Reply From Head Of Hyatt’s Gold Passport Regarding Free Night Awards After 25/50 Visited Properties


Last week, I wrote about the Hyatt’s gift for those that had visited 25 or 50 separate Hyatt properties. LoyaltyLobby reader forwarded me the email that he had received from Hyatt. You can read the article about this topic here.


Mr. Jeff Zidell, who is the head of Hyatt Gold Passport, posted the following official reply from Hyatt about this “curator” initiative on FlyerTalk.

Turkish Airways Miles&Smiles May 25% Award Sale


Turkish just sent our an email about their award sale that requires 25% less miles than usually. This discount is valid for travel to/from 62 destinations between May 1-31, 2013. You can access this offer here.


This offer is valid for award tickets issued on or after April 19, 2013. Note that the travel period is from May 1 to May 31, 2013, and cannot be extended.

Lufthansa Strike On Monday – Check Your Travel Plans


Lufthansa is facing a second employee strike in about a month this coming Monday. The services sector union Verdi has called for a walk out on Monday April 22. You can read more about this Lufthansa’s website here.


During a similar strike month ago about 700 of 1800 daily flights were canceled. Lufthansa is going to publish a list of canceled flights on Saturday evening German time.

Le Club Accorhotels Platinum Sign Up (April Special)


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.

Edit April 20: This offer is no longer valid. You can request a private link for instant Le Club Accorhotels Platinum status by following the instructions here.


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 If you get an error message that the promotional code is no longer valid, this offer has then expired.

Triple Starpoints In Europe For SPG Members In China


Starwood has a new promotion for triple Starpoints at 68 participating properties in Europe for stays between June 1 and October 31, 2013, for SPG members that have their account address in mainland China. You can access this promotion here.


Note that you must have had your SPG account address in China for three months prior the start date of this promotion in order to be eligible for the triple points. SPG members in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau are not eligible for this offer.

Priority Club Thailand Rate Offer: Up To 30% Off, Breakfast, Late Checkout & Free Internet

Priority Club just sent out an email for a Thailand specific offer of up to 30% off, breakfast for two, late check out and complimentary internet access for bookings made using this offer for stays between April 15 and August 31, 2013. You can access this offer here.


The rate code for this offer is IKTAS that shows as “Thailand All Smiles” when doing the rate search.

Getting Diagnostic & Prescription In Hanoi At Hong Ngoc Hospital


When you travel a lot, you sometimes need to access the local healthcare system. I wrote about getting yellow fever & other vaccinations done in Bangkok (you can read the article here) and about three doctor/hospital visits I had to do in Mexico City/Bali/Dubai in 2011 (you can read about these here).


Last week, I had some pain in my elbow and it was inflated. It didn’t hurt unless you had your elbow on the table or touch it. It wasn’t too painful, so I waited for few days before I decided that I need to go and see a doctor.

Airbus To Shrink Window & Middle Seats To Make Aisle Ones Wider


This issue has been covered in the European media quite widely in the past week, but it doesn’t seem to have made it elsewhere yet. Here’s piece from the Daily Telegraph about it.


Airbus is going to offer an option for airlines to order the A320 aircraft in a configuration that shrinks the window and middle seats by an inch and gives the extra space for the aisle seats to better accommodate the larger passengers. Airlines in turn could charge higher price for these wider seats.

LoyaltyLobby Content Too Much US Slant?


When I go through and reply to all the emails and other messages that LoyaltyLobby receives daily, I sometimes come across comments that LoyaltyLobby has too much US specific content.


Less than half of LoyaltyLobby visitors are from the United States, but if you include other English speaking countries (Canada, UK, Australia etc) the percentage jumps to 60%. Rest of the visitors are from 100+ countries.

United’s 50% Bonus On PQM (Premier Qualifying Miles) Offer – TB5M11


United has launched a new targeted offer today for 50% bonus on PQM’s on travel between April 17 and May 23, 2013. You can access this offer here.


This offer is valid for first, business and high-economy fare classes (F, A, J, C, D, Z, P, Y, B, M, E, U, H, Q & V).

Hyatt’s Surprise Gift For Visiting 25 Or 50 Properties


Hyatt has been sending out emails today for those that have visited more than 50 Hyatt properties since joining the Gold Passport program. LoyaltyLobby reader forwarded me this email that he had received from Hyatt.


And the best part is the one free night award that is valid at any Hyatt property worldwide.

Hilton HHonors Promo Problem Resolution Difficulty: 40000 Bonus Points At Stake


Hilton HHonors had a promotion for instant Gold status and for 40000 bonus points for Visa Infinite card holders. The promotion for instant Gold is still valid until the end of May, but the four stays for bonus points needed to occur by May 31, 2012. You can read more about this promotion here.


This offer was valid for Visa Infinite card holders in the Asia Pacific region, but there is no mention in the terms and conditions about the Hilton HHonors account address requirement and the stays could be worldwide.

Hyatt April (2013) Edition of the 48 Hour Sale – C48APR


Hyatt is having their monthly 48 hour sale where you can save up to 20% off of best available rates (BAR). Sometimes you can save quite a bit of money and sometimes you cannot. Always remember to check the other discount rates that you are eligible for such as AAA or AARP. You can access the Hyatt’s web page for this promotion here.


These rates are valid at select US, Canada, and Caribbean hotels for stays between May 1 and August, 2013. The promotional dates for individual properties may vary. You need to book this offer by 11:59PM CDT on April, 2013.

IHG Gone From The UK Cash Back Sites (Still Available On The US Ones)


LoyaltyLobby reader alerted me about this disappearance of InterContinental Hotels Group from the UK based cash back sites such as TopCashBack (UK) & Quidco that have both ha IHG for a long time.


The cash back still appears to be on the US based sites, however. Even the TopCashBack’s US websites has the cash back discount, when its UK based one doesn’t.

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