In our series Award Success we have another very decent result to add as I was just able to redeem a great mileage ticket for a friend flying from Hanover via Frankfurt to Delhi, India in Lufthansa First Class.
Whine Wednesdays: Marriott Hotels In Brazil Using Fake Exchange Rate For Room Rate Conversions (On-Going)
This week the Whine Wednesdays revisits one of the pet peeves of mine for years that is a huge money maker for less honest hotels that basically want to screw their guests.
Some hotels prefer to list their prices on other than their legal payment currency and then use some fictitious exchange rate (never beneficial for the consumer) to convert this daily rate to the payment currency of the country. Marriott properties are especially notorious for this.
Airbus and Qatar Airways today held an event in Toulouse to celebrate the handing of the first ever A350-1000 aircraft to the launch customer.
Airbus currently has 169 orders for this specific A350-1000 type of which 37 have been ordered by Qatar. The Qatar’s configuration has 46 Qsuites and 281 economy class seats.
A LoyaltyLobby reader sent me a question what to do with Air Canada & Aeroplan when the miles keep piling up and program separation in 2020 is in the horizon.
Airfare of the Day: British Airways BUSINESS CLASS London (LHR), United Kingdom to Shanghai (PVG)/Beijing (PEK), PRC from £1314 Round Trip
Today’s Airfare of the Day goes to British Airways and their midweek business class advance purchase round trip fares between the United Kingdom and China.
Emirates yesterday announced that they were launching daily service on a three class Boeing 777-300ER aircraft between Dubai – Denpasar (Bali) – Auckland on June 14, 2018.
Emirates already has daily direct flight between Dubai and Auckland and the airline also flies to Christchurch via Sydney (one stop from Dubai).
Los Angeles LAX Airport: People Mover Construction Begins Soon As US$ 14 Bln Improvement Project Is Underway
Los Angeles LAX International Airport has unveiled the plans for the new people mover that will start being constructed this year as part of a massive 14 Billion USD improvement project.
This people mover is part of the the first phase which will be an infrastructure program to finally improve transfer experience between the terminals as well as a consolidated rental car facility and proper connection to public transport.
IHG Rewards Club “Stay In AMEA For Up To 71K Points” Promotion Including 1,000 Points Just For Registering For Stays Through December 31, 2018
IHG Rewards Club has launched a new promotion called “Stay in AMEA for up to 71,000 points” that reminds me of Book Direct OTA promotion that they have had for the past couple of years.
Members that live in Asia-Pacific (excluding Greater China), Middle East & Africa can earn up to 71,000 bonus points for just three stays in the same area through December 31, 2018, including 1,000 bonus points just for registration!
Marriott Rewards has “Look No Further” Best Rate Guarantee (BRG) program that has promised to match lower price found on the third party site and further discount it by 25%.
Seems that Marriott has today tweaked the program and adopted much liked feature from SPG as members can now choose between a discount of 25% of the entire stay or 5,000 bonus points.
United Airlines MileagePlus Buy Miles Up To 75% Bonus + 1,000,000 Miles Sweepstakes Through March 9, 2018
United Airlines has launched new MileagePlus buy miles promotion and is offering up to 75% bonus for purchases made through March 9, 2018 (there could be higher targeted offers) + chance to win 1,000,000 miles as part of a sweepstakes..
United Airlines has promotions pretty much every month for buying miles, but they all max out at a 100% bonus or a 50% discount (exactly the same offer because United usually limits the number of miles one can purchase per year including any possible bonuses to 150K).
IHG Rewards Club had a huge mess on its hand last month when it sent Royal Ambassador renewal emails to those members that it was going to downgrade and downgrade emails to those members that were going to be renewed. Then later in the month they upgraded/renewed more members to Royal Ambassador status.
Many members were complaining that expiring the status at the end of the year made very little sense because the renewals/downgrades were not processed before first/second week of the year and theoretically members would be without any status for some time.