Compensation Clinic: Cathay Pacific Full Fare Non-disclosure (Taxes & YQ’s Missing)


A LoyaltyLobby reader emailed me a case that he had with Cathay Pacific’s non-disclosure of tax/fuel surcharge inclusive fares on Cathay’s US website.

Compensation Clinic Cathay Pacific U

The reader had been searching for fares from Maldives to Chicago and there is a small footnote that the taxes and carrier imposed surcharges are not included.

Choice Privileges Double Points Promo For Stays Between May 22 – August 20, 2014 (Europe, Middle East, Africa, Mexico, Central America & Caribbean)

Choice Hotels has summer promo for Choice Privileges members in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.

Choice Privileges Double Points Promo Europe Africa

Members can earn double Choice Privileges points for stays between May 22 and August 20, 2014.

LAST CALL: SPG Buy & Gift Starpoints At Up To 25% Discount Until May 31, 2014

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Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) spring 2014 Starpoints sale is soon coming to an end. You can get up to 25% discount for buying minimum of 20,000 points. This offer is valid until May 31, 2014.

SPG Buy Gift Starpoints Get Up To 25 Percent Bonus

You can purchase for your account or receive as a gift maximum of 20,000 Starpoints in a calendar year. The account that receives Starpoints must have been open for a minimum of 14 days.

PREVIEW: IHG Rewards Club “Reel Summer” Promo June 2 – September 2, 2014 & Coca Cola Partnership


IHG Rewards Club announced yesterday that their Summer 2014 promo in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Chile & Colombia is “Reel Summer” from June 2 to September 2, 2014.

IHG Rewards Club Reel Summer

IHG Rewards Club members must register to win one of the five Grand Prize Hollywood experiences. Members can earn additional entries by playing online games and completing challenges. There are instant movie ticket and Coca Cola product prices as well.

Earn Up To 2,000 Etihad Guest Miles Per Month Writing Hotel Reviews On HolidayCheck (Limited Time Offer)

10 Comments has partnership with number of airlines. Now, they have a promotions with Etihad for 200 miles per hotel review (usually 150) until July 14, 2014.

Etihad Guest HolidayCheck

You can do up to 10 reviews per month and sometimes they may require you to authenticate that you have actually stayed at the hotel that you just reviewed.

Andaz Papagayo Costa Rica 50% Off Sale (Stay 4 – Pay 2) + Resort Credits (Expires October 31, 2014)


Andaz Papagayo in Costa Rico has a great sale for stays between May 1 and October 31, 2014. Hyatt Gold Passport members can book 4 nights and pay only for 2 and offer also includes $50 F&B credit.

Andaz Costa Rica

Stays of 5 nights get $150 resort credit and stays of 6 nights or longer $250 + you get two nights of these 5 or 6 free.

US Department Of Transportation (DOT) To Require Airlines Better Disclose Optional Fees


U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is proposing a rule that would require airlines to disclose up front first and second bag fees, carry on fees and fees for selecting seats etc.

DOT Airline Fees United States

The airlines have tried to obscure the price of air transportation by removing checked bag allowance etc. and selling all those ala carte at the time of booking.

SPG Four Points Coca Cola & Fifa Promo: Sodas & 250 Bonus Starpoints In The Americas (Stay by July 15, 2014)

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Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) members can earn 250 bonus Starpoints per stay and get two sodas by booking a special rate plan at Four Points hotels in the Americas and the Caribbean for stays between May 1 and July 15, 2014. You must book by June 30.

SPG Four Points Fifa Coca Cola 250 Bonus Starpoints May 1 July 15 2014

The bonus Starpoints rate plan seems to be tied to the Best Available Rate (BAR) and you should check all the rates so that you are not overpaying for bonus points and two sodas.

PREVIEW: PointBreaks For May 27 – July 31 (2014) Full List Soon


IHG Rewards Club just shared with us a preview of PointBreaks that will be available for bookings on Tuesday for May 27 to July 31, 2014, period.

IHG PointBreaks

There are 150 hotels on the PointBreaks list that we hopefully get hands on over the weekend. Here’s the preview list provided by IHG:

UPDATE: Hyatt Gold Passport Instant Platinum (Valid Until February 2015) + Diamond Fast Track (Targeted) NOW REVOKED


Hyatt Gold Passport had an offer for instant Platinum status and fast track to Diamond up and open for registration on, although this offer was targeted for Microsoft employees. I wrote about this offer here, here and here.

Hyatt Gold Passport Microsoft Upgrade Revoked

Now, Hyatt has sent out an email “Important Information about Your Membership” to many and revoked the Platinum status and Diamond fast track offer.

Accor UK & Ireland Ibis, Ibis Styles, Mercure & Novotel Summer 2014 Up To 40% Off Sales (Book June 2 – September 9 & Stay July 19 – November 2, 2014)

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Accor is about to launch their up to 40% off Ibis, Ibis Styles & Mercure Summer 2014 sales for UK and Ireland for stays between July 19 and September 2, 2014.

Le Club Accorhotels ibis, ibis Styles, Mercure & Novotel 2014 Summer Sales

The booking window is from June 2 to September 9, 2014. You can access Accor’s web page for the combined sales here.

SPG Hot Escapes For the Next 6 Weeks Book May 21-24, 2014 (Minimum 20% 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 (starting next week) about the current offerings.

SPG Hot Escapes

This is still work in progress. The hotel listing has the lowest member prices for the next 6 weeks. The availability and the price can vary from date to date.

LAST CALL: US Airways Buy & Gift Dividend Miles Up To 100% Bonus May 3-25, 2014


US Airways Buy & Gift Dividend Miles promotion between May 3 – 25, 2014, for up to 100% bonus on purchased miles (max 50,000 miles) is soon coming to an end. You can access this offer here.

US Airways Buy Gift Dividend Miles May 2014 Offer

US Airways has a staggered the bonus percentage that maxes at 100% when you buy more than 30,000 miles per the table below:

Military Coup In Thailand & Nightly Curfew Between 10PM – 5AM


What started as martial law by the military two days ago has now lead to a full blown coup. This is the 19th coup or attempted one by the military since the country abolished the absolute monarchy in 1932

Thailand Coup.

The military has also announced a night curfew from 10PM to 5AM. It is unclear for how long this nightly curfew will last.

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