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What Are Southwest Rapid Rewards Points Worth? January 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 Virgin America miles. Continue reading

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What Are JetBlue TrueBlue Points Worth? January 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. Continue reading

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What Are Alaska Mileage Plan Miles Worth? January 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. Continue reading

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What Are United MileagePlus Miles Worth? January 2017

Real World Machine values United MileagePlus miles at 1.2 cents (USD) each. By our calculations, MileagePlus miles are less valuable than American, Southwest, Alaska, or Virgin America miles, and equally as valuable as Delta and JetBlue miles. Continue reading

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Hilton Worldwide Announces Tapestry Collection Launching Fall 2017

Hilton Worldwide announces the launch of the Tapestry Collection in Fall 2017. It will be made up of a collection of existing independent hotels and will be one step below Hilton’s existing Curio Collection. Continue reading

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What Are Delta SkyMiles Worth? January 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. Continue reading

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What Are American AAdvantage Miles Worth? January 2017

Real World Machine values American AAdvantage miles at 1.5 cents (USD) each. By our calculations, AAvantage miles are more valuable than Delta, United, JetBlue, or Alaska miles, equally as valuable as Southwest miles, but less valuable than Southwest or Virgin America miles. Continue reading

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Should I Buy Hilton Honors Points with the 80% Bonus Through February 17, 2017?

Hilton Honors is currently running a promotion where you receive an 80% bonus on any 5,000+ Honors points you buy from now through February 17, 2017 in 1,000-point increments. You can buy a maximum of 144,000 points (80,000 + 64,000 … Continue reading

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120+ Hotel Brands Comparison and Equivalency Chart

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 row-by-row. Continue reading

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What Is Marriott Rewards and Ritz-Carlton Rewards Elite Status Worth? January 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 exchanged at a rate of 3 Marriott points to 1 SPG point. You can also match Marriott/Ritz-Carlton status to SPG status and vice-versa. Continue reading

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