IHG Rewards Club Promotion: Buy Points & Get 50% Bonus


IHG Rewards Club has a new promotion for buying points between September 24 and October 18, 2013, and getting maximum of 50% bonus on purchased points.


When you purchase more than 26,000 points at a time, you get the price of $11.50 per 1000 points. The maximum number of points, excluding bonus points, that you can purchase in a calendar year is maxed at 60,000.

Marriott Rewards Terms & Conditions Changes Regarding Account Closures

Marriott has updated the terms and conditions of its Marriott Rewards program on September 17, 2013. Nothing has been communicated to program members.


The changes mainly deal with the situation where Marriott would like to cancel the member’s rewards account.

Global Hotel Alliance (GHA) September Flash Sale

GHA has their September flash sale going on for up to 30% off of Best Available Rates (BAR). Note that these rates are prepaid, non-refundable and non-cancelable.


This sale is going on for 3 days and is likely to end on September 27, 2013. There are no terms and conditions associated with this offer, but you can access GHA’s web page for this offer here.

IHG Rewards Club Promotion: Elite Member Next Stay Bonus Of 5000 Points


IHG Rewards Club has a new one-time bonus offer of 5000 points for Elite Member that is valid for 90 days after registration for this promotion. You can earn this bonus once.


You can sign up for this promotion here or use the promotion code 1012 on here.

Marriott Thailand 50% Off Voucher Deal


Marriott properties in Thailand are offering 50% off of one night stay until July 31, 2014. All you need to do is to sign up for Marriott’s Thailand email list.


Note that the discount is likely from the highest available rate and is not always available. You can, however, save quite a bit if there is availability for a date that you are looking at.

Virgin Flying Club Upper Class Promotion: Extra Tier Credits, 50% Bonus Miles Earned & Complimentary Little Read Flights


Virgin Atlantic has a new promotion for Upper Class flights taken between September 20, 2013, and February 28, 2014.


You will earn two extra tier points per segment (up to four segments), additional 50% bonus miles (up to four segments), and two complimentary Little Red flights after two segments.

Southwest Devalues Rapid Rewards Points By 14.29%


Southwest Rapid Rewards will change the number of points required to redeem Wanna Get Away fares from 60 to 70 points per dollar on or after March 31, 2014.

This will constitute a devaluation of 14.29% for those that redeem for this fare type.


Southwest revamped its Rapid Rewards program few years ago and made it entirely monetary based. You would earn x-number of points per USD depending of the booked fare type.

American Airlines & Qatar Airways Frequent Flier Partnership Commenced September 23

American Airlines and Qatar Airways frequent flier partnership has commenced today (September 23).


Both American Airlines and Qatar Airways frequent fliers can now earn and redeem miles on each others flights.

Air France Cocaine Bust

There was an interesting news piece over the weekend about a huge cocaine bust at the Paris Charles de Gaulle airport.


An Air France flight from Caracas, Venezuela, on September 11th had contained 30 suitcases full of cocaine weighting 1.3 tonnes. This operation was not made public before this weekend.

PointsHound Jet Airways Partnership

PointsHound is a hotel reservation service that awards airline miles for bookings.


You can now get Jet Airways JetPrivilege miles for PointsHounds bookings. You can sign up for PointsHound here.

Tidbits From Hilton’s IPO SEC Filing


Hilton Worldwide is about to go public again and they filed two weeks ago S1 filing with the SEC (Securities And Exchange Commission).


I just spent few hours going through the 200+ page prospectus for information that would be of interest for Hilton HHonors members. You can access the S1 filing on SEC’s website here.

Etihad Guest New Airline Partner: Air Serbia

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Etihad Guest members can start earning miles on Air Serbia flights starting on October 28, 2013.

Air Serbia (Jat Airways) will ditch its own frequent flier program and will start using Etihad’s Guest program from that date as well.


Etihad Airways and Serbian government have both agreed to inject $40 million to the airline and provide an additional $60 in financing. The parties have also agreed to grant Etihad five year management contract to manage the airline. Etihad will also get 49% of the new airline.

Hilton HHonors British Airways Avios Promotion: 1,000 Bonus Avios Per Weekend Night In EMEA


Hilton HHonors has a British Airways Avios promotion for 1,000 bonus Avios per weekend night for stays in EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa) until December 16, 2013.


You need to register for this promotion (you can do it here), have fixed or variable miles Double Dip option chosen and have British Airways Avios as your partner airline.

Compensation Clinic: Lufthansa Flight Cancellation, Turkish Star Alliance Gold & EC 261/2004


Friend of mine urgently messaged me on Facebook back in June regarding his rights when Lufthansa had flight cancellation.

He was flying on a United issued award ticket in economy from Budapest to Amsterdam via Hamburg and had his Turkish Star Alliance Gold number on the reservation.


Lufthansa canceled the Hamburg to Amsterdam flight that was the last one for the day and there were no other option getting to Amsterdam that evening.

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