The highlight of The Private Room is the cooked to order menu, which you can take in the dining room or anywhere else in the lounge you wish. Servers come around to take orders and see if there’s anything they can get for you to drink as well. Service is a plus in the lounge.
Five years ago a couple of commenters noted being asked to show their AAA card at hotel check-in when staying on a AAA rate. I have never seen this happen myself.
Later that year when AAA sent me a renewal notice with the card I asked readers whether I should just pocket that to show ‘just in case’ or actually pay for the membership, universally the sentiment was ‘you use the discount you pay for the membership.’
Years ago there was a story about former American Airlines CEO Bob Crandall having olives removed from first class salads, saving $40,000 a year. Small savings add up across all an airline’s flights and passengers. So carriers are often very careful about their pennies in catering.
In the spring of 2001 United replaced steak at lunch with gourmet cheeseburgers. Today’s inflight burgers on domestic airlines are much smaller and I find with lower quality meal. They keep figuring out ways to push the savings envelope farther.
Chase Sapphire Reserve is well known for top-line benefits like a signup bonus of 50,000 points after $4000 spend within 3 months, earning 3 points per dollar on travel and dining, a $300 travel credit, $100 Global Entry or TSA PreCheck credit, and unlimited visit and guest Priority Pass Select.
However there are myriad benefits that I’d bet existing cardmembers and those considering the card don’t know about.
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Several Hilton properties offering suites, premium suites, or club lounge access rooms for the points price of a basic award room.
Hotel programs have points that are on totally different scales from each other. Hilton points are inflated, so you easily start talking about tens and hundreds of thousands of points while Starwood and Hyatt points are earned more slowly but it takes fewer points for a comparable redemption.
That’s why I built a simple model for comparing hotel programs to tell how they compare offering rebates for your hotel stays. We can do something similar with credit card offers.
United doesn’t make very much business class award space availability on its longest flights or its flights operated with its new Polaris seats. Business class awards between the US and Tel Aviv, especially non-stop from the West Coast, are very much a unicorn.
Continental Airlines tried to take advantage of the uproar, committing to give members a window to take advantage of current rules if they ever tried to devalue.
The OnePass program, which covered Continental and Eastern, offered a “redemption guarantee.” If they ever increased the mileage price of awards.
I’ve gotten several questions about authorized users for the Chase Sapphire Reserve. Authorized user cards have an annual fee on this product because of the unique benefits authorized users receive.