Award Travel 101

Festivus, Yes! Devaluations, No!

December 22, 2023 Season 3 Episode 47
Award Travel 101
Festivus, Yes! Devaluations, No!
Show Notes

 Welcome back to the Award Travel 101 Podcast — from the original Facebook community created for miles and points enthusiasts. Angie, Allison, and Joe jump on the pod to share the 100K Member Celebration Winner, their newest cards, trip updates, and to bring you an Airing of (2023) Grievances!

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Post of the week

We polled the Award Travel 101 community to see which of the 25 Program Devaluations hit you the hardest.


The Grand Prize Winner for our 100K Member Celebration

Trip updates

  • Angie - nothing
  • Allison - getting ready for Gasparilla
  • Joe - What to do about Australia - it’s only 90 days away. Is it worth doing for two days?

What bonuses did we get?

  • Angie - Business Platinum, Bank Bonus, and Ink Unlimited
  • Allison - nothing
  • Joe - Business Platinum, but maybe another Business Platinum too?

Highlight feature: Festivus Airing of Grievances 2023

Festivus was created as an alternative to the pressures and commercialism of the Christmas holiday season. The sitcom Seinfeld put their own spin on it, including the airing of the grievances, which consists of each person lashing out at others and the world about how they have been disappointed in the past year. "I got a lotta problems with you people, and now you're going to hear about it!" 

We’ve had a lot of negative changes in the Award Travel world in 2023 (25 to be exact), but here are the program updates that impacted the community most:

  1.  MGM and Hyatt announce Breakup
  2.  British Airways Hikes Avios Awards on American and Alaska & United Makes Major Award Chart Devaluation
  3.  Citi Executive Card Changes (Higher fee, reduced AU benefit)

To see the full list of all 25 Program Changes, check out the AwardWallet Blog at 7PM Eastern/4PM Pacific.

Tip of the Week

Don’t procrastinate. As you can see from our review of 2023, things change all the time!! Earn and Burn baby!

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