Marriott Rewards Vacation Club Resorts Up To 40% Off Elite Offer For Stays Between September 7 – November 20, 2014


Marriott Rewards has launched a fall discount campaign for elite member stays at Marriott Vacation Club resorts between September 7 – November 20, 2014.

Marriott Rewards Vacation Club Resorts Elite Offer Fall 2014

The discount of 30% to 40% varies between region and day of the week.

Iberia Plus Avios Award Sale: Up To 30% Off – Book & Travel By August 31, 2014

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Iberia Plus has launched new award sale and is offering up to 30% discount off of the usual number of Avios required between select destinations by August 31, 2014.

Iberia Plus Award Sale August 2014

The discount is available only between the cities listed below and connecting flights are not included.

PREVIEW: IHG Rewards Club Mexico, Central America & Caribbean 50% Off Award Sale For Stays Between September 1 – October 31, 2014


IHG Rewards Club is bringing back its Mexico, Central America & the Caribbean 50% off award sale for stays between September 1 – October 1 , 2014.

IHG Rewards Club Mexico Central America Caribbean Award Sale

The booking window will open on August 18 and close on September 6. The discount will be valid at select properties and I hope that we get a preview list before the sales starts like we did last time. You can access the list of hotels on sale last time here.

SPG Australia, New Caledonia & Fiji Rate Offer: Up To 50% Off & Double Starpoints Book By August 30 & Stay By December 29, 2014


Starwood has launched a new up to 50% off promo that comes with double Starpoints for stays in Australia, New Caledonia & Fiji.

SPG Australia New Caledonia Fiji Double Points & Up To 50 Percent Off

You must book by Augst 30, 2014, and stay by December 29 to be eligible for the bonus points.

Marriott Rewards FlashPerks Week 3: Hotels Up To 50% Off (Both Price & Points) & Merchandise Awards

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Marriott Rewards announced earlier this month (read more here) that they would launch FlashPerks on July 17, 2014, for 12 week period. Their goal is to have 10 – 15 deals every week for 24 hours or before they sell out.

Marriott FlashPerks Week 3 July 24 2014

Seems that that there are quite a few nice deals for hotels discounts both using points & cash. I am not very impressed about the experiences or merchandise rewards (these are entirely missing this week).

Air France-KLM Flying Blue Promo Awards Are Out For October 1 – November 30, 2014


Air France-KLM Flying Blue has just released the list of their promotional awards for October 1 – November 30, 2014, period that are bookable between August 1-31.  The discount is from 25% to 50% from the usual number of miles required.

Air France-KLM Flying Blue Promo Awards June 2014

You can access Flying Blue’s web page for this award type here.

RocketMiles United MileagePlus First Booking Offer: 5,000 Bonus Miles (Book By August 31 & Stay By December 31, 2014)

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RocketMiles has extended United MileagePlus member offer of 5,000 bonus miles for the first hotel booking of three nights or longer by August 31, 2014, that is consumed by December 31, 2014.

RocketMiles United 5,000 Bonus Miles 3-Nights Stay

RocketMiles is a hotel booking service that awards airline miles for hotel stays. They have had similar bonus miles offers with number of airlines and United previously.

Hyatt Coming Full Circle: The Very First Hyatt Hotel Coming Back As Hyatt Regency Los Angeles International Airport In 2015 (Radisson LAX Reflagged)


Hyatt has brought back under its flag the very first Hyatt House hotel that opened back in 1954 and formed the Hyatt Hotels when it was incorporated in 1957.

Hyatt The Concourse Hotel At Los Angeles International Airport

Radisson LAX has now been rebranded as The Concourse Hotel Los Angeles International Airport. The hotel is going through public space refurbishment this year and the rooms in 2015. Once the renovation is complete, the hotel will get the Hyatt Regency name.

IHG Rewards Club Ambassador Accelerator Still Continuing To Reward Points?


IHG Rewards Club revamped the number of points earned at InterContinental hotels outside of the Americans starting on July 1st, 2014, and supposedly discontinued the Ambassador accelerator bonus at the same time.

IHG Rewards Club Ambassador Accelerator

There has been no communication from IHG Rewards Club regarding the discontinuance of the Ambassador Accelerator that used to pay 20,000 bonus points for every 15 qualifying nights.

Whine Wednesdays: Misbranded Hotels Case InterContinental Mendoza


Hotel chains have very strict (and thick) brand standards manuals that dictate pretty much every aspect of how a hotel operates to ensure uniformity to a certain extent.

Whine Wednesdays Misbranded Hotels Case InterContinental Mendoza

It seems, however, that when commercial or business strategy concerns are important, these standards get thrown out of the window to ensure that the chain has a presence in certain markets.

Le Club Accorhotels Africa Offer: 40% Off & Double Points Until August 31, 2014


Le Club Accorhotels is offering double points and up to 40% off at participating hotels in Africa for stays between July 1 – August 31, 2014, that are booked by August 15.

Le Club Accorhotels Africa Double Points

The offer also includes a breakfast. It is unclear what exactly the participating properties are. There is a grid of 8 properties on the Accor’s web page, but the terms and conditions are not clear.

Thai Airways Backpedals On Award Chart Changes


Thai Airways announced last month (read more here) about upcoming changes to its Royal Orchid Plus program that were supposed to take place on September 1, 2014.

Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus Changes

Award ticket prices for business and first class would have often doubled, although fliers on premium fares would have earned more miles as well. The higher earnings would not have offset the higher award mileage requirements even for them.

SPG Hot Escapes For The Next 6 Weeks Book July 30 – August 2, 2014 (20% To 69% Off + 5% Extra For SPG Members)

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Last year, SPG combined Starpicks and Beat The Timer for Hot Escapes. Now that the program is established, I will have a weekly post on Wednesdays about the current offerings.

SPG Hot Escapes

This is still work in progress. We try to find a better way to present the availability and pricing in the coming weeks in compact format. The hotel listing has the lowest member prices for the next 6 weeks. The availability and the price can vary from date to date.

PointsHound Three New Partners (TK, CX & B6) + 1,000 Bonus Points For Booking In New York, Hong Kong Or Istanbul By August 8, 2014

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PointsHound, which was recently acquired by (both based in Canada), has introduced three new partners; Turkish Airlines, JetBlue and Cathay Pacific.

PointsHound Partners 1,000 Bonus Points

To celebrate this they are now offering 1,000 bonus miles for bookings of 3 nights or longer in New York, Hong Kong or Istanbul that are made by August 8, 2014.

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