INNSIDE By Melia Expanding To New York (And Maybe To Miami & Los Angeles As Well)


Melia announced last week that they had signed a lease for their INNSIDE brand at a new 20-story building on West 27th street, between Sixth and Seventh Avenues, in New York City.

Innside By Melia New York

The hotel is expected to open in 2016. The chain is also planning to open properties in key (Latino) markets in the US such as Miami and Los Angeles.

My Take on IHG PointBreaks


The IHG PointBreaks list was released on Friday (access here) and they will become bookable sometime tomorrow (Monday morning EST).

IHG Rewards Club PointBreaks U

There is always huge build up demand in anticipation of the new release. Some will speculate that the PointBreaks are gone for ever and others are just eagerly waiting for the new booking date that tends to be about one week prior the old list expires.

Compensation Clinic: JW Marriott Jakarta


This week’s Compensation Clinic case comes from my stays at the JW Marriott Hotel in Jakarta. Most of my stays at this hotel have luckily been uneventful.

Compensation Clinic JW Jakarta

JW Marriott Jakarta has been bombed twice. Once in 2004 and the second time in 2009. Due to this, the hotel puts up a security theater at the door that likely wouldn’t deter anyone who would really like to attack this hotel for the third time.

Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles 50% Bonus Miles & 25% Off Awards For Select Cities (April 2014)


Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles has two offers for flights taken in April 2014. You can earn 50% bonus award miles on select international flights &  most of the same cities are also available for awards at 25% off.

Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles April Cities 2014

Note that the terms and conditions state that the bonus miles offer is not valid on “promotional” fares, but those fares are not identified.

ABC News “Baggage Handler Confessions” (Your Worst Nightmares Come True)


ABC News had an interesting five minute video clip on what goes on behind the baggage carousel.

ABC News Baggage Handler Confessions

If you ever check in a bag or two, you probably shouldn’t watch this video or you may have some thoughts while waiting at the baggage carousel….

IHG China 30% Off “Mini-Group Sale” Rate (For Stays Until June 30, 2014)

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IHG Rewards Club has extended the 30% off “Mini-Group Sale” rate promotion for stays in China until June 30, 2014.

IHG Rewards Club China Spring 2014 Mini-Group Sale

You need to book at least two days in advance and two rooms to be eligible for 30% discount off of the Best Available Rate.

IHG Rewards Club PointBreaks Hotel List March 24 – May 31, 2014 (Bookable On Monday)


IHG Rewards Club has released a list of 150 new Point Breaks hotels for the March 24 to May 31, 2014, period. There could be some last minute changes, as there has been in the past, but the list should be complete.

IHG Rewards Club PointBreaks March 24 May 31 2014

These hotels will become bookable at the 5,000 points per night level on Monday, March 24, 2014, usually between 9AM to 12AM EST. 

United MileagePlus Up To 15,000 Bonus Miles For new Chengdu Route (June 9 – August 31, 2014)

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United Airlines is starting a new route to Chengdu (CTU) and is offering up to 15,000 bonus miles for flights taken between June 9 and August 31, 2014, that are ticketed after March 12.

United Airlines MileagePlus Chengdu Offer

You earn 15,000 bonus miles for business and first class, 10,000 bonus miles for high economy and 5,000 bonus miles for discount economy.

American Airlines AAdvantage Passport Challenge: Earn 1,300++ Free Miles


American Airlines is looking for more Facebook likes, Twitter and Instagram followers and is offering 1,300 free miles and up to 10,000 miles for completing certain challenges.

American Airlines Passport Challenge

The social side requires you to spam your Facebook friends by sending them invites and liking AA on Facebook.

US Airways Oneworld Alliance Update

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US Airways sent out a reminder that looked more like an email from American about the coming changes on 30th and 31st of this month.

US Airways Oneworld Update

US Airways will exit Star Alliance on March 30th and will enter Oneworld alliance on March 31, 2014. US Airways frequent fliers are no longer eligible for Star Alliance benefits after march 30, but can enjoy Oneworld Alliance ones.

Conrad Bali 10th Anniversary 10,000 Hilton HHonors Bonus Points Offer (Book By May 31 & Stay By December 31, 2014)


It is hard to believe that the Conrad Bali has already turned 10. They are celebrating the event by offering Hilton HHonors Gold and Diamond members 10,000 bonus points for a two night stays.

Conrad Bali 10th Anniversary 10,000 Bonus Points

This offer is valid for stays between February 1 and December 31, 2014, that are booked by May 31.

IHG Rewards Club Buy Points 25% To 100% Mystery Bonus


IHG Rewards Club has a new “Mystery Bonus” for buying points promotion that has account specific 25% to 100% purchase bonus. This offer expires on April 21, 2014.

IHG Rewards Club March 2014 Buy Points Mystery Bonus

You can check what mystery bonus your account is targeted for by using this link.

Report Your Big Win Spring 2014 Promo Tracking Problems


A LoyaltyLobby reader suggested that I should write a piece about the tracking issues with the current IHG Rewards Club’s Big Win Spring 2014 promotion.

IHG Rewards Club Big Win Tracking Problems

I would encourage you to leave comments below about the issues that you have had with the stays tracking correctly with the different hurdles that you were targeted for.

Airbnb In The News: $10B Valuation & Apartment Rental Turned Sour (Or Actually Sex Party)


There has been two rather interesting news pieces about the Airbnb this week: the recent fund drive hat values the company at $10 billion and ransacked apartment in New York.


The case with the ransacked apartment is more interesting than the fund drive and goes to the heart of this “sharing” economy. Can you really and I mean REALLY trust your home to someone for the weekend at few hundred bucks per night?

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