Starwood And Le Parker Meridien & Parker Palm Springs Lawsuit Update

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LoyaltyLobby reader sent me a link to an internet archive where he has saved copies of all the documents that has been filed on this case by both parties and can normally be accessed using PACER. You can access them here.

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Seems that I had missed one of the documents that the defendants had filed on this case. This is to support Le Parker Meridien’s and Parker Palm Springs motion to dismiss it.

Air France-KLM Flying Blue Gold Nordic Country Status Matches Processed?

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Seems that Flying Blue took its time (7 weeks) to process the status match from SAS Eurobonus Gold to their Gold. Some of these matches were processed already a while ago, but my online status just changed yesterday.

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When you have a look at your account statement, it shows that you are an “invited” Gold. I have never credited anything to my Flying Blue account, so all the counters are at zero.

EU Overhauls Passenger Rights Legislation – EC 261/2004

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European Union has introduced updated air passenger rights that are expected to take place in 2015 after all member states have ratified the new legislation.

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Under the current EC 261/2004 legislation air passengers have right for cash compensation of 125/400/600 euros when the flight is delayed more than 3 hours depending of the distance of the origin and destination.

Regus Business Lounge Review: Bangkok Exchange Tower

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You can get a Regus Businessworld Gold membership free for having an elite status with number of airlines. I have had it previously through Delta and this year I have it via United. I wrote about the United’s offer last year that you can access here.

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I had never been to a Regus location before, but had read few business school case studies about the company back in the day. Two days ago, I was visiting a Qatar Airways’ Bangkok City Ticket Office and decided to visit the Regus Business Lounge that was on the same building to check it out.

Double Or Triple Virgin America Elevate Points (Elite Qualifying) For West Coast Flights

Virgin America has a new promotion for up to triple Elevate points for West coast flights between February 26 and June 30, 2013. You can access and register for this offer here.

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All the bonus points earned from this promotion count towards Elevate Silver or Gold qualification.

TripAdvisor Censoring/Not Publishing Reviews? (Not What You Would Think)

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There has been news pieces about fake reviews that the owners of hotels have either purchased or generated by themselves. Then, there are complaints from hoteliers that people or competitors that have never visited the property have left negative/fake reviews.

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I sometimes leave a short review of a hotel on TripAdvisor, as I often found TripAdvisor reviews of questionable quality. You can easily do the review using TripAdvisor’s mobile app i.e. while in a taxi.

EVA Air Likely Full Star Alliance Member By Mid-June

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EVA Air and Star Alliance signed an agreement in Taipei on March 29, 2012, that the airline would join the alliance in 2013 after meeting the entry requirements. The expected date that was announced in 2012 was 2nd quarter of 2013.

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Now, there has been industry wide rumors that the airline would officially join the alliance in early/mid-June this year.

United Airlines Offer To Buy Miles At 40% Discount – 3 Days Only

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United just emailed out an offer to purchase up to 100K miles at 40% off of the usual price. This offer is only valid for 3 days and expires on march 14 at 11.59PM CDT. This offer doesn’t appear to be targeted unlike the similar offer in February. You can make the purchase using this link.

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You can get the maximum 40% discount IF you are buying more than 50K miles.

Southwest Airlines Matching United & Frontier Status In Colorado

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Southwest Airlines is offering status matches for Rapid Rewards members with Colorado address that have any status with either United or Frontier. Southwest will match you to their A-List preferred status.

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LoyaltyLobby reader forwarded me an email that he had received from Southwest regarding this offer and it doesn’t appear to be targeted:

LoyaltyLobby Email Newsletter Problem (Resolved)

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There was an issue with the email provider yesterday that may have lead individual emails to go out to subscribers instead of a digest. This issue has now been resolved.

Priority Club Purchased Points No Longer Elite Qualifying

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Priority Club changed what points are elite qualifying starting on January 1, 2013. You can read my piece about this change here. Previously, almost all points deposited to your Priority Club account were elite qualifying ones.

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I wrote a piece back in January that points purchased via Buy Priority Club Points that is handled by this party Points.com are elite qualifying and they most definitely were at the time. They are no longer. You can see from the screenshot above that the purchased points didn’t change the number of elite qualifying points earned in 2013.

Starwood Hotel Special In Europe, Middle East & Africa At Up To 50% Off

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Starwood has made a special limited time discount offer of up to 50% off at ITB trade fair in Berlin. This offer is valid for bookings made until March 17 and for stays until June 30th, 2013. You can access Starwood’s website for this special offer here.

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This rate plan returns very competitive prices. It is not prepaid and fully cancelable until the day of arrival. Note that you can see the list of participating countries above that are all in Europe, Africa & Middle East.

Buy Starpoints At Up To 25% Discount

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Starwood has a promotion for buying or gifting Starpoints at up to 25% discount of the usual price. The purchase price of a Starpoint under this offer is 2.6 cents each at the highest discount. The offer is valid for purchases between March 11 and April 30, 2013, and you can access it here.

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Any one account cannot receive more than 20K Starpoints in a calendar year, whether they are gifted or purchased by the account holder.

Priority Club 10K Bonus Points Offer For Stays Of Three Nights Or Longer At Holiday Inn Club Vacations Resorts

Priority Club has a new 10K bonus points offer for stays of three nights or longer at Holiday Inn Club Vacations locations. This offer is valid for stays between March 1 and May 31, 2013, that are booked by May 27. You can access Priority Club web page for this offer here.

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There are only TEN Holiday Inn Club Vacations locations and all are located in the United States. You can find the list below and access the website for this Holiday Inn brand here.

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