IHG Rewards Club China “Points & Cash” Rewards Night Sale

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IHG Rewards Club has a new “Points & Cash” Rewards Night Sale promotion for 14 participating hotels in China.

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You can book this sale for 7 days only from December 1 to 7, 2013, for stays from December 1, 2013, to March 31, 2014.

IHG Rewards Club Bonus Points Packages Europe (December 1 – March 31, 2014)

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IHG Rewards Club has just released the bonus points packages for Europe for stays between December 1, 2013, and March 31, 2014.

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Note that this requires you to usually purchase a higher rate than the lowest one available and it rarely makes sense from financial point of of view. If someone else is picking up the tap, then maybe.

OMNI Hotels Year End 40% Off Sale

OMNI hotels are having a year end sale for stays until December 30, 2013, that are booked by December 2. You can get 40% off of at participating locations.

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You need to use promotion code FRIDAY at the time of making to booking to bring up the discounted rates.

SNL Comedy Skit: The Worst Lady On An Airplane

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Two months ago, the SNL had a skit about airline priority boarding (access here). This time “the worst lady on an airplane” is giving out hints and tips for holiday travel.

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The entire skit is hilarious and all the “tips” are those annoying things that some passengers do.

Complimentary LMTC (Last Minute Travel Club) 12-Month Membership

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Last Minute Travel Club (LMTC) is part of Last Minute travel, but requires you to be a member before having access to their hotel prices.

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Luckily, LMTC usually runs a promotion once a year for 12-month complimentary membership.

Whine Wednesdays: Bedroom & Bathroom Set Up

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There seems to be a trend with new hotels to make the bedroom / bathroom both feel more spacious than they really are by having an “open” concept.

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But if you are traveling with someone else, do you really want to hear them taking a dump at the bathroom or smell the possible aroma emitting from the toilet?

IHG Up To 25% Off Season’s Savings In AMEA (Africa, Middle East & Asia)

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InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has a new promotions for AMEA (Africa, Middle East & Asia) for stays between November 25, 2013, and February 28, 2014, for up to 25% off of stays of two nights or longer.

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Note that this rate plan is prepaid and nonrefundable. Book it only if your plans are firm.

Expedia Best Price Guarantee: Case Orbitz Lower By $1-$2 (3 Times)

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Earlier in the year, I wrote about my Best Price Guarantee (BPG) experience with matching Bookig.com’s price that was about 20 cents lower than Expedia’s (read it here). I also managed to take a photo of the invoice that showed the Expedia’s margin (read more here).

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I decided to go for Expedia Elite Plus-status and needed some more stays. I was in Phuket and was able to locate a Tune Hotel (read my review of the Bangkok property here) at a very reasonable price that was around $25 on Expedia.

Hyatt Winter Wander 7-Day Sale (November 48 Hour Sale)

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Hyatt is having Winter Wander Sale between November 26 to December 2, 2013, for stays from December 16 to March 16, 2014.

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The offer is valid at the participating locations in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean and offers up to 20% savings. You can access the sale page here.

PointsHound Onetime Mobile Booking Bonus Of 1,000 Miles

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PointsHound has just launched mobile and tablet versions of their website and are offering 1,000 bonus miles for the first booking made using the mobile devices.

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You can get 250 miles for signing up first + 1,000 for making the first purchase by December 2, 2013, by using the mobile or tablet version of the site. You can access PointsHound’s website here.

Very Boring Tour, TripAdvisor Review & Tour Guide’s Comments

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LoyaltyLobby reader sent me a link to a piece on Gadling (access here) about a TripAdvisor review that someone had left about a tour in Italy.

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The tour guide had called the reviewer after reading the remarks and allowed him to record the conversation that has now made its way to YouTube.

United Cuts Pretzels From International Flights In Economy & BOB Expands

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The airline that is known for “Friendly Skies” and their latest flyerfriendly-campaign is making the long flights in economy slightly more intolerable by cutting the pretzels altogether and introducing BOB (Buy-On-Board) on more flights.

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United is now cutting the pretzels that normally get served with the beverage altogether and replaces them with nothing. Flights to Central and South America except Brazil and Argentina will go from complimentary food to BOB.

American Airlines Testing Bidding Based Upgrades

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Both Delta and United have been offering paid upgrades to domestic first class and sometimes to international business or first as well at various contact points that the customers have with the airlines from booking the ticket, checking itineraries online or at online/machine check in.

Note that Delta should be showing you the fare difference of the cabin you are booked at and the upgraded one.

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Neither of these airlines have offered bidding based upgrades that American Airlines is now testing using technology provided by Plusgrade.

New Airline Seat Concept With Adjustable Seat Width

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By now, LoyaltyLobby readers should know that I like the Economist magazine a lot for the quality content they produce. They had interesting piece on an airline seat concept (read more here) that was partially taken from another website Verge (read more here).

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Seymourpowell has come up with a new design concept that would allow the airlines to sell the seat based on the width used.

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