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- Few “huge” offers. The public 75,000 and 100,000 point sign-up bonus offers were few and far between. More and more of them have become targeted for new card members.
- Few mattress-run worthy hotel promotions. There were no Club Carlson 50k or Hyatt Faster Free Night offers that made it worth your time and money to get some extra hotel stays.
- Introduction of revenue requirements for airline elite status. Some airlines like United and Delta announced revenue requirements for elite status that will kick-in for 2014. Some have called this the “death of the mileage run”.
- Award chart devaluations. We saw devaluations for SPG cash and points chart, Hilton, Hyatt, United, and more either implemented or announced devaluations in 2013. This happens to a degree every year, but 2013 saw more than its fair share.
- US Airways and American Airlines merger. The effects of this will hit more in 2014, but fewer opportunities to earn and redeem miles is a bad things for mileage junkies. There will be some upsides to this merger, but on the whole this is likely bad news for most of us.
- Missing mistake fares. I know I’m not the only one that is kicking myself for missing out on some of the killer mistake fares this year!