American Airlines Award Discount (5000 Miles) for Hawaii RT’s

American Airlines has a limited time offer for award trips to Hawaii. You can get a return award trip for 30K AAdvantage miles from United States or Canada from February 8 to march 13, 2013. You can access AA’s web page for this promotion here.

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The usual number of miles required during the off season award is 30K.

Alaska Icelandair Partnership Ending

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Alaska and Icelandair are ending their frequent flier partnership that started in 2010 effective on May 31, 2013. You can read more about this change on Alaska’s website here and on Icelandair’s website here.

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Unlike with most other airline partnership endings, you will continue earning miles/points in either airlines frequent flier plan on tickets issued by May 31, 2013, until February 28, 2014. Usually, you can no longer earn miles/points after the ending date.

Wyndham Targeted Offer For Double Points Feb 5 – May 6

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Wyndham just sent an email for double points for up to 3 stays between February 5 and May 6, 2013. This offer requires registration using the email offer that you may have received.

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This offer is valid for up to 3 stays during the promotional period. Your last stay for this promotion must start on May 6 and by May 10th for the double points to kick in.

Etihad Switching From Amadeus to Sabre – Be Ready For A Bumpy Ride

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Etihad sent out an email about the forthcoming switch from Amadeus reservation system to Sabre one that will take place on 23rd of this month. You can read Etihad’s statement about this change here.

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Switching a GDS (Global Reservation System) is a huge task. The airline is required to convert and move all the PNR and eticket information from the old system to the new one. During the “blackout” period, the Etihad personnel is likely required to do manual check in’s at the airport, if the passenger has not checked in beforehand.

“Upcoming Changes to the Marriott Rewards Program”-Email From Marriott Rewards

The other day, I wrote about the changes coming to the Marriott Rewards program in May this year. There are more than 1300 properties moving up in award category and about 50 going down. You can find my article about this change here.

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Nnow, Marriott has realized how serious this devaluation is and has sent out an email with the headline “Upcoming Changes to the Marriott Rewards Program”.

Emirates Skywards Qantas Earning & Award Chart

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Emirates and Qantas formed a partnership for Australia to Europe travel last year and you can start earning Skywards miles on Qantas flights from March 31, 2013. You can read my post about this partnership, when it was announced, here. You can access Emirates’ web page for Qantas partnership here.

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Emirates just added Qantas to the list of airlines listed on its website

Qatar Airways March Easy Deals Are Out – Awards Up To 50% Off

Qatar Airways just launched their March 2013 easy deals. Every month Qatar Airways will have number of destinations at up to 50% off of the usual number of miles required both in economy and business class. You need to pay the usual taxes/fees and fuel surcharges. You can access this offer here.

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You need to register for this promotion at least 24 hours prior making the award booking. The booking window is open from February 17 to March 31 for travel from March 1 to March 31, 2013.

American Airlines and US Airways Boards Approve The Merger – Announced On Thursday

This was likely the worst kept secret in aviation. The boards of both the AMR, the parent of American Airlines, and US Airways have approved the proposed merger.

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It is expected that the airlines will officially announce the merger on Thursday. The creditors of the AMR, the airline currently still in bankruptcy reorganization, will receive 72% of the equity and US Airways shareholders 28%.

Targeted United Airlines Buy Miles Offer At 40% Discount

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United just sent out a targeted offer, likely for those that purchased miles last year, to purchase up to 100K miles at 40% off of the usual price.

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This offer is valid only using the from the email that United sent and the Mileage Plus number is embedded. I cannot provide a link for this purchase. For those that received this offer, must make the decision to purchase or not the miles by midnight CST on February 18, 2013.

Priority Club “All About You” Welcome Survey for 1000 Bonus Points

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Priority Club has been sending out a short “All About You” welcome surveys for new members and giving out 1000 bonus points for completing it. I originally covered this promotion last year. It took a rather long while for the bonus points to to post, but they did after FIVE months wait.

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The terms and conditions of this promotions only suggest that you must be signed up for Priority Club rewards email offers to be eligible for this 1000 bonus points offer.

Quadruple Delta SkyMiles At Accor Hotels

Le Club Accorhotels has a promotion for quadruple (4x) Delta SkyMiles for stays worldwide between February 5 and April 15, 2013. There is also an odder for some discount, breakfast and or upgrade for Sofitel hotels in United States and for Novotel hotels in Canada. You can access this offer here.

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There is no need to register for this offer but you need to have your Le Club Accorhotels account set to convert your hotel points directly to Delta SkyMiles. There is a reservation deadline of February 28, 2013. I am not sure if this is only for the possible discount or for the quadruple miles as well. The terms and conditions refer to participating hotels, but the graphics indicate that this offer would be valid practically at all Accor hotels.

Free 500 American Airlines Miles For Updating Contact Info

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American Airlines has a new promotion for 500 free AAdvantage miles for updating contact info on file with AA to include your date of birth and some other information. This update needs to happen before February 28, 2013. You can access this offer here.

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This offer is valid for Canada and most of the countries in the Caribbean. United Kingdom is included in the terms and conditions of this offer, but is not included in the drop down menu of countries to choose from, however. EDIT: United Kingdom has now been added to the drop down menu.

Disabling Annoying Roomkey.com Pop Ups & Unders

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RoomKey is a hotel booking service backed and, at least partially, owned by Choice, Hilton, Hyatt, IHG, Marriott and Wyndham. The idea behind the service is to try get consumers to book more directly with the hotels own websites over OTA’s like Expedia and Booking.com.

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You don’t see adverts for RoomKey anywhere, but if you access any of these hotel websites, you are likely going to see a pop ups and pop unders for the website. I don’t mind seeing it once, but especially with Marriott’s website it keeps opening RoomKey pop unders every time I am trying to make a booking or search for the price.

Best Western Rewards (Targeted?) Spring 2013 Promo For Free Night Certificate After One Stay

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Best Western has a targeted promotion for a free night certificate after just one stay. This offer is valid for stay between February 11 and April 14, 2013, worldwide, but your Best Western Rewards account address has to be in United States, Canada, the Bahamas, or the US Virgin Islands. You can access this offer here.

EDIT: If you didn’t receive this offer directly from Best Western, it might not be possible to sign up for the promotion online. Please call the Best Western Rewards customer service. They can sign you up manually.

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Note that the valid stay for a free night can be at any Best Western hotel worldwide, your account address needs to be in United States/Canada/Bahamas/US Virgin Islands, the free night voucher can be used in the United States/Canada/the Caribbean, and that the free night voucher expires on June 30, 2013.

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