Here are a few news items regarding miles and points from this past week:
Free In Room Wi-Fi For All Marriott Rewards Members
Beginning January 15, 2015, Marriott Rewards will offer free in-room Wi-Fi to all Marriott Rewards members who book directly on Marriott.com, Marriott’s mobile app, 1-800 MARRIOTT, or through a Marriott hotel. Members who book on a 3rd party websites will not receive the free in-room wi-fi. For more information and a list of non-participating hotels visit marriottrewards.com/freeinternet.
American Airlines and US Airways Merger News
American Airlines and US Airways sent out emails this week about the combining of their loyalty programs. The two programs will be combined in the second quarter of 2015 and no changes have yet been made to their award charts.
First Year Annual Fee Waived on British Airways Visa Signature Card
The British Airways Visa Signature card is still offering a 50,000 signup bonus but is waiving its annual fee for the first year. Normally the annual fee is $95 (including the first year). This is a fairly easy way to earn 50,000 British Avios points which are great for short economy flights on AA, US Air and Alaska Air as well as other members of oneworld. I signed up for this card over a year ago when Chase was previously waiving their first year annual fee.