American Airlines AAdvantage eShopping Mall Holiday Bonus – 500 Miles for $500 Spent or 1000 Miles for $1000 Spend

It is the time of the year again when quite a few of the airline associated online malls are offering double miles and/or bonuses based on dollar amount spend. Just received an email from American Airlines where they are offering 500 bonus miles for total purchases of $500 to $999.99, or 1000 miles for total purchases exceeding $1000. The link for this offer is https://www.aadvantageeshopping.com/HolidayConfirmationInterstitial2.aspx.

American Airlines Eshopping Holiday Special

Some of the retailers are also offering double the number of usual miles. When I am making online purchases, I normally check what is the straight cash back rebate using EBates, Fatwallet Cash back, or BigCrumbs and then compare it to the airline malls. During the holidays and when the airline malls are offering threshold bonuses they are typically a better deal.   

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) Releases Latest Round of Point Breaks – Discounted Hotel Awards for Only 5000 Priority Club Points Per Night – Rate Code IVAN

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These Points Breaks are one of the best aspects of the IHG’s Priority Club. They are highly discounted hotel awards, for the next couple of months, released four times a year. When IHG first introduced this program, it was promoted quite heavily. For the past couple of years not so.

InterContinental Hotels Group Points Breaks

So the deal here is that, regardless of the brand, the reward night only costs 5000 Priority Club point per night. This is exceptional value considering that some of the InterContinental hotels on the list normally go for 30000 Priority Club points per night or more.

Last Day to Redeem Expedia Rewards Points at Old Rates

Expedia Rewards LogoA week ago, I wrote about the changes coming to the Expedia Rewards. At that time it was still unclear how much the Expedia Rewards points would be worth after Expedia launches their new conversion rates. The info that the points would be worth less was buried in the announcement:

Our reward chart will also be changing effective November 22, 2011. To redeem your accumulated Expedia Points at the current conversion rates, please be sure to do so before this date.

Just got a reply back from Expedia what the new conversion rates would be. The old ones were very straight forward. One Expedia Rewards point was worth exactly one cent.

Wyndham Rewards Gift Me (USA) or Treat Yourself (Europe) Promotions – W11PROMO

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Wyndham Rewards just launched their Winter 2011 promotions (W11PROMO) that rewards every 2/4/6 stays. There are two versions of the promotions – one intended for  the US market and one for Europe. The promotions are slightly different. The qualified stays must occur between November 17th, 2011 and February 1st, 2012. The link for this offer is https://www.wyndhamrewards.com/trec/consumer/promoReg.action?promoRuleCode=W11PROMO&variant=.

Wyndham Rewards Gift Me 2011 Promotion

The US version of the promotion rewards 6500 Wyndham Rewards points or 1000 airline miles/rail points for every two stays. In addition, there is 1000 Wyndham Rewards online booking bonus, and 500 points bonus for using Wyndham Rewards Visa for the first three stays.

Accor Hotels Super Sale Is Back – Save Up To 50% Off

Accor Hotels is having their end of year super sale. Accor A Club members can save up to 50% off and non-members up to 40% off the best available rates when booked by this Friday 25th of November for stays between December 11th, 2011 and 12th February, 2012. A Club, Accor Hotels loyalty program, is free to join. The link for this offer is at http://www.accorhotels.com/gb/promotion/specials/crazyprices.shtml.

Accor Super Sale 2011

Discount is not available at all Accor hotels. List of available properties can be found at http://www.accorhotels.com/pdf/supersales-november-participating-hotels.pdf. Super sale rates are prepaid and non-refundable. If your plans are firm, it makes sense to check if you can save using this offer from Accor.

Double Elite Qualifying Qpoints With Qatar Airways Until The End Of The Year.

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Qatar is offering double elite qualifying Qpoints for all the flights on Qatar Airways between November 20th and December 31st this year . The number of Qpoints one earns depends of the fare class and route. Unlike most of the other airlines, their system is not based on actual flown miles but rather regions. This probably benefits fliers on shorter routes that earn the minimum number of Qpoints and penalizes fliers on longer ones.

Earn Double Qpoints on Qatar Airways

Apparently, there is no need to register for this offer. http://www.qatarairways.com/global/en/privilege-club-offers.page.

Year End Holiday Bonuses Are Back For Buying Marriott Gift Cards.

Every year during the yearend holiday period Marriott has been running promotions for buying Marriott branded gift cards. Normally you have few choices like extra Marriott points for purchases, 10% discounts of the face value, or 10% more on the gift card that you can buy at original face value. This year is no different.

Marriott Gift Card Offer 10 Marriott Reward Points Per Dollar

All these Marriott gift card purchases earn 5 Marriott Rewards points per dollar charged when paid using Marriott Rewards Visa credit card. Also, you can earn cash back for purchasing these through online cash back websites. Currently Ebates is offering 1%, Fatwallet 2.5%, and BigCrumbs 4% for buying these by first linking to Marriott through their websites. Please refer each of the respective websites for more information about the cash back rates that may change.

InterContinental Hotels Group Friends And Family-Program.

InterContinental Friends And Family RatePretty much all the hotel groups have a friends and family program for the friends and family of the associates that work at the hotel. What differentiates InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) program is the fact that it is open for anyone.

With Marriott and Starwood the associate needs to fill out a form that is either given to the traveler or faxed to the destination hotel. With IHG, however, all you need is to have the printed rate voucher that you might be asked to present at the time of checking in.

Transferring American Airlines Or Virgin Atlantic Miles To Hilton HHonors Points.

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Hilton HHonors participating Airline PartnersIt is always good to have the possibility to transfer miles and points between programs. If you happen to need some (or even a lot) Hilton HHonors points, you can currently transfer in from number of programs including American Airlines and Virgin Atlantic. Most of the programs have transfer ratio of 5000 points/miles into 10000 Hilton HHonors points. The only two programs where this 1 mile/points to 2 HHonors doesn’t apply are American Airlines and CSA. With American, CSA, and Icelandair the transfer can be completed online. Others must be called in.

InterContinental Two Nights For The Price Of One Offer – Ongoing IDEX1 Rate Promotion.

This is a good rate promotion that I have taken advantage of numerous times over the years. It is valid at limited number of properties in United Kingdom and Europe, and is typically available closer to the arrival date than further out. You pay the best available rate for the first night and the second night is free. You need to use rate code IDEX1 to book this special rate, or use the link that you can find below.

This rate is eligible for Priority Club stay credit and points. Sometimes this rate, however, posts as a non-qualifying one, but a quick email (or two) to the Priority Club service center normally straightens things out.

Hyatt Hotels 48 Hour Sale Today and Tomorrow 16th of November, 2011.

Now it is time to book some year end Hyatt stays. Hyatt is again having their 48 hour sale. You can save anywhere from 20% to 30% off of the Best available rate. Compared to AAA rates these sale rates are about 10% lower. These rates should show when doing a regular search. Alternatively, you can input C48HH11 code into the SPECIAL OFFER CODE-field.

This offer is valid for stays booked today and tomorrow for arrivals between November 29, 2011 and January 27, 2012. The only drawback is that these reservations are prepaid and non-refundable. Only use this offer if you have your plans set in stone.

Hyatt 48 Hour Sale November 2011

Aroplan Introduces More Fuel Surcharges – Get Your Redemptions In Before The Change.

Last week Aeroplan briefly introduced fuel surcharges for number of carriers before backpedalling and charging them only for flights on Lufthansa operated flights.

Today they tweeted about the upcoming changes in couple of weeks’ time. Now they are starting to collect fuel surcharges for quite a few different airlines. Surprisingly, even the Japan Airlines made the list even when they are Oneworld carrier.

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Club Carlson – 15000 Bonus Points For A Park Inn by Radisson Stay Before December 15th, 2011

Club Calrson LogoLast week Club Carlson launched their offer for 50000 bonus points for one night stay at Radisson or Radisson Blue Properties in the United States, Canada, or Caribbean. Now they also have a 15000 bonus points offer for a stay at a Park Inn By Radisson properties in the United States or Canada.

Club Calrson Logo Park Inn 15000 Bonus Points Offer

What is 15000 bonus points worth? Free night at category 1 requires 9000 points or 15000 points at category 2. Highest category hotel redemption requires 50000 points. Club Carlson also offers Points + Cash redemption where part of the redemption is paid by cash in addition to the points.

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