Club Carlson China Award Sale: 25% Off Of Standard Awards

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Club Carlson has just started an award sale at participating properties in China. You can save 25% off of the usual number of points required on award stays until April 30, 2013.

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You need to use promotional code 25REDEEM, when making the reservation. You can access Club Carlson promotional page for this offer here.

SPG & Delta Crossover Rewards Registration Now Open

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The registration for linking your SPG and Delta SkyMiles accounts to benefit of the Crossover Rewards is now open at either SPG’s website here or Delta’s website here. You only have to link your accounts once. If you have Delta flights coming in on early March or SPG stays, you should register now to start earning extra SkyMiles and Starpoints.

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When I tried to link my accounts on SPG’s website, I got the following error message quite a few times.

Hilton 30% Off Of Bed & Breakfast Rate Promotion For Europe, Middle East, Africa, Indian Ocean & Asia Pacific

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Hilton has a new 30% off of Bed & Breakfast rate promotion for select properties in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Indian Ocean & Asia Pacific. The offer needs to be booked 30 days in advance between February 14 and May 14, 2013, for stays up to December 31, 2013. This rate requires a prepayment of 30% at the time of bookings. You can access this offer here.

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Some of the rates don’t look that great. You should always check the “Corporate Benefits Employee Offer”, “Hilton Public Sector Offer for Europe” and “Little League”. These may yield better rates and be cancelable compared to this 30% off of a Bed & Breakfast rate.

Priority Club Last Minute Reward Nights Out For March 2013

Priority Club just released a list of last minute rewards nights for this coming weekend. You need to book them on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday for Friday, Saturday, or Sunday nights this coming weekend. You can access the full list of hotels by following this link.

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These last minute rewards nights are offered at 50% discount of the usual number of points needed. This time they have 85 hotels on the list of which two are InterContinental ones.

Hotel Loyalty Programs Telephone Customer Service

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Friend of mine commented yesterday about the horrible service that he had received from Hyatt’s Gold Passport “Diamond” line and I thought that this would be a perfect article.

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Hilton Diamond Customer Service

Best Carry-On Luggage?

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Last week, I had a LoyaltyLobby reader emailing me about the luggage he had seen on my YouTube hotel videos. (I have more than 220 hotel room/suite videos on LoyaltyLobby’s YouTube channel that you can access here.)

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My personal preference is to travel as light as possible and I have managed just with my Black 22″ (type of carry-on that is “legal” with the airlines) for couple of years. I only check it, if I absolutely have to. It is way “overweight” in regards to what you are normally allowed to bring as a carry on, but airlines (full service ones) rarely weigh these.

Westin Heavenly In-Flight Bedding Coming To Delta’s BusinessElite

Delta and Starwood are announcing later today their partnership of bringing Westin Heavenly In-Flight Bedding to BusinessElite flights starting this summer. There was interesting article on NY Times about this that you can access here.

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This is likely part of the greater partnership between Starwood and Delta that started with the Crossover Rewards announcement earlier this month. I first broke the story about this new type of partnership with Delta and Starwood on February 5. You can read more about Crossover Rewards here that is starting on March 1.

American Airlines Offers Of Up To 20K Bonus Miles: New York to Dublin & Chicago to Dusseldorf New Routes

American Airlines is offering up to 20K bonus AAdvantage miles on its new routes from New York to Dublin and from Chicago to Dusseldorf. Both of these offers require registration.

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You can access the Dublin offer here and the Chicago offer here. The registration code for the Dublin offer is AADUB and the Dusseldorf offer AADUS. The valid travel dates for the New York to Dublin promotion are June 12 to September 15, 2013, and for the Chicago to Dusseldorf offer from April 11 to July 15, 2013.

Hilton HHonors Program Terms And Conditions Changes

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Hilton has updated the terms and condition of the HHonors program retroactively from February 11, 2013. I always love that the programs never tend to inform about these changes, but rather quietly just change them. You can red the entire Hilton HHonors Terms and conditions here.

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In essence, the references to complimentary fitness center access and internet are removed in hotels that charge resort fees. These are usually the core “benefit” of paying the resort fee, but they were complimentary for Hilton HHonors Gold and Diamond guests under the previous terms and conditions

CNBC Original: Behind The Closed Doors At Marriott

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You can normally catch this CNBC Marriott special over the weekends when they are running more lifestyle programming. I have already seen it twice and, if you are interested in about how the hotels operate, it is definitely worth spending an hour.

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CNBC has quite a few tidbits and videos about this show available on their website and you can access them here.

Emirates Skywards Gold Guest Lounge Access Changes

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Emirates is reinstating the lounge access benefit for one guest of Skywards Gold member that is traveling in economy.

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Emirates just sent an email about this change that takes effect on February 27, 2013. Emirates had previously allowed Skyward Gold member traveling in economy to bring in one companion to the lounge, but this was later removed likely due to lounge crowding.

Air France-KLM Flying Blue Gold Nordic Country Status Matches Slowly Being Processed

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Air France-KLM made a very good status match offer for residents (and other countries as well by a mistake) of Finland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark, for an instant Gold status on their Flying Blue program. This offer was launched on January 22, 2013.

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They shortly after releasing the offer changed the terms and conditions to only offer this match to residents of the four countries mentioned above. A week later, the entire offer was withdrawn that was supposed to be valid until late spring.

Choice Privileges Free Night Offer (8000 Points) After Two Stays

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Choice is launching their spring 2013 promotion that is total of 8000 Choice Privileges points for two separate stays. This offer is valid for stays between February 28 and May 15, 2013. You need to register for this promotion.

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If you are Choice Privileges member, you should have received an email about this promotion. If not, just log into your Choice Privileges account at Choicehotels.com and register there.

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