JetBlue TrueBlue Bonus of 5000 Bonus Points for 3 Round Trips or 6 One-ways in 2013

JetBlue sent out an email today regarding a promotion for all TrueBlue members. You can earn 5000 bonus TrueBlue points by taking 3 round trips or 6 one-ways in 2013.

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There is no need to register for this promotion as it is open for all. The value of JetBlue point directly correlates with the price of the flight. Recent search returned a price of $159 or 11K points and $2.5.

Priority Club Point Breaks List Is Out (January) Valid Until March 31, 2013

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Priority Club just released their latest list of Point Breaks hotels that you can book for only 5000 points per night.  These hotels are available for booking until March  31, 2013, but popular hotels will drop off from the list fast. This time there is only one InterContinental hotel from Fiji on the list.

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You can access the list of Point Breaks hotels that you can find also below by going here.

Sometimes It Pays to Check Airline Website Due to SITI Pricing

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On Monday, I need to get from Jakarta to Kuala Lumpur. I usually take the KLM’s 5th freedom flight on this route, but their pricing is not competitive and the number of SkyMiles I would earn wouldn’t make for the difference in fare.

This is fairly competitive route due to Kuwait, KLM, AirAsia, Malaysian, Garuda, Batavia, Lion etc. flying it non-stop.

I have written previously about air fares in Brazil and how it is often cheaper to buy them from Tam’s/GOL’s Brazilian websites instead of their English ones or online travel agents. This is due to market specific special fares that requires both selling and ticketing of the fare in specific country (SITISold Inside Ticketed Inside).

Hyatt Terms & Conditions About Eligible Stays Changed Again

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Seems that Hyatt Gold Passport cannot make their mind, whether to grant points (and possibly stay credit) for members that arrive to a hotel without having advance reservations.

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I first reported about Hyatt Gold Passport terms and conditions change regarding the walk-in guests on December 9, 2013, and again on December 23, 2013, when Hyatt had reverted to old terms and conditions.

My Airline Strategy for 2013

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Last week, I wrote about my hotel strategy for 2013 that is rather clear. The situation, when it comes to airlines, is murkier.

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What makes my life easier is the lifetime Premier Gold with United (1 million miles) and lifetime AA Platinum (2 million miles). I didn’t qualify for 1K last year with UA and will soon drop to my lifetime status. I qualified for Executive Platinum status with AA and will have the status until sometime in 2014.

SAS Eurobonus January Point Bargains

Like quite a few other airlines, SAS also has a number of their destinations on sale monthly at lower than usual number of points required for a free flight. The January award sale that you can access here is about to end tonight.

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This month SAS has Frankfurt, Vilnius, London, Brussels, Rome and Alicante at up to 50% off in economy, economy extra, and business class.

Best Western Spring 2013 Promotion: Free Night Certificate After 3 Stays or Double Aeroplan Miles

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Best Western’s Spring 2013 promotion is valid for stays between February 11 and April 14, 2013. You need to be a member and register for this promotion before your first stay to be eligible. You can register for this promotion here or by logging to your Best Western account and clicking “Register for special offers” link.

You can choose between:

1. Free night certificate after 3 stays worldwide that is valid for use in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. You need to be a member of a participating country (very long list), but the free night certificate is only valid for use in North America or the Caribbean.

Delta Plugs Their Website – No Longer Access to Mosaic Info

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Yesterday, I wrote about Delta’s website hack that would have allowed you to check your Experian Mosaic classification and some of the parameters Delta had on file about you.

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Delta Mosaic

As I predicted, Delta has now closed this hole on their website and has issued the following statement regarding the issue:

LoyaltyLobby.com Website Update

Yesterday, the hosting of LoyaltyLobby.com was moved from a shared environment in Atlanta to a dedicated server in NJ. The transfer went quite smoothly, but we are still in the process of tweaking the back end and there could be (hopefully) short periods of downtime over the weekend.

If you notice something that quite doesn’t work as before, you can always drop me an email or leave a comment below.

Wired Piece About Airport Arrest For Refusing Nude-O-Scope

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This Wired piece about suing the DHS (Department of Homeland Security) & TSA (Transport Security Administration) among others, is a good read.

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Wired Airport Arrest

This suit is about Mr. Tobey refusing the Nude-O-Scope and dressing down for the pat down. The airport police had arrested Mr. Tobey for disorderly conduct, but the charges were dropped by the county prosecutor two weeks later. Then, Mr. Tobey sued the government.

FoundersCard’s Travel Benefits Worth The $295 Fee?

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Quite a few of my friends (myself as well) have received email invitations (last time from Trip It) to join the FoundersCard at $200 discount. The fee for joining would be $295 instead of the $495 that they have on the website.

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I tried to use Google to find some objective pieces written about this product but couldn’t find any. There were some, but they were mostly from FoundersCard members soliciting new members to sign up using their links.

Check Your Delta SkyMiles Customer Segmentation Info

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It is not news that companies we use can know a lot about us, but they don’t usually make accessing this information easy. You can now check, how Delta segments you and what your Mosaic consumer lifestyle segmentation is.

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Here’s what you need to do.

1. Log into you SkyMiles account

2. Plug the following URL (https://www.delta.com/databroker/bcdata.action) to the same browser and copy the text

3. Copy/paste it to your favorite text application

Update on Club Carlson Targeted Reactivation Bonus

At the beginning of January, I wrote about 10K bonus Club Carlson bonus points offer that they had emailed to a friend of mine. Yesterday, I received the same offer as well.

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The last stay that I had at Club Carlson property was on September 19, 2012. Seems that they sent out these offers to those that don’t have too many points in their account (I just moved mine to United) and haven’t had a stay for a short while.

OMNI Select Guest Program Changes

It is always “scary” when hotel or airline programs send emails about program updates and changes as those rarely benefit the program member.

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This is the case with the OMNI Select Guest program as well. They just sent an email regarding program changes. Of course, they forgot to mention what the previous requirements for a free night or the validity of the free night had been.

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