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British Airways to Have First Class Suites with Doors

It’s about time. Their fabulous new Club Suites in Business Class make the not-so-private First Class seats less appealing. The bad news is that the doors seem to be the only real enhancement and they will take some time to roll out.

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Southwest Extends Middle Seat Blocking through November 30th

Southwest has extended their commitment for blocked middle seats through Nov 30th.

Note that Delta already has middle seats blocked until January 6, 2021

Using Hyatt Promos to Hack Hyatt Globalist Status into Early 2023

Greg at Frequent Miler really got me thinking about the various ways you can take advantage of the end of year Double Elite Nights promo going on at Hyatt. Since it goes until January 4th, a long stay that ends in 2021 would have all the elite nights credited in 2021 and would be doubled as long as you checked out before the end of the promotion (Jan 4th).

You could work any combination of nights from the World of Hyatt credit card, the double elite night promotion, and cheap award nights (Category 1 is 5,000 plus the 15-25% award rebate is still on) to get to 60 nights in early 2021. That would give you just over 2 full years of Globalist in World of Hyatt, quite arguably the best top tier hotel status.

One could be tempted to spend 30 nights in a Category 1 for 150,000 points minus the 15% (or 25% rebate if you have the World of Hyatt credit card) for Globalist for 2 years, though I’m not even sure I’m that crazy. Or maybe I am…

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Air Canada Launches Infinite Flight Pass

If you are in Canada (and only if you are in Canada), you can buy a flight pass for “all you can fly” flights within Canada.

Prices range from CAD$2260 to CAD$5,650 a month, based on what fare class (and therefore, availability) you need.

It’s available only until September 23rd and those sneaky Canadians won’t even show you the webpage unless you are in Canada. No worries, though, I made a PDF of the page for you.

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I got "in the game" in 2003 and since then I've collected literally millions and millions of frequent flyer miles and hotel points. I've flown around the world in first class seats that would cost $29,000 using frequent flyer miles and a few bucks in tax. And I've stayed in some of the finest hotels - all for free! A few years ago I realized many of my friends actually thought I was paying for these!! So I started sharing my tips. It's long been a passion, but when I hosted a session on Miles and Points at this year's South by Southwest festival, my love of the game intensified and this blog was born.

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  1. Can you elaborate on your thinking behind the Hyatt hack? I’m not understanding how the current promotion can be leveraged in the way you’re suggesting. Are you saying that, for example, a stay beginning on 29 December and ending out on 1 January would actually earn six qualifying nights in 2021? If so, I haven’t seen that explained anywhere, including on Frequent Miler.

    • Hi Josh,

      This was the relevant part of the FM post, which is a response to them from Hyatt.

      Nights are always awarded based on checkout date. In the chance a member checks-in in 2020 and checks-out in 2021 – the member will earn Tier-Qualifying Night credits based on the checkout date.

      For instance, if a member has a stay that spans December 28, 2020 – January 4, 2021 (7 nights total), they would earn based on the checkout date = 7 Tier-Qualifying Nights would be awarded in 2021 and 7 bonus nights would be awarded in 2021.

      So wouldn’t the same logic apply to a 30 night stay ending Jan 4, 2021? I very may well be missing something. LMK 🙂

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