Travelocity Gives Up To Become A Skin Of Expedia

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Travelocity is giving up and becomes just a skin of Expedia starting in sometime 2014. Expedia will start taking care of reservations, ticket issuance, customer service etc. on behalf of Travelocity that merely becomes a front end “brand”.

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Travelocity admits that it has fallen behind on search capability in recent years and this deal with Expedia helps it to concentrate merely on “marketing and promotions” according to the CEO.

Choice Airberlin Topbonus Offer: Triple Miles (500 base + 1000 bonus) For Stays Now Until September 30

Choice Privileges has extended its triple miles offer for Airberlin Topbonus members that can earn 1500 miles (500 base + 1000 bonus) per stay now until September 30, 2013. This promotion was supposed to come to an end on August 31.

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There is no need to register for this promotion that you can access on Choice’s website here. You can earn this bonus unlimited number of times.

Iberia Transatlantic Offer: 30,000 Bonus Avios For Every Two Flights In Business And First

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Iberia has now launched their version of the fall 2013 transatlantic bonus (AA’s is here and BA’s is here). You can earn 30,000 bonus Avios for every two flights between European Union (plus Norway and Switzerland) and United States, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico.

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The valid travel period for the bonus is from September 1 to December 15, 2013. Note that the ticket purchase must have been made after August 20 to be eligible for the bonus Avios.

Confirmed: American Airlines Gold, Platinum & EXP Fast Track Offers Honored

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Exactly a week ago American Airlines launched Gold, Platinum & Executive Platinum fast track offers on social media sites such as Google, LinkedIn etc. These non-targeted offers that were open for all non-elite AAdvantage members went viral. AA withdraw the campaign that was supposed to last until August 27 in few hours later. You can read more about this offer here.

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American Airlines first gave very vague replies to members that tried to confirm that their registration for this promotion was accepted. AAdvantage was replying that the member was not part of the targeted audience and thus not eligible for it.

Hyatt Gold Passport Fall 2013 “Discover The Possibilities” Promotion For Up To 50,000 Bonus Points

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Hyatt Gold Passport is about to launch their fall 2013 “Discover The Possibilities” promotion for up to 50,000 bonus points after 20 nights between September 9 and November 30, 2013.

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The registration for this promotion ends on October 31, 2013. You can access Hyatt Gold Passport’s web page for this promotion and register for it here.

Word Of Warning About Instant Le Club Accorhotels Platinum Accounts

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Le Club Accorhotels is the only chain that lets you to sign up at the Platinum level by using specific links. These offers are usually targeted to certain credit card holders, but the links are in the open internet and anyone can use them.

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There are few caveats that you should be aware of:

Update On June & July Etihad Guest Gold Status Matches (Some Success)

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Etihad had status match campaigns both in June and July for instant Gold status for emailing them about the similar status you have with competing airlines. You can read my articles about these campaigns here and here. I also did an update (read more here) when one LoyaltyLobby reader got negative response from Etihad Guest.

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Now, finally, there have been reports that Etihad has processed some of the June status matches, but definitely not in the FIFO (first in – first out) order that they promised. Etihad advertised that they would match the first 500 that would send them the required documentation.

IHG Rewards Club Merchandise & Gift Card 15% Off Sale (Not Worth It)

IHG Rewards Club seems to be now sending twice monthly account statements and has some offers embedded to them. The latest one that arrived yesterday included an offer for 15% off some merchandise & gift card awards.

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I just compared the price of these Mac items that IHG has on sale for 15% off and the prices that Amazon.com is selling them at and the value of IHG Rewards Club point is $0.0027. The value really is less than one third of a cent when used for merchandise.

SPG Take Two Promotion For Double Points & 2500 Bonus For Every 5 Nights September 1-December 15 (Registration Open)

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SPG just opened the registration for their next promo called “Take Two” that is for double points and 2500 bonus points for every five nights for up to 10,000 bonus points after 20 nights. This promotion is valid for stays between September 1 and December 15, 2013, and requires registration by October 31.

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You can access SPG’s web page for this promotion here. Note that the list of non-participating properties for this promotion is rather long. 

American Airlines Transatlantic Offer: 15K to 30K Bonus Per Round Trip

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American Airlines has also launched a bonus offer for return flights in World Traveller Plus, Business or First Class on American Airlines, British Airways, Iberia, Finnair or OpenSkies between September 1 and December 19, 2013.

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You will earn 15,000 bonus miles per round trip on BA’s World Traveller Plus and 30,000 bonus miles per round trip in business or first class.

Whine Wednesdays: Lying Airlines

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The summer travel has been in full swing in the past couple of weeks. I have seen few travel wrecks on my personal Facebook stream caused by the airline flight delays and cancellations that the airlines have not taken care of property.

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The airline in the case above had claimed that there were no other way from Barcelona to Honolulu than two days later. The passenger had not been offered or informed about his rights under the EC 261/2004.

Hyatt & Mlife Tier Matching Now Open

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Hyatt and MGM made an agreement for reciprocal elite benefits and for the ability to earn and burn points at each others properties. You can read more about this partnership here.

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The programs would match each others tiers and this functionality has now been enabled. Hyatt Gold Passport members at the base level are matched to Mlife Sapphire, Platinum members to Mlife Gold, and Diamond members to Mlife Platinum.

Air Canada (Negative) Altitude Program Changes (Again!)

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Air Canada slowly but steadily continues to devalue their elite program that was recently named Altitude (maybe in anticipation of “divorce” from Aimia’s Aeroplan that Air Canada spun off). Air Canada made the following announcement on August 19 and you can access it on Air Canada’s website here.

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AQM’s (Altitude Qualifying Miles)

IHG Rewards Club Promotion: Free Night Certificate For Every Two Stays (Different Brands)

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IHG Rewards Club has a new promotion for members in Greater China (China, Macau, Hong Kong & Taiwan) for a free night certificate redeemable at Greater China hotels for every two stays stayed sequentially at two different IHG brands globally between September 1 and December 31, 2013.

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The following brands are eligible for this promotion: InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Indigo, Even, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express Staybridge Suites and Candlewood Suites.

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