Daily Archives: Jan 18, 2013

Double Southwest Rapid Rewards Points at Carlson Hotels In The US


Southwest Airlines is Club Carlson’s latest airline partner. You can earn 600 Rapid Rewards points per stay at Club Carlson locations worldwide. Make sure to have your Rapid Rewards number on hand when checking out. There is no need to register for this offer that you can access here.


To celebrate this new partnership, Club Carlson has launched a double Rapid Rewards points promotion that is valid for stays between January 18 and March 31,2013, at the Radisson, Radisson Blu, and Country Inn & Suites location in the United States for Sunday through Thursday check ins. Note that Park Inn and Park Plaza brands do not participate to this double points promotion.

United Selling Premier Qualifying Miles Again – Targeted Offer


United has again made an offer for number of Mileage Plus members to purchase up to 15K elite qualifying miles that would apply towards 2012 totals and thus 2013 status. The price of these elite qualifying miles is dependent of the Mileage Plus status that you have.


You can try accessing this offer here. It didn’t work for me. There is a lively discussion about this on FlyerTalk and one of the member’s (WineCountryUA) compiled a list of these options based on the numbers that members at different premier levels had posted:

Priority Club / InterContinental Hotels Group Master Property List with 2012 & 2013 Point Requirements


Priority Club just changed the award categories/points requirements of more than half of the properties on its portfolio. More went up compared to down. Unlike all other major hotel chains, Priority club has refused to release a list of properties of moving up/down.

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We have now updated the Priority Club / InterContinental Hotels Group Master Property list with the new point requirements.

Starwood Upping Cash & Points Requirements


Starwood’s Cash & Points has been very popular redemption option for many that has enabled member to redeem an award room partly using both cash and points.


Now, Starwood is tinkering with both the cash and point requirements of this award type. The number of required points is going up by 25% and the cash requirement is going up between 17% and 25%. You have until March 5, 2013, to make Cash & Points reservation under the current award chart. You can read more about these updated points and cash requirements here.

Bonus 15K Air Canada Aeroplan Miles for 20 Flights

Air Canada has a bonus offer for maximum of 15K bonus Aeroplan miles for 20 flight segments that are flown between January 14 and March 24, 2013. You need to register for this promotion.


If you read the fine print, you will find that only expensive Flex and higher fares qualify for this bonus.

Updated Priority Club Master Property List and What Award Category Changes Will Mean to You


Priority Club will unveil later today (January 18) the new award classification of its 4500 hotels. Per press release of this change, approximately 30% of the hotels will go down in the number of points required and 30% will go up.

Priority Club New Award Categories
Priority Club New Award Categories

Priority Club has refused to release a list of hotels that are moving up or down in number of points required. Here’s the updated InterContinental Hotels Group / Priority Club Master Property List with point requirements prior to January 18 award chart revamp.

Marriott Renewing Gold/Platinum Status Without Meeting Qualification Requirements


Marriott has always renewed the Gold or Platinum status if you have stayed at Marriott properties a lot in the past and just have been in short on nights one year.


I used to stay at Marriott hotels a lot and had couple of years with around 130 nights. My total lifetime nights are just above 500 at the present. For the most part, I stopped at staying at Marriott hotels few years ago and Marriott continued renewing my Platinum status for couple of years and then finally downgraded me Gold last year.

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