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Convert Flying Club Miles to HHonors Points? Do It Before February 6, 2014

If you are thinking about converting your Virgin Atlantic Airways Flying Club frequent flier loyalty program miles to Hilton HHonors frequent guest loyalty program points, you had better act quickly if you do not want to suffer from a devaluation, as the conversion ratio drops from 1:2 to 2:3 as of February 6, 2014. As a result, FlyerTalk members are…

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Club Carlson Point Conversion Significantly Devalued Without Notice

The value of Club Carlson frequent guest loyalty program points has been significantly reduced if you want to convert them to airline frequent flier loyalty program miles — and the reduction was quietly implemented without any advance warning or notice. This chart illustrates the devaluation…

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Starwood Transfer Rate to LANPASS Reduced By 25%

The exchange rate ratio of one Starwood Preferred Guest frequent guest loyalty program point has been reduced to 1.5 LAN Airlines LANPASS frequent flier loyalty program miles — down from two LAN Airlines LANPASS frequent flier loyalty program miles. The reduction was confirmed by…

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Hotel Nights to United Flights? I’ll Pass…

There is no need to sleep on this one pertaining to the promotion of turning your hotel nights into United Airlines flights, as the exchange ratio from hotel frequent guest loyalty program points to United Airlines MileagePlus frequent flier loyalty program miles is poor at best — even with bonus miles to sweeten the deal — as shown below with transfers of hotel frequent guest loyalty program points converted to…

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Paying a Currency Conversion Fee Twice When Renting a Car in a Foreign Country

There is a New Hertz unethical currency conversion fee of 2.75%, according to FlyerTalk member customer1001, who says that if you rent a car abroad and pay with a credit card issued in the United States, The Hertz Corporation will add its own 2.75% currency exchange charge — euphemistically called the Customer Preferred Currency Conversion CPCC — in addition to the currency exchange fee your credit card company charges.

However, is this fee charged by Hertz really unethical and a “money grab,” or is it a purely legal way of doing business that the educated consumer can easily avoid? Is the entire currency conversion process overly complicated and, if so, is that purposely by design?

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