Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: The downsides of hotel free night certificates. Also in the news: travel prices that are coming back to earth, if your airline miles and hotel pointes are worth less now, and a hotel kitchen that may not save you money after all.

The Downsides of Hotel Free Night Certificates
Free night certificates can be a major pain to use. You’re often better off pursuing hotel loyalty program points.

Travel Prices Are Coming Back to Earth
Falling prices and a strong dollar mean U.S. travelers could finally see some relief in the coming months.

Are Your Airline Miles and Hotel Points Worth Less Now?
The value of your points and miles is up slightly, but it may not be enough to keep pace with inflation.

A Hotel Kitchen May Not Save You Money After All
Look for other ways to cut food costs on trips, like planning no-cook meals or prioritizing free hotel breakfast.

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