More Travelers Using Frequent Flyer Miles for Hotels

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  1. sobore
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    http://www.sacbee.com/2013/04/01/5307791/more-travelers-using-frequent.html

    While most travelers still prefer to use their accrued frequent flyer miles toward additional airline travel, a small percentage have switched to using them for hotel stays.

    GO Airport Express, a Chicago-based ground transportation provider, conducted a survey of travelers in February of this year about frequent flyer miles usage and compared results with those from the same survey the company conducted last year.

    The biggest change, although by just two percentage points, was in the number of participants who use their miles toward hotels. In 2012, six percent reported doing so compared with eight percent in 2013.
    "While the percentage change in use of miles for hotels is small, in real numbers the uptick could be significant," says John McCarthy, president, GO Airport Express.

    Using miles for airline tickets is still the first choice, cited by 87 percent of respondents, which is down just one percentage point from last year's survey. Four percent still use miles for products. Charitable donations of miles have gone down slightly from just over one percent in 2012 to just under one half percent this year.

    GO Airport Express provides airport shuttles to and from O'Hare International Airport and Midway Airports, polled travelers nationwide. Almost 300 people responded to this survey and 380 participated in 2012.

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  2. Not very smart people in my opinion
     
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    And here I use my hotel points for miles sometimes... :) Gotta love SPG!
     
  4. RestlessLocationSyndrome
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    All depends on how many more people got Virgin Atlantic or Hawaiian miles from churn.

    Then of course there are people who tire of flying for work and would prefer close in vacations that may be drivable.
     
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  5. maybe that's when one trades with someone, giving equal value to each other. Then the efficiency of points usage remains.
     
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    Using Marriott MR points for the combined hotel and miles for award flights packages can be a good value, but transferring miles into hotel points or purchasing hotel nights from airline websites generally is not at all a good deal.
     
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    Can't go wrong with SPG!
     
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