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Travel Changes That Will Affect You in 2014

By Wendy Perrin - 2014-01-03T17:02:51Z

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The Death of Loyalty

With only three major U.S. airlines for international frequent fliers to choose among, and with planes so full, airlines don’t need our loyalty nearly as much as they did back when they started their loyalty programs. And so in 2013 they made sweeping changes to those programs, drastically devaluing their miles and making it tougher to earn free flights. Hotels did the same, drastically devaluing their points and making it tougher to earn free nights. The only way to win the loyalty game nowadays is through credit cards that offer big sign-up mileage bonuses and double or triple points when you spend. Holiday shopping through airlines’ online shopping portals offering bonus miles helps too.

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