Virgin America Elevate Buy Points 50% Bonus

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Virgin America has had a promotion for buying Elevate points and getting 50% bonus already for couple of weeks. This offer is coming to an end on October 15, 2013.

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You an buy up to 20K Virgin America Elevate points per year. Under this offer those 20,000 points are upped to 30,000 points (if you buy the maximum). You can access this offer on Virgin America’s website here.

Thai Airways Vs. Qatar Airways Vs. Singapore Airlines (Not What You Would Think)

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As I normally have international news channels (CNN, BBC, Bloomberg, CNBC, Aljazeera etc.) on in hotel rooms/suites while working, I get bombarded with ads that are targeted to business travelers.

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Last year, there was this huge Emirates campaign that was going on for months with very long advertisements. Haven’t seem Emirates TV ads for a while. Now, however, there are these three commercials from Thai, Qatar, and Singapore playing on heavy rotation.

Etihad Guest Gold Requalification Offer (Targeted)

Etihad Guest just emailed me a requalification offer to retain the Gold status that I got through a status match back in last year (read more here).

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Etihad is offering me double elite qualifying miles/segments for travel between October 1 and December 31, 2013.

Double Preferred Hotel Group Iprefer Points On October 11 & 22 Bookings

Preferred Hotel Group is offering double iPrefer points for bookings made on October 11 and 22, 2013, and consumed by February 28, 2014.

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There is no need to sign up for this offers, but you need to make the booking on iPrefer.com and have your membership number on the reservation. You can access iPrefer offers here, but this offer is not listed there. 

TripAdvisor Partners With American Express For Review Authentication

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A lot has been written by journalist and academia about the prevalence of fake reviews on internet review sites such as TripAdvisor. There are several companies selling positive fake reviews for $5 to $10 per each published one.

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Now, TripAdvisor is partnering with American Express to authenticate some reviewers.

Hilton HHonors Gold, 10% Off Hyatt Gift Cards & 1,000 United Miles For $49.95 (Requires Milepoint Premium Purchase)

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Milepoint is having a membership drive again and is offering certain premiums included in the $49.95 membership price.

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Milepoint is basically a failing FlyerTalk clone that was started by the founder of Flyertalk after he sold the website to Internet Brands and the non-competing period run out. He thought that he could basically move the traffic away from FlyerTalk to Milepoint and likely ca$h out again. Doesn’t seem to be happening.

T-Mobile (US) To Abolish International Data & Text Charges

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T-Mobile (US) is abolishing its international data & text roaming charges starting on October 31, 2013. Customers can use data at Edge speed (128 KBPS) and text messages (SMS) free at more than 100 countries.

You can read more about this development on Cnet’s website here.

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128 KBPS is enough for emails and using data light apps such as Twitter/Facebook/Whatsapp, but you really cannot make voice calls over Skype using connection this slow or stream music/movies.

Hyatt Meeting Promotion Offer For Up To 100,000 Bonus Gold Passport Points

Hyatt has a new promotion for meeting planners to drive more business to Hyatt hotels for up to 100,000 bonus Gold Passport points for meetings that consists of 100+ room nights.

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The bonus points that you may earn is dependent of the number of peak nights booked during the event:

Hilton HHonors SriLankan FlySmiLes Up To Triple Miles Offer

Hilton HHonors is offering SriLankan FlySmiLes members up to triple miles for stays between October 1 and December 31, 2013.

You can register for this offer on Hilton’s website here.

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You earn double miles for stays of two nights (no bonus for one night stays) and triple

Hilton Europe, Middle East & Africa 3-Day Flash Sale

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Hilton has a 3-day flash sale going on for stays in EAME (Europe, Africa & Middle East) for weekend stays from October 11 to December 29, 2013.

Weekend is defined as Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights in the Middle East and Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights in Europe and Africa.

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The discount offered during this sale varies from 15% to 33% off of the BAR (Best Available Rates). Note that this rate is prepaid, nonchangeable and nonrefundable. Only book it if your plans are firm.

Whine Wednesdays: Hot Meters In Kuala Lumpur

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Kuala Lumpur must have one of the scammiest taxi industries in Asia. Thailand was able to get (most) of their taxis in order in Bangkok (let’s not talk about the holiday islands), and there is never a problem with the meter in Jakarta, Singapore and Hong Kong… they are like walk in the park.

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I just spent couple of weeks in Kuala Lumpur and the taxis never makes visits to the city too pleasant. Part of the problem are the “Premium Taxis” that are always stationed at the hotel and that pay the respective hotel a fee for the privilege of picking up their guests. The taxi fare of these “Premium” taxis is about the double compared to “Budget” taxis.

Fairmont President’s Club Winter Offer: Double Miles & 3rd/4th Night Free Or 15%-20% Off

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Fairmont President’s Club has their winter 2013 promotion up that is for double airline miles and discounts for stays until April 30, 2014. There is a long list of property specific blackout dates.

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You get 15% to 20% off (additional 5% off for President’s Club members) or 3rd or 4th night free depending of the hotel/resort.

Alitalia On Verge Of Bankruptcy AGAIN?

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Alitalia was on verge of bankruptcy last time in 2009. Italian investors and Air France-KLM came to the rescue.

Now, the airline has amassed losses of more than billion Euros in four years time and is again on verge of bankruptcy unless emergency capital injection of hundreds of million Euros in the next few days.

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Apparently, the company is behind in payments and is afraid of suppliers stopping delivery of fuel or only doing it in cash basis. You can read more about this on Reuters website here and on BusinessWeek website here.

Hilton HHonors China Eastern Promotion For Up To Triple Miles

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Hilton HHonors has a promotion for China Eastern frequent fliers for up to triple miles for stays between October 1 and December 31, 2013.

You can access and register for this promotion on Hilton’s website here.

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You earn double miles for stays of two nights and triple miles for stays of three nights or longer during the promotional period.

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