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  • 120+ Hotel Brands Comparison and Equivalency Chart120+ Hotel Brands Comparison and Equivalency Chart January 19, 2017 The 10 largest international hotel groups currently maintain a collective total of over 120 hotel brands. Talk about overwhelming! The table below lists all 120+ hotel brands from the 10 largest international hotel companies. Comparable hotel brands are listed by…
  • Points Value Calculator: Airlines, Hotels, Rail, and Rental CarPoints Value Calculator: Airlines, Hotels, Rail, and Rental Car January 7, 2017 Use the calculator to determine how much your reward points or miles are worth for over 20+ airline, hotel, rail, and rental car travel providers. Once you (1) enter the number of points you have (enter a number greater than…
  • What Are Southwest Rapid Rewards Points Worth? January 2017What Are Southwest Rapid Rewards Points Worth? January 2017 January 26, 2017 Real World Machine values Southwest Rapid Rewards points at 1.5 cents (USD) each. By our calculations, this makes Rapid Rewards miles more valuable than Delta, United, JetBlue, or Alaska miles, equally as valuable as American miles, but less valuable than…
  • Value of One Point or Mile and Average Rebate for Airlines, Hotels, Rail, and Rental Cars: January 2017Value of One Point or Mile and Average Rebate for Airlines, Hotels,… January 3, 2017 Valuations include both the value of one point in a given rewards program and the rebate percentage, in points, for spending with over 20 airline, hotel, rail, and car rental rewards and frequent flyer programs.
  • What Are Delta SkyMiles Worth? January 2017What Are Delta SkyMiles Worth? January 2017 January 23, 2017 Real World Machine values Delta SkyMiles at 1.2 cents (USD) each. By our calculations, SkyMiles are less valuable than American, Southwest, or Virgin America miles, and equally as valuable as United and JetBlue miles.
  • What Is American Airlines Elite Status Worth? January 2017What Is American Airlines Elite Status Worth? January 2017 January 4, 2017 American Airlines’s AAdvantage program changed drastically in 2016 and 2017 and added a new elite status level, Platinum Pro, between the top-level Executive Platinum status and the mid-level Platinum status. American also started awarding AAdvantage miles based on airfare spending…
  • Which Hotel Chains and Brands Offer Free Dinner or Snacks and Evening Drinks?Which Hotel Chains and Brands Offer Free Dinner or Snacks and Evening… March 2, 2017 While 39 hotel brands offer a hot or complimentary breakfast to all guests, only 10 hotel brands offer complimentary food to all guests in the evening. Even fewer offer more substantive appetizers every day of the week.
  • How to Earn Elite Status with Credit CardsHow to Earn Elite Status with Credit Cards January 15, 2017 Many co-branded credit cards offer elite status in various frequent flyer and rewards programs for airline, hotel, rail, and rental car travel providers. Sometimes, card holders receive elite status simply for being a card member…this is especially true for co-branded…
  • What Is Hilton Honors Elite Status Worth? January 2017What Is Hilton Honors Elite Status Worth? January 2017 January 11, 2017 Started in 1987, the HHilton Honors program has evolved to its current incarnation with four elite status tiers and a number of benefits for frequent travelers. Hilton brands include: Hilton, Conrad, Waldorf Astoria, DoubleTree, Canopy, Curio Collection, Hilton Garden Inn,…
  • What Is JetBlue Elite Status Worth? January 2017What Is JetBlue Elite Status Worth? January 2017 January 8, 2017 Unlike most other U.S. airlines, the JetBlue TrueBlue program has only one elite status level: Mosaic. There are also no complimentary seat upgrades for elite members.
  • What Are JetBlue TrueBlue Points Worth? January 2017What Are JetBlue TrueBlue Points Worth? January 2017 January 25, 2017 Real World Machine values JetBlue TrueBlue points at 1.2 cents (USD) each. By our calculations, this makes TrueBlue points less valuable than American, Southwest, Alaska, or Virgin America miles, and equally as valuable as Delta and United miles.
  • How Much Is My Elite Status Worth?How Much Is My Elite Status Worth? January 7, 2017 How much is your elite status worth? Is your elite point bonus really that valuable? Do complimentary space-available upgrades sound more valuable in theory than in practice? Find out now how much your elite status is worth for given travel…
  • What Is Amtrak Elite Status Worth? January 2017What Is Amtrak Elite Status Worth? January 2017 January 2, 2017 Last year, Amtrak revamped its Guest Rewards program and switched to a revenue-based redemption system for points from the previous fixed-points-per-zone redemption model. Sleeper car accommodations now cost a lot more points (to the tune of 20,000+ more points in…
  • Hilton HHonors Becomes Honors on February 1; Five Other Major ChangesHilton HHonors Becomes Honors on February 1; Five Other Major Changes February 1, 2017 Hilton announced five major changes, plus a name change, for its loyalty rewards programs on February 1, 2017. The changes are an improvement for occasional travelers, but likely a devaluation for the road warriors.
  • What Is Southwest Airlines Elite Status Worth? January 2017What Is Southwest Airlines Elite Status Worth? January 2017 January 12, 2017 The Southwest Rapid Rewards program offers two formal elite tiers: A-List and A-List Preferred. While not technically a tier, you can also think of A-List Preferred + Companion Pass as the third and highest tier in the program. You quality…
  • What Are Marriott Rewards Points Worth? February 2017What Are Marriott Rewards Points Worth? February 2017 February 22, 2017 Real World Machine values Marriott Rewards points at 0.8 cents (USD) each. By our calculations, this makes Marriott points less valuable than Accor, Hyatt, Starwood, and Wyndham points, as equally as valuable as IHG points, and more valuable than Best…
  • What Are Hilton Honors Points Worth? February 2017What Are Hilton Honors Points Worth? February 2017 February 21, 2017 Real World Machine values Hilton Honors points at 0.6 cents (USD) each. By our calculations, this makes Honors points less valuable than Accor, IHG, Hyatt, Marriott, Starwood, and Wyndham points, as equally as valuable as Best Western points, and more…
  • What Is Marriott Rewards and Ritz-Carlton Rewards Elite Status Worth? January 2017What Is Marriott Rewards and Ritz-Carlton Rewards Elite Status Worth?… January 16, 2017 Following its 2016 buyout of Starwood, Marriott International became the largest hotel company by rooms in the world, with over 1.1 million rooms. The Marriott Rewards program and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) program still operate separately, but points can be…
  • What Are Alaska Mileage Plan Miles Worth? January 2017What Are Alaska Mileage Plan Miles Worth? January 2017 January 24, 2017 Real World Machine values Alaska Mileage Plan miles at 1.4 cents (USD) each. By our calculations, AAvantage miles are more valuable than Delta, United, JetBlue, or Alaska miles, but less valuable than Southwest or Virgin America miles.
  • Which Hotel Chains and Brands Offer Free Breakfast? Info for 130+ Hotel BrandsWhich Hotel Chains and Brands Offer Free Breakfast? Info for 130+… February 28, 2017 Why pay for breakfast when you’re on the road when you can eat for free? Check out our table for free breakfast information at 130+ hotel chains and brands, including (a) whether or not elite status is required, and (b)…