Here is a brief rundown on some of the happenings in the world of miles and points so far this week.
FTU Seattle Presentation On Hidden Countries
Stefan of Rapid Travel Chai did a presentation on some of the great “hidden” countries on each continent. He gave some great advice on getting to them and what to look for. He has been to some incredible places so it is worth reading about his stuff! Fortunately, he also posted his presentation online. You can see it here.
Transfer Points To Aeroplan And Earn Bonus Miles
Ben of One Mile At A Time wrote a nice overview of a promotion by Aeroplan (the spun-off frequent flyer program of Air Canada). This promotion gives bonus miles based on the number of points transferred into Aeroplan and is based on the overall number of points transferred. This means you can transfer from a variety of partners to reach the level where you get the bonus. The max bonus you can earn is 25,000 points on total transfers of 100,000 points. There is some good value to be had here, especially since you can fly to places in Europe from the US on LOT Airlines or United for 90,000 Aeroplan miles for business class. Read about it all here.
Hyatt Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort Drops Two Categories to a 4!
Summer of Mommy Points wrote about a recent change (that was also sent out to Hyatt members on e-mail, so you may see it there as well) from the Andaz Papagayo Resort. It is located in Costa Rica and used to be a Category 6 Hyatt hotel. That required a hefty 25,000 points per night. It is not that old and has excellent reviews, but it may be they are having problems getting the capacity they would prefer. Whether or not that is the case, they have dropped it to a Category 4. That means you can now secure rooms at 15,000 points per night (or for 7,500 points and $100 with Cash&Points) as well as use your anniversary certificate (if you have the Hyatt Chase credit card). This looks like a great property and now it is a great deal. You can read her post here.
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