Hilton HHonors Airline Acquisition Offer: Instant Gold, Fast Track Offer & 25,000 Bonus Miles After Five Stays

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Hilton HHonors has been sending out very good offers today for elite members of Etihad, Air France-KLM, American Airlines and likely many other airlines as well.

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This offer includes the following:

PointsHound 1,000 Bonus Miles (First Hotel Booking) + Air France-KLM Flying Blue Partnership

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PointsHound has extended the 1,000 bonus miles offer to celebrate their latest partner Air France-KLM’s Flying Blue. You can earn 1,000 bonus miles for the first booking (usually 250) that is done by October 11, 2013.

These bonus miles are in addition to the usual miles that you earn. You can access PointsHound’s website here.

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PointsHound is a hotel booking portal that awards you airline miles for reservations that you do. The service also offers rate that are eligible for hotel points and stay/night credits (read more here).

Air France Cocaine Bust

There was an interesting news piece over the weekend about a huge cocaine bust at the Paris Charles de Gaulle airport.

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An Air France flight from Caracas, Venezuela, on September 11th had contained 30 suitcases full of cocaine weighting 1.3 tonnes. This operation was not made public before this weekend.

Air France-KLM Flying Blue Promo Awards Are Out For September To October 2013

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Air France-KLM Flying Blue has just released the list of their promotional awards for September and October 2013.  The discount on promo awards changed from flat 50% to variable discount of 25% to 50%.

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These September to October promo awards can be booked between August 27 and October 29 for travel between September 1 and October 31, 2013. You can access Flying Blue’s web page for this award type here.

Air France-KLM Europe To Panama Promo Award

Air France-KLM has updated their promo award page mid month and added an interesting award from Europe to Panama city for travel between November 25 and March 31, 2014, that is booked by August 29.

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You only need 15,000 miles for one-way promo award in economy that is a good deal now that the fuel surcharges on these economy awards are capped. The premium economy is 30,000 one-way and business 37,500.

Book KLM Flight On Mobile Site & Get Free Lounge Voucher

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KLM has a new promotion for bookings made on its mobile www.bookmobile.klm.com website by August 13, 2013, for free lounge voucher at KLM’s Crown Lounge at the Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport.

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All you need to do is to book your flight using the mobile website. Note that the promotion may end up earlier, if they run out of lounge invites. You can access this offer on KLM’s website here.

Air France-KLM Flying Blue Promo Awards Are Out For July To August 2013

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Air France-KLM Flying Blue just revamped their award chart and made awards in Premium Economy 60% (N.A. 33%), Business Class 25% and in First Class 30% more expensive. You can read more about this change here.

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Also, the discount on promo awards has changed from flat 50% to 25% to 50%. I have calculated the discount for long-haul awards and it is in red.

Air France-KLM Flying Blue Promo Awards Now Available In First Class (La Premiere)

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Air France-KLM just changed (upped) the number of miles required for award tickets in premium economy, business and first class tickets by up to 60%. You can read my take about this devaluation here and the before/after combined award charts here.

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Now Air France has a promotion for 50% discount on number of miles required for first class award tickets (La Premier) on all other than North America routes for travel between July 1 and September 15, 2013, that are ticketed between June 1 and June 30, 2013. You can access Flying Blue’s web page for promo awards here.

Air France-KLM Flying Blue Promo Award Booking Woes & Market Based Availability (And What I Ended Up Booking)

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The May & June promo awards (you can access my post about them here) became bookable yesterday and I had been eying a flight to Montreal in business class from number of destinations Europe.

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At the end, I ended up spending several hours with the Air France’s booking engine trying to get something booked and ticketed.

Air France KLM Flying Blue Award Chart 2013 Pre & After Devaluation

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Earlier today, Air France KLM Flying Blue announced their new award structure starting June 1, 2013. You can read my take about it here.

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At the time, I didn’t have access to the new award charts. Flying Blue has not published award charts on their website for a while.

You were required to use the Miles Finder or the actual award booking search engine to find the number of miles required for economy, premium economy, business, and first class on any given route.

Air France-KLM Flying Blue Award Chart Changes: Reduced Fuel Surcharges + 25% to 33% Rise In Miles Required For Premium Economy, Business And First Class Awards

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Air France-KLM’s Flying Blue is reducing fuel surcharges it charges for economy awards and charges only the long haul fuel surcharge for premium economy, business and first class awards that include connections. You can read more about this on Flying Blue’s website here.

Edit Apr 25: The current and the new award charts are available on my post here.

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There is no change in number of miles required for base level economy awards. There is, however, rise of 25% to 33% in number of miles required for premium economy, business and first class awards.

Air France-KLM Flying Blue Promo Awards (50% Discount) Are Out For May – June 2013

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Air France and KLM’s Flying Blue program releases a list of promotional destinations every couple of months that are redeemable for half the usual number of miles. They just announced the latest list of destinations that are bookable from April 29 (earlier for Flying Blue elites) for travel between May 1 and June 30, 2013, that you can access here.

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Thing to note is that you can book these also as one-way.  These are not only for originating from Europe as all the destinations are valid for both directions.  Awards allow the origin/destination in Europe to be in zones 1, 2, and 3, basically meaning that these awards are valid from/to anywhere in Europe.

Flying Blue Avis Accumulator Is Back For 2013 – Earn Up To 50K Bonus Miles

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Flying Blue Avis Accumulator is back for 2013. You can earn total of 50K bonus miles for 6 rentals of 3 days or longer between April 1 and December 31, 2013.

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You have to follow the rules of this promotion very carefully in order to get the miles and make absolute sure that you save all the receipts. You may have to contact Avis or Flying Blue (or very likely both) after the promotion period is over to get the miles posted.

Get Your 6 to 12 Months Regus Businessworld Gold Membership For Free

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Just last week, I visited one of the Regus locations in Bangkok and wrote a piece about it that you can access here. Regus offers temporarily office space in 95 countries and has more than 1500 locations. I have received Regus Businessworld Gold offer few times for being an elite member with airline frequent flier program, but that is not a requirement to get this access for free, however.

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I just used Google and searched the airlines that offer complimentary Businessworld Gold membership for their frequent fliers. You can get 6 months free membership via Enrich (not even required to join the program) and 12 months free via Lufthansa’s Miles & More (need membership number).

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