Bonus 15K Air Canada Aeroplan Miles for 20 Flights

Air Canada has a bonus offer for maximum of 15K bonus Aeroplan miles for 20 flight segments that are flown between January 14 and March 24, 2013. You need to register for this promotion.

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If you read the fine print, you will find that only expensive Flex and higher fares qualify for this bonus.

Up To 2500 Bonus Air Canada Aeroplan Miles for One Flight and One/Two Partner Transactions

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Air Canada Aeroplan seems to often have promotions that are tied to their travel partners. This time you can earn up to 2500 bonus Aeroplan miles after one flight activity (can be Air Canada or other Star Alliance carrier) and one or two other travel partner transactions.

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This promotion is valid until April 13, 2013, and you need to register for it.

Earn Up To 6000 Bonus Air Canada Aeroplan Miles on Fairmont Stays

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Fairmont has a new offer starting for Air Canada’s Aeroplan members. You can earn up to 6000 bonus Aeroplan miles for four stays between February 1 and April 14, 2013. You need to register for this offer here.

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The base number of miles that you earn is 500 for Club members, 750 for Premier members, and 1000 miles for Platinum members. These bonus miles should be in addition to these base miles per the wording of this promotion.

Up To 6000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles After 10 Nights At Starwood Hotels in Canada

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Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) has a new promotions for Air Canada Aeroplan members that stay at Starwood hotels in Canada. You can earn 3000 bonus Aeroplan miles after five nights and another 3000 bonus nights after five more nights for total of 6000 bonus miles for stays between January 14 and April 14, 2013. You can access this promotion here.

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Note that you do not have to change your SPG earning preference to miles. You can continue to earn Starpoints and take advantage of the current Power Up promotion. These Aeroplan miles are addition to Starpoints. All you need to do is to register your SPG account for this promotion and provide them with your Aeroplan number.

Triple Air Canada Aeroplan Miles at Accor Hotels Until April 15

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Accor has a new offer for Air Canada Aeroplan members. You can earn triple miles for all of your stays between January 1 and April 15, 2013, at all Accor hotels worldwide. You can access this offer here.

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There is no need to register for this offer, but you have to choose Air Canada Aeroplan as your preferred loyalty program and the miles will be deposited automatically after each of your Accor stay to your Aeroplan account.

Air Canada Rouge Coming in July 2013

Air Canada is introducing fourth brand Rouge next year to complement the current Air Canada, Jazz, and Rapidair brands. This new carrier is flying so called sun routes and secondary destinations not served by the airline starting in July 2013.

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The carrier has its own operational license and the flight attendants for the airline are working under different contract that those for Air Canada. According to the press release, the Rouge flights are flown by Air Canada cockpit crew, however.

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Rouge also announced yesterday the first destinations that the airline will start flying in 2013 in leisure market configured airplanes without business or first class.

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As the airline will start with only two Boeing 767 and two Airbus A319 airplanes, the frequency to destinations except Athens is about once or twice a week.

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The number of miles that you can earn on Air Canada’s Aeroplan program is very limited.

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Not sure if you can earn status or award miles on other Star Alliance member airline frequent flier plans if flying on Rouge. At least the rendered picture of the Rouge aircraft does have a Star Alliance logo that would imply that Rouge is part of the alliance.

Other airlines haven’t had much of a success with these airline within an airline brands. United’s Ted is long gone as is Delta’s Song. Singapore Airline and Cathay Pacific have both been successful with their Silk Air and Dragon Air regional airline brands.

Conclusion

Let’s just hope that this works for Air Canada. Their plan seems to be to dump the old Air Canada airplanes to Rouge once they get the brand new 787 deliveries in.

Air Canada Aeroplan Introduces Oneway Awards in North America, Caribbean and Central America?

Aeroplan has a separate award chart for one ways at a higher cost than half of a return trip. Now, awards in North America, The Caribbean and Central America are pricing at half of a round trip price.

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Aeroplan has not made any announcement about this change, so it could be permanent or a promotion. In either way, it is surprising that they haven’t made any announcements about this.

Here are few examples:

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Toronto to San Jose (Costa Rica) priced at half of a RT price of 20K Aeroplan.

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Montreal to Caracas priced at the One-way ClassicFlight rewards price of 34K Aeroplan (not half of RT).

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Calgary to Santiago de Chile also priced at the One-way ClassicFlight rewards price of 40K Aeroplan (not half of RT).

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Los Angeles to Newark on business class for 25K Aeroplan is half of a RT.

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Anchorage to Bermuda prices at half of a RT price of 20K.

Conclusion

It would be nice to know if this is a promotion or has Aeroplan decided to offer some one-ways at half of the round trip price. The latter wouldn’t be surprising.

Personally, I really prefer flexibility and rarely, if ever, book traditional return round trips. One-ways gives you greater flexibility to combine paid air/car/train and visit multiple destinations more easily without having to pay a higher award price.

I hope that this award pricing is here to stay and would extend outside of North and Central America.

Air Canada Aeroplan Conversion Offer of Up To 40,000 Bonus Miles

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Aeroplan is offering bonuses for converting points from partner programs. This offer is valid from November 19 to December 17, 2012. There is no need to register for this offer that you can access here.

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The number of bonus Aeroplan miles that you earn is dependent of the number of total converted miles. The bonus is from 20% to 27%.

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Note that only converting points from the following partners are eligible for the bonus offer.

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Does it make sense to convert from partner programs to Aeroplan?

It probably depends how you are using the miles/points on the partner programs and how familiar you are with the Aeroplan. Note that, although Aeroplan’s routing rules are rather relax, they charge very high fuel surcharges on many partner airlines.

Conclusion

This offer makes most sense for Air Canada Elite members or if you need to top up your Aeroplan account for an award.

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

Maximum 40,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles can be earned per Aeroplan Member. Bonus Aeroplan Miles will be issued by Aeroplan as follows: 1,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles will be deposited into the member’s account when the total Aeroplan Miles earned by converting points from any combination of eligible partner programs during the promotion is between 5,000 and 9,999 Aeroplan Miles; OR 2,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles will be deposited into the member’s account when the total Aeroplan Miles earned by converting points from any combination of eligible partner programs during the promotion is between 10,000 and 19,999 Aeroplan Miles; OR 4,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles will be deposited into the member’s account when the total Aeroplan Miles earned by converting points from any combination of eligible partner programs during the promotion is between 20,000 and 49,999 Aeroplan Miles; OR 10,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles will be deposited into the member’s account when the total Aeroplan Miles earned by converting points from any combination of eligible partner programs during the promotion is between 50,000 and 99,999 Aeroplan Miles; OR 25,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles will be deposited into the member’s account when the total Aeroplan Miles earned by converting points from any combination of eligible partner programs during the promotion is between 100,000 and 149,999 Aeroplan Miles; OR 40,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles will be deposited into the member’s account when the total Aeroplan Miles earned by converting points from any combination of eligible partner programs during the promotion is 150,000 or more Aeroplan Miles. Bonus offer valid only on conversions made between November 19 and December 17, 2012 (11:59 EST). POINTS.com: Aeroplan Miles procured via a Trade transaction with another member at Points.com are not eligible towards the conversion bonus threshold. BONUS MILE CREDITING: Bonus miles are credited 7–10 days following successful receipt by Aeroplan of a conversion transaction from the partner. Note that some partners may take up to two weeks to submit point-to-mile conversions to Aeroplan.

Hilton HHonors: Third Look at Airline Related Promotions for the Fourth Quarter

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Hilton HHonors is running number of airline related offers for double and triple miles during the months of November & December. None of these promotions are listed on Hilton’s own website, but rather were targeted for frequent flier members of participating airlines.

If I have missed any Hilton (or any other hotel or airline related promo), you can always just send me an email to john@loyaltylobby.com. Just forward the promo email that you received from the program.

These are normally called airline acquisition promotions. Frequent fliers tend to stay quite a few nights hotels as well and they are thus very important group for hotel programs to attract.

Note that you need to change your Hilton earnings preference to Points + Fixed Miles or Points + Variable Miles. The preferable option is dependent of the airlines program, hotel brand you are staying at, and the folio amount.

My personal favorite that I have already maxed out is the  Hilton’s promotion with Virgin Atlantic. I won’t have that many stays with Hilton this quarter. Five stays earns 15K bonus + 5K base Virgin miles. I will transfer these back to Hilton for 40K Hilton HHonors points.

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Hilton HHonors Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Bonus Offer – 15K Bonus Miles for 5 Stays

You can get bonus miles or points for American Airlines, JetBlue, United, US Airways or Virgin America for stays at Waldorf Astoria hotels. The bonus is based on nights and expire on December 31, 2012.

Waldorf Astoria: Nightly Bonus Miles & Points for American, JetBlue, United, US Airways and Virgin America

Conrad hotels are offering 1000 bonus miles per night for American Airways, United Airlines, and US Airways frequent fliers. Offer is valid until December 31, 2012.

Conrad Hotels: 1000 American, United, or US Airways Bonus Miles per Night

You can earn 250 Delta MQM’s and double SkyMiles for stays of 2 nights or longer between October 1 and December 15, 2012. This offer is available at select hotels.

250 Delta MQM’s and Double Miles for Stays of 2 Nights or Longer at Select Hilton Family of Hotels

Hilton is offering double airline miles for American, Aeromexico, AviancaTaca, MultiPlus(TAM) and United on select hotels in Latin America until December 31, 2012.

Double American Airlines, AviancaTaca, AeroMexico, TAM/Multiplus & United Airlines Miles in the Americas on Hilton Family of Hotels

Hilton is offering maximum of 15K bonus Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles for 5 stays. You can always transfer the bonus + base miles back to Hilton HHonors for total of 40K HH points. This promotion is valid until December 31, 2012

Hilton HHonors Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Bonus Offer – 15K Bonus Miles for 5 Stays

Hilton has a promotion with Miles & More (Lufthansa, Swiss, Austrian etc) for up to quadruple miles until December 31, 2012.

Hilton HHonors Miles & More Promotion for Up To Quadruple Miles

You can earn 4000 bonus Emirates Skywards miles on your second stay. This offer is valid until December 31, 2012.

Hilton HHonors Emirates Skywards Promotion – 4000 Bonus Miles on Your Second Stay

Hilton is offering double points for Air Canada Aeroplan members until the end of December, 2012.

Hilton HHonors Aeroplan Offer: Double Miles Until December 31

Double Qantas points (2000) for Hilton stays between November 1 and December 31, 2012.

Double Qantas Points (2000) at Hilton Properties Worldwide

Hilton is offering triple miles for number of Asian airlines frequent flier members. They have variation of the offer for Thai, Singapore, Korean, Asiana, Malaysia, and Cathay Pacific.

Triple Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus Miles at Hilton Hotels Worldwide

Triple Asiana Miles at Hilton Family of Hotels Worldwide

Triple Malaysia Airlines Enrich Miles for Hilton Stays Worldwide

Triple Korean Air Skypass Miles at Hilton Family of Hotels Worldwide

Triple Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Miles at Hilton Family of Hotels Worldwide

Triple Cathay Pacific Asia Miles with Hilton HHonors

You can earn up to 3000 bonus Avios (for BA Gold member) for a Hilton stay by December 31, 2013.

Up To 3000 Bonus Avios (British Airways) for a Hilton Family Hotel Stay

Conclusion

Make sure that you have chosen the correct double dip option (fixed vs variable) and have the airline as your preferred double dip airline partner.

Some airlines don’t participate to both fixed and variable miles. Also, Hampton Inn and Homewood Suites don’t always earn fixed miles at the full level. Home2 Suites brand earns even less. You have to check these by the airline.

I have already done the Virgin Atlantic and British Airways versions of these airline promotions. I am not planning to have more Hilton stays this quarter.

Top Hotel Promotions for November

The year is slowly coming to an end and we should start hearing about 1st quarter 2013 promotions later this month. Some of the current promotions expire at the end of November and some are valid right up to the new year.

I have already maxed out three of the following five promotions for this quarter. Still working on the Starwood and Club Carlson ones.

Yesterday, I made an updated post of hotel promotions for this quarter. Here are the five that I am taking advantage of and I think that you should too:

1. Marriott Rewards – Free night certificate after two stays for up to 3 certificates

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This is an excellent promo for free night certificates. Only drawback is the categories where they can be used (category 1 to 4). Very useful in the Asia/Middle East but not so in the Americas.

Please note that the registration for this promotion has ended. If you signed up for the promotion, you have until January 15, 2013 to complete the required stays. The free night certificates will post to your account.

Just pay attention that your Marriott stays actually post your account. I have one stay during the promotional period that hasn’t. I need to contact the Marriott customer service to have it posted and to get the last certificate.

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2. Hilton HHonors Virgin Atlantic Promotion for 15K Bonus Miles

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Hilton apparently doesn’t have Hilton HHonors point promotion for this month, but you can make your own by taking advantage of this Virgin Atlantic one. If you have FIVE stays at Hilton HHonors properties (no Hampton Inn, Homewood Suites, or Home2 Suites), you will receive 15000 bonus Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles in addition to 5000 base miles. You can transfer Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles then to Hilton HHonors points and you will receive 40000 Hilton points for 20000 miles.

The bonus miles will post within a day or two after your stay has posted. It will take couple of weeks before they hit your Virgin Atlantic Flying Club account. however. I have already maxed this promotion.

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3. Priority Club Promotions here and here

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There are number of promotions that you can always take advantage of. Some of these “unpublished” but I have listed them all here on LoyaltyLobby. I will do the Q4 stay promo combined with the Roles to Rooms. With other bonuses, I will earn in excess of 50K Priority Club points for 7 stays. You can do even better if you start with a “fresh” account. I have maxed this promotion already. You can also get up to 20% cashback that doesn’t affect eligibility to earn Priority Club points.

4. Starwood Better By the Night + IOS Bookings Bonus or Android Booking Bonus + Air Canada Aeroplan Bonus

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You can actually combine all these promotions. The Better By The Night is lackluster but ok when you make the hotel booking using SPG’s iPhone app for 500 extra points per stay. Starwood just launched their Android app and you can get 500 bonus points for making the booking using it as well. You can combine these two with the Aeroplan bonus of 5K miles for 5 stays.

You cannot “max” this promotion, but I am planning to do at leas the 5 stays to get the maximum number of Aeroplan miles.

5. Radisson Free Night Promo: Stay One Night, Get One Night

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You can get a free night award just for staying for a night by December 31, 2012 at any Radisson/Radisson Blu property in the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean. The free night award is valid until December 31, 2013.

The registration for this promotion have now ended. You still have time to do the required stay by December 31, 2012.

Conclusion

You should consider these five promotions that t, although I have already maxed three of them.

Hilton HHonors: Second Look at Airline Related Promotions for the Fourth Quarter

I have never seen so many different airline related bonus promotions that Hilton would have run simultaneously. You cannot find any of these listed on Hilton.com as they were targeted to various frequent flier groups. These promotions are, however, open to anyone.

My personal favorite that I will take advantage of is the Hilton’s promotion with Virgin Atlantic. I won’t have that many stays with Hilton this quarter so 15K VS points that I will transfer along with the base miles to Hilton for 40K HH for 5 stays.

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Hilton HHonors Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Bonus Offer – 15K Bonus Miles for 5 Stays

Here’s list of Hilton’s airline related bonus offer for the 4th quarter of 2012.

You can get bonus miles or points for American Airlines, JetBlue, United, US Airways or Virgin America for stays at Waldorf Astoria hotels. The bonus is based on nights and expire on December 31, 2012.

Waldorf Astoria: Nightly Bonus Miles & Points for American, JetBlue, United, US Airways and Virgin America

Conrad hotels are offering 1000 bonus miles per night for American Airways, United Airlines, and US Airways frequent fliers. Offer is valid until December 31, 2012.

Conrad Hotels: 1000 American, United, or US Airways Bonus Miles per Night

You can earn 250 Delta MQM’s and double SkyMiles for stays of 2 nights or longer between October 1 and December 15, 2012.

250 Delta MQM’s and Double Miles for Stays of 2 Nights or Longer at Select Hilton Family of Hotels

Hilton is offering double airline miles for American, Aeromexico, AviancaTaca, MultiPlus(TAM) and United on select hotels in Latin America until December 31, 2012.

Double American Airlines, AviancaTaca, AeroMexico, TAM/Multiplus & United Airlines Miles in the Americas on Hilton Family of Hotels

Hilton is offering maximum of 15K bonus Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles for 5 stays. You can always transfer the bonus + base miles back to Hilton HHonors for total of 40K HH points. This promotion is valid until December 31, 2012

Hilton HHonors Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Bonus Offer – 15K Bonus Miles for 5 Stays

Hilton has a promotion with Miles & More (Lufthansa, Swiss, Austrian etc) for up to quadruple miles until December 31, 2012.

Hilton HHonors Miles & More Promotion for Up To Quadruple Miles

You can earn 4000 bonus Emirates Skywards miles on your second stay. This offer is valid until December 31, 2012.

Hilton HHonors Emirates Skywards Promotion – 4000 Bonus Miles on Your Second Stay

You can earn 3000 Virgin Australia Velocity points per stay until October 31, 2012.

3000 Virgin Australia Velocity Points for Hilton Stays

Double Air Canada Aaeroplan miles until the end of 2012.

Hilton HHonors Aeroplan Offer: Double Miles Until December 31

Double Qantas points (2000) for Hilton stays between November 1 and December 31, 2012.

Double Qantas Points (2000) at Hilton Properties Worldwide

Conclusion

Hilton has numerous airline related promotions this quarter. You have to choose carefully the one that gives out the best return. In my personal case, it is the Hilton’s promotion with Virgin Atlantic. I will later transfer the points back to Hilton.

Hilton HHonors Aeroplan Offer: Double Miles Until December 31

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Hilton HHonors has a double miles offer at participating properties for Air Canada Aeroplan members as well. The double miles offer is valid until December 31, 2012 and requires registration.

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You have to choose between Fixed or Variable miles as your Double Dip-option and have Aeroplan as the partner. In case of Aeroplan, if your folio is in excess of$500, you are generally better off by choosing variable miles.

Note that you need to check carefully the list of participating properties for this promotion.

Conclusion

I would choose Aeroplan miles ONLY if you don’t participate to other frequent flyer plans and require Aeroplan miles.

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

To be eligible for this offer, you must (1) select Aeroplan as your preferred Double Dip® Points & Miles™ Partner in your Hilton HHonors™ account profile, (2) complete a minimum 1-night stay at a participating hotel or resort in the Hilton Worldwide portfolio from October 2, 2012 through December 31, 2012 (“Promotion Period”) and (3) register online at HHonors.com/Aerodouble prior to check out. You must be a Hilton HHonors member to earn points and miles for hotel stays. Member must select Points and Variable Miles or Points and Fixed Miles as their appropriate Double Dip® Earning Style within their HHonors profile.

Bonus Aeroplan Mileage (Variable Miles Member): Earn 2 miles for every U.S. dollar spent on a qualifying stay. There is no cap on the number of miles that may be earned under this earning style per stay. Bonus Aeroplan Mileage (Fixed Miles Member): For qualifying stays at Hampton by Hilton™, Homewood Suites by Hilton™ and Home2 Suites by Hilton™ hotels, earn up to 200 Aeroplan Miles per qualifying stay. For qualifying stays at Waldorf Astoria™ Hotels & Resorts, Conrad® Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton™, Embassy Suites by Hilton™, Hilton Garden Inn™ and Hilton Grand Vacations™, earn up to 1,000 Aeroplan Miles per qualifying stay.

There is no cap on the total number of miles that may be earned under either earning style during the promotion period. Please allow up to six weeks after the promotion had ended for miles to be credited to your account. Miles accrued and awards issued are subject to the terms and conditions of Aeroplan. ®Aeroplan is a registered trademark of Aimia Canada Inc.

Here’s the list of participating properties:

COUNTRY HOTEL NAME CITY
ANTILLES
Hilton Curacao Willemstad
ARGENTINA
Hilton Buenos Aires Buenos Aires
BARBADOS
Hilton Barbados Bridgetown
BRAZIL
Hilton Sao Paulo Morumbi Sao Paulo
BAHAMAS
British Colonial Hilton Nassau Nassau
CANADA
Embassy Suites Hotel Niagara Falls / Fallsview Niagara Falls
Hampton Inn Niagara Falls / At the Falls Niagara Falls
Hampton Inn Napanee Napanee
Hampton Inn & Suites Edmonton International Airport / Alberta Leduc
Hampton Inn by Hilton Hamilton / Brantford Brantford
Hampton Inn & Suites Halifax / Dartmouth / Nova Scotia Dartmouth
Hampton Inn & Suites Kitchener / Ontario Kitchener
Hampton Inn Ottawa Ottawa
Hampton Inn & Suites Red Deer Red Deer
Hampton Inn & Suites Windsor Windsor
Hampton Inn & Suites Moncton / New Brunswick Moncton
Hampton Inn Sydney Membertou
Homewood Suites by Hilton Sudbury Sudbury
Hampton Inn Sudbury Sudbury
Hampton Inn & Suites Toronto / Mississauga – South Toronto
Hilton Garden Inn Montreal / Centre-ville / Downtown Montreal
Hampton Inn & Suites Montreal / Dorval Dorval
Hilton Suites Winnipeg Airport Winnipeg
Hampton Inn & Suites Calgary / Northwest Calgary
Homewood Suites by Hilton Cambridge / Ontario Cambridge
Hilton Garden Inn Toronto / City Centre Toronto
Hilton Garden Inn Toronto Downtown / Ontario Toronto
Hampton Inn & Suites Toronto Airport Mississauga
Hilton Garden Inn Mississauga / Toronto Mississauga
Homewood Suites by Hilton Vaughan Vaughan
CHILE
Hilton Garden Inn Santiago – Airport Santiago
CHINA
Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund Shanghai
COLUMBIA
Hilton Bogota Bogota
Hilton Cartagena Cartagena
COSTA RICA
Hilton Papagayo Costa Rica Resort & Spa Guanacaste
Hilton Garden Inn Liberia Liberia
DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Fiesta Hotel Puntarenas / Costa Rica Puntarenas
DoubleTree by Hilton Cariari / San Jose Costa Rica San Jose
GERMANY
Hilton Garden Inn Stuttgart NeckarPark Stuttgart
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Hilton Santo Domingo Santo Domingo
ECUADOR
Hampton Inn Guayaquil / Downtown Guayaquil
EGYPT
Conrad Cairo Cairo
ETHIOPIA
Hilton Addis Ababa Addis Ababa
IRELAND
Conrad Dublin Dublin
JAMAICA
Rose Hall Resort / Montego Bay Montego Bay
MEXICO
Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort Los Cabos
Hampton Inn Ciudad del Carmen Campeche Ciudad del Carmen
Hampton Inn Chihuahua City Chihuahua
Hampton Inn Ciudad Juarez Ciudad Juarez
Hilton Garden Inn Tuxtla Gutierrez Tuxtla Gutierrez
Hilton Mexico City / Reforma Mexico City
Hampton Inn Guadalajara / Aeropuerto El Salto
Hampton Inn Guadalajara / Aeropuerto El Salto
Hampton Inn Monterrey Airport Monterrey
Hampton Inn Monterrey / Norte Monterrey
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Queretaro Colinas del Cimatario
Hampton Inn Queretaro Queretaro
Hilton Villahermosa Airport Villahermosa
Hampton Inn Ciudad Victoria Ciudad Victoria
Hampton Inn & Suites Tampico / Tamaulipas Tampico
Doubletree by Hilton Mexico City Airport Area Mexico City
Hampton Inn San Juan del Rio, Mexico San Juan del Rio
PANAMA
Hilton Garden Inn Panama City Downtown Ciudad de Panama
Condado Lagoon Villas at Caribe Hilton San Juan
PUERTO RICO
Caribe Hilton San Juan
Conrad San Juan Condado Plaza San Juan
El San Juan Hotel And Casino Carolina
El Conquistador Resort & Golden Door Spa Fajardo
Las Casitas Village & Golden Door Spa Fajardo
PORTUGAL
Conrad Algarve Palacio Da Quinta Algarve Palacio Da Quinta
EL SALVADOR
Hilton Princess San Salvador San Salvador
TRINIDAD
Hilton Trinidad & Conference Centre Port of Spain
UNITED STATES
ALABAMA
Hampton Inn & Suites Oxford / Anniston Oxford
Hampton Inn & Suites – Orange Beach / Gulf Front Orange Beach
ARKANSAS
Hilton Garden Inn Bentonville Bentonville
DoubleTree by Hilton Little Rock Little Rock
ARIZONA
Hampton Inn Phoenix / Anthem Anthem
Hampton Inn & Suites Phoenix Glendale / Westgate Glendale
Hampton Inn & Suites Phoenix / Goodyear Goodyear
Hampton Inn Lake Havasu City Lake Havasu City
Hilton Phoenix East / Mesa Mesa
Hampton Inn Phoenix / Glendale / Peoria Peoria
Hampton Inn & Suites Phoenix I-17 / Happy Valley Phoenix
Homewood Suites by Hilton Phoenix North I- 17 Phoenix
Hampton Inn Phoenix / Scottsdale @ Shea Blvd Scottsdale
Hilton Sedona Resort and Spa Sedona
Embassy Suites Tucson / Paloma Village Tucson
Doubletree Hotel Tucson Airport Tucson
Hampton Inn & Suites Yuma Yuma
CALIFORNIA
Hampton Inn & Suites Sacramento Laguna Elk Grove Elk Grove
Hilton Garden Inn Fairfield Fairfield
Hampton Inn & Suites Highland Highland
Homewood Suites by Hilton Lancaster Lancaster
Hotel Maya / a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Long Beach
Hilton Los Angeles / Checkers Los Angeles
Doubletree Hotel Los Angeles Los Angeles
Hampton Inn & Suites Merced Merced
Hampton Inn & Suites Palmdale Palmdale
Hilton Garden Inn Pismo Beach / San Luis Obispo County Pismo Beach
Hampton Inn & Suites Pittsburg Pittsburg
Hampton Inn & Suites Roseville Roseville
DoubleTree by Hilton San Diego Downtown San Diego
Fess Parker’s DoubleTree by Hilton Resort Hotel Santa Barbara Santa Barbara
Embassy Suites Hotel Lake Tahoe Resort South Lake Tahoe
Hilton Stockton Stockton
Hampton Inn & Suites Suisun City Suisun City
Hampton Inn & Suites Windsor / Sonoma Wine Country Windsor
COLORADO
Valdoro Mountain Lodge Breckenridge
Embassy Suites Hotel Colorado Springs Colorado Springs
Hilton Garden Inn Denver / Cherry Creek Denver
Embassy Suites Hotel Denver / Southeast / Hampden Avenue Denver
Hampton Inn & Suites Denver / Tech Center Denver
CONNECTICUT
Homewood Suites by Hilton Stratford Stratford
Hampton Inn Rocky Hill Rocky Hill
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Embassy Suites Hotel Washington / Convention Center Washington
FLORIDA
Embassy Suites Hotel Orlando / North Altamonte Springs
The Beach Club At Boca Raton Resort & Club Boca Raton
Boca Raton Resort & Club Boca Raton
Hampton Inn Miami Airport / West Doral
Homewood Suites Fort Meyers Airport Fort Myers
Hilton Garden Inn Fort Myers Airport Fort Myers
Hampton Inn Hallandale Beach / Aventura Hallandale Beach
Hampton Inn & Suites Fort Lauderdale / Hollywood Airport. Hollywood
Embassy Suites Hotel Orlando / Lake Buena Vista South Kissimmee
Hampton Inn & Suites Miami / Brickell-Downtown Miami
Conrad Miami Miami
Hampton Inn & Suites Miami / Airport South / Blue Lagoon Miami
Hilton Grand Vacations Club at South Beach Miami Beach
Hampton Inn Niceville / Eglin Air Force Base Niceville
DoubleTree by Hilton Ocean Point Resort & Spa / North Miami Beach North Miami Beach
DoubleTree Beach Resort by Hilton Tampa Bay / North Redington Beach North Redington Beach
Hampton Inn Orlando International Airport Orlando
Hampton Inn & Suites Orlando / International Drive North Orlando
Parc Soleil by Hilton Grand Vacations Club Orlando
Hilton Garden Inn Orlando Airport Orlando
Hilton Garden Inn Orlando / International Drive / North Orlando
Hilton Grand Vacations Club on International Drive Orlando
Hilton Grand Vacations Club at SeaWorld Orlando
Hampton Inn Panama City Beach Panama City Beach
Hilton Singer Island Oceanfront Resort Singer Island
Hampton Inn Titusville Titusville
Hampton Inn West Palm Beach / Florida’s Turnpike West Palm Beach
GEORGIA
Embassy Suites Hotel Atlanta / Alpharetta Alpharetta
Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta Airport / Millenium Center College Park
Homewood Suites by Hilton Savannah Savannah
HAWAII
Grand Waikikian by Hilton Grand Vacations Club Honolulu
Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa Honolulu
Hilton Grand Vacations Club at Hilton Hawaiian Village Honolulu
Hilton Waikiki Beach Honolulu
Hilton Waikoloa Village Waikoloa
Kings’ Land by Hilton Grand Vacations Club Waikoloa
Hilton Grand Vacations Club at Waikoloa Beach Resort Waikoloa
IOWA
Hampton Inn Des Moines / West West Des Moines
ILLINOIS
DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago / Arlington Heights Arlington Heights
Hampton Inn & Suites Chicago / Aurora Aurora
theWit Chicago / a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Chicago
Hampton Inn Chicago Theatre District Chicago
DoubleTree by Hilton Collinsville / St. Louis Collinsville
Hampton Inn Chicago / Naperville Naperville
DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago / Oak Brook Oak Brook
Embassy Suites Hotel Chicago / Schaumburg / Woodfield Schaumburg
INDIANA
Hampton Inn Elkhart Elkhart
Indianapolis North Hotel Indianapolis
KANSAS
Homewood Suites by Hilton Wichita Wichita
KENTUCKY
Hilton Garden Inn Louisville Airport Louisville
LOUISIANA
Hilton Garden Inn New Orleans / French Quarter New Orleans
Homewood Suites by Hilton Shreveport Shreveport
MASSACHUSETTS
Hampton Inn & Suites Berkshires / Lenox Lenox
Embassy Suites Boston / Waltham Waltham
Hilton Boston / Woburn Woburn
MARYLAND
Hilton Garden Inn Aberdeen Aberdeen
Hampton Inn Germantown / Gaithersburg Germantown
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Starwood’s “Better By The Night” 4th Quarter Promo Revisit

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Starwood’s “Better By The Night”4th quarter promotion is quite confusing. There are now 4 different points/miles earning opportunities embedded. I just went and registered for all of these and thought that it would be a good idea to write a piece explaining each of the components.

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1. Double points for one or two nights stays and triple points for stays of three nights or longer

This is the easiest part. You will get double or triple BASE points depending on the length of your stay.

2. Online (250 points) or iPhone (500 points) booking bonus

You will receive 250 bonus Starpoints for making the booking through SPG.com or 500 bonus Starpoints by booking using the SPG iPhone app.

3. FourSquare check in (250 points) bonus

If you link your SPG & FourSquare accounts and do virtual check in while staying in the property, you will receive additional 250 Starpoints per stay.

4. Air Canada Aeroplan bonus (1000 miles per stay) miles

You will receive 1000 Aeroplan miles per stay for up to five stays. This is in addition to the above bonuses and you don’t have to credit towards miles.

You can do registrations for the first three simultaneously but you need to remember to link your SPG and FourSquare accounts.

The Aeroplan offer requires a separate registration. You need your SPG and Aeroplan account numbers.

Here’s what SPG Platinum members can expect to earn on a $150 night that is booked at SPG.com:

300 Base points (2 points per dollar spend)

150 Platinum Bonus points (50% bonus)

500 Platinum Amenity points

300 Double points for the Better by the Night promotion

250 SPG.com online booking bonus

250 FourSquare check in bonus

1000 Aeroplan miles

= 1750 Starpoints + 1000 Aeroplan miles

If you use SPG branded Amex card to pay and use the iPhone app to book, you can earn even more points

Conclusion

At first, the SPG’s “Better By The Night” promotion appears underwhelming. It is actually quite ok if you can take advantage of all the side promotions.

Marriott Travel Packages

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Marriott Travel Packages are the best way to use Marriott Rewards points IF you need some airlines miles as well. These packages consists of 7 nights stay at a chosen category or tier (Ritz-Carlton & Marriott Vacation Club) hotel and set number of miles at various airline programs. You will also get a 25% coupon for Hertz rental that I have never been able to use as rates that are not discount eligible have always been a better deal.

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The reason why these are such a good deal is that you will get a nice chunk of airline miles in the process. You can collect airline miles on your Marriott stays but it is far better just continue crediting towards Marriott points and take advantage of MegaBonuses. Then, when you have enough points in your account to redeem for a Marriott Travel Package, you just issue one.

Marriott Travel Packages Levels
Marriott Travel Packages Levels

You can essentially “transfer” Marriott Rewards points at 1 to 1 level for airlines like United, US Airways, and British Airways.

Here’s an example of redeeming for cat 1 to 5 travel package + 120K airline miles

If we assume that you would use the 7 nights at category 5 property, it would cost you 25K per night but you would get the 4th night free. The number of points required would be 150K.

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The travel package at category 1 to 5 costs you 270K Marriott Rewards points. If we deduct the point value of the room part (150k), you “transfer” the 120K Marriott Rewards points to 120K airline miles.

Choosing the number of airline miles level

Each of the travel packages has four level for number of airline miles you would earn by redeeming a travel package. I would suggest that you go for the highest level if possible.

Upgrading the hotel category part of the travel package

If you redeem for a category 1 to 5 package and would later want to stay at the category 6 property, you can do this by paying the difference in points that is 30K. You need to call Marriott Rewards customer service and they can do it instantly.

Downgrading the hotel category part of the travel package

I always suggest that you should issue the travel package at the lowest category first if you are not sure how you are going to use it. You can always upgrade it.

But if you issued the package at the higher level that is required for your stay, you can always call the Marriott Rewards customer service and request them to downgrade it and get the difference in points deposited to your account.

Extending the hotel certificate

The hotel certificate that is deposited to your Marriott Rewards account is valid for 12 months after issuance. I have personally, however, been able to extend these more than twice. You need to contact the Marriott Rewards customer service to achieve this. I cannot guarantee that it will work for you, but it has for me.

Unable to use the hotel award

Try extending the award certificate. I have managed to do this few times. If they are not willing to do it, consider giving it away as the number of points you get back is not a lot. If you issued it higher than the lowest category level, downgrade it to the lowest level and get some points back to your account.

If you are not able to use it or give it away, you will get some points back for unused certificate and it is dependent and what mileage level you originally issued it.

Here are some values that you can expect to get back IF you need to redeposit unused hotel certificate from the travel package

Travel package with highest number of miles redeemed:
Cat. 1-5 : 10K points
Cat. 6 : 25K points
Cat. 7 : 40K points

Travel package with lowest number of miles redeemed:
Cat. 1-5 : 40K points
Cat. 6 : 55K points
Cat. 7 : 75K points

When to redeem

Some airlines like US Airways and American Airlines, which used to be a Marriott partner, tend to run promotions once in a while for transfer from hotel programs. They might give you a 35% to 50% bonus for miles transferred in. This is the time to redeem. I redeemed 3 or 4 travel packages when the partnership with American Airlines was ending and AA was offering bonus for points transfers. I made my first Million Miles status with AA with the help of Marriott.

Few of other tips

– You can use the ward certificate for less than 7 nights but you won’t receive any points back. Just do a reservation online for 7 nights and leave early. Otherwise, you can contact the Marriott Rewards and have them to make the reservation for you

– If there is a day in between that is not available for points, you can pay for it in cash. You need to arrange this with the Marriott Rewards customer service i.e. you stay at the hotel for 10 nights and use travel package for nights 1 to 3 and 7 to 10. You can pay for nights 4 to 6.

Marriott Travel Package: Hotel + Air Package 1

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Note that you will receive 50K, 70K, 100K or 120K miles in any of the participating airlines: Aeromexico, Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, British Airways, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, GOL/Varig, Hawaiian Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways or Virgin Atlantic

Marriott Travel Package: Hotel + Air Package 2

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Note that you will receive 35K, 50K, 70K or 85K miles in any of the participating airlines:

Aeroflot, airberlin, Air China, Air France/KLM, Alitalia, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Avianca-TACA LifeMiles, Cathay Pacific, China Eastern, China Southern, Emirates, Japan Airlines, Jet Airways, Kingfisher Airlines, LAN, Lufthansa Miles & More, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines  or TAP Air Portugal

Marriott Travel Package: Hotel + Air Package 3

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This package is reserved entire for Southwest. You will receive 50K, 70K, 100K, or 120K Rapid Reward points that are COMPASSION PASS QUALIFYING. If you redeem the highest package and deposit the points to Southwest, you receive a Southwest Companion Pass for a year.

Marriott Travel Package: Hotel + Air Package 4

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This package is for JetBlue TruBlue and Virgin America Elevate members. You will receive 25K, 35K, 50K, or 60K points.

Conclusion

IMHO this IS really the best way to use Marriott points IF you prefer getting a lot airline miles along the way. There are some drawbacks to this as well that I listed above and workarounds like extending the certificate for a year.

Here are the short terms and conditions of this award:

To redeem for a Hotel, Air & Car Package reward:
Contact the airline you will use as your carrier.  (You must be a member of their frequent flyer program.)  Inquire about the number of miles needed to travel from departure location to your destination and remember to take into account the number of people traveling in your party.

Once you know the number of miles needed, call
1-800-MARRIOTT to make your hotel reservation.  Make sure to inform the reservation agent that you are using a Travel Package Reward.

After your reservation is confirmed, you can complete the reward order over the phone or order online.

Reward Delivery Information

  1. Hotel certificate will be issued electronically and will be available at the hotel upon check-in.
  2. Airline miles will automatically be sent to your frequent flyer account.Please allow approximately 6 weeks for your miles to be posted to your frequent flyer account or contact your local Marriott Rewards office to inquire about express service (may include a fee).

    Miles will automatically transfer into the frequent flyer mileage account that matches the name on your Marriott Rewards account.  Once processed, airline miles cannot be transferred back to your Marriott Rewards account.

  3. You will receive a paper certificate for your Hertz rental.Please allow 10 business days for US delivery, 4 weeks for delivery outside the US, or contact your local
    Marriott Rewards office to inquire about express service (may include a fee).

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