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Don’t Panic: Devaluations are Not the End of the World

Within the past week, news was spreading like wildfire about a possible impending devaluation of Avios — the official frequent flier loyalty program “currency” of British Airways. Some people actually seemed to panic. Seriously.

Like most other people, I do not like devaluations of any kind where my purchasing power has been decreased. I dislike…

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Up to 120% Increase in Points for Rewards? Hertz Devaluation Worse Than Expected?

Point redemption levels for rewards for members of the Gold Plus frequent renter loyalty program of Hertz Rent-A-Car were supposed to increase up to 15 percent in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands as of October 1, 2013, as reported here at The Gate on July 2, 2013 — but FlyerTalk members are reportedly experiencing “sticker shock” with some of the increases which have actually been implemented. “The Adrenaline collection got hit pretty hard”, according to content posted by FlyerTalk member turbov6. “Old rate for a 4-day weekend was 3000 points. It’s now…

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Increase Cost of SkyMiles for International Business Class; Award Hold Discontinued by Delta

An award ticket in the business class cabin on an international flight will cost you more SkyMiles if you travel on certain routes on June 1, 2014 or thereafter, according to FlyerTalk member DwayneSkyMiles — one of the official company representatives of Delta Air Lines on FlyerTalk. The increased redemption amounts for “low” awards for a seat in what is considered the “true” international BusinessElite cabin include the following…

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Devaluation: Hertz Point Redemption Values to Increase

At least one rental car company has decided to join the airlines and lodging companies on the devaluation bandwagon. If you are a member of the Gold Plus frequent renter loyalty program of Hertz Rent-A-Car, you will most likely be disappointed to learn that effective as of October 1, 2013, point redemption levels for rewards will increase up to 15 percent in…

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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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