Monthly Archives: June 2013

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Here’s the monthly update on current hotel promotions. There are very interesting promotions from IHG Rewards Club, Marriott & Ritz-Carlton. Hyatt still doesn’t have a global promotion for second month in a row, but launched targeted promotions for few stays .

There are so many different IHG Rewards Club promotions that I wrote IHG Rewards Club Summer 2013 Promotion Guide.

You can get cash back for most of your hotel bookings and you can read more about it here: Cashback for Your Hotel and Travel Bookings.

If I have missed any hotel points or rate promotions, just leave a message below or send me an email to john@loyaltylobby.com.

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This is the Compensation Clinic-series about troubles encountered during travels and problem (compensation) resolutions afterward. You can send me your horror and success stories by email and I will publish the best ones in the coming weeks.

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Here’s an email that I received from a LoyaltyLobby reader in the UK. He had had great troubles first with the hotel and then with the customer service to actually get the compensation delivered that he was promised. [click to continue…]

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Radisson chain is losing one of its Paris properties the Radisson Blu Ambassador hotel to Marriott on July 1, 2013. You still have today (June 30) to book it using Club Carlson points.

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Considering the current Marriott properties in Paris and their award categories, it is likely that Marriott Opera Ambassador hotel will open as category 8 (40,000 points per night) or category 9 (45,000) points per night. [click to continue…]

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Delta & Hawaiian Airlines frequent flier partnership is coming to an end. The last day to redeem miles is on July 31, 2013 (you can book up to a year in advance) and to earn on September 15, 2013. This is based on the information posted on Hawaiian’s HawaiianMiles website.

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Delta recently sorted their partner airlines to four categories and Hawaiian Airlines was on the last one with the least benefits for Delta frequent fliers. You can read more about that change here. [click to continue…]

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LoyaltyLobby reader forwarded me an email (you can always forward me emails that you receive from airlines & hotels) that he had received from Hyatt about the launch event of Hyatt Gold Passport’s and MGM Mlife’s program partnership in Las Vegas this July.

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Hyatt and MGM announced on June 5, 2013,  that starting on June 20 both Hyatt Gold Passport and MGM Mlife members would have reciprocal benefits at each others properties. You can read my piece about this partnership here. [click to continue…]

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Expedia Rewards just sent me an email about 3-month Expedia Elite Plus trial they had extended until September and offer to keep it until February, 2015, by booking 3 nights at any Vip Access Hotel.

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I recently booked twice one hotel in Bali and each time did a Best Price Guarantee to get $50 off of coupons for future stays. Then I used those coupons in Barcelona during the F1 week, when the hotel prices were through the roof. I also booked one dirt cheap hotel for a friend that week. [click to continue…]

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There was an article on Reuters yesterday (read it here) that was referring to a Russian publication Kommersant about Aeroflot’s preference of Star Alliance over SkyTeam due to unfavorable agreements with i.e. Delta.

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The article also states that some board member had said that it was unlikely that they would drop the alliance unless there was a political reason to do so. The board member also continues that the airline would likely join the Star Alliance that would help it to become more competitive. [click to continue…]

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InterContinental Hotels Group are readying to the introduction of the new IHG Rewards Club (just rename from Priority Club + some extras) on July 1st and have introduced some new design on the website.

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Currently, the Best Price Guarantee terms and conditions have reverted to the May 1, 2012 version from the October 22, 2012 one. You can find both at the end of the article. [click to continue…]

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Aeroplan is making some significant changes to its program starting in 2014. Aeroplan was originally founded by Air Canada in 1984 and partly spun off in 2005 by initial public offering. Air Canada’s parent sold rest of the Aeroplan in 2008. The company behind Aeroplan is called Aimia.

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Aeroplan has information about this change up on it’s website here. There is also press release from Aimia that has more detailed and financial information about this change that you can access here and shorter not as complete wire release here. [click to continue…]

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Hilton HHonors is about to launch their next promotion “Triple Your Trip” that is valid for stays between July 9 and September 30, 2013. You will receive double Hilton HHonors points for stays on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights and triple points for Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.

Edit (July 9): The registration for this promotion is now open and I have the list of non-participating properties available. See: Hilton HHonors Q3 2013 Promotion: “Triple Your Trip” Registration Now Open By Phone

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The registration for this promotion is required and you can do it at HHonors.com/Triple, once Hilton has the website up. There are properties that have opted out from this promotion, but I don’t have the list available yet. [click to continue…]

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SPG has a new offer for American Airlines AAdvantage members that stay at Aloft, Element or Four Points hotels in North America between June 1 and December 31, 2013, for 1000 bonus miles per stay and $10 F&B (food and beverage) credit.

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You must choose airline direct deposit and have American Airlines as the airline partner. You need to book SSBMILES rate offer to be eligible for the bonus miles. You can access SPG’s website for this offer here. [click to continue…]