FFB News Round Up: Delta Airlines on-time bag guarantee, new Hyatt Elite benefits, SPG Hotel Category changes

Delta Airlines has launched a new on-time bag
guarantee. Pretty much taking it out of Alaska Airlines playbook, if
your baggage doesn’t arrive in 20 minutes or less on a U.S. domestic
flights they’ll award you with 2,500 SkyMiles. The offer only runs until
March 31st and is valid as long your last leg is on a Delta Airlines
flight you’ll be eligible. (not Delta Connection or a codeshare). Find out more here.

Agoda.com has become the newest earning partner in the Aeroflot Bonus program. Members will now earn 1 mile for every dollar spent via Agoda (Source Aeroflot)

Hilton HHonors has revealed the details of the requirements to get their new lifetime Diamond Elite status:

“Lifetime Diamond Status will be awarded to select HHonors
members, who as of December 31st, 2014 have earned Diamond Status for
at least 10 years (non-consecutive) and who have completed stays
totaling at least 1,000 paid nights pursuant to the standard HHonors
Terms & Conditions.”

Hyatt Gold Passport has announced new benefits for their Diamond Elite status members. The first is called Guest of Honor
and allows you ‘pass along’ your benefits when you redeem your points
for a free night for your friends and family. They’ll receive the
exclusive in-hotel perks of your Diamond membership such as The
best room available upon arrival, (excluding suites) A special
welcome amenity, Exclusive access to the Regency Club® or Grand
Club® lounge, Daily complimentary breakfast, An upgrade to premium
Wi-Fi where available and 4 p.m. late checkout. The second are two
complimentary one-time-use United Club passes annually (primarily good
for those doing lots of U.S. travel) starting on March 1st and the third
is complimentary premium Internet access which kicked in on February
14 which is also available to Platinum members.

Starwood Preferred Guest and Uber have teamed up. Simply link your accounts at spg.com/uber and when you complete at least one SPG qualifying Starwood stay you’ll earn Starpoints for using Uber.

Starwood Preferred Guest has released their annual hotel award night category changes. Per the SPG representative on FlyerTalk:

“Just over 22% of hotels are changing category; of these,
10.49% are moving up and 11.78% are moving down including some
favorites such as The St. Regis Rome, The Westin Kaanapali Ocean
Resort Villas, Maui, W Paris – Opera, and others.”

These changes take effect on March 10th so we reiterate the old addage
that you should try to book award nights (if you have planned any) for
hotels going up before the 10th while those that are going down you
should wait if possible to book after that date. I am very happy to see
one of my favourites, the Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas go
down! You can view the entire list of hotel changes here.

Wyndham Hotels has acquired the Dolce Hotels chain of 22 hotels. (Source Loyalty Travler)

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