Tuesday, January 27, 2015

FFB News Round Up: AirAsia elimates fuel surcharges while Qantas lowers them, Choice Hotels introduces Points+Cash Option, Marriott acquires Delta Hotels

AirAsia is the next airline to drop fuel surcharges. According to their Facebook page "will be abolishing fuel surcharge effective 26 January 2015 across all of its airlines in the group, as well as its low-cost long haul affiliates AirAsia X, Thai AirAsia X and Indonesia AirAsia X, in line with declining global oil prices." (Source AirAsia)

Qantas is also set to lower fuel surcharges but only on award tickets as they phase out the Fuel Surcharge and have it built into the base fare of tickets. This means purchased revenue tickets on Qants will not get cheaper but since they are not being reported separately does it mean they should not be charged on award tickets? Unfortunately this is not the case! They will still be charged on award tickets but at a reduced amount. (Source One Mile at a Time)

Choice Hotels is following in the footsteps of many other major hotel chain programs and have finally launched a Cash+Points option. What doesn't make sense is that at this time only U.S. members can redeem for this option! (Source Loyalty Traveler)

Hyatt Hotels
announced today the launch of Hyatt Centric. A new lifestyle brand of hotels that are set to arrive thus summer. (Source View from the Wing)  

Marriott Hotels to expand portfolio in Canada with the purchase of Delta Hotels (Source Rewards Canada)

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