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This is a new monthly feature of current public Priority Club promotions. Tomorrow, I will have an updated list of one time Priority Club bonuses.

The beauty of Priority Club is the onslaught of ongoing overlapping promotions that you can triple/quadruple dip.  You can take your points earnings to a new level by making sure that you have sign up for all the offers. You can read about my average Priority Club point earnings when all the promotions are factored in here.

Just a word of warning. Some of these promotions may require an address to be in a specific country/area like United States. I take absolutely no guarantees what will post to your Priority Club account.  They may also conflict with a promotion that you have already signed up for and just return an error message.

Quarter 3 Stay bonuses

These started on July 1st and will end on September 30th, 2012. You should sign up for an offer that you know you can achieve

Summer Bonus of up to 20K Priority Club Bonus Points

You will get 1000 bonus Priority Club bonus points per nights + 250 points per stay for booking online. This offer is valid until September 3rd, 2012.

15K Bonus Points + Gold Status for 6 InterContinental Nights

This is a nice bonus point promotion for InterContinental stays in the Americas.  You need to get the stays in by the end of July, 2012.

5K/10K/15K Bonus Points for 3/5/6 InterContinental Nights

This promotion cannot be combined with the 15K Bonus + Golf after 6 stays. This offer is valid until the end of July, 2012.

5000 Bonus Air Canada Aeroplan Miles for a Stay

This is a nice bonus for a stay in Canada. You need to have the stays by December 30th, 2012 to be eligible for the bonus miles.

Priority Club Vacation Pay Offer

You can get a $75 prepaid MasterCard after a rebate for a two night weekend stay. This offer is valid until September 3rd, 2012.

$50 Travel MasterCard for Two Night Weekday Stay

This is similar to the weekend offer, but is valid for weekday stays. This offer is valid until August 2nd, 2012.

Priority Club $25 Gift Card Offer for Booking Directly Online

You can get up to five codes that you can redeem for various gift card by booking online or mobile on any of IHG branded websites.

Priority Club Meeting Rewards Offer of Triple Points

You can get triple Priority Club points for meetings by switching your account to Priority Club Meetings Reward member.

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You can now get 500 Air Canada Aeroplan miles just for singing up for Le Club Accorhotels membership and choosing Air Canada Aeroplan as your preferred loyalty program. There doesn’t seem to be a requirement even to have a paid stay.

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If you already have an account with Le Club Accorhotels, all you need to do is to change the loyalty program partner to Air Canada Aeroplan. There is currently similar offer with Delta Air Lines as well.

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This offer is valid from June 1st to August 31st, 2012.

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

1. Between June 1 and August 31, 2012 new and current Le Club Accorhotels members can earn 500 bonus Aeroplan Miles by choosing Aeroplan as their preferred loyalty program.
2. General Le Club Accorhotels terms and conditions apply to the “Earn 500 bonus miles with Aeroplan ” offer.
3. This offer entitles Le Club Accorhotels Loyalty, la carte ibis, Favorite Guest and Accor Favorite Guest Business loyalty members, regardless of their status, to benefit from this offer.
4. The bonus will be credited in Le Club Accorhotels points and converted into Aeroplan miles according to applicable conversion rule.
5. This offer may not be combined with other current offers or advantages and does not apply to groups.
6. This offer is subject to availability.

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AirAsia is a budget airline based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Today the group also has AirAsia X their long haul arm, Thai AirAsia, Indonesia AirAsia, Philippines’ AirAsia, and AirAsia Japan. There really isn’t a difference between these various AirAsia off springs. They can all be booked on AirAsia’s website and only the airline code is different for each of the airlines.

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Now, AirAsia has a sale for travel from January 4th to May 22nd, 2013. You need to book the flights from 16th of June to 22nd.

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You can access the destination list that is available from their various cities here. I just checked what is available from Bangkok and the list is available here.

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I decided to check how’s the booking process, and if the advertised fare is available. I run few searches for Bangkok to Colombo route and it took few tries before I found the advertised fare. Remember that you probably need to pay a credit card at the end of the booking process. It should be around 3 USD.

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Remember that AirAsia is a budget airline, although a good one. They try to sell you all kind of extras during the booking process from insurance to food. You also need to pay for checked in luggage.

I have taken AirAsia couple of times and wouldn’t mind taking them on flights that are not more than couple of hours long. The pitch is tight and there isn’t any kind of entertainment besides the crew trying to sell your food & beverages. Luckily on my AIrAsia flights the loads have been rather low and I have had the entire row to myself. I have no idea of my schedule for the first half of 2013 and thus won’t be able to entertain idea participating to this sale.

Here are tips for booking these sale fares from AirAsia:

Sign up for an AirAsia AccountClick here to sign up
This helps a lot when you encounter payment error. You can always return to ‘Manage my booking‘ to complete the payment without having to go through the hassle of rebooking! Much easier right?
Make sure you use IE9 (Download) or Mozilla Firefox (Download)
NO discrimination to other browsers but these two browsers are reported to be the most stable throughout the booking process.
Plan your trip in advance

  • Prepare a few travel plans. If Plan A doesn’t work, at least you’ll have back-up plans and you’ll save the hassle of planning from scratch again.
  • Have all guests’ details at hand. i.e: Name, Address, D.O.B, passport numbers, etc…
  • If your passport is expiring soon / not registered yet, NO worries. Just fill in your current details and update your latest passport details via ‘Manage my booking‘ at no extra cost and at a later time convenient to you.
IMPORTANT REMINDER:

  • You will only have up to 10mins at the Search and Select Flights pages each, linger any longer and you will be redirected back to the ‘Waiting Room’.
  • DO NOT attempt to open Multi-TABs (under the same browser) to search for fares as it may ‘confuse’ you during the booking process. You may end up with the WRONG travel date.

‘Waiting Room’

You will be directed to the ‘Waiting Room’ when your search needs a little more time. So don’t refresh your browser when you’re in there or face a whole new ‘Waiting Room’.

‘Time Out’ Page

This page tend to pop-up at the later stages of your booking IF the server is a little busy. You can easily refresh the page by pressing the “I would like to try again” button to continue.

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American Airlines just sent me a reminder email to participate to the Summer Miles Challenge to support their Kids in Need program. The key here is that you will receive 100 miles just for registering on Facebook and will have a chance to win lot more.

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American Airlines will donate 100K AAdvantage miles to their Kids in Need program if 100K smiles is reached through this “game”.

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The catch here is that you need to like Summer Miles Challenge on American Airlines’ Facebook page before you can access the application to enter your account information. You can easily unfriend/unlike once you have done your part, however.

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After I filed the information the web page showed instantly that I would receive the 100 miles within 6 to 8 weeks after the promotion is over.

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I haven’t normally participated to these promos for few points here and there, but I recently had to arrange couple of hundred miles to my brother’s AAdvantage account to be able to issue an award. You never know when few hundred miles might come handy.

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AviancaTaca joined Star Alliance on June this year, and award tickets using LifeMiles have been bookable ever since on LifeMiles.com.

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You were able to find out the number of required miles by playing around with the online redemption tool. Now, however, LifeMiles has also made available a very comprehensive award chart for Star Alliance redemptions.

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I haven’t had time to fully digest this award chart yet, but they do most definitely have the greatest number of regions especially around the Americas that I have seen.

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Have you find any unusually good redemptions/combinations using the LifeMiles? Let me know by leaving a comment below or emailing me at john@loyaltylobby.com.

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In July 1st, 1989 American Airlines changed its mile expiration promise. Previously, American Airlines miles were not subject to expiration, but all this changed on that day. The miles that were earned from July 1st onwards were under expiration policy that has since changed few times.

American Airlines, however, made a promise that old miles that were that were earned before that date would NOT be subject to expiration. The AAdvantage member could also use the old award chart to redeem the old miles. The member could use their old miles to redeem from the new award chart as well.

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So, if you were given a promise of a non-expiration of miles, how long AA should keep its promise? Apparently AA thinks that 23 years is enough.

AAdvantage members that had these old miles on their accounts were sent the following email by American Airlines:

For more than 30 years the American Airlines AAdvantage® program has been making travel special. Thank you for your loyalty for so many years as an AAdvantage member.

In order to streamline our program, we are announcing a change to AAdvantage miles earned before July 1, 1989, also called Miles With No Expiration.

Starting November 1, 2012, these miles will automatically be converted to Miles Subject to Expiration, and because of your tenured loyalty, you will earn a 25% mileage bonus on every unredeemed mile earned prior to July 1, 1989. To have your Miles With No Expiration converted and to earn the mileage bonus, you do not need to take any action. For more information about this change, please visit AA.com/MileConversion.

Once your miles have been converted, as long as you earn or redeem AAdvantage miles at least once every 18 months, your miles will not expire. This is our normal mileage policy and more information can be found at AA.com/AAdvantageTerms.

It is easy to keep your account active! In addition to earning AAdvantage miles for travel, you can earn miles for making everyday purchases such as dining out, shopping and paying your electricity bill. Plus, you can redeem miles for hotel stays, rental cars, flight awards, and more! Find out more ways to earn and redeem miles by visiting AA.com/AAdvantage.

Finally, to receive special offers and exclusive promotions, be sure to update your account at AA.com/MyAccount and sign up for email notifications.

Thank you for your continued loyalty!

You can always argue that 23 years is long enough for people to use the miles that were accrued before July 1st, 1989. But many didn’t strategically use their old miles. The award chart that these old miles could be used it advantageous in many ways. If you still have old miles, you have up to October 31st, 2012 to use them. On November 1st, 2012 American Airlines will convert the old miles to “Miles Subject to Expiration” and give 25% bonus for “loyalty”.

Why the change?

You may wonder why American Airlines would do such a trivial thing as to cancel the non-expiring old miles promise that they made. It cannot be that difficult to continue having two different kinds of miles.

Maybe they have quite a bit of old miles on their books on accounts that haven’t been used for years. Converting them to new miles and then expiring them in 18 months is a good way for AA to remove some existing liability from their books (miles are liability accounting wise).

Old award charts

Quite a few awards on the old chart have not been bookable for long time. Singapore Airlines ceased to be an American partner long time ago.

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There are, however, some awards that are still valid. I like the award 150E that is for first class ticket for two to Tokyo from the United States on American Airlines for 150K miles. Unlike with AA’s new award chart, the stopover rules are more flexible with the old awards.

Conclusion

It is somewhat understandable that American wants to more these non-expiring old miles to expiring ones, and after 18 months expire bunch of them. But I don’t like when companies make promises about lifetime status on their program or not expiring miles, and then after few or more years don’t honor it.

It has made sense for many to save their non-expiring miles to use them later for awards using the old chart that are cheaper compared to current one.

Note: The American Airline letter and the award chart are from now non-existing FewMiles website that I was able to access Internet Archive.

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This past spring United had a targeted promotion for bonus miles that were dependent how many round trips you were buying and flying on United Airlines between certain dates.

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Yesterday, United made a following announcement on FlyerTalk regarding the promotion:

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Apparently United had been more relaxed with the ticketing dates and round trip requirement than what they had on their terms and conditions. Many FlyerTalk members reported that they had received bonus miles for flights that weren’t exactly per the terms and conditions of this promotion, and then made further plans to get the last one or two trips before the deadline to qualify for the full bonus.

Quite often companies like United have restrictive terms and conditions, and what actually posts as bonus miles or points can be quite different. United has multiple times in the past foregone the ticketing date requirement from the promos and the requirement of an exact round trip to make open jaw round trips eligible as well.

But this time United just withdraw all the awarded miles from Mileage Plus members. According to the release on FlyerTalk and the email received by participants of this promotion, the United will recalculate the miles earned from this promotion and will post them to qualified accounts sometime in July.

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Conclusion

It is very interesting that United has so much time on their hands to recalculate some bonus miles, when people are continuously having problems with getting correct mileage posted to their accounts for the United and partner airlines flown. It is very bad form for United to withdraw miles that were already awarded.

If I had participated to this promotion and trusted United to calculate the bonus miles correctly, I would be fuming at this point.

Here are terms & conditions that United apparently didn’t follow when posting the bonus miles:

1. Offer valid only for original recipients of email or direct mail invitation.

2. To qualify, register for the offer before travel, then purchase and complete paid qualifying roundtrips to any destination worldwide on United or United Express® operated flights.

3. Ticketing period: 04/15/12 through 07/15/12.

4. Travel period: 04/15/12 through 07/15/12, excluding 07/03/12-07/05/12.

5. On specific number of paid qualifying roundtrip flights (as outlined in the offer) members can earn 5,000 bonus award miles, 10,000 bonus award miles or up to a maximum of 25,000 bonus award miles.

6. Bonus award miles do not count toward Premier® status and do not apply to class-of-service, Premier bonus miles or promotional Premier qualifying miles (PQM).

7. Offer is not valid on United-marketed codeshare flights operated by other carriers.

8. Offer is not valid on government fares.

9. A roundtrip is defined as travel from an origin city to a destination city with return travel beginning in the destination city back to the origin city.

10. Offer is not combinable and can be earned a maximum of one time. Bonus is credited 6-8 weeks after promotion end date of 07/15/12.

11. E-Ticket® purchase required. Tickets purchased in the US through United Reservations are subject to a $25 ticketing fee, and tickets purchased at airport ticket counters are subject to a $30 ticketing fee. Fees subject to change.

12. Flight activity must be posted to the member’s MileagePlus account in order to qualify for this offer.

13. Offer is subject to change without notice. Other restrictions may apply.

14. Miles accrued, awards issued and bonus offers are subject to the rules of the United MileagePlus program. For complete details about the MileagePlus program, go to united.com.

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Priority Club has again changed the number of points required to redeem for Any Hotel Anywhere cards. This change came unannounced.

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The old redemption table gave better value for redeeming $250 card compared to lower value ones.

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The new point requirement for these cards is flat. You get about the same value when redeeming for $100 or $250 one.

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The percentage devaluation is from 6% to 18%.

Any Hotel Anywhere cards are very handy at times. They are basically prepaid American Express cards that you can only use at merchants that are coded as lodging i.e. you cannot use them at grocery stores. Yes. I have tried. There is no need to use them at InterContinental Hotel Group properties, but rather they are valid at any hotel worldwide that takes American Express cards.

Why would you redeem for Any Hotel Anywhere card?

1. The stay paid by Any Hotel Anywhere Amex card is considered as a regular paid stay regardless of the hotel you are using it. You can book a Hilton property and get all the benefits associated with your Hilton status plus the points as well.

2. You will get a folio that shows the amount you paid for the hotel. This comes handy if you are reimbursed for your stays by other party. You can cash out your points.

3. With InterContinental hotels the vast majority of Ambassador or Royal Ambassador benefits officially don’t apply on award stays. You may or may not get them depending of the property, however. This is entirely dependent of the hotel in question. If you pay using Any Hotel Anywhere card, you will get all the benefits of a paid stay.

4. Sometimes it is better value than using points. There are some InterContinental hotels that require 30K to 40K Priority Club points per night, yet their paid rates are sometimes low. It is actually cheaper to redeem for these cards and pay for the stay than use the points. You should always consider the number of points that you would earn from a paid stays as well.

Conclusion

I really don’t like the sneaky way that Priority Club uses to devalue their program. They should announce devaluation like this few weeks before so that everybody could plan accordingly.

The number of points that one can earn from InterContinental Hotel Group stays is quite high if you sign up for all the available promotions.

In 2009, when these cards were introduced to the Australian market, Priority club ran a 50% sale on AUD denominated cards. I redeemed all the Priority Club points that I had at the time (more than a million) and received around $9K worth of these Amex cards. You could get close to 0.9 cents value out of each Priority Club point. Today the value is about one third of this.

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Priority Club has emailed an offer for number of Priority Club members for 100% bonus on purchased Priority Club points. You can buy maximum 50000 Priority Club points in a calendar year. During this promotion the maximum number that you can get is 100000 (50K + 100% bonus).

Buy Points – Exclusive offer just for you: Get a 100% Bonus!
As a special offer just for you; buy or gift points between July 10 -31, 2012 and get a 100% Bonus on your purchase. That’s DOUBLE the points!
Buying Points is the easy way to top up your account to get the award you want!

You may purchase points in 1,000 increments:
1,000 – 10,000 points for $13.50 per 1,000 points
11,000 – 25,000 points for $12.50 per 1,000 points
26,000 – 50,000 points for $11.50 per 1,000 points

Let’s say that you buy 50K points for $575. After doubling the price of the point is $0.00575. For simplicity you are paying $57.50 for every 10000 Priority Club points. You can currently “buy” Priority Club points by doing a Points & Cash reservation for $70 per 10K points.

This offer is targeted. My account was not eligible for it. You can check, whether your account is qualified by going through the following link and entering your information.

The benefit of buying points through this offer rather than doing Point & cash reservations, is that they count towards the Priority Club Gold or Platinum status.

Pro’s for buying points:

1. Qualify for status

2. Less than $30 per night if used to redeem for Point Breaks hotels

3. No need for doing a Points & Cash reservation and canceling

Con’s for buying points:

1. Cash outlay up front

2. Not very good value for other than Point Breaks hotels

Conclusion

Personally, I would pass this offer as I earn enough Priority Club points from my hotel stays by taking advantage of number of different promotional opportunities. Buying Priority Club points most definitely can make sense, if you can redeem them for InterContinental hotels, when they appear on the Point Breaks list.

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Over the years, I have used Expedia numerous times to book domestic United States and international airline tickets. I always use one of the cash back links to get some money back for these purchases, and I signed up for the Expedia Rewards program, when it was originally launched as a beta in the spring of 20122.  Nowadays it is open for anyone.

At the end of last year, Expedia also changed the number of points that you would earn from flight & other bookings (went down), while at the same time changing the number of points required for redemption (went up). This really didn’t concern me too greatly, because I hadn’t booked through Expedia just to get their Expedia Rewards points. It was basically just icing on the cake.

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At the speed I am currently earning points, I would never get enough to redeem for flight awards. Last night, when I was looking for a hotel to crash late at night for 10 hours, I decided to have a look, if I could use any of the Expedia Rewards points that I had accrued.

Using Expedia Rewards Points for Hotel Awards

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You can redeem points for hotel coupons at a sliding scale. The $50 coupon requires 7000 points (0.7 cents per point) where $1000 coupon requires 50000 points (2 cents per point).

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So, I decided to issue a $50 coupon after I had found a competitively prices Expedia Special Rate hotel that I could use the coupon for.

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When I was paying for the hotel, I had to choose to use a coupon and use the pull down menu to locate it.

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Expedia Special Rate hotels are prepaid ones. As the confirmation shows, $50 was deducted from the total. I paid $19 for the night after the coupon was applied.

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Using Expedia Reward Points for Airline Awards

You can also use points for airline awards. The number of points you have in your account must cover the entire cost of the ticket.

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One way KLM flight from Kuala Lumpur to Jakarta was price at 10700 points.

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You could have bought the same flight for $85.

Expedia seems to value their Expedia Rewards point at $0.008,when redeemed for airline tickets.

Conclusion

Expedia probably prefers, if you redeem for hotel coupons, because they can only be used for Expedia Special Rate hotels that are prepaid. Those are the ones that Expedia has the greatest margin. I would have preferred to see somewhat better redemption value than 0.7 cents for 7000 points.

Using Expedia Rewards points was very easy based on my redemption experience. There are few things to remember:

1. You can use hotel coupon only for the base price before taxes/fees.

2. If your coupon has higher value, the difference will be forfeited.

3. If you have lots of Expedia Rewards points coming, it makes sense to try redeeming for the highest coupon at 50K points. Your Expedia Rewards point would then be valued at 2 cents instead of 0.7 cents on my experience for $50 hotel coupon.

4. You can redeem for flights only, if your point balance covers the entire cost.

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Priority Club just launched a new promotion for getting people to book their hotels directly on IHG branded websites instead of Expedia’s of the world. You need to register for this offer at priorityclub.com/register and enter a promotion code 9983.

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Apparently this promotion is only available for those that have their Priority Club account address set to United States or United Kingdom. You can get up to five $25 reward choice certificates that you can then redeem for number of different national and regional retailers. Your stays must occur and the online bookings made between July 1st to December 31st, 2012 to qualify for this offer. In the UK the offer is valid for 25 GBP Marks & Spencer gift vouchers.

After your qualified stay, the Priority Club will apparently either mail or email a redemption code that you can then use to redeem for your choice of gift cards at rewardchoice.com/redeem. There is no way to check, what gift cards are available using this offer.

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As always with Priority Club promotions, there is a chance that the promotion won’t work for you. The system that Priority Club uses allows everybody to register and confirms the registration for the offer, whether they were targeted for the offer or not. More often than not, the non-targeted members that register for the promotion will eventually receive the points/certificates. If you have InterContinental Hotels Group stays lined up, it never hurts to sign up for this offer also, right?

Here are the terms and condition of this offer:

Must be a Priority Club® Rewards member, must be a U.S. resident, and must register member number in advance

A $25 Reward Choice Certificate will be awarded after each qualifying stay, up to a maximum of 5 qualifying stays at any InterContinental®, Crowne Plaza®, Hotel Indigo®, Holiday Inn®, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites® or Candlewood Suites® hotels worldwide when stay is booked through an IHG brand or mobile site between July 1, 2012 and December 31, 2012 (standard booking terms and conditions apply at each participating hotel).

A stay is defined as one night or consecutive nights at the same hotel, regardless of frequency of check-in/out. A stay is qualified when paying qualifying rates, which include most business and leisure rates. Only one room per member per stay will be awarded the applicable certificate. No certificates will be awarded for stays prior to registration. Certificates will be awarded within 6 weeks after the qualifying stay is completed.

This exclusive offer is valid for the original recipient only and may not be forwarded. Reward Choice Certificates are fulfilled by Hallmark Business Connections. Hallmark Business Connections is not affiliated with InterContinental Hotels Group (“IHG”). The Reward Choice Certificates are redeemable for gift certificates and gift cards to one of hundreds of national and regional retailers, catalogs, restaurants, and entertainment providers. The member may select their gift certificate or gift card at rewardchoice.com/redeem or by mailing in the redemption form on their certificate. Members must respond within 6 months to obtain the gift card. Merchants are not affiliated with IHG and do not sponsor, co-sponsor, or endorse this promotion. Merchant trade names and logos are the property of their respective owners and are used with permission. All rights reserved. Merchants are not liable for any claims related to this offer. Please refer to back of gift card/certificate for complete terms and conditions.

Here are the instructions for redeeming these reward choice certificates:

FAQs for Redeeming Reward Choice Certificates

What is the Reward Choice Certificate?

The Reward Choice Certificate is a unique reward that is redeemable for gift cards and certificates to more than 350 popular retailers, catalogs, restaurants, travel and entertainment providers. This reward allows recipients to select EXACTLY what they want.

I received a Reward Choice Certificate. How do I get my gift card/certificate?

It’s easy . The fastest, simplest way is to redeem it online at the website printed on your paper certificate. Enter your tracking number and full dollar value and click on “View Merchant Options” to begin the redemption process. Select your retailer and shipping method, and your gift card/certificate will be on its way to you. If you received your certificate via email, click on the link in your email to view your certificate and click the “Redeem Certificate” button above the certificate image to be connected to begin the redemption process.

You also can redeem your paper Reward Choice Certificate through the mail. (Please allow 2-3 weeks for processing your gift card/certificate.) Simply complete the form on your certificate and mail it to:

Hallmark Business Connections
Redemptions Dept.
7th Floor
121 S. Eighth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Can I redeem my award from more than one merchant?

Yes. Gift cards/certificates are available starting at $10 in $5 increments. If you have certificates valuing $20 or more, you can select from multiple merchants.

Once my Reward Choice Certificate is redeemed, when will I receive my gift card/certificate?

Redemptions received by 2:00 p.m. Central time will be shipped the same business day. Redemptions received after 2:00 p.m. Central time will be shipped the next business day. Standard shipment is via U.S. Mail, so delivery can take up to 7-10 business days. However, upgraded shipping options are available so you can get your gift card/certificate even faster!

Does the Reward Choice Certificate expire?

Yes, the expiration date can be found on paper certificates next to the tracking number and on electronic certificates at the bottom of the certificate image. Expired Reward Choice Certificates cannot be redeemed or reissued. Also, some individual retailer gift cards/certificates may expire. Please call our Customer Service Consultants Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Central time, at 866.601.5921 with questions.

Can I save up my awards and redeem them all at once for one larger denomination gift card/certificate?

Yes, you can redeem multiple Reward Choice Certificates. Be sure to enter the highest value first, this ensures you will have the largest merchant list to select from.

If I am using MSN™ Hotmail, Yahoo!® Mail, AOLSM Mail or GMail can I select a Virtual Gift Certificate?

Yes. However, some e-mail service providers such as MSN Hotmail, Yahoo! Mail or AOL Mail, allow users to filter out mail that might be perceived as ‘junk’ mail. Depending upon the sensitivity level that a user may select, e-mail from Hallmark Business Connections could be inadvertently filtered from an individual’s Mailbox. Since e-mail sent to them from the Reward Choice Certificate web site contains redemption information, we recommend that you adjust your e-mail filter settings to the service provider’s default or the lowest setting.

What if I have additional questions about redeeming the Reward Choice Certificate?

Contact our Customer Service Consultants, Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Central time, at 866.601.5921.

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Priority Club has a triple points offer for Meeting Rewards members for meetings held in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Latin America. You must book your meeting by October 31st and hold it by December 30th, 2012.

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You will normally earn 3 Priority Club points per dollar charged, and this is now tripled to 9 points at participating properties. There is no need to register for this promotion, but you need to open Priority Club Meeting Rewards member account or switch your existing Priority Club account to it.

The offer for InterContinental Alliance Resorts (Venetian, Palazzo & Montelucia) is valid until September 30th, 2012. You can choose between triple points 5% off your master bill.

One benefit of being a Meeting Rewards member is Priority Club Gold status after one meeting and Platinum status after two meetings.

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

Meeting Planner and Referring Third Party must be members of Priority Club® Meeting Rewards prior to booking. Offer available at participating InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo®, Holiday Inn® and Holiday Inn Express® properties in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Latin America for a qualified meeting. Qualified meeting must be booked by October 31, 2012 and conducted by December 30, 2012. Offer available at InterContinental® Alliance Resorts properties (The Venetian® and The Palazzo Resort® and Montelucia Spa and Resort®) for a qualified meeting held between June 1, 2012 and September 30, 2012. A qualified meeting or group stay requires ten or more paid guest rooms for at least one peak night of the event and must include qualified catering/banqueting events. Subject to availability and blackout dates. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Not valid with group bookings affiliated with city-wide conventions. Planner must request bonus point’s offer and it must be recorded in the hotel sales contract at time of booking. Priority Club is a registered trademark of Six Continents Hotels, Inc. For full Terms and Conditions click here

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Thai Airways has long offered passengers departing from Bangkok the ability to preorder their preferred meal in advance. These are not special meals like Kosher or Halal that you can specify during the ticket buying process, but rather greater variety of western and Asian options.

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The process is rather easy, if the Thai’s website is cooperating. You need to pull up your reservation using the PNR and your last name.

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You then get a screen showing your flight information and the button that you need to click to move forward.

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You will see thirteen different options that you can choose from. If you click the VIEW, you will be then shown a presentation of the dish.

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Although my flight was rather an early morning flight, I decided to choose the steak. What could go wrong with the steak for breakfast?

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The online system confirms your order, but warns that there could chance for the selection not to be available in case of irregular operations.

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To my surprise the steak looked almost identical on the plane as on the presentation photo on Thai’s website. Also, the steak was cooked medium rare that I prefer. This was probably due to very short flight from Bangkok to Yangon.

Here are the other twelve options that you can choose from: [click to continue…]

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Starwood and Etihad Airways announced their new partnership back in June. They both had dedicated pages and websites up about the ability to earn Etihad miles on Starwood stays and about the transfer option of Starpoints to miles. Unfortunately, the actual functionality was not up at that time.

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Now, you can easily transfer Starpoints to Etihad miles. You just need to log into your SPG account and choose the option of transferring points to airline miles.

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You can top up your Etihad account so that you can issue an award. For elite SPG Platinum members there is no minimum transfer requirement. I have few times transferred just couple of points to qualify certain partner promotion and/or hit the number of required miles to issue an award.

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If you need to transfer more miles, it is best done in the blocks of 20K Starpoints that always get a 5K miles transfer bonus. Your 20K SPG points will turn to 25K Etihad miles.