Priority Club Offer for Select Hotels in China: Stay for 2 Nights Pay for 1

Priority Club is going to have a sale at select properties in China between 16 and 22 of October for stays from October 16 to March 31, 2013. You have to book a rate code IDBGC. The rate is based on the BAR (Best Available Rate), but you only pay for the first night. You can access this offer here.

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Here’s also a direct booking link for this offer. It has the IDBGC-rate code embedded. Note that you need to choose the “Buy one night at Best Flexibe Rate get the second night free” rate from the Rate  Preference menu

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Please note that, although the rate shows up on the Rate Preferences menu, it is not actually bookable yet. You can get the idea about the rate by looking at the BAR rates for the dates that you are interested in.

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Participating properties:

North China
Holiday Inn Express Beijing Airport Zone
Hotel Indigo Tianjin Haihe
Crowne Plaza Tianjin Jinnan

Holiday Inn Binhai Tianjin
Crowne Plaza Tianjin Binhai

Holiday Inn Shijiazhuang Central
InterContinental Tangshan

Northeast China
Holiday Inn Changbaishan Suites

Holiday Inn Resort Changbaishan

Eastern China
Crowne Plaza Shanghai Anting Golf
Crowne Plaza Shanghai Harbour City
Crowne Plaza Hefei
Crowne Plaza Zhenjiang
Crowne Plaza Hangzhou Xanadu Resort
InterContinental One Thousand Island Lake Resort

Holiday Inn Express Shanghai Jinsha
Crowne Plaza Shanghai Xiayang Lake
Holiday Inn Resort Chaohu Hot Spring
Crowne Plaza Xuzhou Dalong Lake
Holiday Inn Shaoxing

Holiday Inn Shanghai Songjiang
Crowne Plaza Huangshan Yucheng
Holiday Inn Taicang City Centre
InterContinental Wuxi
Holiday Inn Nantong Oasis International

Southern China
Crowne Plaza Zhongshan Wing On City

InterContinental Huizhou Resort

Crowne Plaza Huizhou

Southwest China
Holiday Inn Chengdu Oriental Plaza
Holiday Inn Chengdu Xindu

Crowne Plaza Chengdu Panda Garden
InterContinental Heilong Lake
InterContinental Sancha Lake
Crowne Plaza Resort Xishuangbanna

Northwest China
Crowne Plaza Xian

Crowne Plaza Lanzhou

Holiday Inn Yinchuan Int’l Trade Centre

Conclusion

This is a nice offer for China, if you are around the areas that they have participating hotels. As this offer is tied to the BAR (Best Available Rate), which is rarely THE best rate, you might find other offers with better prices.

Here are the terms and conditions of this rate promotion:

  1. Must book and stay with “Buy One Get One Free” rate. Every booking can only apply to a 2-night stay that is priced at half of the best flexible rate. The second night room charge is not refundable in case of early departure.
  2. Rates are available for booking from 0000hrs on 16 October to 2359hrs on 22 October 2012 (GMT+8) for qualified stay at participating InterContinental®, Hotel Indigo®, Crowne Plaza®, Holiday Inn® and Holiday Inn Express® hotels from 16 October 2012 to 31 March 2013.
  3. Reservations are subject to rate changes and room availability.
  4. Rooms are not transferable.
  5. Black-out dates may apply.
  6. Other terms and conditions may apply.
  7. Rates qualify for earning Priority Club® Rewards points or airline miles. Subject to standard Priority Club Rewards Membership Terms and ConditionsLink will open in new browser window.. For complete details, visit www.priorityclub.com. To join Priority Club Rewards today for free, click hereLink will open in new browser window..

Marriott Rewards Special “Thank You Offer” for Extending Elite Status

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Every September Marriott emails out a specialized offer for those Platinum members that are not meeting the requalification requirement of 75 nights. These emails went out again this week.

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The offer is typically a requirement of 20 nights between the October 1 and December 31 to renew the Platinum status regardless of the number of nights stayed earlier in the year.

You have to decide if this offer is right for you. I would suggest that you consider the following other options as well:

1. You can buy back the Platinum status next year for 50K Marriott Rewards points. You can do it yearly.

2. You can do a Marriott Platinum status challenge in 2013 and have the Platinum status to be valid until 2015. You only need 9 stays within 3 months period + the month you sign up.

It might be time to consider if you really need the Platinum status? The Gold status gives pretty much the same core benefits i.e. complimentary internet and club access as the Platinum status.

Conclusion

I would probably wait and see if the Marriott would extend the Platinum status without having to put up any unnecessary night. Then, next year, if they didn’t extend the Platinum status, you could buy back the status or do the challenge.

Wyndham Rewards Fall 2012 “Bonus Earnings” Promotion 11K Bonus Points or 2K Bonus Miles

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Wyndham Rewards just released their fall 2012 “Bonus Earnings” promotion. You can earn 5500 bonus points or 1000 bonus miles on your second and fourth stay during the promotional period between September 27 and November 30, 2012. You need to register for this promotion by November 30, 2012.

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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.

Conclusion

This promotion is pretty straightforward, although it won’t swing any of my stays during the quarter to Wyndham. Remember to check the participating list as I noted above. All the hotels in all the regions are not participating to Wyndham Rewards at all

Here are the terms and conditions of this promotion:

2012 ‘Bonus Earnings’ Promotion Terms & Conditions

  1. You must be a Wyndham Rewards® member to participate in this promotion.
  2. To qualify for the promotion and earn up to 11,000 points or up to 2,000 airline miles, the member must:
    1. register at wyndhamrewards.com/stars (English) or wyndhamrewards.de/stars (German) or call 00 800 367 87477 before 30 November 2012.
    2. book at least two  qualified stays by 26 November 2012
    3. complete the stays at participating hotels in the Wyndham Rewards program at a qualifying rate between 27 September 2012 and 30 November 2012, (the “Promotion Period”).
    4. provide a valid email address.
  3. Participants may book a maximum of 3 rooms per stay which will attract bonus points or airline miles (provided two stays are made within the Promotion Period)
  4. Member stays with check-out dates after 30 November 2012 will not be counted towards the promotion
  5. Members will qualify to receive 5,500 points or 1,000 miles for every two qualifying stays within the Promotion Period, up to a maximum of four stays in total.
  6. Members will only earn bonus points or airline miles following the second and fourth stays during the Promotion Period (and not, for example following the third stay during this time).
  7. Any further stays at a qualifying rate after the fourth stay during the Promotion Period will not attract bonus points or airline miles (although they will attract the regular level of Wyndham Rewards points or airline miles).
  8. A “Qualifying Rate” includes all guest room rates except for the following: employee/family, most travel agents, group, wholesale, package transportation/crew and other special contract rates or free night stays. Most rates available through tour operators and travel websites (excluding Wyndham Rewards.com and the Participating Hotel chain websites) such as Expedia and Travelocity are wholesale rates and therefore do not qualify to earn Wyndham Rewards® points or miles as part of the Promotion. For more information, please see the Wyndham Rewards® Program Terms and Conditions.
  9. One stay includes all consecutive nights at the same hotel regardless of check-ins or check-outs.
  10. The bonus points or airline miles (5,500/11,000 points or 1,000/2,000 airline miles, as applicable) can  be combined with members’ existing points to redeem from the Wyndham Rewards redemption catalogue as applicable.
  11.  Members should allow six to eight weeks after completion of registration and all stays within the Promotion Period for the bonus points or airline miles to be credited to their account.
  12. Wyndham Rewards® points or airline miles will be awarded based on earning preference selected in entrant’s member profile at the time of the second, and fourth stays.
  13. Wyndham Rewards members who enroll in the Wyndham Rewards® programme at participating hotels within the Promotion Period will automatically be registered.
  14. Wyndham Hotel Group reserves the right to change the terms and conditions and to withdraw this offer at any time without notice.
  15. Super 8 in China does not participate in this promotion.

BMI Diamond Club to Close to Non-UK/South West Pacific Members on December 31

Now, it has finally come – an email from BMI’s Diamond Club about the closure of the program. If your BMI Diamond Club account is not based in the UK or South West Pacific (Australia/New Zealand), your account will close on December 31st, 2012. You can find more information about this on BA’s website.

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The log in to the Diamond Club account will move to www.diamondclub.org or non UK/South West Pacific members.

All members, however, will not be able to earn or burn Diamond Club miles from September 27th onwards except UK members with BMI branded credit cards.

If you are currently holding an award reservation made using BMI Diamond Club miles and you cancel it after December 31st, you will NOT receive any miles back as non-UK/South West Pacific Member. You will, however, receive back taxes/fees that you paid.

Conclusion

If you have BMI Diamond Club account and some miles in it, you should just go ahead and link it to British Airways Executive Club account and do the miles transfer. There is really no point keeping miles on BMI Diamond Club account after all earning and burning options have been closed.

But British Airways could have just easily opened an Executive Club account and transferred all the remaining Diamond Club points there for members that haven’t done it by themselves. By not doing so, British Airways is able to clear their books from liability that these existing miles represent.

 Here’s the full information from British Airways:

With the closure of www.flybmi.com on 28 October 2012, there are some important changes to the Diamond Club.

UK members

From 28 October 2012, UK Diamond Club members will no longer be able to earn destinations miles, other than through a bmi Credit Card account from MBNA.

You can continue to log into your account through our new website, www.diamondclub.org, which will be available from 27 October 2012.

In order to redeem destinations miles you can transfer them 1:1 to Avios with the Executive Club.
After you have transferred your miles you can spend your Avios on flights, upgrades, hotels and car hire.

See ‘Transferring your destinations miles’ below.

South West Pacific members

We are currently reviewing the options for our Diamond Club members who live in the South West Pacific.

From 28 October 2012 you will no longer be able to earn or redeem destinations miles and your account and destinations miles balance will be frozen until further notice.

You will be able to log into your account to check your balance and update your details through our new website, www.diamondclub.org, which will be available from 27 October.

Members outside the UK and South West Pacific

For members outside of the UK and South West Pacific, the Diamond Club will close on
31 December 2012.

From 28 October 2012, you will no longer be able to earn or redeem destinations miles.

In order to redeem destinations miles you can transfer them 1:1 to Avios with the Executive Club. After you have transferred your miles you can spend your Avios on flights, upgrades, hotels and car hire. See ‘Transferring your destinations miles’ below.

You will be able to log into your account to check your balance and update your details through our new website, www.diamondclub.org, which will be available from 27 October.

Frequently Asked Questions

Take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions for more information about the changes and what they mean for you.

Read our FAQs

Transferring your destinations miles

You can transfer as many destinations miles to Executive Club Avios points as you like at the rate of 1:1.

Simply log in to your Executive Club account and go to the ‘Manage My Account’ page. Here you’ll find a link to the transfer destinations miles tool under the ‘Your Options’ section.

Before you start a transfer please ensure that your contact details, including your name, email address and date of birth are up to date in both your Diamond Club and Executive Club accounts.

Transfers can be made between individual accounts, but unfortunately transfers into Household Account balances are not possible.

After 31 December 2012 this transfer facility will not be available for members outside UK.

Transfer your destinations miles now

Tier matching for Diamond Club Silver and Gold members

If you are a Diamond Club Gold or Silver member, you can apply for matching tier status within the Executive Club.

Please note that the ability to apply for matching tier status within the Executive Club ends on
31 December 2012 for all members.

Not currently a member of the Executive Club?
In order to tier match from your current Diamond Club status to a new Executive Club account, you will need to join the Executive Club via our dedicated enrolment page.

Join the Executive Club

If you are a Diamond Club Gold or Silver member:
Once you have enrolled in the Executive Club as a Blue member please complete the online tier match form.

If you are a Diamond Club Blue member:
There is no need to complete the tier match form.

Complete the online tier match form

Already a member of the Executive Club?

If your Diamond Club status entitles you to a higher status than you currently have with the Executive Club, you will need to complete a tier matching form.

Complete the online tier match form

Frequently Asked Questions

Last updated: Friday 28 September 2012

The Future of the Diamond Club

For full information on the changes and what this means for you please see the questions and answers below.

Diamond Club and Executive Club – general questions

As a UK-based Diamond Club member, how can I check my destinations miles balance after 27 October 2012?

As a UK based Diamond Club member, you will be able to use our new Diamond Club website www.diamondclub.org which will be available from 27 October onwards

As a non-UK or South West Pacific based Diamond Club member, how can I check my destinations miles balance after 27 October 2012?

As a non-UK/SWP based Diamond Club member you will be able to log into your Diamond Club account and check your mileage balance online at www.diamondclub.org, which will be available from 27 October onwards.

As a non-UK or South West Pacific based Diamond Club member, what will happen to my account and destinations/status miles after 31 December?

As a non-UK based Diamond Club member your Diamond Club account will close on 31 December 2012. Any destinations or status miles remaining in your account on this date will automatically expire. Remember to transfer your destinations miles to Avios and request your tier match via the online tier match form.

To request the transfer you must log into your Executive Club account, select ‘update my details’ from the left hand navigation menu and then select ‘Combine my Avios’ from the list of options on your screen.

> Complete the online tier match form

As a South West Pacific member (i.e. Australia/New Zealand), what will happen to my account?

We are currently reviewing options for our customers who live in the South West Pacific. We will freeze your Diamond Club account and destinations miles balance until further notice but assure our members in the South West Pacific that your loyalty is important to us and we will do everything we can to complete this review quickly.

What if I have a query as a South West Pacific member?

We have created a new website at www.diamondclub.org which will be available from 27 October 2012. Queries can be submitted using the online ‘Contact Us’ section or by contacting the Diamond Club call centre.

As a Diamond Club member, which British Airways lounges can I access using my Diamond Club membership card before 31 December?

Gold Diamond Club members can access the Galleries First lounge, Galleries Club lounge and Arrivals lounge at London Heathrow Terminal 5. Gold Diamond Club members can also access the London Gatwick British Airways First and Club lounges as well as the London Gatwick Sofitel arrivals lounge.
Please note that Gold members may take one guest into the lounge, but guests are not permitted in the arrivals lounges.

Silver Diamond Club members can access the Galleries Club lounge at London Heathrow Terminal 5 and the British Airways Club lounge at London Gatwick. Silver members may take one guest into the lounge.

Please bring your membership card with you as you may be asked to present this in order to gain access to the lounge.

What if I currently hold lifetime Gold status at the Diamond Club?

British Airways does not offer an unlimited or lifetime tier status. Diamond Club Lifetime Gold customers will therefore be invited to join the Executive Club Gold tier for a minimum of one year.

Are you closing Diamond Club?

The Diamond Club is moving to a UK only programme on 31 December 2012. This means that the Diamond Club programme outside of the UK and South West Pacific will close on this date. As a UK based Diamond Club member you can continue to collect destinations miles with a bmi Credit Card from MBNA. We will be in touch with members in South West Pacific in due course to advise the options available to them.

Diamond Club and Executive Club – existing award bookings

Will my future award booking with a Star Alliance airline, Virgin Atlantic, Qatar, Jet Airways, Transaero, BA, bmi baby/regional be honoured?

Any existing bookings you have with any Star Alliance airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Qatar, Jet Airways, Transaero, British Airways or with bmi regional will be honoured and you can travel as planned.

Due to the fact that bmi is no longer a member of the Star Alliance, and Virgin Atlantic is no longer a partner of the Diamond Club, you will not earn any destinations or status miles on any future bookings with these airlines. You can continue to collect destinations or status miles when you fly with bmi regional until 30 September 2012.

You can continue to collect destinations miles when you fly with Qatar, Jet Airways, Transaero and British Airways until 27 October 2012. Bmi baby ceased operation on 9 September 2012.

Can I cancel or amend my future award booking with a Star Alliance airline, Virgin Atlantic, Qatar, Jet Airways, Transaero, BA or bmi regional?

Unfortunately you will be unable to amend any existing bookings you have with any Star Alliance airlines or with Virgin Atlantic. You can continue to amend any existing bookings you have with bmi Regional until 30 September, or with Qatar, Jet Airways, Transaero and British Airways until 27 October after which you will be unable to make any amendments to your booking.

You can choose to cancel any future award bookings you have with any previous or existing bmi air partners at any time.

As a non-UK based Diamond Club member with a future award booking – what is the refund policy if I want to cancel my booking after 27 October?

As a Diamond Club member based outside of the UK, if you choose to cancel an existing award booking after 27 October 2012 you will receive a full refund of any cash and destinations miles paid when the booking was made. Please note that you must transfer any destinations miles to your Executive Club account before 31 December 2012 when the Diamond Club programme closes outside of the UK and in Australia and New Zealand.

As a non-UK based DC member with a future award booking – what is the refund policy if I want to cancel my existing booking after 31 December?

As a non-UK based Diamond Club member, if you choose to cancel an existing award booking after 31 December 2012 you will receive a full refund of any cash paid when the booking was made. Unfortunately you will not receive a refund of any destinations miles paid due to the fact that your non-UK based Diamond Club account will be closed from 31 December onwards.

As a UK-based Diamond Club member with a future award booking – what is the refund policy if I would like to cancel my future award booking?

The normal refund policy will apply for any cancelled award bookings. You will receive a full refund of any miles and cash paid for the booking. Any refund of destinations miles will be made into your Diamond Club account.

Diamond Club and Executive Club – earning

As a Diamond Club member which airlines can I continue to earn destinations miles with when I fly?

You can continue to earn destinations miles when you fly with bmi, British Airways, Qatar, Jet Airways and Transaero.  Please note that if you have a booking with any of these airlines where the date of travel is after 27 October, your booking will be honoured however you will not earn destinations miles.

As a Diamond Club member which airlines can I continue to earn status miles with when I fly?

You can continue to earn status miles when you fly with bmi or bmi Regional. Please note that you will no longer earn status or destinations miles when flying with bmi Regional after 30 September.  You can continue to earn status miles when you fly with bmi until 27 October 2012.

As a Diamond Club member which airlines can I no longer earn destinations miles with when I fly?

You can no longer earn destinations miles when you fly with any Star Alliance airlines or with Virgin Atlantic. You will no longer be able to earn destinations miles when you fly with bmi Regional after 30 September 2012.

As a Diamond Club member which airlines can I no longer earn status miles with when I fly?

You can no longer earn status miles when you fly with any Star Alliance airlines. You will not earn any destinations or status miles when you fly with bmi Regional after 30 September 2012.

As a Diamond Club member, can I continue to purchase destinations miles?

Yes, you can continue to buy destinations miles online until 27 October 2012.

As a UK-based Diamond Club member, which non-airline partners can I continue to collect destinations miles with?

You can continue to earn destinations miles with bmi partner hotels, when shopping online and with your bmi Credit Card account from MBNA. Please note that after 27 October you will only be able to collect destinations miles using a bmi Credit Card account from MBNA

As a non-UK based Diamond Club member, which non-airline partners can I continue to collect destinations miles with?

You can continue to earn destinations miles with bmi partner hotels and when you shop online. You will no longer be able to earn destinations miles after 27 October 2012.

As a Diamond Club member which non-airline partners can I no longer collect destinations miles with?

You can no longer earn destinations miles with bmi hotels, Europcar or Purple Parking.

As a UK based Diamond Club member, how can I collect destinations miles after 27 October?

You will be able to continue collecting destinations miles after 27 October using a bmi Credit Card account from MBNA

As a non-UK based Diamond Club member, how can I collect destinations miles after 27 October?

The Diamond Club is moving to a UK only programme, and as a non-UK based Diamond Club member you will be unable to earn destinations miles after 27 October 2012. Any destinations miles that remain in your account after this date should be transferred to Avios with the Executive club before 31 December 2012 when the non-UK programme closes.

As a Diamond Club member with a future booking on British Airways, how can I earn Avios and tier points with the Executive Club on my booking?

After 27 October you will no longer be able to earn destinations miles with the Diamond Club, therefore if your Diamond Club number is linked to a future British Airways flight booking you should update your booking with your Executive Club number in order to earn Avios and Tier Points through your Executive Club account instead.

Diamond Club and Executive Club – redeeming

As a Diamond Club member, which airlines can I continue to redeem destinations miles with?

You can continue to redeem destinations miles for flights with bmi, British Airways, Qatar, Jet Airways and Transaero. You will not be able to redeem destinations miles after 27 October, however you will be able to transfer your destinations miles into Avios with the British Airways Executive Club.

As a Diamond Club member, which non-airline partners can I no longer redeem destinations miles with?

You can no longer redeem destinations miles for bmi hotel and Europcar discount vouchers or for treats.

As a Diamond Club member, how do I redeem destinations miles after 27 October?

If you would like to redeem destinations miles after 27 October, you will have to transfer them 1:1 to Avios with the Executive Club. You can then redeem your Avios for flights with British Airways, oneworld airlines and British Airways partner airlines, hotels and car hire.

Diamond Club and Executive Club – transfer tool and tier match

As a Diamond Club member, how do I transfer my destinations miles to Avios?

In order to transfer destinations miles to Avios you must become a member of the Executive Club. Please ensure that the details on your Diamond Club and Executive Club accounts match, including name, email address and date of birth – this will allow us to process your request. To request the transfer you must log into your Executive Club account, select ‘update my details’ from the left hand navigation menu and then select ‘Combine my Avios’ from the list of options on your screen. To complete the request, simply follow the instructions on your screen.

As a UK based Diamond Club member when does my ability to transfer destinations miles to Avios end?

You can continue to transfer destinations miles to Avios until further notice. Please note that you will only be able to collect destinations miles using an MBNA credit card from 27 October onwards. In order to redeem destinations miles collected through your bmi Credit Card account from MBNA after 27 October, you will have to transfer your destinations miles to Avios.

As a non-UK based Diamond Club member you will be unable to check your mileage balance online after 27 October. You can call the Diamond Club to check your mileage balance or you can view your destinations miles balance through your Executive Club account when you use the transfer tool.

As a non-UK based Diamond Club member, when does my ability to transfer destinations miles to Avios end?

You can transfer destinations miles to Avios until 31 December 2012. Any destinations miles remaining in your account after this date will automatically expire when the non-UK programme closes.

As a Diamond Club member, can I transfer my status miles to the Executive Club?

No, status miles are non-transferable. If you hold Gold or Silver Diamond Club tier status British Airways will match your tier within the Executive Club.

As a Gold/Silver Diamond Club member, how do I tier match within the Executive Club?

If you would like to tier match within the Executive Club, you must visit ba.com and complete the online tier match request form. Your request to tier match may take up to 21 working days to be processed. Please note that you must join the Executive Club before you request to tier match if you are not a member already.

As a Gold/Silver Diamond Club member, until when can I request to tier match within the Executive Club?

 You can request to tier match within the Executive Club until 31 December 2012.

As a Gold/Silver Diamond Club member, how long will my tier match within the Executive Club last?

 When you tier match within the Executive Club you will be given your new tier status for the remainder of your existing Executive Club membership year, and the full membership year following.

Priority Club: From Zero to Platinum on Seven Stays + 60K+ Points

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I have been advocating for long time for people to sign up for Priority Club and to take advantage of numerous promotions that they offer. Sometimes the response is that they don’t bother. Oh well. You can get the Platinum status so easily as Priority Club allows one to earn it entirely based on points. I don’t know anyone who would have earned it based on the number of night requirement.

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So, I just signed up a friend for the Priority Club and he earned 60K+ points for 7 stays. In all fairness, he signed up for the Ambassador program along the way and got 5K Priority Club points voucher, but at the same time he is missing one 7.5K bonus for Roles to Rooms promotion.

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Also, if he had signed for the Ambassador before having any stays, he would have earned more online booking bonuses.

Conclusion

Priority Club is very point rich program as long as you make sure that you take advantage of the all the promotions that I list here on LoyaltyLobby. You can access the latest bonuses here and here. Also, read my article about various Priority Club promotions and how they work.

Delta Did It Again! Program Changes Without Any Announcements

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Delta has a bad habit of making program changes without giving any announcements to SkyMiles members. Earlier this month, Delta tweaked their award chart and the changes were never published. Airlines usually tend to inform about the changes to their award charts few months before to let program members time to issue awards at old levels.

Now, Delta has quietly withdrawn the ability to use miles and upgrade instruments for upgrades on KLM on M-fares. You can still use them on Y and B fares. You were previously able to upgrade using miles or upgrade instruments from all of these three. There has been a change to Air France upgrades as well. You can still upgrade from YBM fares to premium economy, but the ability to upgrade from premium economy to actual business class has been discontinued.

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Delta’s website still happily lists the fare classes that are no longer eligible for upgrades as of today (September 27).

Conclusion                                    

Delta should really step up to the plate and have a proper communication about the changes to their SkyMiles program. Their website still lists wrong and outdated information about the fare classes that one can upgrade using Delta miles and upgrade certificates on KLM and Air France flights. There are simply no excuses for this.

Conrad Hotels “Be Yourself” Offer of Breakfast/Room Upgrade or 5000 Bonus Points

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Hilton HHonors has a new rate offer “Be Yourself” for select Conrad hotels. If you don’t have status with Hilton HHonors, you can choose between an upgrade or breakfast at check if. If you have Gold or Diamond status, you will receive 5000 bonus points for your stay as breakfast and upgrade are both part of Gold/Diamond benefits.

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Participating Conrad properties for this offer:

  • Conrad Algarve
  • Conrad Bali
  • Conrad Bangkok
  • Conrad Bangkok Residences
  • Conrad Beijing
  • Conrad Brussels
  • Conrad Cairo
  • Conrad Centennial Singapore
  • Conrad Chicago
  • Conrad Dalian
  • Conrad Dubai
  • Conrad Dublin
  • Conrad Hong Kong
  • Conrad Indianapolis
  • Conrad Istanbul
  • Conrad Koh Samui
  • Conrad Koh Samui Residences
  • Conrad Macao, Cotai Central
  • Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
  • Conrad Miami
  • Conrad New York
  • Conrad Pezula
  • Conrad Punta del Este Resort and Casino
  • Conrad San Juan Condado Plaza
  • Conrad Sanya Haitang Bay
  • Conrad Seoul

You need to book a rate code PBBEY1 to be eligible for this offer.

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It seems that this offer is tied to the Best Available Rate that is rarely the lowest available rate. At the Conrad Bangkok there are number of offers with breakfast included that have a lower price than this promotional rate. For the lowest rates, you may want to check out the rate code PR13CB as well.

Conclusion

This offer can make sense IF there are no other rates than Best Available Rate available. I do think that it would be rather rare occurrence, however.

Hilton HHonors Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Bonus Offer – 15K Bonus Miles for 5 Stays

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Hilton HHonors has a special bonus offer for Virgin Atlantic Flying Club members. You can receive up to 15000 bonus miles for five stays between September 26 and December 31, 2012. Registration prior to your stay is required to be eligible for this offer and you need to choose Virgin Atlantic as your Double Dip partner.

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Bonus miles per stay

1. Stay 1 – 1000 bonus miles

2. Stay 2 – 2000 bonus miles

3. Stay 3 – 3000 bonus miles

4. Stay 4 – 4000 bonus miles

5. Stay 5 – 5000 bonus miles

6. Stay 6+ – no bonus miles

Variable or fixed miles?

You can choose between variable or fixed miles when Virgin Atlantic is your double dip partner.

Variable miles are easy to understand. You will receive two Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles per USD spend.

Fixed miles are different. You will receive a set number of miles 1000, 200, or 100 depending of the Hilton brand you are staying at:

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At full service hotels you should choose fixed miles option as long as your folio amount is less than $500. If you folio amount is in excess of $500, the variable miles is better option.

You can transfer Virgin Atlantic miles back to Hilton HHonors points

I have written a piece about a strategy of choosing Virgin Atlantic as your double dip partner, even when you don’t really want to collect their miles, and later transferring the miles back to Hilton HHonors points.

If you earn the maximum number of bonus miles under this offer (15000) and the base fixed miles (5000) for five stays, you can then transfer these 20000 miles to 40000 Hilton HHonors points. You cannot do these transfers over the phone, but you have to call the Virgin Atlantic Flying Club.

Conclusion

This is a nice offer whether you collect Virgin Atlantic miles or Hilton HHonors points. If your preference is Hilton points, you would earn and additional 6K Hilton HHonors points per stays by going the Virgin route and moving them back to Hilton.

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

1. To participate in the offer, you must be a Hilton HHonors™ member and register at http://www.hhonors.com/FCstaymore. Membership is free. You must have Virgin Atlantic Airways selected in your HHonors profile as your preferred airline, prior to booking your Hilton Worldwide stay. In order to earn bonus miles, HHonors members must select from two Double Dip® Earnings Style options: HHonors Points and Variable Miles or HHonors Points and Fixed Miles. 
2. Only stays completed after registration will be eligible for Flying Club miles award. Points cannot be retrospectively applied.
3. HHonors members choosing HHonors Points and Fixed Miles award will earn 10 HHonors Base Points per eligible U.S. dollar spent plus 1000 or 200 or 100 miles (as applicable) per stay. Please visithttp://hhonors1.hilton.com/en_US/hh/points/earningmiles.do or ask at the time of booking for details of the fixed points awarded at your chosen hotel. Members will also be awarded the following bonus Flying Club miles per stay:

• 1st stay: 1,000 bonus miles
• 2nd stay: 2,000 bonus miles
• 3rd stay: 3,000 bonus miles
• 4th stay: 4,000 bonus miles
• 5th stay: 5,000 bonus miles
• From 6 stays and more – members will be awarded the standard stay miles only.

4. HHonors members choosing HHonors Points and Variable Miles award, will earn 10 HHonors Base Points plus 2 Flying Club base miles per 1 USD spent, plus the following bonus Flying Club miles per stay:

• 1st stay: 1,000 bonus miles
• 2nd stay: 2,000 bonus miles
• 3rd stay: 3,000 bonus miles
• 4th stay: 4,000 bonus miles
• 5th stay: 5,000 bonus miles
• From 6 stays and more – members will be awarded the standard stay Points and Miles only.

5. Up to a maximum of 15,000 Flying Club bonus miles can be claimed during this promotional period of 26 September September and 31 December 2012.
6. Flying Club Miles accrued and awards issued are subject to Flying Club Terms and Conditions
7. Offer is subject to availability at participating Hilton Worldwide Hotels & Resorts for stays completed between 26 September and

Club Carlson Gold Points Purchase Bonus Offer of 50%

Club Carlson is offering a 50% bonus if you buy miles for yourself or gift them to someone else. You can buy up to 40000 points (60K with the 50% bonus) for $280. This offer is valid until November 10, 2012. The price of a Club Carlson Gold Point purchased using this offer is 4.67 cents each. You can access this offer here.

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The purchase process is very straightforward as it is handled by Points.com, which does these for most other hotels/airlines. You are shown the various number of points that you can purchase and the bonus amount associated with this offer.

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You are then confirmed the total.

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Conclusion

I don’t think that this is terrific offer considering all the stay bonuses that Club Carlson has been offering lately. It was easy to earn 50K+ points on a $100 stay. These can be useful if you don’t have any points but are planning to stay at an affiliated property. Some of them are offering Points & Cash awards and lower category hotels might be cheaper to book using purchased points than paying.

Here are the terms and conditions associated with this offer:

All Point Purchases: Price includes all applicable fees. GST/HST will be charged to Canadian residents. Gold Points purchased using this option are non-refundable and will post within 2 to 5 days. All Points Purchase Terms and Conditions and all standard Club Carlson Program Terms and Conditions apply to your purchase and use of Gold Points.

50% Bonus Point Purchase Offer: Offer applies to Gold Points purchased in 1,000 point increments between September 24, 2012 and November 10, 2012 only. For each qualifying purchase, members will receive a point bonus equal to 50% of the points purchased (i.e. 500 bonus points for each 1,000 points purchased). Bonus points will not be applied to the yearly 40,000 point purchase maximum. Bonus points and purchased points will be posted to the member’s Club Carlson account or the gift recipient’s Club Carlson account, as applicable, as one transaction within 2-5 days of purchase. Club Carlson reserves the right to add, modify, or discontinue the Offer without notice. Void where prohibited by law. By participating in this Offer, you agree and consent to these terms and conditions and the terms and conditions above applicable to all point purchases.

Hilton HHonors Miles & More Promotion for Up To Quadruple Miles

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Hilton HHonors is offering double miles for the second stay, triple miles for the third stay and quadruple miles from the 4th stay onwards between October 1 and December 31, 2012, for Miles & More members. You need to register for this promotion before your stay.

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The registration link is at http://www.hiltonhhonors.com/vierfach.

Please note that you need to choose Miles & More as your Double Dip partner and choose fixed miles. You won’t earn any miles for stays at Hampton Inn, Homewood Suites, and Home2 Suites brands.

Hilton Miles & More Bonus Miles per stay

– Stay 1: No bonus

– Stay 2: 500 Bonus Miles

– Stay 3: 1000 Bonus Miles

– Stay 4 onwards: 1500 Bonus Miles per stay

Conclusion

This is a nice offer for quadruple Miles & More miles for Hilton stays from 4th stay onwards. I am waiting to see what offer airline related offers Hilton will put out for the 4th quarter.

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

  • Participation in the promotion is only possible after you have registered at http://www.hiltonhhonors.com/quadruplemiles&more
  • This offer applies after successful registration for chargeable stays in participating hotels between 1 October and 31 December 2012;
  • Only stays that were booked after registration qualify you to receive Miles & More award miles;
  • Hilton HHonors members, who select ‘Fixed miles award’ in their profile, will receive the basic 500 Miles & More miles per stay. In addition members receive 500 Miles & More award miles for their second stay, 1,000 award miles for their third stay and 1,500 award miles for their fourth stay and any subsequent stays;
  • Customers must be Hilton HHonors members to receive award miles;
  • Hilton HHonors members must have selected ‘Points & Miles’ in their profile and also chosen Miles & More as their preferred airline partner;
  • The earning of Miles & More miles and awards is subject to the general business terms and conditions of Miles & More;
  • Hilton HHonors™ membership, the earning of Points & Miles™ and the redeeming of points are subject to the general business terms and conditions of HHonors;
  • This offer in not valid in combination with other offers.

Hilton HHonors Emirates Skywards Promotion – 4000 Bonus Miles on Your Second Stay

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Hilton is about to launch their 4th quarter promotions. There is one in cooperation with Emirates Skywards. You will receive 4000 bonus miles on your second stay. These are in addition to the regular number of miles that you would earn on the stay 1 and 2. This promotion is valid from October 1 to December 31, 2012.

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You need to register for this promotion before your stay at http://www.hiltonhhonors.com/skywards5000. Please note that as of now (September 26, 2012) the address is not activated yet.

Conclusion

This is a nice bonus if you are accruing of Emirates Skywards miles – 4000 bonus miles for your second stay during the promotional period.

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

  1. To participate, you must register at http://www.hiltonhhonors.com/skywards5000
  2. Offer is valid for eligible stays completed after registration, at participating hotels between 1 October 2012 and 31 December 2012.
  3. Only stays booked after registration will be eligible for the 4,000 bonus Skywards Miles
  4. HHonors members choosing Fixed Miles award will earn 500 base Skywards Miles for each of the first and second stays, plus 4,000 bonus Skywards Miles after their second stay only
  5. HHonors members choosing Variable Miles award, will earn one Skywards Mile per one USD spent for the first and second stays, plus 4,000 bonus Skywards Miles after their second stay only
  6. Customers must be an HHonors member to earn bonus Miles
  7. Customers who are not HHonors members and who subsequently enrol in the programme will receive 1,000 Hilton HHonors bonus points upon registration via this promotion only
  8. There is no mileage collection eligible for Hampton by Hilton and Home2Suites hotels
  9. Hilton HHonors members must have their earning preference set to ‘Points & Miles’ and must have ‘Skywards’ as the preferred airline partner
  10. Skywards Miles accrued and awards issued are subject to Skywards Terms and Conditions
  11. Hilton HHonors membership, earning of Points & Miles and redemption of points are subject to HHonors Terms and Conditions
  12. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or promotion

BMI & Qatar Airways Frequent Flier Partnership to End on October 27

The death of BMI’s Diamond Club has been slow. First the Lufthansa group of airlines awards were discontinued, then other Star Alliance carrier ones, Virgin Atlantic was next, and now it is time for the partnership with Qatar Airways to end as well.

Qatar Airways BMI Announcement
Qatar Airways BMI Announcement

This is not a surprise as the BMI is being integrated to British Airways slowly. The end of BMI’s Diamond is soon.

Conclusion

This is not unexpected development but it is worrisome that BMI hasn’t made any announcement about this change. You can find the release about this on Qatar’s website. I would expect the same to apply for BMI as well.

Cathay Pacific Introduces New Regional Business Class

Should I say that it was about the time? I flew on Sunday on Cathay from AKL to BKK via HKG and the HKG-BKK was on this horrible regional business class seat. Recline was close to zero, hardly any leg space, and the ancient entertainment system.

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Anyway, Cathay blasted an email yesterday for all Marco Polo club members about the new regional business class that they start introducing next year and the full implementation will take until then end of 2014.

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I have to say that I am not sold based on the tiny pictures that they blasted on their website. It doesn’t show how much these seat would recline and how much space you have in fact. When airlines don’t publish these, you can expect the worst. Based on the picture this looks more like a premium economy product that a business class one. And don’t get me started about this color scheme.

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On the positive side they are rolling out the AVOD StudioCX entertainment system to these planes, have power ports in all seats, and the regional product should be consistent once the implementation is done.

Conclusion

It was about the time for Cathay Pacific to introduce new regional business class. Personally, I am not blown away by this development. But as long as these are only used for short hops, it should be ok.

American Airlines Bonus Offer for Transatlantic Travel – Earn 100000 or More Bonus Miles

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American has just launched a bonus offer AAEUR for travel between United States/Canada and Europe on American Airlines, British Airways, and Iberia, that is valid from September 25 to January 31st, 2012. You will earn 15K bonus miles after your first round trip, 35K bonus miles after your second round trip, and 50K bonus miles per subsequent round trip. You need to register for this promotion prior to your travel.

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First Class and Business Class fares booked in F, A, J, R, D or I; Economy Class fares booked in Y, B or H on American Airlines operated flights; First Class or Club World fares booked in F, A, J, R, C, D or I; World Traveller Plus or full-fare World Traveller booked in W, E, T, Y, B or H on British Airways operated flights; Business Class fares booked in J, C, D, R or I; Economy Class fares booked in Y on Iberia operated flights.

American already has a somewhat similar offer for European residents and British Airways has also been offering bonus miles for transatlantic travel. This new offer is valid for American Airlines AAdvantage members whose address is in United States or Canada.

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The offer is valid for all first and business class fares, but only for high economy class ones.

Conclusion

This is a very good offer for fall/winter transatlantic travel for first/business class and high economy class fare fliers. The number of bonus miles that you can earn from 3rd trip onwards is 50K per RT.

If your American Airlines AAdvantage account is based outside of the United States or Canada, you can take advantage of this offer by moving your account address there temporarily.

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

Includes First Class and Business Class fares booked in F, A, J, R, D or I; Economy Class fares booked in Y, B or H on American Airlines operated flights; First Class or Club World fares booked in F, A, J, R, C, D or I; World Traveller Plus or full-fare World Traveller booked in W, E, T, Y, B or H on British Airways operated flights; Business Class fares booked in J, C, D, R or I; Economy Class fares booked in Y on Iberia operated flights.

Terms and Conditions
Registration prior to travel is required. AAdvantage bonus mile offer is valid on American Airlines, British Airways and Iberia operated and/or marketed nonstop flights for round-trip travel between U.S. or Canada and Europe, September 25, 2012, through January 31, 2013. Offer applies only to AAdvantage members who are U.S. or Canada residents and who purchase and fly on eligible published-fare tickets. Flights operated by other codeshare partners are not eligible for this promotion. A round trip is defined as travel in the same purchased booking class for both the departure and the return transatlantic flight segments. Bonus miles do not count toward elite status qualification or Million Miler status.

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