Le Club Accorhotels to Iberia Avios Exchange Rate Devalued 60% Starting March 1

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One of the bright spots of Le Club Accorhotels program has been the ability to convert or auto transfer Le Club points to Iberia Avios at the rate of 2 points to 5 Avios. I wrote about a piece about this last month.

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Starting on March 1, 2013, the exchange rate will change from 2.5 to 1 Avios per Le Club Accorhotels point. This is a devaluation of 60% for those that convert Le Club points to Iberia Avios. Thanks for LoyaltyLobby reader for spotting this banner on Le Club Spanish website.

Hilton HHonors Account Re-Activation & Bonus

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This is one of those advise that I hope that you do not have to take advantage of. Hilton HHonors accounts become inactivate and all the points forfeited IF you don’t have a stay at Hilton hotel OR any other partner point activity in any 12 month period.

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Although the points have been forfeited and the account deactivated, you can restore it by contacting Hilton HHonors by phone or email. It helps if you happen to have your account number on hand. The customer service can reactivate it and email you a new PIN number to regain the online access. Sometime they might give you a small bonus for your next stay as happened in the case above. (Thanks for LoyaltyLobby reader forwarding it to me)

American & US Airways Merger Announced Next Week?

There has been a lot news lately about the possible merge of the two remaining US legacy carriers. Delta swallowed Northwest back in 2008 and Continental merged with United, although keeping the United name, in 2010.

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Now, Dallas based television station is reporting that the board of American Airlines is meeting next Monday and that the merger with US Airways may be announced as early as this coming Tuesday.

Merging Duplicate Le Club Accorhotel Accounts

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All the recent Platinum Le Club Accorhotels sign up promotions have required you to open a new account as this promotion doesn’t apply to old ones. Until now, my advise has always been to just contact the customer service and request then to merge the accounts at some later date.

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LoyaltyLobby reader sent me an email that they had received from Le Club Accorhotel’s customer service regarding a request to combine two accounts. First of all, there is absolutely no fraud for signing up for Le Club Accorhotels Platinum status. Accor has made these links public, although they are targeted to certain groups i.e. Citibank cardholders. To keep the sign up process easy, there are no checks whether you actually have such a product.

February (2013) Hotel Promotions Update

It is starting to get busy in 2013. All major hotel chains besides Wyndham and Hyatt have promotions going on this month. Ritz-Carlton Rewards don’t have anything for Ritz-Carlton, but you can always switch your account to Marriott Rewards and take advantage of Marriott promotions.

You can get cash back for most of your hotel bookings and you can read more about it here: Cashback for Your Hotel and Travel Bookings.

If I have missed any hotel points or rate promotions, just leave a message below or send me an email to john@loyaltylobby.com.

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You can get instants Le Club Accorhotels Platinum status:

Priority Club’s UK Olympic Digital Camera Promo Fiasco

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Priority Club had a targeted offer for the UK market in April/May for a limited Olympic edition of a Panasonic digital camera. Priority Club member needed to complete six nights at a Holiday Inn or Holiday Inn Express hotels in the UK in April and May.

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This camera was supposed to be delivered to those that had fulfilled the promotion requirement by August 31, 2012. That day came and quite a few, maybe most, didn’t see their cameras. Priority Club service center informed that the cameras would be sent by some fulfillment company and that there was just a temporarily delay.

GHA Discovery Platinum Status For Signing Up (Updated Offer)

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Global Hotel Alliance (GHA) consists of more more than 300 hotels under 14 different brands in 52 countries. The loyalty program of the GHA is called Discovery and it has three tiers (Gold/Platinum/Black). You can read my original article about this offer here.

Please note that GHA has discontinued this offer. Make sure that you sign up for our Blog email updates newsletter to be notified, when GHA again has a new Platinum sign up offer.

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Please note that the earlier sign up link has now been discontinued. We were able to locate (thanks to a LoyaltyLobby reader!) a new offer, however, that is valid at the time of writing this article. By signing up to the GHA Discovery program using this link, you will get an instant Platinum status.

AviancaTaca LifeMiles Share Miles Promotion February 5-20

AviancaTaca’s LifeMiles has a new promotion for buying miles at 1.5 cents each. LifeMiles just emailed me an offer in Spanish about it.

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You can share your miles for $10 per 1000 miles and LifeMiles will give a 1000 miles transfer bonus. Essentially, you are buying LifeMiles at 1.5 cents each. This offer is valid for LifeMiles shares between February 5 and 20, 2013. According to the website, the maximum number of miles that you can transfer between accounts is capped at 50000 miles per year.

SPG Crossover Rewards: SPG Platinum & Gold Benefits on Delta

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Couple of weeks ago, I wrote about SPG Crossover Rewards that were coming this spring. I had an educated guess that it would have something to do with an airline and/or car rental company.

I have now made an updated post about this program after the official launch.

The SPG PLT Delta flight upgrade benefit that was included on the version of the terms and conditions that I had access to, is not not included in the final version.

Edit (09/12): The upgrade benefit for SPG Platinum members has now been included on the program. 

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Now, I have more information about this product. Starwood Preferred Guest Gold and Platinum members will receive certain benefits on Delta marketed and operated flights such as Starpoints based on the spend, upgrades, priority boarding, and waived checked bag fees.

Hyatt Gold Passport Spring 2013 More Possibilities Promotion: 3000 Bonus Points For Every 3 Nights

Hyatt Gold Passport’s Spring 2013 promotion is called More Possibilities. It is valid for stays between March 1 and May 31, 2013. You will earn 3000 bonus points for every three nights for a maximum of 45000 bonus points for 45 nights during the promotional period.

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You need to register for this promotion that opens on February 15 and ends on April 30, 2013. Hyatt credit card holders earn 20% bonus. The number of bonus points that Hyatt credit card holder can earn is capped at 54000 after 45 nights.

Marriott Elite Buy Back Promotion 2013 – Buy Back Your 2012 Elite Status

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Marriott is the only hotel loyalty program that allows you to buy back the status that you had the previous year for a set number of points. This Elite Buy Back Promotion has again returned. You can access this offer here (note that you first need to sign to your Marriott Rewards account).

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You can buy back the status you had in 2012 through April 1, 2013. The number of points requires is dependent of the status level that you wish to maintain.

Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Double Points Nationwide & Double Tier Points In/Out From Milwaukee

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Southwest Airlines just sent out an email about their latest nationwide offer for double points for all travel between February 4 and May 15, 2013, that is booked and ticketed during the same dates. You need to register for this promotion. Note that travel that has been ticketed earlier is not eligible for double points. You can access Southwest’s web page of this promotion here.

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Southwest has an additional offer of double tier qualifying points for flights in/out of Milwaukee between February 4 and May 15, 2013. You need to register for the promotion and book the travel during the same dates as well.

Is Hyatt’s Spring 2013 Promo: 3000 Bonus Points for Every 3 Nights?

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It was posted on FlyerTalk earlier today that the Hyatt’s Spring 2013 promotion would be 3000 bonus points for every 3 nights for up to 45K bonus points (45 nights). The promotion would be valid for stays between march 1 and May 31, 2013, and the registration would open on February 15.

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Please note that I have not yet independently been able to verify this promotion, but it sounds about right considering Hyatt’s offerings of late.

Financial Times Article About Problematic Airline Rebrands

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There was an interesting piece about some recent airline rebrands in the Financial Times. You can access the article here.

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People have very strong opinions about the recent AA’s rebranding and about United’s attempt to mix and match part Continental’s & United’s former branding. This is a very good and short read. You should check it out.

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