Here is a brief rundown on some of the happenings in the world of miles and points this week.
A Different Outlook On the Club Carlson Devaluation
Greg of Frequent Miler took a look at the recent Club Carlson devaluation and actually had some great points (like he always does) about the new program adjustments. In reality, the situation is not all that bad! In comparison to the other programs, the high end rooms are still completely accessible if you have the Club Carlson credit card. That is thanks to their incredible point earning on the card.
Starwood Made Their Annual Category Adjustments
Starwood released their list of changes for the hotels under their brands. These adjustments saw a change at 20% of their hotels. Unfortunately, a lot of hotels are going up a category in North America. Also, the closest Starwood hotels to my current location have all gone up as well. Not a very good list of changes for me. Here is the list of Starwood’s changes – SPG list.
Great Award Availability On United To Melbourne
The recent United devaluation did not leave much untouched when it comes to premium cabin travel. However, one of the US departure trips that stayed pretty much the same was premium United travel to Australia. The business class requirement went from 135,000 miles to 140,000 miles – not too bad in the whole scheme of things! Combine that with United’s new 787-9 aircraft that will be making the run of Los Angeles to Melbourne later this year and you can find some great availability during prime season in Australia.
How To Make Money Renting an Audi
Last year, I wrote about the new promotions from the outside-the-box rental company of Silvercar. It made renting a little bit smoother (according to how it is supposed to work) and a bit more luxurious (an Audi for everyone). Gary expounded on that by showing how you can actually make money on such a rental as well as a review of the car and service.