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Happy Saturday! As I usually try to do on Saturdays, let’s hop right to the points so you can get back to enjoying your weekend!
New Higher TSA Fees on Monday:
We are all probably used to the TSA fees of $2.50 each way for nonstop flights, and $5 each way for trips with connections via the “9/11 Security Fee”, but starting in two days the fees are going up – note that this even impacts award tickets. The fees are increasing to $5.60 each way for both nonstop and connecting flights. If your flight has a layover of four hours or more on a domestic flight or 12 hours or more on international flight then there will be a $5.60 fee for each leg. This isn’t a big difference in some cases, but it can add up for a family traveling on a trip that involves longer layovers. To avoid the fees as long as possible lock in tickets you need before Monday.
View page 6 here for some official examples of how the fees would be implemented on various types of itineraries.
Kimpton Revamps Their Reward Program:
While I don’t write about Kimpton very frequently, I have enjoyed all of my stays at Kimpton hotels, so want to mention that this week Kimpton revamped their InTouch program into a new Kimpton Karma program. Via the new program “members may be recognized for things like attending wine hour, mentioning an individual hotel or restaurant on social media or dining at one of Kimpton’s 66 restaurants, bars and lounges, to name a few.”
The changes don’t look like they will impact infrequent Kimpton guests very much – and may even help them some with new perks at the lower levels. Scott at Hack My Trip is a fairly regular Kimpton guest and has a good post on the changes.
Last Day to Enter $250 M Life Gift Card Giveaway:
Finally, today is the last day to enter the giveaway I am running to give away a $250 M Life gift card you can use toward stays, dining, and other activities at hotels such as Bellagio, Mirage, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, ARIA, and more! This gift card was provided by Hyatt to celebrate their new “Make Vegas Yours” website that has tons of pretty fun info and tips for stays at M Life hotels in Las Vegas!
Have a great weekend!
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