Club Carlson 50% Redemption Discount At Select Hotels in Europe, Middle East & Africa

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Club Carlson is offering a 50% discount on number of points required for a free night at select properties in Europe, Middle East, and Africa. You need to use promotional code 50REDEEM when searching for the hotels for the discounted number of points to show up. Club Carlson had a similar redemption sale last year for EMEA.

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The discount if for stays between August 1st to September 30th, 2012. The booking window is open already, however. The list of participating hotels is not as great as last time. There might be some hotels that are participating for this sale, but that are not on the list that Club Carlson put up on their website. Using the 50REDEEM promotional code, when searching for the hotel, will bring up all the participating hotels for the city, if any.

Decided to check the availability of this offer at three hotels; Radisson Blu Baku, Radisson Blu Addis Ababa, and Radisson Blu Budapest.

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I have always wanted to visit Azerbaijan and the 50% discount offer came up without a hitch. The paid rates tend to be on the high side for all the hotels that I have ever looked at for the Baku.

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Addis Ababa is an interesting city. I have transited through couple of times and have entertained an idea of a short stopover of a day or two to check the city out. The discount rate showed up here too.

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Budapest is a wonderful city to visit and I have been there couple of times. The hotels in the city tend to be rather competitive prices and I have never used points here. The 14K Club Carlson points per night is not a bad offer, but the paid rates start at just 64 euros per night as well.

Conclusion

This is a good offer, if you happen to be on the city like Baku or Addis Ababa, where hotels are expensive. August is the traditional summer vacation month in Europe and the paid rates in business hotels tend to be on the low side. It always makes sense to check all the rates.

Here’s the list of participating properties for this promotion:

AUSTRIA 

Park Inn by Radisson Linz

AZERBAIJAN 

Park Inn by Radisson Azerbaijan, Baku

Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Baku

BELGIUM 

Park Inn by Radisson Antwerp

Park Inn by Radisson Leuven

Radisson Blu Astrid Hotel, Antwerp

Radisson Blu Park Lane Hotel

ETHIOPIA

Radisson Blu Hotel, Addis Ababa

FRANCE 

Park Inn by Radisson Lyon Ouest

GERMANY 

Park Inn by Radisson Stuttgart

Radisson Blu Gewandhaus Hotel, Dresden

Radisson Blu Park Hotel & Conference Centre, Dresden Radebeul

HUNGARY 

Radisson Blu Beke Hotel, Budapest

IRELAND 

Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny

LITHUANIA 

Park Inn by Radisson Kaunas

NETHERLANDS 

Park Plaza Amsterdam Airport

Park Plaza Eindhoven

Park Plaza Utrecht

NORWAY 

Radisson Blu Hotel Norge, Bergen

Radisson Blu Hotel, Alesund

Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Bergen

POLAND 

Radisson Blu Hotel, Gdansk

Radisson Blu Sobieski Hotel, Warsaw

RUSSIAN FEDERATION

Park Inn by Radisson Astrakhan

Park Inn by Radisson Donetsk

Park Inn by Radisson Rosa Khutor

Park Inn by Radisson, Kazan

Park Inn by Radisson, Pulkovskaya St Petersburg

SAUDI ARABIA 

Radisson Blu Royal Suite Hotel, Jeddah

SPAIN 

Radisson Blu Resort, Gran Canaria

SWEDEN 

Radisson Blu Hotel, Malmo

Radisson Blu Royal Park Hotel, Stockholm

SWITZERLAND 

Park Inn by Radisson Lully

Radisson Blu Hotel, St. Gallen

UKRAINE 

Radisson Blu Resort Bukovel

Radisson Resort & Spa, Alushta

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES 

Park Inn by Radisson Abu Dhabi Yas Island

Radisson Blu Hotel, Abu Dhabi Yas Island

UNITED KINGDOM 

Park Inn by Radisson Aberdeen

Park Inn by Radisson Bedford

Park Inn by Radisson Doncaster

Park Inn by Radisson Manchester Victoria

Park Inn By Radisson Northampton

Park Inn by Radisson Rotherham

Park Inn by Radisson Telford

Radisson Blu Hotel, East Midlands Airport

Radisson Blu Hotel, Liverpool

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

This 50% off Award Night offer (“Offer”) is available to Club Carlson members only at participating Radisson Blu, Park Plaza, and Park Inn by Radisson hotels in Europe, the Middle East and Africa for Award Night bookings made between now and 29 September 2012 for stays beginning 1 August 2012 and completed no later than 30 September 2012. The Offer must be booked using your Club Carlson member number and promotional code 50REDEEM at clubcarlson.com or by phone with Member Services available at +44 207 949 0378. This Offer reduces the number of Gold Points® normally required to be redeem for a standard Award Night by 50%, as determined by the applicable hotel redemption category. The Offer is valid for standard room Award Nights only and is subject to availability. Points + Cash bookings are not eligible for this Offer. This Offer, and your membership in Club Carlson, is subject to all Club Carlson Program Terms and Conditions; if you are not a member, enroll at clubcarlson.com. The Offer is not valid for existing reservations. We reserve the right to add, modify, or discontinue this Offer with or without notice. Offer is void where prohibited by law. By booking the Offer, you agree and consent to these terms and conditions.

1500 (Maybe More) SAS Eurobonus Points For Watching Videos & Taking Quiz

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SAS has an interesting game going on in Swedish, but it is not too difficult to understand with the help of the Google Translate. You can earn 1500 SAS Eurobonus points for watching (not required) few videos and answering to few quizzes that are based on them. You can try as many times as you wish to get the correct answer.

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This is supposed to only work for new account, but it works for the old ones as well. All you need to do is to change the Eurobonus number and the first and the last name on the address bar. This was first reported by 21H21J on FT.

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http://gui.flysas.net/eb-welcome/?eb=EBB123456789&name=FirstName+LastName

As I recently became SAS Eurobonus Gold member by a status match that SAS was offering for China Hong Kong, I decided to play the game. I was able to speak and understand Swedish at some point in my life, but those are really not needed to successfully complete these quizzes. You can answer as many times as you need to get your answer right.

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After I had successfully completed the quiz, I logged to my Eurobonus account. The bonus points had already posted. That was fast!

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Now, here’s another thing. Apparently you can do these multiple times by changing the EBB prefix to EBS, EBG, EBP or SK. I did the quizzes five times and got the bonus posted three times. Do this at your own risk!

Club Carlson Asia Pacific Promotion “Two Nights. 10,000 Points” – 10K Bonus Points For Stays Of Two Nights Or Longer

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Club Carlson is just starting to roll out their new promotions. You can earn 10K bonus Club Carlson points for stays of two nights or longer at any of their properties in Asia Pacific. This promotion is valid for stays between July 17th and September 30th, 2012. You can earn the bonus points unlimited times.

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You need to register for this promotion prior to your stay or before the points for the stay have posted.

Here are the full terms and conditions of this offer:

The “Two Nights. 10,000 Points.” Promotion (“Promotion”) is only available for Club CarlsonSM members for Eligible Stays at Radisson Blu, Radisson, Radisson®, Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM, Park Inn by Radisson and Park Plaza® hotels in Asia Pacific (“Participating Hotels ”). To enroll as a Club Carlson member, please visitwww.clubcarlson.com.The Promotion is subject to all Club Carlson program rules and conditions (“Program Rules”).

Members who register online for the Promotion at clubcarlson.com/10000points (“Registration”), provide their Club Carlson member number at the time of reservation or check-in, and pay for their stay will earn 10,000 bonus Gold Points® (“Bonus Points”) per Eligible Stay. An “Eligible Stay” is a stay of two or more consecutive nights on a Gold Points eligible rate at a Participating Hotel, regardless of the number of check-ins or check-outs during the stay, beginning on or after July 17, 2012 and completed September 30, 2012 (“Promotional Period”). Both the check-in and check-out dates of the Eligible Stay must take place within the Promotional Period.

Bonus Points are in addition to the standard 20 points per U.S. Dollar spent earned for the Eligible Stay. Bonus Points are awarded on a per stay basis for each Eligible Stay regardless of the total number of nights stayed. There is no limit on the number of Eligible Stays each Club Carlson member can complete during the Promotional Period. Bonus Points and standard points are only awarded on Gold Point eligible stays and regular eligibility rate rules apply. Only one Club Carlson account may be credited with Bonus Points for each Eligible Stay and the same Club Carlson account must be used for corresponding standard points (if applicable). Allow 6-8 weeks for bonus Gold Points to post to your account. Elite member bonus points and other bonus point earnings do not apply to, or qualify for, Bonus Points awarded under this Promotion.

Members only need to complete Registration in advance of check-in, or prior to check-out for their first Eligible stay and do not need to register for subsequent Eligible Stays.  In connection with the Registration, Club Carlson is not responsible for interrupted or unavailable network, server, or other connections miscommunications, failed telephone or computer hardware or software or telephone transmissions or technical failures, Internet Service Provider/network/website inaccessibility or unavailability, garbled or jumbled transmissions or other errors of any kind, whether human, mechanical, or electronic; including without limitation the incomplete, incorrect, or inaccurate capture of Registration information.

Room rates do not include state/local taxes and may vary for each night of the Eligible Stay. This Promotion may not be used in conjunction with any other package, promotion, discounts or bonus points programmes. Participating Hotels are subject to change without notice. A limited number of rooms may be available for this Promotion and the Promotion is subject to room availability. To the fullest extent permissible by law, Carlson Hotels, Inc. reserves the right to amend, add, modify, or discontinue Promotion at any time without notice. Void where prohibited by law. By participating in this Promotion, you agree, accept and consent to these terms and conditions.

BMI Diamond Club & Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Partnership Ending on August 31st

It is not surprising that the partnership with BMI and Virgin Atlantic is coming to an end on August 31st, 2012 as most of BMI’s flights are transitioning to British Airways, a bitter rival of Virgin Atlantic. The operations of the BMI are slowly winding down.

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Virgin Atlantic just updated their partner page to include information about the ending of the partnership. You can no longer book awards on BMI using Flying Club miles past the August 31st. All existing award and paid tickets will be honored past September 1st, however.

From September 1st onwards you can no longer collect Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles on BMI flights.

There has been no communication from BMI about their partnership with Virgin Atlantic, but it is probably ending on August 31st, 2012 as well. It is unclear, however, if you can still book Virgin Atlantic flights using BMI Diamond Club miles beyond August 31st.

Wyndham Rewards Summer 2012 Promotion for Quadruple Miles or Points

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Wyndham just unveiled their summer 2012 promotion for quadruple miles or points between July 17th and September 13th, 2012. You can earn quadruple points or miles starting from your second stay after registering for this promotion. Note that you can earn quadruple points or miles for up to four stays.

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There are quite a few airline partners with Wyndham Rewards and the earning per partner varies by brand. The Wyndham branded hotels earn 500 base miles on most of the programs i.e. your second stay credited to American Airlines AAdvantage would earn total of 2000 miles. That is not bad at all.

If you collect Wyndham Rewards points, you would earn 40 points per dollar spent at all other brands besides Hawthorn, where the quadruple points would be 20.

You can read more about the airline partners and number of miles that you earn here. Remember to check that the country is participating list for the Wyndham Rewards. I recently stayed at a Ramada hotel in Sri Lanka and got no points.

Here are the terms and conditions of this promotion:

To qualify for the “Book Direct Quadruple Points or Miles” promotion and earn quadruple Wyndham Rewards® points, airline miles or rail points, the member must (i) register at wyndhamrewards.com/sweet or 1-866-996-7937, (ii) book a stay on wyndhamrewards.com, daysinn.com, ramada.com, wyndham.com, wingatehotels.com, hawthorn.com, super8.com, baymontinns.com, microtelinn.com, hojo.com, travelodge.com, knightsinn.com, dreamintl.com, nighthotelny.com, tryphotels.com or wyndhamhotelgroup.com, at a qualifying rate between July 17, 2012 and September 13, 2012  and complete their hotel stays by September 20, 2012 (“Promotion Period”), and (iii) provide a valid email address. Members will receive quadruple Wyndham Rewards points, airline miles or rail points starting with their second stay within the Promotion Period for up to four (4) separate qualified stays (for the second, third, fourth, and fifth qualified stays) with a maximum of 3 rooms per stay. Points, airline miles or rail points will be awarded based on earning preference selected in entrant’s member profile at time of second, third, fourth and fifth qualified stays. Member stays with check-out dates after September 20, 2012 will not be counted towards the promotion. Rates offered by most on-line travel agencies and certain other rates do not qualify. One stay includes all consecutive nights at the same hotel regardless of check-ins or check-outs. Members should allow six to eight weeks after completion of registration and stay(s) for the bonus points, airline miles or rail points to be credited to their account.

American Airlines AABRN Offer Get 30K Bonus Miles for 5 RT’s

There seems to be yet another Bourne movie coming out soon. American Airlines is offering a Bourne “theamed” promotion for up to 30000 bonus miles after five returns.

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This promotion is valid for tickets issued on July 18th or later and for travel from September 4th to November 15th, 2012. You need to register for this promotion prior to your travel for the bonus miles to kick in.

The number of bonus miles you earn depends on the number of return trips you take:

1 round-trip = 1,000 bonus miles
2 round-trips = 3,000 bonus miles, for a total of 4,000 miles
3 round-trips = 6,000 bonus miles, for a total of 10,000 miles
4 round-trips = 9,000 bonus miles, for a total of 19,000 miles
5 round-trips = 11,000 bonus miles, for a total of 30,000 miles

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Thing to note here is that this promotion is NOT valid on the lowest coach fares in N, Q, and O buckets. It is nice promotion nevertheless, if you are going to ticket fares that book into higher fare classes and can pocket the bonus miles in the process.

Here are the terms and conditions of this promotion:

To qualify, members must fly on eligible purchased, published-fares (excludes fares booked in N, O and Q) on flights marketed and operated by American Airlines, American Eagle or the AmericanConnection carrier between September 4, 2012 and November 15, 2012. Registration prior to travel and before midnight, CDT, September 15, 2012 is required. Registration for the American Airlines AAdvantage Welcome To The Program Sweepstakes at AA.com/BourneLegacy before August 31, 2012 is also required to qualify for this offer. Travel must be booked between July 12, 2012 and September 15, 2012. The bonus is not retroactive to reservations booked prior to July 12, 2012. A round trip is defined as two one-way trips booked in a single reservation under one ticket number. A maximum of one round trip is permitted per reservation. Bonus miles do not count toward elite status qualification. Members will earn 1,000 bonus miles after one (1) round-trip; 3,000 bonus miles after two (2) round-trips for a total of 4,000 bonus miles; 6,000 bonus miles after three (3) round-trips for a total of 10,000 bonus miles; 9,000 bonus miles after four (4) round-trips for a total of 19,000 bonus miles; and 11,000 bonus miles after five (5) round-trips for a total of 30,000 bonus miles. A maximum of 30,000 bonus miles may be earned from this promotion in conjunction with flying five (5) eligible round-trips. Bonus miles will be posted 4-6 weeks after round-trip travel is complete. This offer is only valid to AAdvantage members in the US and Puerto Rico.

Priority Club Targeted One Time Bonuses July 2012

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This is a monthly update of Priority Club one time promotions that are valid. These are all combinable with other promotions as long as they are not conflicting. If the code doesn’t work for you, you have signed up for the same or variant of the same promotion previously.

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These eight promotions and the surveys should work for all. The Elite member next stay bonus probably requires a Gold or higher status with Priority Club, however. The weekend 5K bonus points may require an address in the United States.

Remember to sign up for the other on going Priority Club bonus points offers that you can find here.

Priority Club Surveys for 2000 Points or More

There are number of surveys that you can do in number of different languages for a quick 2000 Priority Club points, if you haven’t done any of them earlier. This is a quick way to get some points. My points posted immediately.

Sign Up For Priority Club Shopping Emails & Get 500 Points

You can get 500 Priority Club points for just signing up for the shopping email.

You can register for the following promotions at priorityclub.com/register

Anniversary Bonus Offer – 6102

This is most lucrative of the offers. You will get additional 1000 Priority Club points per stay for 90 days after your sign up.  Just enroll just before your first stay to maximize the earning period.

1000 Bonus Points for 60 Days – 8108

You will receive 1000 bonus Priority Club points per stay for the next 60 days after registering for this promotion. Just enroll just before your first stay to maximize the earning period.

Elite Member Next Stay Bonus – 5221

This works for sure if you are a Platinum member, but could work for Gold’s as well. Doesn’t hurt to sign up, right? You will get 3000 bonus Priority Club points for your next stay. You will need to have the stay within 90 days after signing up. You can only earn this once.

Welcome Back Bonus – 2120

You will get 1500 Priority Club bonus points for one stay after signing up. You need do stay within 90 days.

New Member Bonus – 3107

This is a new member bonus, but works for existing members as well. You will get onetime 1500 Priority Club bonus points after signing up. You need do stay within 90 days after registration.

Next Stay Bonus – 5109

This should be open for elite and non-elite members. You will get onetime bonus of 1500 Priority club points after a paid stay. The stay must be within 90 days after registration.

Weekend Stay Bonus – 3136

This should be open for all. You will get 5000 Priority Club bonus points for a two night weekend stay. Weekend is typically defined Friday/Saturday/Sunday nights. The stay must occur before the end of 2012. This promotion may require your Priority Club access to be in the United States. The promotion did post for me after a while.

Platinum 5000 Bonus – 3168

Not sure exactly how this works, but here’s the info about this offer: We’re pleased you have continued to stay with us and are now even closer to earning exclusive Platinum Elite benefits and 5,000 bonus points. All you need to do is register and stay with us 5 more nights before 30th November 2012. It would be our pleasure to reward your loyalty with exclusive Platinum Elite benefits. Keep staying with us and you’ll soon be there. We look forward to helping you make it to the top: Platinum Elite status!

If you have feedback on any of these promotions or if I have missed any current promotion that should be included on the list, you can leave a comment below or send me an email to john@loyaltylobby.com.

AviancaTaca LifeMiles 100% Transfer Bonus (Buy Miles at 1.5 Cents)

AviancaTaca’s Lifemiles is now offering a transfer bonus for miles transferred between LifeMiles members. You have to pay a fee of $15 for every 1000 LifeMiles transferred. Essentially, you are buying miles at 1.5 cents each. This is very interesting because the airline joined the Star Alliance last month and just released an award chart for Star Alliance carriers.

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This offer is valid for transfer made from July 16th to July 31st, 2012. The minimum number of miles that you need to transfer is 1000 and the maximum 50000.

From July 16th to July 31st, for every 1,000 miles you transfer to the account of a relative or friend, we will double the miles transferred to your friend’s account. Pay USD $15 plus local taxes per each block of 1,000 miles.

Transfer now and enjoy with your friends flying with Avianca, TACA, AeroGal, Star Alliance member airlines, also at hotel stays, car rentals, tickets to amusement parks and many other options we offer your through our air and commercial partners’ network.

This promotion is available through LifeMiles.com, Avianca and /or TACA’s Information Centers and Call Center.

This is a great offer to get started on LifeMiles. You just buy few thousand miles first at the full price and then bounce them back and forth few times for $15 per 1K miles.

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

  • This promotion is available at LifeMiles.com, Information Centers of Avianca and TACA and through our Call Center
  • This promotion applies between July 16th, 2012 and July 31st, 2012, as the last date of purchase.
  • Minimum transfer miles: 1,000
  • Maximum transfer miles: 50,000
  • The miles must be transferred in multiples of 1,000
  • Transfer fee for each block of 1,000 LifeMiles: USD $15 + local taxes
  • For residents in Colombia: block transfer fee of 1.000 LifeMiles is USD $15 + local taxes The values must be calculated at the Alaico rate of the date of transaction
  • For residents in Peru: the transfer fee for each block of 1,000 LifeMiles: USD $17.7, S. / 46.9. Rate change to July 1st, 2012: S /. 2.65
  • The amount paid for the miles’ transfer is not refundable
  • Form of payment through Call Center and LifeMiles.com: credit card or international debit card. Cash payments are only allowed at Avianca or TACA’s Information Centers
  • The miles transferred and earned with this promotion do not apply to achieve Elite status.
  • Redemption charges apply for award tickets. Award tickets (obtained by means of accumulation, purchase or transfer miles) have no commercial value because it cannot be sold to third parties. If the award ticket is sold to a third party, the ticket becomes invalid and cannot be used for transportation and the user’s account will be eliminated. Remember that for redemptions in our products “Limited Seats” and “Seat Sale” may not be availability on all flights and /or dates. The product “All Seats” is always available; you can check how many miles are required at LifeMiles.com or at your closest Avianca or TACA’s Information Centers
  • LifeMiles Terms and Conditions apply

Priority Club Promotions for July 2012

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This is a new monthly feature of current public Priority Club promotions. Tomorrow, I will have an updated list of one time Priority Club bonuses.

The beauty of Priority Club is the onslaught of ongoing overlapping promotions that you can triple/quadruple dip.  You can take your points earnings to a new level by making sure that you have sign up for all the offers. You can read about my average Priority Club point earnings when all the promotions are factored in here.

Just a word of warning. Some of these promotions may require an address to be in a specific country/area like United States. I take absolutely no guarantees what will post to your Priority Club account.  They may also conflict with a promotion that you have already signed up for and just return an error message.

Quarter 3 Stay bonuses

These started on July 1st and will end on September 30th, 2012. You should sign up for an offer that you know you can achieve

Summer Bonus of up to 20K Priority Club Bonus Points

You will get 1000 bonus Priority Club bonus points per nights + 250 points per stay for booking online. This offer is valid until September 3rd, 2012.

15K Bonus Points + Gold Status for 6 InterContinental Nights

This is a nice bonus point promotion for InterContinental stays in the Americas.  You need to get the stays in by the end of July, 2012.

5K/10K/15K Bonus Points for 3/5/6 InterContinental Nights

This promotion cannot be combined with the 15K Bonus + Golf after 6 stays. This offer is valid until the end of July, 2012.

5000 Bonus Air Canada Aeroplan Miles for a Stay

This is a nice bonus for a stay in Canada. You need to have the stays by December 30th, 2012 to be eligible for the bonus miles.

Priority Club Vacation Pay Offer

You can get a $75 prepaid MasterCard after a rebate for a two night weekend stay. This offer is valid until September 3rd, 2012.

$50 Travel MasterCard for Two Night Weekday Stay

This is similar to the weekend offer, but is valid for weekday stays. This offer is valid until August 2nd, 2012.

Priority Club $25 Gift Card Offer for Booking Directly Online

You can get up to five codes that you can redeem for various gift card by booking online or mobile on any of IHG branded websites.

Priority Club Meeting Rewards Offer of Triple Points

You can get triple Priority Club points for meetings by switching your account to Priority Club Meetings Reward member.

Sign Up For Le Club Accorhotels Membership And Get 500 Air Canada Aeroplan Miles

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You can now get 500 Air Canada Aeroplan miles just for singing up for Le Club Accorhotels membership and choosing Air Canada Aeroplan as your preferred loyalty program. There doesn’t seem to be a requirement even to have a paid stay.

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If you already have an account with Le Club Accorhotels, all you need to do is to change the loyalty program partner to Air Canada Aeroplan. There is currently similar offer with Delta Air Lines as well.

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This offer is valid from June 1st to August 31st, 2012.

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

1. Between June 1 and August 31, 2012 new and current Le Club Accorhotels members can earn 500 bonus Aeroplan Miles by choosing Aeroplan as their preferred loyalty program.
2. General Le Club Accorhotels terms and conditions apply to the “Earn 500 bonus miles with Aeroplan ” offer.
3. This offer entitles Le Club Accorhotels Loyalty, la carte ibis, Favorite Guest and Accor Favorite Guest Business loyalty members, regardless of their status, to benefit from this offer.
4. The bonus will be credited in Le Club Accorhotels points and converted into Aeroplan miles according to applicable conversion rule.
5. This offer may not be combined with other current offers or advantages and does not apply to groups.
6. This offer is subject to availability.

AirAsia Sale in Asia For 2013

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AirAsia is a budget airline based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Today the group also has AirAsia X their long haul arm, Thai AirAsia, Indonesia AirAsia, Philippines’ AirAsia, and AirAsia Japan. There really isn’t a difference between these various AirAsia off springs. They can all be booked on AirAsia’s website and only the airline code is different for each of the airlines.

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Now, AirAsia has a sale for travel from January 4th to May 22nd, 2013. You need to book the flights from 16th of June to 22nd.

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You can access the destination list that is available from their various cities here. I just checked what is available from Bangkok and the list is available here.

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I decided to check how’s the booking process, and if the advertised fare is available. I run few searches for Bangkok to Colombo route and it took few tries before I found the advertised fare. Remember that you probably need to pay a credit card at the end of the booking process. It should be around 3 USD.

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Remember that AirAsia is a budget airline, although a good one. They try to sell you all kind of extras during the booking process from insurance to food. You also need to pay for checked in luggage.

I have taken AirAsia couple of times and wouldn’t mind taking them on flights that are not more than couple of hours long. The pitch is tight and there isn’t any kind of entertainment besides the crew trying to sell your food & beverages. Luckily on my AIrAsia flights the loads have been rather low and I have had the entire row to myself. I have no idea of my schedule for the first half of 2013 and thus won’t be able to entertain idea participating to this sale.

Here are tips for booking these sale fares from AirAsia:

Sign up for an AirAsia AccountClick here to sign up
This helps a lot when you encounter payment error. You can always return to ‘Manage my booking‘ to complete the payment without having to go through the hassle of rebooking! Much easier right?
Make sure you use IE9 (Download) or Mozilla Firefox (Download)
NO discrimination to other browsers but these two browsers are reported to be the most stable throughout the booking process.
Plan your trip in advance

  • Prepare a few travel plans. If Plan A doesn’t work, at least you’ll have back-up plans and you’ll save the hassle of planning from scratch again.
  • Have all guests’ details at hand. i.e: Name, Address, D.O.B, passport numbers, etc…
  • If your passport is expiring soon / not registered yet, NO worries. Just fill in your current details and update your latest passport details via ‘Manage my booking‘ at no extra cost and at a later time convenient to you.
IMPORTANT REMINDER:

  • You will only have up to 10mins at the Search and Select Flights pages each, linger any longer and you will be redirected back to the ‘Waiting Room’.
  • DO NOT attempt to open Multi-TABs (under the same browser) to search for fares as it may ‘confuse’ you during the booking process. You may end up with the WRONG travel date.

‘Waiting Room’

You will be directed to the ‘Waiting Room’ when your search needs a little more time. So don’t refresh your browser when you’re in there or face a whole new ‘Waiting Room’.

‘Time Out’ Page

This page tend to pop-up at the later stages of your booking IF the server is a little busy. You can easily refresh the page by pressing the “I would like to try again” button to continue.

Join AA’s Summer Miles Challenge and Get 100 Miles

American Airlines just sent me a reminder email to participate to the Summer Miles Challenge to support their Kids in Need program. The key here is that you will receive 100 miles just for registering on Facebook and will have a chance to win lot more.

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American Airlines will donate 100K AAdvantage miles to their Kids in Need program if 100K smiles is reached through this “game”.

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The catch here is that you need to like Summer Miles Challenge on American Airlines’ Facebook page before you can access the application to enter your account information. You can easily unfriend/unlike once you have done your part, however.

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After I filed the information the web page showed instantly that I would receive the 100 miles within 6 to 8 weeks after the promotion is over.

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I haven’t normally participated to these promos for few points here and there, but I recently had to arrange couple of hundred miles to my brother’s AAdvantage account to be able to issue an award. You never know when few hundred miles might come handy.

AviancaTaca LifeMiles Star Alliance Award Chart Now Available

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AviancaTaca joined Star Alliance on June this year, and award tickets using LifeMiles have been bookable ever since on LifeMiles.com.

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You were able to find out the number of required miles by playing around with the online redemption tool. Now, however, LifeMiles has also made available a very comprehensive award chart for Star Alliance redemptions.

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I haven’t had time to fully digest this award chart yet, but they do most definitely have the greatest number of regions especially around the Americas that I have seen.

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Have you find any unusually good redemptions/combinations using the LifeMiles? Let me know by leaving a comment below or emailing me at john@loyaltylobby.com.

American Airlines’ No Expiration Miles & Award Chart Promise Lasted for 23 Years

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In July 1st, 1989 American Airlines changed its mile expiration promise. Previously, American Airlines miles were not subject to expiration, but all this changed on that day. The miles that were earned from July 1st onwards were under expiration policy that has since changed few times.

American Airlines, however, made a promise that old miles that were that were earned before that date would NOT be subject to expiration. The AAdvantage member could also use the old award chart to redeem the old miles. The member could use their old miles to redeem from the new award chart as well.

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So, if you were given a promise of a non-expiration of miles, how long AA should keep its promise? Apparently AA thinks that 23 years is enough.

AAdvantage members that had these old miles on their accounts were sent the following email by American Airlines:

For more than 30 years the American Airlines AAdvantage® program has been making travel special. Thank you for your loyalty for so many years as an AAdvantage member.

In order to streamline our program, we are announcing a change to AAdvantage miles earned before July 1, 1989, also called Miles With No Expiration.

Starting November 1, 2012, these miles will automatically be converted to Miles Subject to Expiration, and because of your tenured loyalty, you will earn a 25% mileage bonus on every unredeemed mile earned prior to July 1, 1989. To have your Miles With No Expiration converted and to earn the mileage bonus, you do not need to take any action. For more information about this change, please visit AA.com/MileConversion.

Once your miles have been converted, as long as you earn or redeem AAdvantage miles at least once every 18 months, your miles will not expire. This is our normal mileage policy and more information can be found at AA.com/AAdvantageTerms.

It is easy to keep your account active! In addition to earning AAdvantage miles for travel, you can earn miles for making everyday purchases such as dining out, shopping and paying your electricity bill. Plus, you can redeem miles for hotel stays, rental cars, flight awards, and more! Find out more ways to earn and redeem miles by visiting AA.com/AAdvantage.

Finally, to receive special offers and exclusive promotions, be sure to update your account at AA.com/MyAccount and sign up for email notifications.

Thank you for your continued loyalty!

You can always argue that 23 years is long enough for people to use the miles that were accrued before July 1st, 1989. But many didn’t strategically use their old miles. The award chart that these old miles could be used it advantageous in many ways. If you still have old miles, you have up to October 31st, 2012 to use them. On November 1st, 2012 American Airlines will convert the old miles to “Miles Subject to Expiration” and give 25% bonus for “loyalty”.

Why the change?

You may wonder why American Airlines would do such a trivial thing as to cancel the non-expiring old miles promise that they made. It cannot be that difficult to continue having two different kinds of miles.

Maybe they have quite a bit of old miles on their books on accounts that haven’t been used for years. Converting them to new miles and then expiring them in 18 months is a good way for AA to remove some existing liability from their books (miles are liability accounting wise).

Old award charts

Quite a few awards on the old chart have not been bookable for long time. Singapore Airlines ceased to be an American partner long time ago.

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There are, however, some awards that are still valid. I like the award 150E that is for first class ticket for two to Tokyo from the United States on American Airlines for 150K miles. Unlike with AA’s new award chart, the stopover rules are more flexible with the old awards.

Conclusion

It is somewhat understandable that American wants to more these non-expiring old miles to expiring ones, and after 18 months expire bunch of them. But I don’t like when companies make promises about lifetime status on their program or not expiring miles, and then after few or more years don’t honor it.

It has made sense for many to save their non-expiring miles to use them later for awards using the old chart that are cheaper compared to current one.

Note: The American Airline letter and the award chart are from now non-existing FewMiles website that I was able to access Internet Archive.

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