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A Benefit Which May Not Be a Benefit With the Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card

When Hilton and American Express announced four new co-branded credit cards for 2018 on Wednesday, November 1, 2017, one card which seemed to offer a promising array of benefits was the Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card. You get to enjoy Diamond elite level status, unlimited passes to Priority Pass lounges, and 14 Hilton Honors bonus points per dollar spent at hotel and resort properties which are part of the Hilton portfolio worldwide — amongst other benefits — for an annual fee of $450.00.

Although one interesting potential unadvertised benefit of the card is…

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Here are the Sign-Up Bonuses for the New American Express Cards from Hilton Honors

Sign-up bonuses have just been announced from Hilton Honors pertaining to the four new American Express cards which become available as of today, Thursday, January 18, 2017.

The four new co-branded credit cards were first announced by Hilton Honors and American Express on Wednesday, November 1, 2017, which are designed to give consumers and small businesses more choice, more benefits and more value while simultaneously further enhancing travel experiences and rewards.

Along with a recapitulation of the benefits of each card for your convenience, the details of the sign-up bonuses are highlighted in…

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YouTube Screws Over Smaller Content Creators With Stricter Minimum Requirements for Monetization

In order to “better protect its content creators”, YouTube has changed the minimum requirements to its YouTube Partner Program through which videos posted to it can be monetized effective as of today, Tuesday, January 16, 2018 — and in the process, leaving smaller content creators with no way to earn money on content other than AdSense.

Existing content creators have a…

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Best Rate Guarantee Revised by Starwood Preferred Guest

“Guys, it is my honour to spot and post this…” FlyerTalk member noeatbutgo posted when discovering a new term of the Best Rate Guarantee offered by Starwood Preferred Guest — and continued with “now the SPG BRG is undoubtedly the best programme amongst those of other chains!”

A reward of…

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This Fee Would Have Been a New Form of Deception If It Were Implemented

With the introduction of a service fee of 1.3 percent if you used a credit card to purchase one of its new Economy Lite fares, Singapore Airlines was getting ready to engage in what could be considered a new form of deception — until a decision was reached to rescind its plans to charge that fee.

The reason why a credit card service fee would have been a new form of deception is because…

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Saudi Arabia Plans to Issue Tourist Visas in 2018

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is planning to issue visas to conventional visitors in 2018 in order to increase its tourism industry to 30 million visitors per year by 2030 — as well as increase annual spending by tourists to $47 billion by 2020 — while simultaneously reducing its reliance on the oil industry, as oil prices are currently depressed.

That Saudi Arabia wants to increase tourism is of no surprise, as…

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Passenger Facility Fee to Increase By Up to 89 Percent?

For 15 years, the Passenger Facility Fee — which you automatically pay on almost every airline ticket you purchase — has been capped at $4.50; but that fee could increase by almost 89 percent to $8.50 as soon as next month if the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act is approved on Friday, December 8, 2017 by members of the House of Representatives of the United States.

Also known as S.1655, the bill contains the following language…

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The Worst Case Scenario of Booking a Hotel Room Reservation Early?

During the spate of sales with discounted hotel room rates which have been highlighted here at The Gate in recent days, more often than not, one requirement is that you pay for the reservation at the time of booking it; and no refunds, cancellations, modifications or adjustments to the reservation is permitted without a penalty — or at all…

…but what if you checked on a hotel reservation which you booked months ago and found that rooms are being sold at less than half of the room rate which you paid, as has apparently happened to…

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Miles and Points or Low Prices — Which Would You Choose?

An interesting winter sale is currently on with which you can save up to 50 percent on room rates for stays of a minimum of two consecutive nights at participating hotel and resort properties in Kazakhstan, Israel and 23 countries in Europe; and this flash sale from Conrad Chicago with which room rates can be procured for as low as $11.14 per night is technically still in effect but the supply of rooms may be depleted by now.

Although whether or not points can be earned on stays booked through the flash sale by Conrad Chicago was likely but not definitively clear, IHG Rewards Club points will NOT be awarded for any stays booked through the aforementioned winter sale — but savings on the room rates were potentially significant.

To be overly simplistic…

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