A collection of interesting bits and pieces from around the world of travel and beyond…

Confirmed: Marriott Bonvoy to replace Marriott Rewards, SPG & Ritz Carlton Rewards in February

One of the more bizarre aspects of the Marriott/Starwood changes in August 2018, was that they didn’t reveal a name for the new program. Well, we now have one – Marriott Bonvoy launches on 13th February 2019 – though I’m not sure everyone agrees the name was worth the wait  🙂

Marriott has released a video to accompany the announcement, which you can watch below, or click here if the video doesn’t appear:

MasterCard Will Now Keep You From Being Surprised with Subscription Fees

In a nice, customer friendly move by MasterCard, customers that use a MasterCard for free trials will now be notified by the merchant before that first subscription fee kicks in. To make it even better, this notification will have to contain information on unsubscribing.


Good story – read this US blogger’s experience with a BA Avios & Match.com promotion

Almost 2 years ago, British Airways ran a promo where you could earn 150 BA Avios per dollar spent at Match.com.  Several of the blogs covered the promo, so I decided I would buy a membership for $548.57 and earn 82,285 BA Avios.  Long story short, I never earned any BA Avios and after complaining to British Airways & Match.com for several months, I got a full refund of my membership (read My Love / Hate Relationship with British Airways & Match.com).

During the few months that I was a Match.com member, I decided that I would actually use the dating service and see what would happen (I had nothing to lose).


Earn up to 10,000 bonus Virgin miles with Avis

Earn 1,000 Flying Club Miles for each day on your next rental—that’s up to 10,000 miles if you rent for 10 days.

The reservation period is 8th January-31st January 2019.

The rental period is 1st February-31stMay 2019.





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