Marriott Rewards’ Newest Partner Iberia Avios

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Marriott Rewards just announced their latest airline partner Iberia. You can now earn Iberia Avios for your Marriott stays, although this makes very little sense.

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Iberia is part of IAG (International Airlines Group), as is British Airways. You have been able to earn BA Avios for your Marriott stays for a long time. You can freely transfer Avios between Avios, BA Avios and Iberia Avios, so there has been a way to earn Iberia Avios for your stays for a long time.

Most Rewarding Loyalty Program Series: Club Carlson – Burning Points

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Now that we have established the number of points that you earn on average based on the spend (see my previous article here) at Carlson hotels, it is time to have a look at the number of points that is required to get a free night/number of points earned per dollar.

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Spend Requirement For A Free Night

Most Rewarding Loyalty Program Series: Club Carlson – Earning Points

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This is the first post in the series of trying to find the most rewarding loyalty program in sense of getting “free” nights.

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What we first need to do, is to establish the number of points that you earn on average per dollar spend taking into account elite amenity points, elite bonuses, and possible credit card tie-up.

InterContinental Hotels Group Best Rate Guarantee Woes

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IHG has a best rate guarantee for giving you a complimentary first night, if you can find a lower price after making a reservation on a third party website. If your stay is only for one night, your entire stay would be then free. You can read more about the terms and conditions of this guarantee on IHG’s website here.

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IHG has changed the terms and conditions of this program quite a few times since its inception. Here are the major problems:

Priority Club China 50% Off & 30% Off Hong Kong And Taiwan Sale April 16-22

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Priority Club has a new China sale coming starting on April 16 to 22. You can book participating properties for 50% off of BAR (best available rate) for stays of 2 to 4 days.

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There is a separate offer for hotels in Hong Kong and Taiwan for 30% off of their BAR for stays of 2 nights or longer.

Gol Planning To Float Its Smiles Unit

According to an article on the WSJ yesterday (you can access it here – copy paste the article title on the Google search to have access to the full version), the Brazilian airline GOL is planning to list its frequent flier unit Smiles.

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The Smiles used to be the frequent flier program of Varig, Star Alliance carrier in Brazil that went under, and Gol it and its frequent flier program back in 2006.

Most Rewarding Hotel Loyalty Program

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The other month, I gave a promise that I would try to tackle the issue about the most rewarding hotel rewards program this spring. I haven’t forgotten it. I have been contemplating the best way to incorporate the number if variables to the review to get objective results. Today I will have the first hotel program evaluated: Club Carlson.

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In the next three weeks, I will tackle two programs per week; Club Carlson and Hilton HHonors this week, Hyatt Gold Passport and InterContinental Hotels Group next week, and Marriott and Starwood Preferred Guest the week after that.

American & US Airways Proposed Merger And Frequent Flier Programs

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American Airlines & US Airways are currently in the process of getting the US government approval for the proposed merger and this is expected to come through sometime in the late autumn.

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Yesterday, LoyaltyLobby reader left the following question about the miles and status he/she has with both programs.

Best Western Aeroplan Offer For Quadruple Miles (250 + 750)

Best Western has an offer for quadruple Aeroplan miles (250 base + 750 bonus) between April 1 and May 31, 2013. There is no limit how many times you can earn this bonus. You can access and register for this offer here.

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This offer is valid for Best Western Rewards members that have their account address in the United States, Canada, or the Caribbean. The stays can be any Best Western location.

Sign Up For Etihad BusinessConnect And Get 5000 Miles Bonus

Etihad has a promotion for 5000 bonus miles for signing up BusinessConnect program. The program is intended for small companies that don’t have discount contract with the airline. Etihad sent out an email regarding this program today and you can access it here.

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Etihad BusinessConnect allows the company earn miles for the flights that the employee takes. The employee continues to earn the usual number of miles to his/her personal Etihad Guest account.

Airline Quality Rating (US Airlines) Is Out For 2013

The Airline Quality Rating (AQR) based on the 2012 data is out for 23rd time. This report uses publicly available information that airlines are required to report to Department of Transportation and then applies formula (some magic) to come up with the ratings. You can access AQR’s website here.

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The findings are nothing new to those of us that have had a look at the DOT’s monthly Air Travel Consumer reports. The Virgin America was on the first spot and the United was dead last. United had a disastrous year in 2012 complaints and operation wise.

AviancaTaca LifeMiles Buy Miles 100% Bonus Apr 8-30

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AviancaTaca has launched their popular 100% bonus for buying LifeMiles. This offer is valid for purchases made between Apr 8 and 30, 2013, and you can access it here.

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You can buy maximum of 75000 LifeMiles through this offer that are then double to total of 150K miles. The price of a purchased mile after doubling is 1.5 cents.

Best Western Rewards Late Spring Promo: $50 Travel Card After 3 Stays

Best Western Rewards has a new promotion for stays between April 22 and June 9, 2013. You can earn $50 Travel Card after 3 stays. You need to register for this promotion by logging to your Best Western Rewards account and clicking Register for Special Offers link.

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You will also earn 1000 bonus points for three stays if you use your Best Western branded credit card to pay for the stays. The qualifying stays can be worldwide, but the list of participating countries is missing

Virgin America Status Match Extented: American, Southwest & United Included

Virgin America has decided to extend the status match campaign that was suppose to come to an end on April 20, 2013, until the end of June and include Southwest in addition to United and American to the carriers whose status they are matching. Surprisingly Delta match is still missing.

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Virgin America matches to their Elevate Silver and Gold levels depending what status you have with American, Southwest or United. You can access this offer here.

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