Priority Club Air Canada Aeroplan Offer – 5000 Bonus Miles for a Stay


Priority Club has a bonus offer for Aeroplan members that have a stay at any InterContinental Hotels Group property in Canada. You will get 5000 Aeroplan bonus miles for one stay that must occur between June 1st and September 30th, 2012.

To get the bonus miles you need to register for this promotion by using promotional code 7997 at You need to switch your point earnings for miles for this one stay for the bonus to kick in.

Please note that the communication implied that this offer is valid only for targeted recipients, but that has not typically been the case with Priority Club promotions. When I signed up for this promotion, it didn’t show up on My Promotions at Priority Club’s website. I am going to be in Canada later this summer and will have one stay at IHG property to find out if this works or not.

To earn 5,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles on your next stay between June 1 and September 30, 2012, register for this promotion at and enter promotion code 7997 where prompted.

You must be a Priority Club® Rewards member and must register your Aeroplan Number in advance to participate in this amazing promotion.

Only the recipient of this communication is eligible for this promotional offer. This offer is not transferrable. You must be a Priority Club® Rewards member and must register for this promotion at and enter promo code 7997 where prompted. Earn 5,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles on your next stay at a qualifying rate. Most business and leisure rates qualify. You must be a Priority Club® Rewards member with a preferred alliance to Aeroplan in order to earn miles. Only one room per member per stay will be awarded the applicable bonus miles. No retroactive miles will be awarded for nights prior to registration. Subject to standard Priority Club® Rewards Membership Terms and Conditions. For details on Priority Club® enrolment, miles earning structure and complete Priority Club® Rewards Terms & Conditions visit

Hyatt June Edition of the 48 Hour Sale – C48JUN

Hyatt is having their monthly 48 hour sale where you can save 15% to 30% off of best available rates (BAR). Sometimes you can save quite a bit of money and sometimes you cannot. These rates are valid at selected US, Canada, and Caribbean hotels from the end of June to September. The promotional dates for individual properties vary.


Sometimes it is actually better to book an AAA rate that might include some extras like a complimentary breakfast. AAA rates are also normally not prepaid and cancellable.

Offer valid for bookings only between 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday June 19th and 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday June 20th Central Daylight Time, for travel between Sunday July 1, 2012 and Sunday September 30, 2012  at participating Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, Park Hyatt and Andaz properties in the U.S., Canada, and the Caribbean. Reservations are subject to availability and must be made in advance. Full non-refundable prepayment required at time of booking. Offer is for a limited time only. Simply request offer code C48JUN when you book your reservation and pay the 48 Hour Sale rate. Discount is off the Hyatt Daily Rate for the room type requested at time of booking. Rate is per room, per night, excluding service charges, taxes and other incidental expenses. Rate is based on double occupancy. Additional guests may be subject to additional hotel charges. Additional charges apply to room-type upgrades. A limited number of rooms are allocated to this promotion. Full, non-refundable, Prepayment due at time of reservation. No changes, amendments or cancellations allowed. Changing to a different property is considered a cancel and re-book, and is non-refundable. Canceled reservations and no shows will forfeit the full prepayment. Promotional blackout periods may apply due to seasonal periods or special events, and normal arrival/departure restrictions apply, including, but not limited to, minimum length of stay and day of week restrictions. Offer may not be combined with other offers or discounts. Hyatt reserves the right to alter or withdraw this program at any time without notice. Hyatt Hotels & Resorts® encompasses hotels managed, franchised or leased by subsidiaries and affiliates of Hyatt Hotels Corporation. The trademarks Hyatt®, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts®, Park Hyatt®, Andaz®, Grand Hyatt®, Hyatt Regency®, Hyatt Place®, Hyatt House™ and related marks are trademarks of Hyatt Corporation. ©2012 Hyatt Corporation. All rights reserved

Starwood Coming Up With a New Logo?

Starwood (Preferred Guest, Inc.) has filed a trademark registration back in February for the following trademark:


It somehow reminded me of a BP logo that has a similar star device:


Even if Starwood has filed for this trademark, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they will use it in the future. When Starwood introduced the new benefits levels back in January, they had filed for trademarks for them previously.

United Airlines Mileage Plus – 30% Discount When Buying Miles


UPDATE: Seems that United has had problems with their website. It has been down for the day.

I received an email offer from United over the weekend for 30% discount on bought miles that is going to end up later today.


United doesn’t run these as often as US Airways does that is currently offering a 100% bonus on bought miles. You can use miles from both programs for redemption tickets on Star Alliance carriers. United allows one-ways and US does not. There are other small differences as well.

LoyaltyLobby: Get 100% bonus when buying US Airways Dividend Miles

If you need some miles to top off your account for an international first or business class ticket on partner airline, now is probably right time to buy them.

Here are the terms of this offer:

  • Offer expires June 18 at 11:59pm CDT
  • Buy Personal Miles or Give Miles for $24.50 per 1,000 miles plus a 7.5% excise tax
  • Purchase up to 100,000 MileagePlus Personal miles or Give Miles per account per calendar year
  • Credit card will be billed immediately for purchase
  • Mileage rates and other applicable fees are subject to change
  • Miles are available in increments of 1,000
  • Minimum purchase 2,000 miles
  • Allow 48 hours for miles to post to MileagePlus account
  • Personal Miles and GiveMiles are non-refundable
  • Purchased miles do not count toward elite qualification (TB8874/TB8875)

Starwood Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam Rate Promotion

Starwood has launched a new rate promotion for Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. There are several options from a third night free to 25% discount of stays of five days or longer that vary from hotel to hotel.


Sometime these rates are good and sometimes they are not. These discounts are based on the Best Flexible Rate that can be rather high at times. It always pays to check ALL the rates before making the reservation. Apparently these rates are prepaid, non-cancellable and non-changeable. So, only book if your plans are FIRM.


Here’s a rate example from Royal Orchid Sheraton hotel in Bangkok. I chose the third night free option, and for the dates that I was looking at it was indeed the lowest rate.spg-thailand-vietnam-cambodia-ros-rates

Here are terms and conditions of this rate promotion:

  • Offer is valid for stays booked and completed by December 31, 2012.
  • Offer is subject to availability.
  • Minimum and Maximum length of stay varies by Hotel/Resort. Credit Card is required at time of reservation.
  • Consecutive night stay for paid nights and a free night is required.
  • Offer is valid for new bookings only. Consecutive reservations for this offer will not be honored.
  • These offers are based on Starwood’s best available unrestricted retail rates.
  • Basic room rates do not include additional per room per night charges that may be imposed or state/local taxes.
  • Rates are per room, per night, based on single/double occupancy and availability.
  • A limited number of rooms may be available at these rates and additional restrictions and blackout dates may apply.
  • Blackout dates are applicable and vary differently from city to resort properties.
  • Offer not applicable to groups or with other special offers.
  • Not responsible for omissions or typographical errors.
  • Void where prohibited by law. Not to be combined with other offers or promotions.
  • Starpoints, SPG, Starwood Preferred Guest, Sheraton, Four Points, W, Aloft, Le Meridien, The Luxury Collection, Element, Westin, St. Regis and their respective logos are the trademarks of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., or its affiliates.

United Airlines Million Miler Welcome Pack


Once my United Airlines Mileage Plus and Continental Onepass accounts were merged back at the beginning of this year, I became a one million miler on United. There are certain benefits associated with this status, although they were somewhat watered down during the merger process, like the lifetime Premier Gold. Regardless of my future United activity, my Mileage Plus status won’t be lower than this. The main benefit for me is the lifetime Star Alliance Gold status.

So, I was eager to find out what was the United’s Million Miler package like. I had previously received 1 and 2 Million Miler packages from American Airlines that didn’t blew me away. United’s was better, but could have been somewhat more substantial.

The One Million Miler box came by UPS Express


There was a personalized One million miles-leaflet inside.


Another set of drink coupons and the Premier 1K call instructions


Leaflet explaining the Premier 1K benefits


Personalized 1 Million Miler Premier 1K-card and luggage tags


Overall, it is nice that United keeps recognizing their fliers that have reached this significant milestone. The first one million has been a somewhat bumpy ride with first the bankruptcy and then the merger with Continental.

What got me hooked on United was the Let’s Kill The Independence Air-promotion back in the 2004. I loved that promotion and got Star Alliance around the world in business class ticket out of it.

Hilton Be My Guest Certificate


Earlier in the year, I had less than satisfactory stay at the Hilton Narita hotel. I wrote a quick email to Hilton Diamond desk about it and requested that they forward the matter to Hilton Guest Assistance department for resolution.

How to write a good hotel complaint letter? Read more.

Apparently the Hilton Narita didn’t reply to the file that the Guest Assistance department opened and they decided to send me a “Be My Guest” certificate that is valid at any Hilton property worldwide. I have received couple of these certificates in previous years, but they were valid only at domestic properties in the United States. These new certificates are valid worldwide.


The certificate itself says that it is valid at “Hilton Worldwide” and “… valid at any Hilton Hotel Worldwide”. This is somewhat confusing because the chain is called Hilton, but includes number of other brands as well i.e. DoubleTree & Conrad. Supposedly these are only valid at the brand listed on the certificate.


I was going to go Koh Samui and burn a last free night certificate from a promotion that Hilton had the previous year. There are actually two Conrad properties in Koh Samui; Conrad Koh Samui and the Conrad Koh Samui Residences. You cannot use a free night certificate at the residencies as apparently they don’t have any “standard” rooms. I decided to book the residences using the “Be My Guest” certificate.


The going rate for the night was in excess of 40K THB for the night using the Best Available Rate. There was a discounted rate as well, but it would have been prepaid. The hotel accepted the certificate and I spent the second night at the two bedroom pool villa. I will later post a review and a video that I took about it.

You may wonder why these certificates are called “Be My Guest”. That was the name of the book that was written by Conrad Hilton, the founder of Hilton hotels.

UPDATE: British Airways Executive Club BMI Diamond Club Tier Match

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British Airways announced back in April that they would tier match BMI Diamond Club members to BA’s Executive Club. You can also start transferring BMI Diamond Club miles and BA Avios between accounts starting early July. Later in the year BMI Diamond Club will most likely cease to exist and the Diamond Club miles will turn to Avios.

I had a dilemma back in May. My Diamond Club year was soon over, and due to uncertainty with the situation surrounding the BMI, I hadn’t credited that many flights into the program. My status was downgraded to Silver sometime earlier in the year. After BA announced the tier matching, I decided to credit enough flights to BMI to make it back Gold. Having BA Gold, which is the highest Oneworld alliance status, can come handy at times due to a first class check in and lounge access regardless of the ticketed cabin.

So, after I got my BMI Diamond Gold status back, I decided to do the tier match with BA. This was very straightforward. I just filled a simple form after being logged in to my BA Executive Club account.


It then prompted that it would take up to 21 days for Executive Club to confirm my BMI status, and another 28 days to receive my BA Gold credentials. Also, BA would email me about tier match success.


I am not exactly sure when the upgrade of my Executive Club happened, but when I logged in yesterday it already indicated the Gold status. The whole process took less than five days. No emails from BA, however.


As you can see, I haven’t really had too much activity on my Executive Club account lately. I had to convert one Hyatt stay from last year from points to BA miles to get the expired points reinstated once the stay hits my account.

Overall, this process was very easy. I am somewhat surprised, however, that it appears that BA gave the Gold status for basically two years. Great!

Air Canada Offering to Match BMI Diamond Club Status

BMI Diamond Club Silver and Gold members were able to take advantage of the Star Alliance wide status benefits until the end of May.  Also, if you have a Silver or Gold status with BMI Diamond Club, British Airways is doing a status transfer to similar level on their Executive Club.

Now that there are no Star Alliance benefits extended to Diamond Club members, it is time to explore status match opportunities with the Star Alliance carriers. I have already written about SAS offer for China/Hong Kong for Eurobonus Silver or Gold status that is valid until 2014. This is not limited to just BMI, but open to all. I used my Emirates Skywards Gold status.


There hasn’t been a Star Alliance status match offer for only BMI Diamond Club members before today. Canada’s Air Canada just started a status math program to their Aeroplan.


You have from June 15th to July 15th, 2012 to submit the required proof of your BMI Diamond Club status to Aeroplan by email to Here are the instructions from Air Canada:

Submit your request between June 15 to July 15 2012, by email with the following information:

  • Your full name
  • Your current Diamond Club membership number
  • Your Aeroplan number. Don’t have one? Sign up now.
  • A scanned copy of your current bmi Diamond Club membership card. Please make sure the name, status and expiry date are clearly visible.
  • Your consent to the Terms and Conditions related to this offer.

The drawback is that the status is only going to be valid for the current membership year per the terms of this offer. To maintain the elite status with Air Canada you also need to have either 5 segments or 10K elite qualifying miles flown on Air Canada. The threshold for Star Alliance silver is at 25K EQM’s and for Star Alliance Gold 35K EQM.


You can read more about Air Canada’s program on their website. I am going to put my status match in later today and will keep you updates about the process.

US Airways Dividend Miles Summer Hotel & Car Promotion – 50% Bonus

US Airways Dividend Miles is offering a 50% bonus on all hotel and car partner activity from June 11th to August 12th, 2012. You need to register for this offer first. The bonus doesn’t apply for points conversions from hotel partners.


This is a very good offer for those that participate to Marriott’s promotion of 2000 bonus Dividend Miles per stay for up to 5 stays. Under this promotion you should earn more than 3000 US Airways Dividend Miles per stay. Rather unbeatable offer.

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

Eligibility: Registration required. Offer void where prohibited by law. Only miles earned after registration and between June 11, 2012 and August 12, 2012 are eligible (‘Eligible Activity Date’). Bonus miles do not count towards Preferred status. Earning bonus miles All Dividend Miles hotel and car rental partners are included in this promotion (‘Qualifying Partners’). Registered Dividend Miles members will earn a 50% bonus on all Dividend Miles earned directly from partners for hotels stays and car rentals (‘Qualifying Activity’). Please note: Hotel point conversions will not count toward a 50% bonus. In order to earn bonus miles you must request Dividend Miles from the partner when making your reservation, checking in or when requesting your points transfer. Bonus miles will post weekly beginning on July 1, 2012 and continue posting weekly until October 31, 2012. Eligible activity date Eligible Activity Date is based on the date the Qualifying Partner records the mileage transaction, and not necessarily the date on which the transaction occurred. US Airways assumes no responsibility for how qualifying partners record Eligible Activity Dates. The last date that activity from a qualifying partner can be received by US Airways for bonus miles consideration is October 30, 2012. General terms All Dividend Miles Terms and Conditions apply. You must be subscribed to US Airways e-Statement and Earn More Miles emails in order to register for this promotion. If you are not currently subscribed, we will automatically subscribe you using the email address you provide when registering. You may opt out of US Airways emails at any time. US Airways is not responsible for the quality or delivery of goods and/or services provided by Dividend Miles partners. All Dividend Miles partner terms and conditions apply. Partner offers are subject to change without notice. Hotel points transfers are subject to terms and conditions as stipulated in your agreement with your hotel program.

Best Western Rewards Aeroplan Bonus Offer – 2000 Miles Per Stay for up to 3 Stays


Best Western has two promotions now going on. The main one is a for a free night certificate after three stays that I have already written about. The other one is this Aeroplan bonus offer of 2000 Aeroplan miles per stay for up to three stays between June 17th and August 19th, 2012. The promotion code is AEROSUM12.


Please note that you need to choose between the free night certificate or bonus Aeroplan miles. You cannot earn both.

Here are the frequently asked questions by the Best Western about this promotion:

Q. What is the current promotion offer for Best Western’s partner Aeroplan®?

A. Best Western Rewards members who have chosen Aeroplan as their earning preference and have registered for the promotion who stay at any Best Western branded hotel worldwide between June 17th and August 19th, 2012 will earn 2,000 Aeroplan Miles for each stay (up to 3 stays).  Bonus miles earned will be 1,750 per stay in conjunction with the standard earning structure of 250 miles per stay.

Q. Do Best Western Rewards members need to be REGISTERED for the Aeroplan promotion to be eligible to earn the bonus miles?

A. Yes.  The Best Western Rewards member must be REGISTERED for the Aeroplan promotion, prior to their stay (reference promotion code:  AEROSUM12).

Q. When will my bonus miles be posted after my completed qualified stays?

A. Bonus miles for Aeroplan members will be posted approximately 2-3 weeks after each qualified completed stay. There is a maximum of 5,250 bonus miles during the promotion period.

Q. Can a Best Western Rewards member earn the bonus miles for the Aeroplan summer offer AND the free night voucher for the summer promotion?

A. No.  Best Western Rewards members can only earn the bonus miles OR the free night voucher for the summer promotion, they cannot earn both awards.

Q. Why doesn’t Best Western automatically register all existing Best Western Rewards members into the seasonal promotions?

A. Asking customers to register for promotions engages them into our Best Western Rewards program and to our brand, and ensures that Best Western is in their consideration set.  It also helps us measure the effectiveness of our promotions allowing us to continue to promote some of the richest offers in the market today. We want you to have a choice.

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

Best Western Rewards® members residing in the U.S., Canada, the Bahamas or the U.S. Virgin Islands

who register for the Summer Promotion, have chosen Aeroplan as their earning preference and

complete a qualified stay* at any Best Western branded hotel worldwide between June 17, 2012 and

August 19, 2012 (“Promotion Period”) will earn 1,750 Bonus Aeroplan Miles (“Bonus Miles”) for their 1st

qualified stay and each qualified stay* thereafter, up to three (3) stays, during the Promotion Period.

Maximum of 5,250 bonus miles during the promotion period.





*A “qualified stay” for the purpose of this Promotion is defined as one or more consecutive nights at the

same Best Western hotel at a rate eligible for earning miles through Best Western Rewards. Only one

check-in/check-out permitted per stay.

Offer is based on the standard earning structure of 250 Aeroplan Miles per stay. Other restrictions may

apply. Offer not valid with any other promotion or discount. Promotion is subject to cancellation or change without notice. Please allow 4 – 6 weeks for Bonus Aeroplan Miles to post after completed stay. All Best Western Rewards program rules apply. See for additional program terms, including the standard earning structure for Aeroplan Miles. Each Best Western® branded hotel is independently owned and operated. Best Western and the Best Western marks are service marks or registered service marks of Best Western International, Inc. ©2012 Best Western International, Inc. All  rights reserved.

Ritz-Carlton Rewards Extraordinary Returns – 30000 Bonus Points for a Four Night Stay


Ritz-Carlton Rewards has come up with a new promo that starts on July 15th and ends on October 15th, 2012. You will receive 30000 bonus points for a stay of four nights or more at any Ritz-Carlton Rewards participating property. Note that the nights need to be consecutive. You can only earn this reward once. You need to register for this promotion prior to your stay.


These bonus points are enough for a free night at any Ritz-Carlton Rewards participating category 1 property. It is worth reminding that there are number of Ritz-Carlton properties that do NOT participate to Ritz-Carlton Rewards like Ritz-Carlton Millennia in Singapore.


Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

Registration is required. The Ritz-Carlton® Rewards members who register for this promotion by September 15, 2012 will earn30,000 bonus points after completing a paid stay of four or more consecutive nights between July 15 and October 15, 2012 at a participating Ritz-Carlton hotel. Nights spent while redeeming an award are not eligible for credit. A stay is defined as consecutive nights spent at the same hotel, regardless of check-in/check-out activity. Only one room per hotel per stay is counted toward earning for this promotion. Promotion excludes The Ritz-Carlton Millennia, Singapore, Ritz-Carlton Montreal, Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club®, The Ritz-Carlton Residences, and Partner Hotels. Members of The Ritz-Carlton Rewards program as of June 14, 2012 and new members who were not previously members of the Marriott Rewards® program are eligible to receive this offer. A maximum of 30,000 bonus points can be earned with this promotion per member. Offer is non-transferable, subject to availability, does not apply to groups, and cannot be combined with any other offer.
All Ritz-Carlton Rewards
terms and conditions apply.

Lufthansa Miles and More Mileage Bargains

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Miles and More is not just Lufthansa’s frequent flier program, but includes the Lufthansa group of airlines (Lufthansa, Swiss, Austrian and Brussels) and couple of smaller European Star Alliance carriers like LOT.


Miles and More has extensive list of Mileage Bargains from number of European and international destinations. The booking and travel dates are sometimes quite limited, but if you can take advantage of these offers you can easily save close to 50% of the number of miles required.

It probably doesn’t make any sense to book economy awards using Miles and More miles because Lufthansa charges very extensive fuel surcharges on international awards. Sometimes these fuel surcharges can be more than a paid ticket on the same flights. Doesn’t make much sense, but does happen.


Here’s an example of taxes/fees for a business class ticket from Atlanta to Berlin. The real taxes are about $200 and the Lufthansa “junk” fuel surcharge is $806.


Mileage Bargains ain’t a bargain fee wise, but used correctly can save you a lot of money over business class tickets. Just don’t book economy.

Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa 50% Off


There is currently a great offer until the end of this year for Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways frequent fliers (free to join). You can get 50% off of the Hyatt Daily Rate. This is the lowest rate that I have seen for this property after they stopped accepting the Hyatt stay certificates.

I visited this beautiful property back in August and wrote a piece about it, as I also did about the Male city. I also did a piece how to get a great deal using those now discontinued stay certificates or points packages that include dinner as well.


The rates using the Qatar Airways and the promotional code PHMQA are same as the rate using the Etihad code. Note that the Qatar offer is set to end on November 30th, 2012. Who knows whether it will be extended? The rate rules that you can find on Qatar’s web page for this offer are bit different than those on under rate rules for this rate plan. You can also earn double Qmiles, although I would recommend collecting Hyatt Gold Passport points instead.


For the Etihad offer you need to use promotional code PHMEY1. This offer has the same rates as the Qatar one, but is valid until the end of the year.



Both of these offer exceptional value for Park Hyatt Maldives. Of course getting to Maldives is bit pricey and you need to fork some cash for the internal flights as well. But it is most definitely worth it.

Here are the rate details for both offers

Qatar Airways

Rate Description:
Reduced rate for Qatar Airlines Loyalty Card holders:Tax Excluded: -Booking window: 01MAR12-01MAY12 -Stay dates: 15MAR12-30NOV12 -Guest must present Qatar Airlines Loyalty Card upon check in and choose miles for their stay.

Etihad Airways

Rate Description:

The additional charges are same for both:

Additional Charges:
6.000 Percent tax
10.000 Percent service charge
Bed Tax: 8 United States Dollars Per Person Per Night USD Other Charges   Cancellation Policy:
Cancel 2-14day 100percent Within 2 Days Full Penalty

Deposit Policy:
Deposit Required By June 13, 2012. Deposit By Credit Card Required. 1 Night(S) Deposit Will Be Charged To Credit Card.

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