Should I bring My Own Life-jacket To Lion Air Flight?


Lion Air plane overshot the Denpasar runaway in Bali this Saturday afternoon and landed on water. The flight was from Bandung in West Java to Bali. Surprisingly, there has not been any casualties. You can read more about this incident on Jakarta Globe’s website here.


The Indonesian airline safety has not been very good in the past. Due to number of crashes in 2007 all Indonesian airlines were put on the EU’s black list of banned airlines. The national airline Garuda and three other Indonesian airlines were removed from the list in 2009, however.

Hilton Narita Diamond Early Check In & Internet Woes


Hilton Narita is a convenient place to stay if you need a quick overnight on your way in/out of Narita. I have stayed there couple of times and had a bad stay last year. I opened a file with Hilton’s Guest Assistance and the property never replied. Oh well. I got a Be My Guest certificate out of it.


Now, LoyaltyLobby reader forwarded me an email exchange that he had had with Hilton Narita and Guest Assistance.

Le Club Accorhotels Miles & More Offer: 1000 Miles For Signing Up & 500 Miles Per Stay

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Le Club Accorhotels has a new offer for Miles & More (Lufthansa et al) members. You will earn 1000 miles for signing up and for staying once and 500 miles for subsequent stays. You can sign up for this offer here.


This offer is valid for stays between April 1 and May 31, 2013. You need to activate the auto conversion of Le Club Accorhotels points to miles to be eligible for this offer.

Priority Club Next Stay Bonus Offer 1500 Bonus Points


Priority Club has slowly started to introduce some one time bonus offers. LoyaltyLobby reader sent me a message about this Next Stay Bonus-offer.

EDIT: This offer is for 1500 bonus points


This bonus offer is valid for 90 days after registering for it and you can earn the bonus once. It doesn’t appear to require you to have a Gold or Platinum status with Priority Club.

Turkish Airlines Star Alliance Gold Status Match Update


Last month, I reported that Turkish Airlines was still doing status matches to Miles&Smiles Elite Card status (Star Alliance Gold) contrary to reports elsewhere. You can read my piece about getting Star Alliance Gold status via Turkish here.


The processing time for Turkish to update the status was close to 10 weeks at the beginning of this year, but they are now processing these matches in more timely manner.

Hyatt Diamond Amenity Choice Of 1000 Bonus Points Or F&B Amenity Now Official At International Properties


Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond members have had a choice of 1000 bonus points or food and beverage amenity (usually cheese plate & bottle of wine) at Hyatt properties in North America. Internationally there has not been a choice, however. You were offered food and beverage amenity that could be as little as three apples or couple of bananas. I wrote last week that this is apparently changing unannounced, as international properties had started to offer the same amenity choice.


Now, Hyatt Gold Passport have made the above announcement on a FlyerTalk post. All international properties must offer a choice between a 1000 bonus points or food and beverage amenity.

Join Melia Rewards & Get 2000 Points


Melia has a launch offer for their new Melia Rewards program and is offering 2000 points just for signing up. You can access this offer on Melia’s website here.


Melia is likely still better known as Sol-Melia, but the Sol-part of the name was recently dropped. The chain has 350 hotels mainly in Spain and other Spanish speaking countries such as Cuba. There are few hotels elsewhere as well.

What Is Going On With Priority Club Stay Bonuses Expiring April 30: Extended Until August & Problems With Postings?


Priority Club launched number of stay bonuses back in December for stays between January 7 and April 30, 2013. You can access my original post about these promotions here.


There was an unusual component to these stay bonuses. You would earn unlimited bonus points for every 5 nights (5000 extra) beyond the targeted 5/10/15 nights offer.

W Hotels Delta 1000 Bonus Miles & Two Cocktails


W Hotels has a new offer for Delta SkyMiles members. You can earn 1000 bonus miles for your stay + 2 cocktails by booking WHMILES rate plan and staying between April 9 and July 9, 2013. You can access SPG’s website for this promotion here.


You must have your airline auto deposit activated and have Delta as the partner airline to be eligible for the bonus miles. You can activate this transfer here. Note that you need to contact SPG, if you later want to cancel this auto deposit to airline miles.

Wyndham Rewards Triple Points Offer At Eight New Hotels

Wyndham Rewards hasn’t been too generous with their offers in 2013, but they just emailed an offer for triple points for up to three stays at eight newly opened (or actually Wyndham rebranded) hotels in the United States by May 31, 2013. You can access Wyndham’s web page for this promotion here.


This promotion is valid for up to three rooms per stay.

Choice Privileges Double American Airlines Miles April 13 – May 25

Choice Privileges has a new promotion for double American Airlines AAdvantage miles (250 base + 250 bonus) for stays between April 13 to May 25, 2013. You can access Choice’s web page for this promotion here.


There doesn’t seem to be a requirement to register for this promotion, but you must credit the stay to your American Airlines AAdvantage account.

Delta “Enhances” Same-day Confirmed And Not For The Better


Delta just made an announcement about the changes to the Same-day Confirmed-program that will take effect on April 23, 2013, and not for the better. You can read more about this on Delta’s website here.


Same-day confirmed has allowed Gold or higher SkyMiles members to confirm to a flight that is on the same date as the originally ticketed flight and to do this without any charges if done within 3 hours of the scheduled departure time of the new flight.

Priority Club Double Points (Or 1000 Bonus Points Per Night) For Stays in London


Priority Club has a new offer for double points for stays in participating properties in London that are booked by April 30 for stays until June 30, 2013. You can access Priority Club’s website for this offer here.


There is discrepancy between the title of this promotions and the terms and conditions. One would hope that IHG would have more competent people designing these. The terms and conditions are referring to 1000 bonus points per night and the title of the promotion for double points.

American Airlines & Virgin America Now PointsHound Partners


PointsHound is a hotel booking website that allows you to earn frequent flier miles for all of your bookings. I have written a piece about this service that you can access here (note that the 100 mile sign up offer is no longer valid).


Now, you can also  earn American Airlines AAdvantage miles or Virgin American Elevate points in addition to existing partners of United, Delta, Hawaiian, Etihad and Air Baltic.

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