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Starwood Has Problems Sending Out Lifetime Platinum Kits? (Perhaps Marriott Sends Me Book Of Mormon Instead?)


Back in late April, I qualified for the lifetime SPG Platinum status after 10 years of Platinum status with the program and more than 500 nights. I wrote about this at the time (access here).

SPG Lifetime Kit

SPG sends lifetime Platinum members supposedly a nice package with metal card and a map that shows all the destinations that one has been to. The reason why I use word “supposedly” is that Starwood has now unsuccessfully sent it to my address in Finland. Whether they have actually dispatched it or not, who knows.

Finnair Plus 2,000 Bonus Points For A Flight September 1 – November 30, 2017 (Purchase August 1 – 30)

Finnair Plus is offering 2,000 bonus Finnair Plus Plus points for Le Club AccorHotels members that take Finnair flight between September 1 – November 30, 2017, that is booked in August.

Le Club AccorHotels Finnair Plus

The reason for this weird promotion is that one can convert Finnair Plus points to Le Club AccorHotels ones and vice versa. There is no need in reality to be Le Club AccorHotels member to earn these bonus Finnair Plus points, however.

Uber Customer Service Hell (All Payments Get Declined By Uber)


Over the years, I have written about Uber numerous times here on LoyaltyLobby.  For the most part, I have been a proponent of their services and how they have streamlined transportation in many previously difficult cities around the world.

Uber Customer Service Hell

The service has always been controversial. It has expanded to markets without having regulatory approvals first hoping that quick acceptance by consumers would eventually lead to clearance by authorities as well.

Qatar Airways Privilege Club 500,000 Qmiles Promotion August 1 – March 31, 2018 (Requires All FIRST Destinations)

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Qatar Airways has launched a new Privilege Club promotion for 500,000 Qmiles for taking all flights to/from new destinations between August 1 – March 21, 2018.

Qatar Airways Privilege Club 500,000 Qmiles August 1 - March 31 2018

You have to be on the FIRST flight TO the new destination or FROM the new destination back to Doha.

Le Club AccorHotels Worldwide Up To 50% Off Private Sales August 2, 2017

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Le Club AccorHotels runs Private Sales in Europe, Australasia, Middle East & South America weekly unless there is a global Super or Private Sale going on.

Le Club AccorHotels Worldwide Private Sales Augus 2 2017

Le Club AccorHotels revamped these Private Sale pages few months back and seems that content is gone from some while still available on others.

IHG Rewards Club 5,000 Bonus Points For A Stay By September 30, 2017 (Targeted)


The other day, I wrote about 10,000 bonus points offer for a stay (read more here). Seems that IHG Rewards Club has launched similar offer but for 5,000 bonus points as well.

IHG Rewards Club 5,000 Points For A Stay Within 90 Days

Member that register for this offer and stay by September 30, 2017, will earn 5,000 bonus points independently of any other potential offer such as accelerate.

Starwood Best Rate Guarantee Changes Effective August 2, 2017

Starwood has the Gold standard when it comes to the Best Rate Guarantee programs in the hotel field.

SPG Best Rate Guarantee Update

They don’t care about the currencies, whether it is advance/best flexible and you can even file when there is no availability on Starwood’s website while third party sites continue happily selling rooms.

British Airways Potential Mixed Fleet Strike August 16 – 30, 2017 (Both Dates Inclusive)


British Airways trade union representing Mixed Fleet flight attendants has given the airline two weeks notice that they intend to strike for additional two weeks between August 16 – 30, 2017 (both dates inclusive). This would be 12th strike since the dispute began in 2016.

BA Strikes

Mixed Fleet consists of around 2,900 flight attendants that work both on short and long-haul routes out from London’s Heathrow airport.

Hilton Honors United Airlines Up To 5,000 MileagePlus Miles July 21 – October 30, 2017

Hilton Honors has launched new bonus miles campaign for United Airlines MileagePlus member stays between July 21 – October 30, 2017.

Hilton Honors United Airlines MileagePlus Up To 5,000 Miles Per Stay July 21 - October 30 2017

MileagePlus members can earn 1,000 bonus miles per night for up to 5,000 during the promotional period. Minimum stay is two nights.

Le Club AccorHotels South America Double Points August 1 – September 30, 2017

Le Club AccorHotels has launched new double points offer for stays in South America between August 1 – September 30, 2017.

Le Club AccorHotels South America Double Points August 1 - September 30 2017

Members who register for this offer and book stay minimum of two nights earn double points. The valid booking dates are August 1 – 28.

Earn Up To 45,000 Free Marriott Rewards Points Per Year!


Marriott Rewards has had #MRPoints program for couple of years that has allowed members to earn up to 2,500 points every year by engaging with Marriott Rewards on Twitter and Instagram.

Marriott Rewards #REWARDSPOINTS

The name of the program is changing to #RewardsPoints and the annual limit has been raised to 45,000 points (basically free night up to category 9 property).

Starwood Thailand, Vietnam & Cambodia Up To 35% Off Sale For Stays Through December 20, 2017 (Book By August 13)

Starwood has today launched new up to 35% off Limited Time Sale for stays in Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia through December 20, 2017, that must be booked by August 13.

Starwood Thailand Vietnam Cambodia Up To 35 Percent Off Sale

The discount for non-members is capped at 30% and members are eligible for an additional 5% off.

Hilton Honors Europe, Middle East & Africa Up To 25% Off Summer Weekends Sale For Stays Until October 8, 2017

Hilton Honors launched back in June their traditional up to 25% off Summer Weekends Sale, although at least hotels in Finland were offering 30% off rates.

Hilton Honors Europe Middle East & Africa Summer Sale

The sale is valid for weekends nights (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) for stays until October 8, 2017, in UK and Europe, Middle East & Africa (weekend is defined as Thursday, Friday and Saturday in the Middle East).

British Airways Mixed Fleet Strike August 2 – 15, 2017 (Both Dates Inclusive)

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British Airways is facing it’s umpteenth strike by the Mixed Fleet flight attendants (their previous one just ended). Their current strike is for two weeks between August 2 – 15, 2017 (both dates inclusive).


Mixed Fleet consists of around 2,900 flight attendants that work both on short and long-haul routes out of London’s Heathrow airport.

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