We'll begin today with a free tip. If you're hoping to fall asleep at a reasonable hour while combatting jet lag, be sure not to have a strong espresso and rich chocolate dessert immediately beforehand. With that in hand, I now present the most useful and actionable travel news of the day...

50% Off Hilton Japan + Korea Hotel Sale...

Hilton has been enjoying their flash sales in Japan and Korea and their back again with very attractive rates (in extremely expensive markets). Luxury hotels in Japan regularly run north of $500 per night and these sales represent excellent opportunity to curb your costs without your comfort. Full details can be found HERE.

Triple British Airways Avios On All BA Fares!

British Airways is out with a wonderfully attractive promotion, offering triple Avios, which are redeemable airline miles, on all British Airways fares (anywhere) and all transatlantic fares on British Airways, American, Finnair and Iberia. You must book and fly between September 6th and December 11th (previous booking are excluded) and you must register HERE. Through the promotion, a discount business class fare would earn 450% of the miles flown, before any elite status bonuses. Basically, you'll earn a ton of miles, and even basic economy fares will earn 75% miles instead of 25% miles before any bonuses. Register HERE.

What's The Point Of Loyalty?

Though I'll cover it in greater length at another time, the operating thesis here is that as airlines unbundle and devalue, there's less benefit to loyalty. Credit cards now offer many of the top airline perks, some of which you can use on multiple airlines or airport lounges. Hotels require you to book direct, forcing you to occasionally miss the best rates. I no longer value loyalty over convenience. If the best schedule and price fits my airline alliance preference, I take it, if it doesn't, I take my business elsewhere. The value in paying "extra" is dwindling...