Hilton Select: Do Not Waste Your Money or Time

“Cash-back travel. Everyday savings. One select membership.” That is the tagline of Hilton Select, which is supposedly “an exceptional travel and savings program offered by the most recognized hotel brand in the hospitality industry” entitling you as a member to special benefits designed to deliver cash back and savings — whether you are at home or traveling. As a member, you receive five percent cash back on domestic airfare, rental cars and cruises in addition to significant savings on dining, entertainment and more…and for an annual membership fee of $299.00, you are entitled the following benefits…

Troubled Qantas to Reduce Fleet, Cut 5,000 Jobs and Postpone Delivery of Eleven New Aircraft

An official announcement released from Qantas Airways Limited revealed significant measures to reduce costs — including reducing approximately 15 percent of its workforce by furloughing 5,000 employees, “freezing” wages for remaining employees, selling its terminal lease in Brisbane, eliminating at least one flight routes, and removing aircraft from its fleet while postponing the delivery of new aircraft — in order to cut costs by two billion Australian dollars over the next three years, as a net loss of 235 million Australian dollars for the second half of 2013 was reported due chiefly to higher fuel prices and intensifying competition both domestically and internationally. Some of the measures to be implemented by Qantas include the following…

SkyMiles Program to Change Based on Revenue Instead of Miles for 2015

The SkyMiles frequent flier loyalty program will change to base rewards on the airfares paid by customers of Delta Air Lines rather than the miles — more accurately, “butt-in-seat” miles — being traveled. Paul Skrbec — who is manager of corporate communications at Delta Air Lines — contacted me directly to let me know that I will receive the full…

Earn 1,000 Starpoints With Every Sheraton Club Stay — But…

Through May 31, 2014, you can earn a bonus of 1,000 Starpoints every time you book a Sheraton Club Room for a stay at a participating Sheraton Club hotel property at an eligible room rate — which is similar to past promotions, such as this one from almost exactly one year ago where I expressed frustrations pertaining to participating in that promotion — and this is the third consecutive year for what has come to be an annual promotion. However — in order to be eligible for this promotion — you must…

Back Yet Again: Stay Twice and Earn a Free Night at Choice Hotels Properties

In what appears to be a repeat of a promotion from August of last year, you can earn an unlimited amount of free nights with this promotion by Choice Hotels, as you earn 8,000 Choice Privileges frequent guest loyalty program points — enough for a free night at greater than 1,500 hotel properties — after each second qualifying stay between February 27, 2014 and May 14, 2014. However, you must…

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