Buy Starpoints At Up To 25% Discount

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Starwood has a promotion for buying or gifting Starpoints at up to 25% discount of the usual price. The purchase price of a Starpoint under this offer is 2.6 cents each at the highest discount. The offer is valid for purchases between March 11 and April 30, 2013, and you can access it here.

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Any one account cannot receive more than 20K Starpoints in a calendar year, whether they are gifted or purchased by the account holder.

Priority Club 10K Bonus Points Offer For Stays Of Three Nights Or Longer At Holiday Inn Club Vacations Resorts

Priority Club has a new 10K bonus points offer for stays of three nights or longer at Holiday Inn Club Vacations locations. This offer is valid for stays between March 1 and May 31, 2013, that are booked by May 27. You can access Priority Club web page for this offer here.

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There are only TEN Holiday Inn Club Vacations locations and all are located in the United States. You can find the list below and access the website for this Holiday Inn brand here.

Book Suite Escape Rate At Venetian Or Palazzo And Get 4000 Bonus Priority Club Points

Priority Club has a bonus offer for booking a minimum of two nights stay at Venetian or Palazzo, both part of InterContinental Alliance Resorts, using Suite escape rate by May 5, 2013. You can access Priority Club’s web page for this promotion here.

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The rate code for this offer is ISSEP. There seems to be a one night deposit requirement for this rate, but it is cancelable up to 3 days before arrival. Check the rate rules!

US Airways Status Match: Dividend Miles Silver, Gold or Platinum Trial Preferred

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US Airways doesn’t do straight status matches like i.e. Delta and United, but they are offering something similar for a price and you don’t need to have status with any airlines to get started with. You can access this offer on US Airways web site here.

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You need to decide at what level you would like to start your Trial Preferred. Silver costs $200, Gold $400, and Platinum $600. You will get the status for 90 days during which you need to complete:

Taxes & Fees (Fuel Surcharges Really) On Flying Blue Awards

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Taxes & fees can be really high on awards that are issued using miles from frequent flier programs that charge the fuel surcharges as part of the taxes & fees on award tickets. You can read my take why airlines love fuel surcharges here.

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LoyaltyLobby reader sent me the following email few days ago:

Club Carlson Gold Status Just For Signing Up

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You can get instant Gold status with Club Carlson by signing up for the program by by following the instructions below. This offer is available for address in the Asia Pacific region. You can open an account i.e. in Thailand and later change the address back where you live.

Edit: 2PM EST (March 11): seems that Club Carlson has now deactivated this offer. As I posted originally on March 9, this was likely to be time sensitive sign up promo. You can get Club Carlson Gold status by doing a status match from Le Club Accorhotels Platinum status. You can get Le Club Accorhotels Platinum status by following the instructions here

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The Gold status normally requires 20 stays or 35 qualifying nights in a calendar year.

JW Marriott Marquis Dubai – Review of My Brief Stay

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Last month I spent half day at this property. I had a very early morning flight out on Emirates and decided to check out this brand new Marriott property that hadn’t had its grand opening at the time.

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The hotel will have two towers once it is completely ready. Only one tower is operational right now. The second tower is expected to open sometime in 2014.

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Hotel Responses To Online Reviews: Case IHG – Social Listening

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Writing an article about online hotel reviews on sites like TripAdvisor has been on my ‘to-do’ list for a long time. The article is still coming, but I recently came across this IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) PDF about how their properties should respond to online reviews on sites like TripAdvisor.

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Note that this guide is available on the public web and IHG should have better procedures in place to keep their internal documentation private. In the meantime, we can have have a look at IHG’s instructions for property reviews.

Le Club Accorhotels Platinum Sign Up

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The public links for instant Le Club Accorhotels Platinum status come and go. Even if you have no use for Le Club Accorhotels Platinum status, you can always use it to status match to i.e. Club Carlson or Priority Club Platinum status. Once this public link no longer works, I have the private Platinum status sign up link by request available.

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You can sign up for the instant Le Club Accorhotels Platinum status by clicking the picture above. Please note that you need to sign up using an email address that has not been previously associated with Le Club Accorhotels or A Club. If you get an error message that the promotional code is no longer valid, this offer has then expired.

Update On Lawsuit Between Starwood And Le Parker Meridien & Parker Palm Springs

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This lawsuit between Starwood and Le Parker Meridien & Parker Palm Springs will provide lots of documents and entertainment in the coming months. I first wrote about this based on the article on the New York Post back in January and made a follow up post once I got hold off the actual lawsuit.

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Le Parker Meriden and Parker Palm Springs have now filed for the dismissal of this lawsuit. They have also provided some interesting reading about the original contracts for both of the hotels joining the Le Meridien brand and later amendments for both to participate to the SPG program as well.

Virgin America Elevate Buy Points 80% Bonus Targeted Offer

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Virgin America has just sent out targeted offers for 80% bonus on purchases of Elevate points. This offer is valid until March 20, 2013.

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You an buy up to 20K Virgin America Elevate points per year. Note that I cannot provide a link to this offer, as it is targeted.

Air Canada Aeroplan “Star Challenge 2003” Is Back – Up To 25K Bonus Miles

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Aeroplan is bringing back the Star Challenge for the second time. This year the qualification period is from March 11 to April 10, 2013. The registration is already open. You can access Aeroplan’s web page for this promotion here.

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Last year, there were few easy ways to maximize the payout with very little work. This year, however, the terms and conditions have been updated to make getting the maximum payout of this promotion more difficult.

TAM Leaving Star To Join Oneworld, LAN Colombia Joining Them

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Oneworld just made an announcement that LATAM has chosen Oneworld as the alliance for both airlines. TAM is expected to leave the Star Alliance on the second quarter of 2014. This is full 12 months from now. You can read the Oneworld press release about TAM joining the alliance here.

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LAN and TAM merged last year and it was expected that the combined airline would be in the Oneworld alliance. LAN is a member of Onworld and TAM member of competing Star Alliance. When AviancaTaca joined the Star Alliance one condition was that the airline couldn’t  be in the same alliance as TAM.

NH Weekend Extender Offer

NH Hotels has quite a few different offers going on at the moment and you can access them all here. What caught my eye this time is this NH Weekend Extender offer that you can access here.

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You book a two night weekend stay and you will receive breakfast on both mornings, complimentary minibar (not restocked on second day), and 5PM check out if checking our on Sunday. The mini bar is not included in Spain, Andorra and Portugal, and some hotels don’t have it at all (see list below).

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