparts’ Cue, Launches Rewards Program

Six Flags Takes Travel Counterparts’ Cue, Launches Rewards Program

Grant Martin, Skift

Six Flags' new loyalty program is as much about collecting visitor data as it is about rewarding visitors for their habits.

2 months ago