IHG Rewards Club “Free” Internet & Lack Of Speed

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LoyaltyLobby reader from the UK sent me an email with the Speedtest screenshot attached about the quality of the IHG Rewards Club free internet speed at the Crowne Plaza Marlow.

I recently wrote about the hotel internet speeds at the Whine Wednesdays-series (access the piece here).

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Currently the internet is free for IHG Rewards Club Gold and Platinum members. Starting in next January the internet is going to be free for all IHG Rewards Club members regardless of their status.

TAM Fidelidade Award Sale

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To Celebrate TAM Fidelidade program’s 20th anniversary the company announced an award sale for TAM’s destinations worldwide.

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This offer is valid for ticketing between November 2-17, 2013, and the valid travel dates are destination specific.

Delta SkyMiles Shopping Holiday Bonus Up To 2,500 Miles

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Delta SkyMiles Shopping is offering 250 bonus miles for every cumulative $115 spend between November 11 and December 5, 2013, up to maximum of 2,500 bonus miles.

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It doesn’t appear that this offer would require registration, but you can access the web page for this promotion here.

TopCashback Hyatt 3% Cashback Rebate

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The other week Ebates added Hyatt to its list of travel providers (read more here) that offer cashback and now TopCashback has Hyatt as well.

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Ebates is currently offering 2% cashback and TopCashback 3% until the end of the year.

TAP Victoria 50% Off Award Sale & Buy Miles At 50% Discount

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LoyaltyLobby reader from Brazil emailed me about a good award sale that TAP, the Portuguese Star Alliance carrier, is currently having.

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You can get 50% discount off of economy and business class awards between November 7 and March 15, 2014 (blackout dates December 14-January 15), that are booked and ticketed by November 20.

Aeroplan Partner Conversion Bonus Of Up To 25% or 25,000 Miles

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Aeroplan’s twice yearly hotel points to airline miles conversion bonus has returned. You can get maximum of 25% or 25,000 miles for converting points from select partner programs between November 11 and December 9, 2013.

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The bonus that you earn is dependent of the number of points that you convert to miles by the following thresholds:

Hertz Marriott Rewards Offer Of 2000 To 5000 Points Per Rental (Extended)

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Hertz has extended the promotion for 5000 Marriott Rewards points per rental of five days or longer. Shorter rentals of more than two days are eligible for 2000 Marriott Rewards points. This offer is valid for pick up through February 28, 2014, at participating Hertz locations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Puerto Rico, Australia and the New Zealand.

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These car rental promotions are often tricky. I normally rent from Hertz using rates that are only eligible for points on Hertz’s own rewards program and not eligible for partner miles or points.

Top Hotel Promotions November 2013

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The 2013 is soon coming to an end and we should start learning about the first quarter 2014 promotions. The hotel promotions haven’t been this good for a while. Here are my top five for this month.

1. InterContinental Hotels Group Big Win or China Dream (Greater China) + Other Promos

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Hyatt Award Chart Adjustments & New Category 7 (Number Of Points Required Up By Up To 300%)

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Hyatt made an announcement on Sunday that the program keeps “growing” and “evolving” and this must mean that they need to make an adjustment to award categories (likely to be able to write down part of the points liability).

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The new award chart and the “evolved” categories will be in place for award reservations made on or after January 7, 2014. Existing reservations at the lower award levels can be modified until February 15, 2014, without having to pay the higher number of points.

The Economist On Loyalty Programs

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You know that the loyalty program devaluations have been bad, when they make it all the way to the Economist magazine.

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The Gulliver piles on the recent United and Delta award chart changes (before the Delta’s latest move late Friday) and argues that the miles will be harder to earn and to use wisely in the future. You can read the entire article here.

Free 500 Airberlin Topbonus Miles

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You can get 500 airberlin topbonus miles for becoming Heinemann & Me-member (German duty free chain) by December 31, 2013, and having airberlin as your partner airline.

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This doesn’t require any purchases to be made before you get the miles. Signing up for the service is enough.

Marriott Acquires South African Protea Hotel Chain

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Marriott made an announcement last week that it had signed a letter of intent to acquire Cape Town, South Africa, based Protea-hotel chain.

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This acquisition would give Marriott total of 116 properties of which most are located in South Africa and some in Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

Frequent Flyers’ Lawsuit Over British Airways Fuel Surcharges Proceeds (Lots Of Court Documents Included)

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There was an interesting development on Friday on the lawsuit that four frequent flyers’ had filed against British Airways a year ago. The judge dismissed BA’s notion to dismiss the case and ruled that the case can proceed to the discovery phase.

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You can access the entire piece on Reuters website here.

Compensation Clinic: Hilton Warsaw

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LoyaltyLobby reader from UK emailed me about this surprising compensation experience at the Hilton Warsaw after leaving a TripAdvisor review.

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The reader likes the Hilton Warsaw hotel and compliments the “hardware”, but where everything starts to fall apart is the service “software”. Unfortunately, this is not uncommon with modern hotels.

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