Daily Archives: Jul 1, 2013

Qatar Airways Readying For Oneworld Integration: New Booking Class Structure


Qatar Airways just announced that they are shuffling around the booking class alphabet structure on October 1, 2013, in anticipation of joining the Oneworld Alliance. You can read more about this on Qatar’s website here.


I wrote two weeks ago that Qatar representative had disclosed that the joining date would be sometime this coming October (you can read the piece here) and this change further proves that this is likely the case.

Club Carlson Program Devaluation Begins: Airline Conversions Cut By Up To 44%


Club Carlson has allowed  conversion of Gold Points to miles at a fixed scale of 2,000 points to 250 miles, 50,000 points to 8,000 miles and 100,000 points to 18,000 airlines miles. I wrote a piece about airline transfers in December (you can read it here), when I redeemed 300K Gold Points to 54K United miles + 15K bonus for hotel points conversion from United. So, I got 69K United miles for 300K Club Carlson points.


Now, Club Carlson has devalued the Gold Points to airline conversions by up to 44% and has not given any prior notice to program members. You can see the old rates on the left and the new conversion rates on the right. You can access Club Carlson’s web page for points to airline conversion here.

Etihad Airways Guest Gold Status Match July 2013 (Limited Time – First 500!)


Etihad just sent out an email about new status match campaign that is valid for the first 500 applicants that email the required documents to Etihad by July 14, 2013. Etihad will match competitors status (Gold or higher) to their Etihad Guest Gold.


This offer is valid for Guest members that have Gold or higher status with any other airline frequent flier program. There is no website for this offer, but you can access copy of the email sent here.

Etihad Guest 25% Off Flight Award Discount

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Etihad Airways is offering 25% off of the usual number of Guest miles that is required for award flights taken and ticketed between June 23 and July 31, 2013. This offer is valid for destinations that Etihad has listed on their promo page here.


This offer is valid only for bookings made on Etihad’s website (no call center) and you need to use the promotional code RWD25PCT to get the discount. This offer is not available for Miles + Cash bookings.

Hilton Great Getaway EMEA 13% Cashback & 5% For Other Bookings


Getting cashback for Hilton bookings hasn’t been too easy, as it seems that they are not available in most of the usual cashback websites. I wrote a piece last month, when TopCashback UK started offering 5% cashback for Hilton stays in form of Tesco Clubcard points (that you can later convert to BA Avios) that you can access here.


Now, UK based websites Quidco is offering 13% cashback for those that book the Hilton’s Great Getaway (you can read more about this sale here) rate plans for stays in EMEA by the end of this week for stays up until the end of the year. Note that you need to have a UK bank account, if the payment is more than 25 GBP. Payments less than that can be paid to your PayPal account.

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