Update On FoundersCard Review

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On January 25, I wrote a piece about Founderscard and whether the travel benefits would be worth the discounted yearly fee of $295. My findings were inconclusive. They might be worth the fee for you, but they weren’t definitely for me.

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But it seems that the FoundersCard is not very fond of letting people know what are the benefits they offer. IMHO, you need to know the pricing of the benefits before you can make an informed decision to sign up or not.

Qatar’s Offer of 6000/12000/18000 Bonus Qmiles for Doha Originated Tickets Bought on February 4

Qatar Airways has a new offer for Doha originating long haul return ticker that is purchased on February 4 at qatarairways.com/flylonghaul or using promotional code FLYLONGHAUL. You can access Qatar’s web page for this promotion here.

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You will receive 6000 bonus miles for economy return, 12000 bonus miles for business return, and 18000 bonus miles for first class return. This is valid for flights departing between February 5 and March 31, 2013. The return flight can be at at a later date.

Priority Club January 7 to April 30 Stay Bonuses Finally Tracking

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Priority Club’s Stay-bonuses for the January 7 to April 30-period are finally tracking correctly on My Offer Status-tab on PC’s website. You can access my original post about this promotion here.

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There has been some confusion about this promotion. Some had already received the bonuses, although the promotions never showed up. Now, however, you can track the status of this promotion as well.

New Benefits for Delta SkyMiles Members Flying On GOL

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Delta SkyMiles members can earn MQM’s (Medallion Qualifying Miles), Medallion bonus miles, priority check in & boarding (Gold/Platinum/Diamond), and access to GOL’s Smiles lounges (Gold/Platinum/Diamond) in GRU and GIG when flying internationally in either GOL or Delta starting on January 29, 2013. You can read more about this partnership from Delta’s press release.

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GOL’s Diamond Smiles members have access to Sky Priority benefits when flying Delta. Diamond Smiles members also have access to Delta’s SkyClub’s in Atlanta, Detroit and New York.

Air France-KLM Discontinues Flying Blue Gold Nordic Status Match Campaign

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Seems that Air France-KLM were overwhelmed about the success of the status match campaign that they were offering in Finland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark. I wrote about this status match offer on January 22, 2013.

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This promotion was originally supposed to be valid until end of May, but was later changed to end of February. Now, it has been entirely discontinued.

Why All Inclusive Fare Advertising is Required in Asia: Case Cebu Pacific

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As more and more airlines have majority of the air fare masked as fuel surcharge (you can read why airlines love fuel surcharges here), advertising of base fares has become meaningless. Brazil has banned fuel surcharges, United States and European Union require all advertised/quoted airfares to include ALL the charges.

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Cebu Pacific is starting to fly from Manila to Dubai on October 7, 2013, in all economy configured Airbus A330-300 aircraft with 400 seats (almost the absolute maximum). To celebrate the launch, the airline is advertising 888 PHP fares on the route.

Accor Bonus Offer For Up To 40 GBP or EUR Credit Per Night Per Room

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Accor has a new promotion for up to 40 GBP or 40 EUR credit per night per room to be used on other than the room rate. You can access promotions page for this offer here.

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Booking Window

– January 18 to February 17, 2013

– Except UK from February 4 to February 17, 2013

Priority Club Last Minute Reward Nights Out For February 2013

Priority Club just released a list of last minute rewards nights for this coming weekend. You need to book them on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday for Friday, Saturday, or Sunday nights this coming weekend. You can access the full list of hotels by following this link.

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These last minute rewards nights are offered at 50% discount of the usual number of points needed. This time they have 47 hotels on the list of which three are InterContinental ones.

HOP! Air France’s New Regional/Mid-Haul Airline

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Air France is consolidating its three regional carriers starting in March under the “HOP!” brand. Air France will continue to operate its own short and mediumhaul network feeding the long haul operations at the Charles de Gaulle hub, routes that have high portion of business travelers, and flights from regional bases in Marseille, Toulouse, and Nice.

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HOP! Route structure

Double Miles at Fairmont Hotels Until April 30 (Book By Jan 31)

Fairmont is offering double airline miles (American Airlines, Air Canada, Cathay Pacific, United & Air China) for stays until April 30, 2013, that are booked using “Everyone’s an Original Winter” offer by January 31, 2013. You can access this offer here.

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There are some blackout dates that are property specific. The base number of miles (500) is doubled. The doubling of miles doesn’t apply to the elite bonuses.

JetBlue TrueBlue Bonus of 5000 Bonus Points for 3 Round Trips or 6 One-ways in 2013

JetBlue sent out an email today regarding a promotion for all TrueBlue members. You can earn 5000 bonus TrueBlue points by taking 3 round trips or 6 one-ways in 2013.

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There is no need to register for this promotion as it is open for all. The value of JetBlue point directly correlates with the price of the flight. Recent search returned a price of $159 or 11K points and $2.5.

Priority Club Point Breaks List Is Out (January) Valid Until March 31, 2013

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Priority Club just released their latest list of Point Breaks hotels that you can book for only 5000 points per night.  These hotels are available for booking until March  31, 2013, but popular hotels will drop off from the list fast. This time there is only one InterContinental hotel from Fiji on the list.

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You can access the list of Point Breaks hotels that you can find also below by going here.

Sometimes It Pays to Check Airline Website Due to SITI Pricing

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On Monday, I need to get from Jakarta to Kuala Lumpur. I usually take the KLM’s 5th freedom flight on this route, but their pricing is not competitive and the number of SkyMiles I would earn wouldn’t make for the difference in fare.

This is fairly competitive route due to Kuwait, KLM, AirAsia, Malaysian, Garuda, Batavia, Lion etc. flying it non-stop.

I have written previously about air fares in Brazil and how it is often cheaper to buy them from Tam’s/GOL’s Brazilian websites instead of their English ones or online travel agents. This is due to market specific special fares that requires both selling and ticketing of the fare in specific country (SITISold Inside Ticketed Inside).

Hyatt Terms & Conditions About Eligible Stays Changed Again

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Seems that Hyatt Gold Passport cannot make their mind, whether to grant points (and possibly stay credit) for members that arrive to a hotel without having advance reservations.

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I first reported about Hyatt Gold Passport terms and conditions change regarding the walk-in guests on December 9, 2013, and again on December 23, 2013, when Hyatt had reverted to old terms and conditions.

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