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1. Marriott Award Increases
Loyalty Lobby has a detailed analysis of increases in Marriott hotel award chart and points out that 36% of Marriott hotels will require more points to redeem for a free night and that only 1% of hotels will require fewer points! However, you can make bookings up to May 16, 2013 (~ 3 months away) at the old rate.
If you have a Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card, you get a free night each year which can be used in any category 1 to 5 Marriott hotel. But, according to Loyalty Lobby, 190 hotels are increasing from category 5 to 6 which means fewer hotels to use those free nights.
2. Alaska Air Awards on Iceland Air
Wandering Aramean writes that you won’t be able to redeem Iceland Air miles for travel on Alaska Airlines after May 31, 2013. And you will NOT be able to make any changes to flights booked after May 31, 2013.
Last year, you could buy Iceland Air miles and redeem for cheap flights on Alaska Airlines to Hawaii, but they recently increased the redemption rates so it isn’t as great of a deal as it used to be.
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