Lufthansa “Enhances” Miles & More-Program

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Lufthansa is making changes to its Miles & More program starting on January 1, 2014, that will negatively affect the number of miles earned on discount economy fares.

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Miles & More is not just the frequent flier program of Lufthansa but also Swiss, Austrian, Brussels Airlines, Croatia Airlines, LOT, Adria, Air Dolomiti & Luxair.

SPG’s (Starwood Preferred Guest) Latest Airline Partner: Virgin Australia Velocity

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SPG has quietly added a new airline to its list of partners that you can convert your Starpoints to. This was done on September 17, 2013.

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Virgin Australia mainly serves the Australasia region, but have few long-haul flights to United States and Abu Dhabi as well.

Hyatt Gold Passport “The Chase” Game 25 Million Points Giveaway

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Hyatt Gold Passport has launched a game called “The Chase” to get you signed up for their latest “Discover The Possibilities” promotion.

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During the game you are shown ways to earn and use Hyatt Gold Passport points from Hyatt stays to SPA treatments. You can access this game here. Don’t forget to leave comments below what you got!

Whine Wednesdays: Religious Material In Hotels & Airlines

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What do you think, when businesses such as airlines and hotels are affiliating themselves with certain religions?

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Yesterday, when I took Malaysia Airlines from Jakarta to Kuala Lumpur, I again saw these prayer leaflets that are out there for anybody to grab.

Booking IHG Rewards Club China Dream Award Night

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IHG Rewards Club has a China Dream promotion for up to four free nights for every two stays (different brands) between September 1 and December 31, 2013.

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This promotion is valid for IHG Rewards Club members in Greater China (China, Hong Kong, Macau & Taiwan). The qualifying stays for this promotion can be anywhere, but the award nights can be only used in Greater China properties. You can read more about this promotion here and here.

Air Canada Aeroplan “Amazing Race Canada” Promotion For Up To 200,000 Bonus Miles

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Air Canada’s Amazing Race Canada-promotion for up to 200,000 bonus miles for various activities is about to start and its registration is now open.

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This promotion is valid for flights booked and flown between September 24 and December 15, 2013, but you earn 500 Race Wings for registering before the promotion starts. You can access Air Canada’s website for this offer here.

Hyatt September (2013) 48 Hour Sale – C48SEP

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Hyatt is having their monthly 48 hour sale where you can save up to 30% off of best available rates (BAR). Sometimes you can save quite a bit of money and sometimes you cannot.

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Always remember to check the other discount rates that you are eligible for such as AAA or AARP. You can access the Hyatt’s web page for this promotion here.

American Airlines Instant Gold & Platinum Status Targeted (?) Fast Track Offers (September 2013)

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American Airlines has just sent out likely targeted offers for instant Gold or Platinum AAdvantage status and fast track offer for keeping the status all the way to February, 2015.

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Note that these offers will likely only work for those that received the mailer, but you never know. Even if you register and receive an email confirmation, it doesn’t mean that AA will honor this promotion for your account.

Chengdu Is The Fourth Chinese City For 72-Hour Visa Free Transits

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Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou all instituted visa free transits for international transit passengers for stays of three days or less earlier this year.

Both Shanghai and Beijing had shorter visa free transit previously that allowed passenger to leave the airport and roam the city.

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Now, Chengdu, the provincial capital of the Sichuan region of China, is joining the above mentioned cities and started to offer this same 3-day visa free transits from the beginning of September.

Le Club Accorhotels Rate Promotion: 3 Nights For The Price Of 2

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Le Club Accorhotels has a new “3 Nights For The Price Of 2” rate promotion that is valid at more than 1600 participating hotels worldwide.

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The offer is bookable for Le Club Accorhotels members starting on September 17 and on September 24 for general public for until October 21, 2013. The discount rates are valid for stays from September 23 to November 11, 2013.

Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Fall 2013 Targeted Promotions

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Southwest Airlines has launched number of different targeted promotions for 50% bonus, double points & double tier points, triple points etc. for flights this fall.

Edit: Seems that the Southwest made these to show up in your account early and they are now all gone. 

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These offers are valid for travel between September 16 and November 21, 2013. The booking of the flights need to fall within these same dates.

Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles Awards To Select Cities 25% Off In October

Turkish Airlines has number of cities at 25% fewer award miles needed for a return or one-way, companion or upgrade award between October 1-31, 2013.

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You can start your trip to/from Turkey or to/from on the cities listed below:

Le Club Accorhotels Promotion: Join Le Club & Get 1,000 Bonus Points After First Stay

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Le Club Accorhotels has a promotion for 1,000 bonus Le Club Accorhotels points after joining the program and staying once.

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This offer is valid for members that join by October 31, 2013, and have their first stay by December 27.

Choice Privileges Europe On Sale: Most Properties Only 8,000 Points Per Night

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Choice Privileges is running their European point sale again. You can now redeem for most Choice affiliated hotels in expensive cities such as Rome, Paris and London for only 8,000 points (normally 20,000 to 25,000) per night until November 30, 2013.

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Choice likely does this because they often run promotions for 8,000 points for every two stays that they advertise as getting a free night for every two stays (see the banner above).

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