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Hilton HHonors has had very popular MVP rate for years that offers 20% off at participating properties in the Americas (Canada, United States, Brazil, Mexico etc.), Hawaii and the Caribbean while being eligible for all the status benefits and stay/night credits + points.

Hilton HHonors MVP Rates

The rate rules used to only require Hilton HHonors number to be eligible to use it. Some properties now require the person using the rate to have sport affiliation (of any kind). First the rate used to be only bookable using specific corporate rates codes and later Hilton made this rate bookable only on specific MVP website that has now been disabled. [click to continue…]

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Cathay Pacific has extended their redemption option of redeeming miles for lounge access to all their worldwide locations, allowing non status Economy Class passengers to enjoy the facilities.

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Previously this was only at option for the Hong Kong but now it has been rolled out to the entire network of Cathay Lounges including an instant redemption option at the lounge desk. [click to continue…]

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SPG releases its weekly Hot Escapes every Wednesday. This is a selection of hotels around the world that are discounted anywhere from 20% 15% (sometimes up to 70% off) + they offer an additional 5% off for SPG members.

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The hotel listing has the lowest member prices for the next 6 weeks. The availability and the price can vary from date to date. [click to continue…]

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Los Angeles Times was reporting (access here) that Marriott has made a chainwide decision that religious material (the book of Mormon and Bible) are no longer mandated to be stocked at Moxy and EDITION brands.

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Marriott has been the only global hotel operator that has been pushing all their properties to include these two books at properties outside of the Muslim countries. [click to continue…]

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IHG Rewards Club has now sent out a proper email to clarify the one sent to couple of weeks back titled “Member booking update” that caused more confusion than clarity. I have covered that issue on my recent posts here, here, here and here.

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This new email “Notification of Membership Policies” that was sent out to members in Greater China this morning is the one that should have been sent out in the first place. It clarifies the issues that IHG tried to (mis)communicate on the previous one. [click to continue…]

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Another week of our regular series Whine Wednesday and today we talk about Bathroom Amenities available at hotels that many properties have now changed to an ‘On Request’ option.

ww-amenitiesUsually full service hotels (especially in the 4-5 Star range) provide a full range of bathroom amenities but more and more properties lay out less of these products nowadays. [click to continue…]

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Here’s a comprehensive look at the December 2016 promotions from all major hotel loyalty programs. Remember to forward me offers by email that you receive from airline and hotel loyalty programs.

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We should soon start learning about the offers for 2017. There are quite a few chains now that don’t have promotions going on. [click to continue…]

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The Justice Department today approved Alaska Airlines’ purchase of Virgin America that was announced back in April (JetBlue was the other bidder that lost).

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Alaska must scale back its codesharing with American Airlines for the deal to be approved. This will reduce American Airlines coded pasengers on Alaska’s flights by half. The deal doesn’t have affect on Alaska’s partnership with Delta. [click to continue…]