1. Hilton rewards program changes, effective January 14th. Some properties, like Hilton Waikoloa Village in Hawaii will go down in price, so check the list. This is the time when most hotel programs will start tweaking their rates, so stay tuned.
2. Not really a big deal to most readers of this blog, but the transfer from Ultimate Rewards to Korean Skypass program should return this month. The process is cumbersome, and mostly good for roundtrip Delta tickets (Korean partner). (h/t Milecards)
3. New rewards checking account that pays up to 5.07% APY, available to everyone. There is a hard pull involved, so I won’t be participating, but it looks intriguing.
5. I’ve written about this property before, and here is a recent trip report on Radisson Aruba. The place costs 50,000 points per night, and you get a second night free if you have a US Bank Club Carlson Signature Visa. It appears that this hotel may be re-branded in a near future, so this might be your last chance to stay there on points. BTW Southwest flies to Aruba.
6. You can now book one-way award flights on Delta.
On my mind
This rant is about my husband. I did tell him that I planned to write it, and he said to go right ahead. I’ve mentioned many times how much he hates this hobby. I mean, he despises it with every fiber of his being. Any day I think he will shut this whole thing down, and he almost did a couple of times.
His argument is that this hobby is too complicated. A little background: He is an IT engineer who designs and handles extremely complex processes in a banking network. Just recently, he attended a class that had the guys from NASA in it. In other words, his momma didn’t raise no simpleton. And yet, having a new card in his wallet now and again is too complex.
I don’t ask him to keep track of bonus categories, don’t burden him with gift cards or anything like that. I just give him a new card and want him to use it for everything. That’s it. He can’t even manage to do that.
The other day he told me he planned to buy a computer part for $750 and wanted to make sure that the card in his wallet was the one I wanted him to use. I said Yes. After he put in the order, he comes to me and says :”Oops, I accidentally used a different card.”
When I got visibly annoyed, he said it was too complicated and he is done with this hobby. What is complicated? You put a hand in your pocket, take the card out of your wallet and put in freaking numbers in the online order form!
Thankfully, he came around and even called the company to change the billing info. So, we are OK… for now. And now comes the truly crazy part: I’m actually kind of glad he is that way. One nut job in a family is quite enough. Don’t you think?
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