Take the next few days with family. But while you’re together with your family, talk to the people you travel with and plot out what sorts of award redemptions you may want to make in the coming year. Making your bookings soon could save you a whole lot of points.
- United MileagePlus awards go up, up, up in price on February 1, especially for international business and first class partner awards where some redemptions increase by more than 80%.
- The price of Hyatt Gold Passport awards is going up January 7, and it’s worth booking now especially for the 13 hotels most affected by price increases (and if you want to redeem your points for suites whether on paid nights or awards).
- US Airways leaves Star Alliance March 30 and joins oneworld the next day.
- If you want Star Alliance awards with US Airways miles, you’ll want to book before then.
- I also wouldn’t be surprised to see adjustments to the US Airways award chart in the near-term (even before the merger with American) as it’s hard to imagine Cathay Pacific business class awards for 90,000 miles roundtrip between the US and Hong Kong.
I have designs on stays at the Park Hyatts in Paris and Sydney on points, so I am going to make bookings before January 7. Hyatt generously gives members another month to tweak reservations at the old points price (including adding additional nights to existing reservations at the old price, as well as shifting dates) after that. So at the very least it’s worth making a speculative – and fully cancellable – booking and changing later.
United and US Airways, of course, will hit you with change fees and fees to cancel an award and redeposit miles unless your elite status exempts you from that. Still, it could be worth making speculative bookings if your plans are likely enough.
So Ho Ho Ho, Santa’s bringing trips to all of the good little girls and boys out there — because so many loyalty programs brought us black coal!