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Although BMI is disappearing or at least is going to have a new parent sometime next year, it can make sense to buy some Diamond Club miles if you have planned use for them in the next six months or so.

BMI Diamond Club - Buy Miles

If you have not bought any miles this year, you can buy up to 16K miles that after 50% bonus will become the maximum 24K that can be bought during a calendar year. Of course you can have other family members to buy miles as well…. The price of 24K miles is 207 GBP. [click to continue…]

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There are myriad of transportation options from the Suvarnabhumi Bangkok Airport (BKK) to the city center. As I travel around the Asia extensively, I often decide to have either along transfer (less than 24 hours) or stop over for a few days in Bangkok. I probably do this 10 to 15 times a year.

My personal choice is the public taxi from the departures level. I used to take the taxi at the arrivals level, but there really is no reason to do that. The SkyTrain is nice to do once, but even then I was questioning myself why I just didn’t take a cab. The AOT ladies are annoyingly trying to push their car service that costs about triple, if not more, compared to the public taxi. [click to continue…]

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Hotels.com, part of Expedia, uses their own homegrown rewards program for hotel bookings made on their site, and I just did my first ever redemption using it.

Hotels.com Welcome Rewards

The deal is that you get a free night for every ten nights you book using Hotels.com and your Welcome Rewards account. The free night can be worth up to the average daily rate you paid for the ten nights. You can choose a more expensive hotel and pay only the difference + taxes/fees. Before the change in March, the free night could be up to $400 in value regardless of the value of the ten nights stayed. [click to continue…]

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The first quarter 2012 promotions are slowly starting to be announced. Marriott just introduced theirs MegaMiles that runs from January 1st until April 30th. You can earn an additional 2000 miles per stay starting from your second stay. This promotion is based on stays and not on nights. Regardless how many nights your stay is, you will only earn the 2000 bonus miles.

Marriott Rewards Megamiles

There are 23 participating airlines. The miles for kilometers conversion will be 1 miles to 1.6 kilometers for those programs that use kilometers instead of miles. The airline partners are: [click to continue…]

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Now American Airlines is offering a 25% bonus for buying miles until December 31st. The number of miles that one can buy each year is normally capped at 40K. American Airlines has temporarily lifted this to 60K miles.

American Airlines Buy AA Miles Email

So, the question then becomes, whether buying AA miles at 2.0625 cents each is a good deal or not? Overall, the AAdvantage program is one of the easiest ones to use miles at reasonable cost and without fuel surcharges, which only apply to British Airways metal flights. [click to continue…]

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Hilton just launched their latest ‘Resort Escapes’ promotion. You can get a free night certificate after five night contiguous stay at any of the more than 100 participating properties or two certificates after ten night stay. Alternatively you can complete two five night resort stays. This promotion is valid from December 1st, 2011 to April 30th, 2012. The free night certificate(s) are valid for 6 months after earning them.

Hilton 'Escape to a Resort' Promotion

This promotion is nice because you don’t have to hotel hop. The current free night certificate promotion is for a free night after every four stays or ten nights. It encourages people to switch hotels every night if they wish to maximize the number of free night certificates earned. [click to continue…]

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Ethiopian Airlines (ET) is finally joining Star Alliance on 13th of December, 2011. The airline was accepted to be a member of Star already more than a year ago.  The airline is based in Addis Ababa and operates to more than 60 international destinations from there. Ethiopian serves more African destinations than any other airline.

Ethiopian Routes

Ethiopian has already had a partnership with Lufthansa for quite some time. It is still unclear at this point, however, how much flight on various Ethiopian fare classes will earn miles on other Star Alliance carriers after the joining date. If the current Lufthansa chart gives any indication, it will be quite reasonable. Most of the fare classes will earn miles.     [click to continue…]

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US Airways already mistakenly leaked the web page couple of weeks ago about this promotion that started today. At the time they took the web page down.

US Airways Buy Miles December 2011

This time around you can buy up to 40K Dividend miles at 3.5 cents per mile, and they double the amount up to 40K miles. Essentially, you are paying 1.75 cents per mile. Last time when they offered this buy miles promotion the price of the mile bough was less than 1.5 cents per mile. This promotion is valid until the end of the month. [click to continue…]

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When I was looking for options getting few more Delta MQM’s for the year, I came across this brand new offer from Delta. They are now selling MQM’s in the chunks of 2500 for $$$’s. Overall it is good to have options for acquiring MQM’s.

Delta Airlines Buy MQM's

Last year I made a Diamond status with Delta due to numerous cross country trips. This year, however, zero chance as I moved out of the US this past spring. My current MQM is at 48K+. SkyTeam Elite + status might come handy at times and it would require at least Delta SkyMiles Gold status which requires 50K MQM’s. [click to continue…]

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Starwood Preferred Guest Asia Pacific Promotion MCStarwood is again running MasterCard affiliated promo ‘Two Days of Happy’ 4MCFN in the Asia Pacific region. After five nights during the promotional period the SPG member will receive one promotional fee night award, or after nine nights two promotional awards. The stays must be reserved and paid using a MasterCard, and must occur between November 29th, 2011 and 15th of March 2012. These promotional awards can be redeemed from January 1st, 2012 and are valid until 10th of April 2012. The full terms and conditions of this promotions can be found at http://www.spg-asiapacific.com/2daysofhappy/en/terms.html  and the frequently asked questions at http://www.spg-asiapacific.com/2daysofhappy/en/faqs.html.

Starwood Preferred Guest Asia Pacific Promotion

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There haven’t been too many bonus points offers at Hyatt this year compared to previous years when we were borderline bombarded with G and other bonuses. Now, Hyatt has launched a limited time winter bonus offer of 1500 bonus Hyatt Gold Passport points for stays at Hyatt Summerfield Suites, AVIA, and Hotel Sierra properties. The promotion runs from November 22nd, 2011 to January 8th, 2012.

Hyatt Gold Passport Winter Offer 1500GP

Get the bonus you deserve this holiday. Whether your business travel closes out in 2011 or kicks off in 2012, get a bonus from Hyatt when you stay at more than 50 participating Hyatt Summerfield Suites, AVIA, and Hotel Sierra properties. Stay between November 22, 2011, and January 8, 2012, and receive 1,500 Hyatt Gold Passport bonus points per stay. Simply request Offer Code 1500GP at time of booking.

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Hilton is very active on their limited time sales. Just came across this latest one when I was searching for Hilton properties in the United Arab Emirates for later this month. This promotion is available worldwide. Apparently, the set discount for Americas is 20% and the maximum elsewhere is 33%. You need to book at least seven day in advance for stays between December 8th and January 8th. Stays of two days or longer will also receive 1000 bonus Hilton HHonors points.

Hilton HHonors December Sale

What is weird about Hilton’s websites is the fact that their UK website has far clearer display of properties that participate to this promotion and their prices. The US website doesn’t have this functionality. If you are planning to book a Hilton stay during this period, it does pay to visit Hilton.co.uk and can use the following direct link. http://bit.ly/tXTFGW [click to continue…]

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American Airlines Upside DownThe short answer is nothing at least not in the short term. Now all the so called legacy carriers have been to bankruptcy protection and some even more than once.  Continental Airlines, now part of United, went through this cycle twice in the 1990’s, and all the other legacies United, US Airways, Delta, and Northwest, now part of Delta, all went through this same process in the last decade. Some have suggested that AMR made a mistake of not going through this process when all of their competitors did.

CNBC AMR

During the chapter 11 bankruptcy protection it is easier for airlines to cancel leases and renegotiate other contracts. Quite a few of the other airlines dumped their pension liabilities to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation during their restructuring. [click to continue…]

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Over the years I have used Marriott’s Look No Further best rate guarantee several times. Normally, I am quite skeptical when it comes to companies promising to match their prices if lower one is found elsewhere. I have to say that I have been very satisfied with the Marriott’s Look No Further so far.

Marriott Look No Further Logo

Yesterday I was researching options for hotels in Bangkok and came across very attractive rate for Renaissance hotel, where I have stayed at few times before. The price on the Priceline was $69 compared to the price of 4700 THB (around $150) found on Marriott.com. I had never used Priceline before as a comparison site when doing the guarantee. You have to distinguish between the opaque side that none of the competitors match as it is by bidding only and the traditional one where the prices are shown without having to bid. [click to continue…]