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.

Marriott Hotels Changing In Award Categories In 2013 And New Category 9 Hotels

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Marriott Reward just released a list of hotels that are changing 2013 in award categories. There are 46 hotels moving down by one award category and 1311 hotels moving up by a category. Only one property jumped two categories (Renaissance Barcelona Hotel) from 5 to 7.

Marriott is also introducing a new category 9 that requires 45000 reward points per night. Marriott made this announcement on their online community that you can access here

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You can book using old award levels through May 15, 2013. The new award categories are in effect from May 16, 2013.

Emirates Skywards Fourth Platinum Tier Introduced

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Emirates just officially sent an email to its members about the fourth tier, called Platinum, on its Skywards program. Last week, Emirates sent out a marketing email disguised as survey regarding this new tier. You can access Enirates’ webpage explaining their various tiers here.

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After this introduction, Emirates has Skywards Blue, Silver, Gold, Platinum and the unofficial IO (Invitation Only) status for the true high rollers.

Etihad Abu Dhabi Stopover Deal: First Night Free

If you have been planning on flying Etihad Airways, you may have come across their offer for a first night free offer. This is valid for stays of minimum of two nights that is in conjunction of Etihad flight in/out of Abu Dhabi. It is not valid for trips originating or ending in the city, however.

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Etihad has had this same offer for the past year and they have now renewed it until November 30, 2013. This offer is valid for tickets issued after December 1, 2012. You can read more about this offer on Etihad’s website here.

American Airlines & US Airways Merger Speculation Heats Up

There was speculation earlier in the week that the merger between AMR, the parent of American Airlines, and US Airways would be announced this coming Tuesday after AMR’s board meeting on Monday.

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It seems that the announcement is coming bit later in the week, likely on Wednesday, based on the media reports in the United States on Sunday.

Top Hotel Promotions for February (2013)

The February top hotel promotions is almost a rehash from the January one. Here are my top five picks for February.

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You can check all the other promotions that these chains are offering by clicking the Hotel promotions tab and choosing your preferred chain. I have some other program related information listed there as well.

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