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IHG Rewards Club Gold Status Fast Track + 500 Bonus British Airways Executive Club Avios Sign Up By December 31, 2017

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IHG Rewards Club has launched Gold fast track offer targeted to British Airways Executive Club members that are also eligible for 500 bonus Avios after two night stay.

IHG Rewards Club British Airways Executive Club

This offer is valid for sign ups until December 31, 2017, and you must complete the required three nights to get the Gold upgrade by February 28.

Reader Question: SAS Plus – What Is Complimentary From The Menu?

A LoyaltyLobby Reader From The UK sent us a question by email about the SAS Plus product and what is complimentary from the on board menu that is for cash only.

SAS Pilot Strike

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Choice Privileges 10,000 Bonus Points For Five Nights December 11 – February 9, 2018 (Post Your Offer!)

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Choice Privileges has today emailed out targeted offers for nights consumed between December 11 – February 9, 2018.

Choice Privileges 10,000 Bonus Points For Five Nights December 11 – February 9, 2018 (Post Your Offer!)

A LoyaltyLobby reader forwarded me an offer for 10,000 bonus points that requires five nights during the promo period.

UPDATE: Alitalia & Italian Transportation Strikes On December 15, 2017

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Last week, I wrote about strike activity brewing up in Italy again that makes next Friday challenging times trying to fly in/out from the country due to number of strikes that mostly ground Alitalia for the day. These strikes have now been confirmed

Alitalia Running Out Of Cash

Air traffic controllers are planning to strike for four hours, airport personnel providing services to airlines are striking for several hours, some transportation employees are striking for eight hours, some Ryanair and Vueling employees are planning to strike for few hours during the day, and finally most Alitalia employees are planning tor strike for the entire day.

SPG Platinum Ambassador Status For 2018?

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Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) officially launched Ambassador program back in 2012 (read more here), although the program had been running unofficially since 2009 as invitation only.

SPG Platinum Ambassador Service

I qualified for the status on that year due to having more than 110 nights with the program in 2011 down from 130+ from 2010. Seems that I am on track getting the Ambassador status for the very last time for 2018 before the SPG program is dismantled.

Marriott Rewards Up To 2,000 Bonus Points Per Night Select US Hotels March 1 – April 8, 2018

Marriott Rewards has launched new promotion for stays at select US hotels between March 1 – April 8, 2018.

Marriott Rewards Up To 2,000 Bonus Points Per Night Across The US March 1 - April 8 2018

Marriott Rewards members can earn 1,000 to 2,000 bonus points per night for stays that are booked using promotional code M11.

Lufthansa Miles&More Goes Revenue Based On March 12, 2018?

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Lufthansa Miles&More program is apparently going to revenue base as of March 12, 2018, if you can believe the information shown on their app.

Lufthansa Miles&More Revenue Base March 12 2018

Lufthansa would follow Air France-KLM Flying Blue that is going revenue base next year as well and made the announcement earlier this year. I would assume that Miles&More would closely follow Flying Blue’s formula that is basically copied from the US airlines.

Giveaway: 100,000 Hilton Honors Points (Enter By 11:59PM ET Friday Dec 15)

To celebrate the Hilton Honors points sale (read more here) and Winter Sale for stays in Europe, Middle East & Africa (read more here) + there is another one for stays in Asia-Pacific (read more here) we decided to launch giveaway for 100,000 points!

Hilton Honors Giveaway

The giveaway is now live and you must enter by 11:59PM on Friday (December 15, 2017) and we will announce the winner on Sunday.

Light Snow Hits UK & Western European Airports Creating Snowmageddon (Canceled & Delayed Flights)

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Sebastian wrote earlier today (read more here) about challenges many Delta travelers have been facing over the past few days in the US due to adverse weather conditions.

SAS

Now, many Western European airports are facing light snow and airlines are unable to deal with de-icing leading to long delays and cancellations.

Reader Comment: Finnair Flight From HEL(L) Literally!

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A LoyaltyLobby reader sent me an email yesterday while on rather HELl’ish Finnair flight from Helsinki to Miami due to fellow passengers that just couldn’t be quiet.

Reader Comment Finnair Flight From HEL(L) Literally

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Qatar Airways Airbus A321 Catches Fire In Doha During WiFi Installation

A Qatar Airways Airbus A321 on Friday December 8, 2017, caught fire while WiFi equipment was being installed to the aircraft.

Qatar Fire Top

The fire burnt through the roof as you can see from the photos that were taken on the spot. I would assume that the airline needs to write off this frame due to excessive damage.

Marriott Rewards Gaylord Hotels Up To 15% Off + 2,000 Bonus Points Sunday – Thursday January 8 – March 31, 2018

Marriott’s Rewards has launched new promotion for stays at participating Gaylord Hotels in the United States where members can save up to 15% off and earn some bonus points in the process.

Marriott Rewards Gaylord Hotels January 8 - March 31 2018

Members can earn 2,000 bonus points and save up to 15% off of Sunday to Thursday stays that are booked using promotional code M11 and consumed between January 8 – March 31, 2018.

Reader Question: American Airlines Flight Cancellation, Downgrade & Incorrect Number Of Miles Credited Back – What Recourse?

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A LoyaltyLobby reader sent me a question by email regarding an unfortunate situation with American Airlines that she has not been able to successfully resolve with the airline.

Best Western Rewards American Airlines Quadruple AAdvantage Miles Offer

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Qatar Airways Privilege Club Up To 10,000 Bonus Qmiles + Tier Upgrade/Extension For Members In UK & Ireland For Travel Through March 31, 2018 (Book By December 30)

Qatar Airways Privilege Club has launched an interesting bonus Qmiles and Tier upgrade/extension promotion for members residing in the UK and Ireland.

Qatar Airways

Privilege Club members can earn up to 10,000 bonus Qmiles and earn one level tier upgrade or extend their current tier by another year by flying through March 31, 2018, and making the bookings between December 5 – 30.

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