Singapore Airlines Introduces Pay With KrisFlier Miles


Singapore Airlines has rolled out an update to its online booking engine that now allows you to pay for your economy class tickets using your KrisFlier miles. The number of miles required for a trip is entirely based on the fare + taxes/fees.


You can pay partially with miles and rest by cash. This option values KrisFlier mile exactly at $0.0079 USD per mile that is 0.79 cents.

IHG Rewards Club #DiscoverIHG Instagram Sweepstakes


IHG Rewards Club has a new #discoverIHG Instagram sweepstakes for snapping photos of IHG properties and sharing them on Instagram using #discoverIHG hash tag.


You need to register for this offer and you can do it at website, where you can also browse some snapshots that people have already shared.

GOL Goes To Court For Unannounced Smiles Award Chart Changes?


After Avianca made unannounced changes to its award chart back in May (read my take here), GOL decided to do an unannounced stealth devaluation for their award chart too. The number of miles required for awards went up by 33%  and airline had old award chart levels up on its website for days after they were no longer bookable.


Now, federal prosecutor has given GOL ten days to respond to an inquiry about how many passengers has paid higher than shown miles requirements and how much money was involved in this.

MilePoint Wall&Main Marketing Spam


Yesterday, I received  email spam from MilePoint about an ability to “invest” to Wall&Main and to essentially buy United MileagePlus miles at around 3 cents each. You could purchase a $30K package and get 1 million miles & Platinum Premier status. Wall&Main would also throw in Bose Quiet Comfort headphones.


Note that you would not own any equity of this Wall&Main, but would essentially just get the miles and the United status and that’s about it.

Whine Wednesdays: Do Not Disturb?


This has been a hotel pet peeve of mine for quite some time. I tend to work in a hotel room/suite, have late check out and always put the DND (Do Not Disturb) hanging on the outside door knob. And I HATE when the housekeeping disregards the DND and knocks the door and this happens way too often.


Yesterday, I was staying at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Vilnius and, as usually, had the DND hanging on the door. Someone knocks the door at 12:30PM, opens the door and close it after I yell something. I get up, walk to the door, open it and nobody is to be seen in the corridor.

Hyatt Gold Passport British Airways Avios Offer: Double Avios For Stays July 1 – September 30

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Hyatt Gold Passport has a bonus offer for British Airways Executive Club member for double Avios (500 base + 500 bonus) for stays between July 1 and September 30, 2013.


There is no need to register for this promotion before your stay, but you need to use an offer code AVIOS2 at the time of booking.

United Airlines Mileage Plus Buy Miles Offer: 30% Discount Until July 22

United Airlines has a new Mileage Plus Buy Miles-offer for 30% discount off of the mileage purchases greater than 12,000 miles. Note that this offer is targeted and there is no public link that I can provide. There could be other targeted offers out as well.


You can buy or gifted maximum of 100,000 miles per calendar year.

Preferred Hotel Group’s iPrefer Becoming More Rewarding


Preferred Hotel Group consists of 650 independent hotels and the group’s hotel loyalty program is called iPrefer. Until now, you have not earned free nights or points for your stays, but change is coming on August 15, 2013


The new iPrefer program will have three tiers: Silver, Gold, and Platinum. The Silver is the base level one and you will earn more benefits and points when you become Gold or Platinum member.

RewardsPlus Partnership Between United Mileage Plus & Marriott Rewards


Marriott and United jointly announced today a new partnership called RewardsPlus that gives Marriott Gold status for United Premier Gold/Platinum/1K/GS members and Premier Silver on United for Marriott Platinum or Platinum Premier members. You can access Marriott’s web page for this announcement here and United’s one here.


This partnership resembles one that Starwood and Delta launched earlier this year called Crossover Rewards. You can read more about Delta/SPG partnership here.

SPG Elite Thank You Certificates


SPG has been mailing out Elite Thank You certificates in your membership pack, but they might have gone electronic this years, as they have been sending out emails to request them.


You can get four certificates yearly or at the time of your status upgrade.

IHG Rewards Club Book Direct 2013 Promotion: Earn Up To 8000 Bonus Points


IHG Rewards Club has launched a new Book Direct 2013 promotion for 2,000 bonus points per stay for maximum of 8,000 bonus points.


The terms and conditions on the IHG’s web page for this promotion is showing the qualifying dates to be from May 15 to August 31, 2013, but the My Promotions page shows that this promotion is valid from July 10 to October 31, 2013. I would trust the My Promotions.

IHG Rewards Club Gold & Platinum Status Match


InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has been revamping its rewards program this year and the name of their frequent guest program was changed from Priority Club to IHG Rewards Club on July 1, 2013. The status match program has been tweaked as well.


Previously, it was possible to get the IHG Rewards Club status in just fewstays, when all the points earned counted towards the 60,000 points minimum. Starting in January this year, only the base points and some other activity specifically included by IHG counts towards it, however.

BBC Fast Track Program’s Take About Frequent Flier Miles


This morning, I had the hotel TV set on BBC World New and saw that there was going to be a feature on Fast Track weekend travel program about frequent flier miles or airline miles as they called them. I had to delay going to breakfast for half an hour to catch the show. You can access BBC Fast Track program’s website here.


The show featured two set of travelers; BA Gold member that was trying to redeem for Cyprus or Sydney and a couple that were trying to use their Singapore Airlines KrisFlier miles for their sons 30th birthday in Singapore. They both failed!

Compensation Clinic: Multiple False Fire Alarms Over Three Hours At Holiday Inn Express


What is it with hotels & false fire alarms? I am staying at a hotel, when a fire alarm goes off, at least once a year and so far they have always been false. This happened last time couple of months ago. If you have had a good or bad compensation experience, just drop me an email. I will post the best ones in coming weeks.


LoyaltyLobby reader sent me an email about unfortunate incident at a newly opened Holiday Inn Express hotel in Rotterdam – Central Station on June 25. Multiple fire alarms had gone off between 10PM and 1AM. Guests staying at the hotel had to evacuate twice and obviously no one could sleep.

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