Podcast 84. What’s New in 2024: Essential Updates in Points and Miles You Need to Know


The world of points and miles is always changing! But we’ve got you covered and are about to catch you up to speed! Join us, Pam, Jess, and Alex, as we dive into the significant updates that have swept through the travel rewards scene in 2024. From complex credit card rules to unexpected shifts in hotel affiliations and lounge access, we’re unpacking everything you need to know to stay ahead in the points game.

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We’ll explore the new twists in Amex card eligibility that could impact your strategy for accruing points, and discuss the surprising changes in hotel partnerships that might influence where you book your luxury stays. Plus, we’re breaking down the latest updates in lounge access—some of which might actually improve your time at the airport!

Whether you’re plotting your next escape or just dreaming about those plush, first-class seats, this episode is packed with essential tips and a healthy dose of humor to guide you through the latest developments in the world of travel rewards. Ready to get the full scoop? Hit play to listen to the entire episode and navigate the ever-evolving landscape of points and miles with your favorite Travel Mom Squad!

PS—If you are new here…your next big trip might just be a few points away! 🙂 Get started now and learn how to travel nearly free by following the links below.



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Episode Minute By Minute:

  • 0:00 Introduction to major changes in the points and miles world in 2024.
  • 1:06 Overview of changes to Amex personal cards’ eligibility rules.
  • 2:46 Discussion on the strategic use of Amex cards to maximize benefits.
  • 5:28 Changes to Delta personal cards and their impact on strategy.
  • 8:32 Shifts in partnerships with boutique hotel brands like Mr. and Mrs. Smith.
  • 13:06 The impact of losing Small Luxury Hotels from Hyatt to Hilton.
  • 18:52 Updates to Global Entry cost and its effect on families.
  • 24:49 Changes to lounge access privileges for various credit card holders.

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