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The travel world is evolving faster than ever as traditional systems meet the digital world, where almost every piece of information is a click away. With such easy access, brands are moving at a fever pitch to capture our imaginations, wallets and points. Today we have a major hotel chain changing the amount of points needed for certain stays, an airline looking to offer you upgrades and so much more. Here are the most important stories in travel today…

Singapore Airlines Introduces Bidding For Upgrades…

Singapore Airlines has just announced mySQupgrade, it’s new bidding system to score a seat in the next cabin. For now, the bidding can only get you from economy to premium economy, though they say full scale roll out will follow shortly. There are situations where an upgrade auction can represent savings versus just buying the next cabin, but be sure to check the price of premium economy versus regular economy beforehand, so you know what the difference in price is, so you don’t over pay. Let’s hope they move on to business! As a reminder, buying Singapore Airlines Premium Economy is the best strategy for using miles to fly business class

Hyatt Jumbling Categories That Determine How Many Points You’ll Need…

Don’t worry, it’s mostly not bad news at all. Hotels decide how many points you’ll need for a free night by placing their properties into categories. Hyatt ranks theirs from 1-7, with seven being the highest end, and one being the most basic. In the past Hyatt, has thrown lots of higher end most desirable hotels into higher categories, raising the amount of points needed for a night, but in this case, they focused on lower end properties bringing many category 1’s to category 2 or 3. Nothing major. OneMileAtaTime has a full report

Buy One Get One Free Flights To Cuba

Silver Air (no, you’re not wrong, I had barely heard of them too) were one of the first airlines approved to offer flights to Cuba. In an attempt to corner the market, beating larger more known airlines, they’re offering a fairly lucrative promotion for those who plan to visit the country more than once, where you essentially get free round trip after you purchase and fly a round trip. Full details HERE.

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