British Airways Gold Member Club Europe First Row Seating For Companion Too? (YES!)

On Saturday, I saw comments on a Facebook group that someone had published a piece that British Airways would supposedly no longer allow Gold members to choose first row seat on Club Europe for their companion.

British Airways Seventh Mixed Fleet Strike March 3 - 9, 2017

As I am a British Airways Gold (GGL in fact), I decided to check what was going on with BA and made a purchase on Expedia for one-way business class ticker for two from London to some European city (Expedia allow easy cancellation even on non-cancelable fares).

Le Club AccorHotels Up To 6,000 Bonus Points For Three Stays Between October 3 – December 31, 2017 (Book September 19 – October 22)

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Le Club AccorHotels has launched their latest global promotion for up to 6,000 bonus points requiring three stays.

Le Club AccorHotels 6000 Bonus Points Fall 2017

The offer is valid for consumed stays between October 3 – December 31, 2017, that are booked September 19 – October 22.

Compensation Clinic: China Southern Flight Delay Ex-Europe & EC 261/2004 Compensation (AMS-CAN-SYD)

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This week the Compensation Clinic-case comes from a Reader Question that I covered here on LoyaltyLobby back in March (read more here).

China Southern

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Marriott Rewards South Africa 25% – 30% Off + 1,000 Bonus Points November 1 – January 23, 2018

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Marriott Rewards has launched new rate promotion for stays in South Africa during the Southern Summer that comes with 1,000 bonus points per stay between November 1 – January 23, 2018 (mostly weekend nights).

Marriott Rewards South Africa Up To 30 Percent Off + 1,000 Bonus Points November 1 - January 23 2018

Marriott Rewards members must book this rate plan minimum 30 days in advance and the discount is 25% to 30% depending on the stay date at all Protea and Africa Pride Hotels.

Ryanair Canceling Flights Affecting More Than 300,000 Passengers Over The Next Six Weeks

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Ryanair has found itself in trouble this week after the airline was found misscheduling pilots’ vacation time and need to bring this inline before the end of the year.

Ryanair

The airline needs to cancel roughly 50 flights per day for the next 6 weeks. This will likely affect more than 300,000 passengers based on average Ryanair passenger loads.

Reader Question: Hamilton Crowne Plaza Reflag & Benefits

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A LoyaltyLobby reader was at the Hamilton Crowne Plaza hotel in Washington D.C. last week when the hotel exited the IHG system and became, at least temporally, just independent “luxury” hotel called Hamilton.

Reader Question Crowne Plaza DC Hamilton Reflag

Remember that you can always email us, send a message via Facebook or use Twitter and include photos too. We’ll try to cover Reader Questions & Comments here several times a week.

What Are Orbitz VIP Hotel Benefits Worth In Reality? Case: Washington Hotel Tokyo-Shinjuku

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Orbitz like many other competitors (most of which are just an Expedia skin nowadays) offers it’s customers a range of discount and benefit options via status tier when using their engine frequently.

VIP Status from Gold onward allows the member to enjoy certain VIP benefits at some hotels which can be anything or nothing and is unfortunately nowhere noted (guaranteed) even at the time of booking.

Flight Review: American Airlines B787-Dreamliner BCN ORD (AA 41) Business Class

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Recently I had the chance to try AA Business Class product on their B787 Dreamliner out of Barcelona and I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised with the experience.

It was good to see they are implementing changes for good on their long-haul business class product. I also had a fantastic crew, that always help to make your flight experience more enjoyable.

SPG Americas Suite Temptation With 3,000 Bonus Starpoints Promo Through December 31, 2017

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Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) has Suite Temptation promotion for those that prefer to book suites outright through December 31, 2017.

SPG Suite Temptation With 3,000 Bonus Starpoints In the Americas Through December 31 2017

SPG members are eligible for 3,000 bonus Starpoints for Suite Temptation bookings at participating hotels in the Americas.

Qatar Airways Applies For Doha – Rio De Janeiro – Santiago De Chile Fifth Freedom Rights (Scheduled To Start January 28, 2018)

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Qatar Airways made an announcement earlier this year about plans to open number of new destinations in 2017/2018 including two in South America; Rio de Janeiro and Santiago de Chile.

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It was clear at the time that these two new destinations would likely to be served together like Qatar Airways does Buenos Aires via Sao Paulo (Emirates does the same city via Rio de Janeiro).

IHG Rewards Club Emails Botched Accelerate Offer?

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IHG Rewards Club launched back in August their latest Accelerate-promotion with personalized offers (read more here) that is valid for stays between September 1 – December 31, 2017.

IHG Rewards Club Accelerate Botched September 1 - December 31 2017

A LoyaltyLobby reader forwarded me an offer that he had received from IHG Rewards Club that contained an obvious error. How one could complete a hurdle that required ZERO stays?

Hainan Airlines Flight Bound For L.A. Delayed 15 Hours Because Captain Brought Wrong Passport

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Passengers of a Los Angeles bound Hainan Airlines flight were furious when they encountered a delay of 15 hours after the Captain of the flight allegedly brought a wrong passport to work that day.

This information comes from an airport employee who handled the affected customers and they received a sum of 500 CNY each to make up for damages incurred.

Air Canada vs. CBC – AC Starts Cat-Fight with Television Network

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Air Canada has decided to spice up this Friday afternoon by publishing an email conversation on its Facebook page (access here) that they had with the CBC.

AC Versus CBC

The CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) had emailed Air Canada’s media team a few times asking information for their upcoming piece about boarding. It seems that Air Canada’s media team wasn’t too fond of the conclusion that CBC had come to (and mistakenly emailed to Air Canada as well).

IHG Rewards Club Soon Requires Inputting Last Name When Signing In?

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Yesterday, I wrote (access here) that Hyatt had added a new field to the online form when trying to access one’s account in addition to the account number and password.

IHG Rewards Club Online Account

A LoyaltyLobby reader Tweeted me a link this afternoon to a page on IHG’s website that also requires last name to link to account. The sign in box on the upper right for now only requires account number and the four digit (very unsafe) PIN number.

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