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There seems to be a flash fare war brewing over the Atlantic. AA and BA were advertising Queen’s Jubilee two day sale and soon other carriers were matching as well. The last day to book these is today 17th of May.

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You can now find airfares to London on Virgin Atlantic, Air Canada, United Airlines, Delta, Air France, American Airlines, Iberia, and British Airways and probably on few others as well for less than $2K return in business class.

Most of these fares have relatively tight outbound window from North America to Europe, but the return can happen within the ticket validity/fare rules.

These $2K fares out from the eastern seaboard are not that common during holiday periods. They are, however, rare from the west coast.

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Aeroplan launched interesting Star Challenge last week where you can earn up to 16500 bonus miles by completing number of transaction using their partners. Different partners/transactions earn different number of stars. This promotion started on May 1st and ends on May 28th, 2012. The valid promotional period is really short.

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There is no need to register for this offer. It is valid for only Aeroplan members that have their account address in Canada. If you happen to reside somewhere else, but have a friend in Canada, it probably would be best to find out if you can use their address.

There are quite a few ways to earn Stars rather cheaply. I am sure that you can figure the ways by having a look at the partner list.

35 Stars will earn you 1500 bonus miles

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70 Stars will earn you 16500 bonus miles

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The number of stars earned is buried on the Terms and conditions of this offer.

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Earlier in the week, I wrote about offer from City & Accorhotels for instant Platinum status for the Le Club. This offer was discontinued few days later. There is another offer of 500 bonus points for playing Facebook game (doesn’t require Facebook account) and triple points until June 10th, 2012.

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Now Accor also has a promotion with Delta and Air Canada for 1000 bonus miles for a stay until the end of May. The terms and conditions would indicate that this offer is valid only ONCE, but then the same terms also refer to STAYS. To be on the safe side, I would assume that this offer is only valid once.

Here are the terms of the Delta SkyMiles offer:

1. This offer is valid every day for stays with check-in between 04/01/12 and 05/31/12 at participating Accor hotels.
2. In order to benefit from this bonus, the member must have activated Delta Air Lines and SkyMiles as the preferred conversion option ahead of the stay.
3. You must provide your Le Club Accorhotels loyalty card or member number when making your reservation, and present your card at the reception desk of your hotel when you check-in for your stay.
4.The bonus will be credited in Le Club Accorhotels points and converted ino SkyMiles according to the applicable conversion rule.
5. Reservations that include several rooms covered by the same member during his or her stay are only counted as one stay.
6. This offer may not be combined with other current offers or advantages and does not apply to groups.
7. This offer is subject to availability. General sales terms and conditions apply for reserved public rates specific to each hotel.
8. General A|Club terms and conditions apply to this offer.
9. A member can only benefit once from this offer between 04/01/12 and 05/31/12.
8. All SkyMiles program rules apply. To review the rules, visit delta.com/memberguide. Offers void where prohibited by law. Other restrictions may apply. Offers subject to change without notice.

Here are the terms of the Air Canada Aeroplan offer:

1. Between April 1st and May 31st, 2012 new and current A|Club members can earn 1,000 Aeroplan® Miles by staying at any eligible Accor hotel.
2. General A|Club terms and conditions apply to the “Earn 1,000 Bonus Miles with Aeroplan®” offer.
3. In order to benefit from this bonus, the member must have activated Aeroplan as the preferred conversion option ahead of the stay.
4. A member can only benefit once from this offer from 4/1/12 to 5/31/12.
5. The bonus will be credited in Le Club Accorhotels points and converted into Aeroplan miles according to applicable conversion rule.
6. ®Aeroplan is a registered trademark of Aeroplan Canada Inc.

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Hyatt announced today that they are discontinuing partnership with Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, Frontier, and US Airways on March 15th, 2012. You cannot earn miles based on your stay or exchange Hyatt Gold Passport with these partners after that date.

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It is always sad to see partners go because sometimes transferring miles from a hotel program is the best way to hit a promotional offer that airline partner is running i.e. US Airways. Discontinuance the partnership with Aeroplan is somewhat surprising considering that they were recently running a promotion.

Here’s the list of partner’s as of today:

Airline Partner You Earn
Aeromexico® 1,000 Kilometers
Aeroplan (Air Canada) 500 Miles
Air China 800 Kilometers
Air France / KLM 500 Miles
Alaska Airlines 500 Miles
All Nippon Airways 500 Miles
American Airlines 500 Miles
Amtrak 500 Miles
Asia Miles Airways 500 Miles
Asiana Airlines 500 Miles
British Airways 500 Points
China Airlines 500 Miles
China Eastern Airlines 800 Points
Continental Airlines® 500 Miles
Delta Air Lines® 500 Miles
Emirates 500 Miles
Etihad Airways 500 Miles
Frontier Airlines 500 Miles
Hawaiian Airlines 500 Miles
Japan Airlines 500 Miles
Jet Airways 500 Miles
Korean Air 500 Miles
LAN Airlines S.A. 1000 Kilometers
Lufthansa 500 Miles
Qantas Airways (600 or 1,000 Points)2
Qatar Airways 500 Miles
Royal Brunei Airlines 500 Miles
Singapore Airlines 500 Miles
South African Airways 500 Miles
Southwest Airlines® 600 Points
Thai Airways International 500 Miles
Turkish Airlines3 500 Miles
United Airlines® 500 Miles
US Airways® 500 Miles
Virgin Atlantic Airways 750 Miles

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It is time for February hotel promotion update. All the hotels have their promotions up and running again and some like Hilton and InterContinental Hotels Group have several concurrent promotions that you can take advantage of.

Carlson Hotels – Club Carlson

Club Carlson is offering triple points for all stays. Note that you will receive 2000 bonus points for online bookings.

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Club Carlson “Triple Points – Faster Nights” Promotion – Triple Gold Points Worldwide

Hilton HHonors

Hilton has the most promotions running that you can combine together. You should sign up for the two promos below. Even if you are Diamond with Hilton, you can still get 40K HH for four Hilton stays.

Register Your Visa and Get 1000 Hilton HHonors Points + 4000 Bonus for Spending $100

Instant Hilton HHonors Gold Status for Visa Infinite Card Holders + 40K HHonors Points After Four Stays (For All?

You can choose one of these airline promotions as your double dip earnings partner. My personal favorite still is BMI that would earn 1k per night and up to three nights regardless of the Hilton brand.

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Triple ANA and Double Emirates Miles for Hilton Stays Until March 31st

Airline Promotions for Air Canada Aeroplan, US Airways Dividend Miles, Lufthansa Miles & More and American Airlines AAdvantage

Earn 2012 Bonus Delta SkyMiles per Two Night Hilton Stay

These are the two main promotions for the time. More Points promotion for extra points for each nights and more for weekend stays, and free night certificates for longer resort stays.

Hilton HHonors 1st Quarter 2012 “More Points” Promotion

‘Resort Escapes’ Promotion – Free Night Certificate After Five Nights and Two After Ten Nights

Hyatt Gold Passport

Last month Hyatt didn’t have any promotions running besides the AA one that ended in the middle of the month. Hyatt’s latest promotion just started today. You can earn up to 44K extra points for 16 stays during the promotional period. That is extra 2750 Hyatt Gold Passport points per night.

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Hyatt Announced Spring 2012 Promo – Earn up to 44000 Bonus Points

InterContinental Hotels Group – Priority Club

The first promotion for double points starting from your second stay and the 5/7/15 stays for 5K/10K/15K bonus points are combinable. The first one runs until the end of April and the second until the end of March. Note that you need to choose the bonus after 5, 7, or 15 stays. If you don’t meet the threshold, you won’t get the associate bonus.

Priority Club 1st Quarter 2012 Promotion Announced – Double Points or Miles – 2X More

Priority Club Bonus Points Promo for 1st Quarter 2012

There is Anniversary bonus that you can combine with these two promotion. It is extra 1000 Priority Club points for every stay for 90 days after you register. Do not register before the date of your first stay to maximize the promotional period. The promotion code is 6102 and you need to register at http://www.priorityclub.com/register. Please note that I cannot guarantee if this specific promotion will work for your Priority Club account. It never hurts to try, right?

Marriott Rewards / Ritz-Carton Rewards

Remember that you can have only Marriott or Ritz-Carlton Rewards account. You cannot have both. You can, however, switch between accounts as often as you wish just by calling the rewards customer service.

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Ritz-Carlton Rewards – Earn Free Night Certificate After Two Stays Promotion

Note that you can only register for the MegaBonus or MegaMiles promotion. There are number of different MegaBonus thresholds. Pick up the ones that fits you best, and call the Marriott Rewards customer service if you need to switch your targeted promotion to something else.

Marriott Rewards Spring 2012 MegaBonus Announced – Few Variations of the Offer

Earn Up To 50000 Virgin America Elevate Bonus Points During Marriott’s MegaMiles Promotion

Marriott Rewards MegaMiles Promotion – Earn Up to 50K Bonus Miles

Starwood Preferred Guest

Starwood has two different promotions that are both exclusive. The Better By the Night is valid in the Americas, Europe, Middle East, and Africa. The list of non-participating properties is rather long. Note that this is NOT valid in the Asia-Pacific region that has their own promotion.

Starwood Preferred Guest 1st Quarter 2012 “Better by the Night”–promotion

Starwood Preferred Guest Asia Pacific Promotion

The following promotion is valid in the Asia-Pacific region for two free night certificates after 9 stays. Must use MasterCard to pay.

‘Two Days of Happy’ – Stay 5 Nights Get One Free Night Certificate – Stay 9 Nights Get Two Free Night Certificates – 4MCFN

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Hilton HHonors severed the relationship they had had with the Southwest and discontinued the ability to earn Rapid Rewards points from Hilton stays at the end of last year. To counter this change Hilton is having several promotions going on for double or triple miles with five airline partners. I have already written about the promotion with Delta for 2012 bonus SkyMiles for stays or two days or longer. The beauty of this promotion with Delta is that all the Hilton family of hotels are participating.

There are three other ongoing promotions that you can combine with these. The other promotions are Resort Escapes for free night certificates, More Points for extra points, and Visa Infinite promotion for instant Gold status and 40K HH after four stays.

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You can earn triple miles with US Airways Dividend miles, and double miles with Air Canada’s Aeroplan and American’s AAdvantage.  You need to designate the airline as the double dip partner and choose the variable or fixed miles.  With these airlines you really need to check the participating properties. The list is rather short.

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Now that Aeroplan has instituted fuel surcharges on most awards, they have announced a promotion for transferring points from partner programs that are converted to Aeroplan miles.  Depending  on the number of miles received after conversion Aeroplan is offering a 20% to 25% bonus. The maximum number of bonus miles per partner transfer is 25000. You can earn the maximum number from multiple partners. This offer is valid for transfers from November 21st, 2011 and December 12th, 2011.

Aeroplan Conversion Offer

Does it make sense to convert? Well, it depends. If you have something specific in mind redemption wise and don’t mind paying the fuel surcharges, it probably does. Air Canada’s Aeroplan still offers quite relaxed routing rules for awards issued using their points. If you happen to have 80000 Starwood Star Points they would transfer to 125000 Aeroplan miles using this promotion.

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Last week Aeroplan briefly introduced fuel surcharges for number of carriers before backpedalling and charging them only for flights on Lufthansa operated flights.

Today they tweeted about the upcoming changes in couple of weeks’ time. Now they are starting to collect fuel surcharges for quite a few different airlines. Surprisingly, even the Japan Airlines made the list even when they are Oneworld carrier.

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Over the past couple of days there has been chatter on frequent flyer message boards like FlyerTalk.com that Aeroplan had started unannounced to charge fuel surcharges on number of Star Alliance carriers. Aeroplan or actually Aimia, as the parent is now called, is a separate publicly listed company in Canada. Aeroplan had already for years collected so called fuel surcharges (YQ) on Air Canada metal flights.

The issue with fuel surcharges and “free” award tickets is a toxic one. Airlines love fuel surcharges as it makes them easier to change the fares, corporate discounts do not apply to these charges, they don’t have to pay travel agent commission on these charges, and most importantly they try to charge them on award tickets as well. [click to continue…]

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Now it is a good time to get in some Hyatt stays when the Hyatt has two overlapping promotions; 2500 Aeroplan miles per stay and 5000 Hyatt Gold Passport points for every three nights.

The Aeroplan promotion runs until the end of September and the Hyatt points promotion until the November 15th.

You can use Aeroplan, Air Canada’s loyalty program, miles to book travel on wide variety of carriers as the carrier belongs to Star Alliance.

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