Our Fabulous Fridays topic this week is about the parental friendly policies of several frequent flyer programs offering newly minted parents a complimentary one year status extension.
Marriott Bonvoy has launched a new bonus points offer for stays at participating hotels in Chicago through December 31, 2019.
Members can earn 1,000 bonus points per night for up to 5,000 points per night if booked used promotional code M11.
Southwest Airlines was busy on Thursday informing its Rapid Rewards members about some positive and negative changes coming to its program.
Rapid Rewards points no longer expire (good), the number of qualifying points for Companion Pass will increase (negative), and Southwest starts to charge possible tax difference for changes (neutral).
When Hilton Honors introduced changes to its program back in January 2018 (read more here), one of the positive changes was for select Diamond members to gift Gold or Diamond status for 12 months (actually much longer).
A LoyaltyLobby reader dropped us an email because the gifted Diamond status, contrary to the T&Cs, is valid actually through March 2021.
Catalan Independentism Calls for a General Strike Tomorrow Friday October 18, 2019: Expect Massive Disruptions in Barcelona
For those not up to speed on Spanish politics news, last Monday the Spanish Supreme Court found 12 Catalonian political or social leaders guilty to charges of sedition and misuse of public funds (if you still don’t know what I’m talking about, here’s a short but very informative summary from the BBC about the Catalan crisis).
Since the ruling was made public there have been several demonstrations all over Catalonia. In Barcelona these demonstrations have been massive and mostly peaceful, but some of them have ended in major clashes between the protestors and the Mossos d’Esquadra (the regional police force).
Marriott Bonvoy, the other week, extended offers (read more here) to members that have signed up for the Your World Rewards. Then some had offers appearing on their My Promotions (read more here) last week.
Now, Marriott Bonvoy members have started to receive emails with bonus offers that they can combine with the latest global points opportunity (read more here).
Extended: Access To Lufthansa Lounges In Frankfurt & Munich For American Express Platinum Charge Card Holders (First Class Lounges For Centurion) Until March 31, 2020
American Express has once again extended their partnership with Lufthansa at Frankfurt & Munich airport allowing Platinum and Centurion card holder to access the Lufthansa Lounges as part of their American Express Global Lounge Collection.
Amex Platinum cardholders can enjoy Busines / Senator Lounge access and Centurion members may also access the First Class Lounges prior to their flight with an eligible Lufthansa Group ticket (Lufthansa, Austrian, SWISS).
Delta has been sending out emails today about its SkyMiles Select-product that was quietly launched a couple of weeks ago.
SkyMiles Select is priced at $59 for a year and comes with 8 drink coupons (electronic), Main Cabin 1-priority boarding (third or fourth boarding group), and a bag tag.
Turkish Airlines has launched, which I believe is their first-ever, Miles&Smiles miles sale with up to 50% bonus through October 26, 2019.
Miles&Smiles members can purchase up to 100,000 miles in a calendar year before the bonus. This offer is open for all program members per the T&Cs.
Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus (ROS)-program has launched a domestic award discount (you can read about the international one here) for travel through March 31, 2020.
Members can save up to 5,000 miles per one-way on ten domestic destinations in the economy, Smile Plus, or Royal Silk (business) if booked by January 31.
Etihad, the national airline of UAE and based in Abu Dabi, and Air Arabia, Sharjah based discount carrier in the UAE, are forming a joint venture.
Air Arabia Abu Dhabi will complement Etihad’s services and fly to destinations not served by its parent. It is unclear at this time whether the airline is set to begin its operations in 2020.