Priority Club Rewards On the Go – 1000 Bonus Points for Signing up + 5000 Bonus Points After a Stay

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Priority Club is offering 1000 bonus points for registering an eligible Visa card to their On the Go-program by May 31st, 2012. Visa and Hilton have a similar program going on too. You need to give consent to IHG to send you tailored offers by SMS (max 3 per week) based on the transaction history with the registered Visa card.

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Then, if you complete a stay at any IHG group of hotel by July 31, and pay using the Visa card that you have registered to this program, you will receive additional 5000 bonus Priority Club points.

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I think that this is a good offer especially if you have a paid InterContinental Hotels Group stay coming up before end of July. You can combine this promotion with other current Priority Club bonus point opportunities that I always write about

Here are the Terms and conditions of this offer:

Priority Club Shopping Bonus – Receive 1000 Priority Club Points for Signup Up & Registering Your Credit Card + 500 Points Dining Bonus + 500 Points Sailing Bonus

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Now you can get 2000 Priority Club points for signing up three different Priority Club programs online. You don’t need to spend a penny to get these points. All you need to do is to sign up for these offers, and register your credit or debit card with shopping and dining programs

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Priority Club Shopping is offering 500 Priority Club points just for creating an online profile, and an additional 500 points for registering a credit or debit card with the program.

Also, Priority Club is offering additional 500 Priority Club points for singing up Priority Club Dining program. You will also receive 1000 bonus points for spending $30 or more on a single receipt at a participating restaurant within 45 days of registration.

Priority Club Cruises is offering 500 bonus points for signing up for receiving offers from number of top cruise lines.

Here are the terms and conditions of these offers:

Members will receive 500 points for opting in to receive special offer emails through Priority Club® Shopping, Priority Club® Dining and Priority Club® Cruises. Members who perform one or all of the qualifying actions from April 1-May 31, 2012 will be awarded 500 points per program. 500 additional points will be awarded for registering a credit or debit card to earn in-store through Priority Club Shopping. The maximum number of bonus points that can be earned through this promotion is 2,000 per Priority Club account.

Your Priority Club Shopping, Priority Club Dining and Priority Club Cruises account must be set to receive special offer emails at the time of the awarding of Priority Club bonus points in order to receive the bonus points. You must also have at least one active credit or debit card registered to your Priority Club Shopping account at the time of the awarding in order to receive the additional 500 bonus points.

Marriott Summer Promotion of Free Night Certificates or Bonus Marriott Rewards Points

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The details of the Marriott summer promotion have now merged. As usually there are various offers based on your Marriott stays history for bonus points or free night certificates. The promotion starts on June 1st and ends of August 31st, 2012. You need to register for the promotion by June 30th, 2012. If you are an active Marriott Rewards member, you can find out the promotion that you are signed up for by singing to your Marriott Rewards account and going to the Promotion Central.

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The default promotion for new Marriott Reward accounts is the free night certificate one.

Here are the different variations of the offer:

1. Max 3 free night certificates. One free night certificate up to category four for every two paid stays.

2. Maximum of 40000 Marriott Rewards bonus points after 25 paid nights. 20000 Marriott Rewards bonus points after 15 nights, an additional 10000 bonus points after 20 paid nights, and another 10000 bonus points after 25 nights.

3. Maximum of 15000 Marriott Rewards bonus points after staying at 4 different brands. 2500 Marriott Rewards bonus points after staying at 2 different Marriott brands, an additional 2500 bonus points after staying at 3 different Marriott brands, and additional 10000 bonus points after staying at 4 different Marriott brands.

4. Maximum of 15000 Marriott Rewards bonus points after 3 weekend stays. You will earn 5000 bonus Marriott Rewards bonus points after one weekend stay, an additional 5000 Marriott Rewards bonus points after your second weekend stay, and an additional 5000 Marriott Rewards bonus points after third weekend stay.

It is still unclear at the moment, if there is a separate promotion for those that collect airline miles. As always, you can switch the promotion that you are signed up for automatically by calling the Marriott Rewards customer service. They will manually notate your account and will issue the points or free night certificates at the end of the promotional period.

This is the first time that the free night certificates are valid for 12 months after their issuance. Previously they have been valid only for 6 months.

Which promotion to sign up for?

It depends of your goal. For my personal purposes, the stay 6 times get 3 free nights certificates for up to category 4 is the obvious choice. Just to note that the free night certificate promo is based on STAYS and not on nights.

If you do not have use for free night certificates that are only valid for category 4, then you need to choose one of the other three options.

For those that have 25 nights or more during the June 1st to August 31st time frame, the maximum of 40000 bonus Marriott Rewards bonus points is the obvious choice. You can use the points the anyway you like i.e. travel packages, and the points never expire.

If you don’t like the free night certificates but don’t quite have the minimum of 15 nights that would be required for the nights based promotion, your choice is then one of the other two promotions. One is based on the number of Marriott family of hotels brands you stay, and the other is based on number of weekend stays.

Maximum of 3 Free Nights terms and conditions

  • Registration is required.
  • Marriott Rewards® members who register for this promotion by June 30, 2012, will earn one (1) free night award at a category 1-4 hotel after every second paid stay made between June 1, 2012, and August 31, 2012, at a participating Marriott property.
  • Maximum three (3) free night awards earned with this promotion per member.
  • A ‘stay’ is defined as consecutive nights spent at the same hotel, regardless of check-in/check-out activity.
  • Only one room per hotel is counted toward a member’s nights or stay.
  • An earned free night award can be redeemed for a future stay at participating Marriott Rewards category 1-4 properties for one (1) free night. Free night award will expire one (1) year after the date of issuance.
  • An earned free night award is good for one (1) single or double occupancy standard room only and includes the cost of the hotel room and applicable room taxes only.
  • An earned free night award will be added to the member’s account within 3-5 business days after the second qualifying stay.
  • Awards are not transferable and may not be given as a gift.
  • This offer is not transferable.
  • Nights spent while redeeming an award are not eligible for credit, and MVCI owner-occupied weeks are not eligible for credit.
  • Members electing to earn miles are not eligible for this promotion.
  • Offer valid at participating hotels within the following participating brands, including JW Marriott®, EDITION®, Autograph Collection®, Renaissance® Hotels, AC Hotels by Marriott, Marriott® Hotels & Resorts, Courtyard by Marriott®, Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott®, SpringHill Suites by Marriott®, Residence Inn by Marriott®, TownePlace Suites by Marriott® and Marriott Vacation Club®.
  • Stays at our exclusive luxury partner, The Ritz-Carlton®, will count toward achieving your bonus.
  • All Marriott Rewards program terms and conditions apply.
  • Visit MarriottRewardsBonus.com  or call 888-MARRIOTT (627-7468) for complete details.

 Maximum of 40000 Marriott Rewards bonus points terms and conditions

  • Registration is required.
  • Marriott Rewards® members who register for this promotion by June 30, 2012, will earn 20,000 bonus points after 15 paid nights, an additional 10,000 bonus points after 20 paid nights, plus an additional 10,000 bonus points after 25 paid nights—up to a maximum of 40,000 bonus points—between June 1, 2012, and August 31, 2012, at a participating Marriott property.
  • Only one room per hotel is counted toward a member’s nights or stay.
  • This offer is not transferable.
  • Nights spent while redeeming an award are not eligible for credit, and MVCI owner-occupied weeks are not eligible for credit.
  • Members electing to earn miles are not eligible for this promotion.
  • Offer valid at participating hotels within the following participating brands, including JW Marriott®, EDITION®, Autograph Collection®, Renaissance® Hotels, AC Hotels by Marriott, Marriott® Hotels & Resorts, Courtyard by Marriott®, Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott®, SpringHill Suites by Marriott®, Residence Inn by Marriott®, TownePlace Suites by Marriott® and Marriott Vacation Club®.
  • Stays at our exclusive luxury partner, The Ritz-Carlton®, will count toward achieving your bonus.
  • All Marriott Rewards program terms and conditions apply.
  • Visit MarriottRewardsBonus.com or call 888-MARRIOTT (627-7468) for complete details.

Maximum of 15000 Marriott Rewards bonus points after staying at 4 different Marriott brands

  • Registration is required.
  • Marriott Rewards® members who register for this promotion by June 30, 2012, will earn 2,500 bonus points after staying at two (2) different Marriott hotel brands, an additional 2,500 bonus points after staying at three (3) different brands, and an additional 10,000 bonus points after staying at four (4) different brands—up to a maximum of 15,000 bonus points—between June 1, 2012, and August 31, 2012, at participating Marriott properties.
  • Bonus points will be awarded in one lump sum 3-5 weeks after the conclusion of the promotion.
  • Only one room per hotel is counted toward a member’s nights or stay.
  • This offer is not transferable.
  • Nights spent while redeeming an award are not eligible for credit, and MVCI owner-occupied weeks are not eligible for credit.
  • Members electing to earn miles are not eligible for this promotion.
  • Offer valid at participating hotels within the following participating brands, including JW Marriott®, EDITION®, Autograph Collection®, Renaissance® Hotels, AC Hotels by Marriott, Marriott® Hotels & Resorts, Courtyard by Marriott®, Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott®, SpringHill Suites by Marriott®, Residence Inn by Marriott®, TownePlace Suites by Marriott® and Marriott Vacation Club®.
  • Stays at our exclusive luxury partner, The Ritz-Carlton®, will count toward achieving your bonus.
  • All Marriott Rewards program terms and conditions apply.
  • Visit MarriottRewardsBonus.com or call 888-MARRIOTT (627-7468) for complete details.

Maximum of 15000 bonus Marriott Rewards bonus points after 3 weekend stays

  • Registration is required.
  • Marriott Rewards® members who register for this promotion by June 30, 2012, will earn 5,000 bonus points after one (1) weekend stay, an additional 5,000 bonus points after two (2) weekend stays, and an additional 5,000 bonus points after three (3) weekend stays—up to a maximum of 15,000 bonus points—between June 1, 2012, and August 31, 2012, at a participating Marriott property.
  • A ‘stay’ is defined as consecutive nights spent at the same hotel, regardless of check-in/check-out activity.
  • A ‘weekend’ is defined as any stay including a Friday and/or Saturday night.
  • Only one room per hotel is counted toward a member’s nights or stay.
  • This offer is not transferable.
  • Nights spent while redeeming an award are not eligible for credit, and MVCI owner-occupied weeks are not eligible for credit.
  • Members electing to earn miles are not eligible for this promotion.
  • Offer valid at participating hotels within the following participating brands, including JW Marriott®, EDITION®, Autograph Collection®, Renaissance® Hotels, AC Hotels by Marriott, Marriott® Hotels & Resorts, Courtyard by Marriott®, Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott®, SpringHill Suites by Marriott®, Residence Inn by Marriott®, TownePlace Suites by Marriott® and Marriott Vacation Club®.
  • Stays at our exclusive luxury partner, The Ritz-Carlton®, will count toward achieving your bonus.
  • All Marriott Rewards program terms and conditions apply.
  • Visit MarriottRewardsBonus.com or call 888-MARRIOTT (627-7468) for complete details.

Update on My Troubles Booking an Intra-Europe One-way Award on Star Alliance Using United Miles

Last week, I wrote about a problem I had with United Airlines and their 1K desk. I am here in Rome and need to get to Stockholm on Friday to catch my Ethiopian flight to Dubai via Addis Ababa. I do, however, need briefly visit Finland as well and routing from Rome to Stockholm should be a valid one.

When I was trying to get this booked last week, the United.com wasn’t co-operating and was pricing this as two one ways, and the 1K desk agents, when I called, were even less helpful. As a stopgap measure, I have been holding an award space on Finnair flights from Rome to Stockholm via Helsinki using miles from my American Airlines AAdvantage account. The only problem with the Finnair flights was that they wouldn’t give me an overnight in Helsinki. Just a long transfer on Thursday.

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To my surprise, when I was pricing this exactly the same itinerary today that United.com wanted 25K miles last week, it came back with the correct number of miles (12.5K) this time around.

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When building the Rome – Munich – Helsinki overnight Stockholm, the number of miles required for this one Helsinki to Stockholm flight is shown as 6250 on the pricing screen, when all the others are at 12.5K. If I chose any of the other flights, the United.com was again pricing this complete itinerary incorrectly at 25K, but this one flight suited me the best anyway.

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Now, I am only concerned that I booked this in economy, although the business class within Europe is the economy seat with a middle blocked and better catering.

I am happy that I got the flights that I wanted at the end, but dealing with United shouldn’t be this difficult. Have you had troubles booking award flights using United miles? Leave a comment below.

Discover America Daily Getaways Announced for the 5th Week May 7 – 11

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The last week of Daily Getaways are finally out as well. Just a note. The better offers seem to sell out almost instantaneously, and it might be difficult to get into the deals. On this final week the Hyatt’s offer is really good, but the number of packages that they have available for sale is very low. I think that it is going to be borderline impossible to buy even one of them.

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You can get additional 10% discount off these prices, if you pay using an American Express branded card.

 

Best Western Rewards Monday, May 7th

Package available

10000 Best Western Rewards points for $67 835 packages

You can buy 5 sets of this offer.

 

Hyatt Gold Passport Wednesday, May 9th

Packages available:

24000 Hyatt Gold Passport points for $260 100 packages

30000 Hyatt Gold Passport points for $330 35 packages

36000 Hyatt Gold Passport points for $415 15 packages

69000 Hyatt Gold Passport points for $775 14 packages

Hyatt Gold Passport points at these prices is an excellent deal. You are only paying about a cent for a point. You can use 22K Hyatt Gold Passport points for a night i.e. at the Park Hyatt in Sydney or Maldives that are going for $500 to $800 per night.

You can buy one each of the Hyatt’s four offers, but I don’t think that it is possible due to the extremely low number of packages being sold.

 

Carlson Hotels – Club Carlson Thursday, May 10th

Packages available

50000 Club Carlson points for $194 142 packages

100000 Club Carlson points for $387 71 packages

You can buy two sets of each of these two offers for maximum number of four packages. Last year, Club Carlson was running an excellent promo for 50K Club Carlson points for a one stay. If you were able to find a property at a low price, you could have gotten 50K points for far less than $100.

There are some Radisson Blu properties that are very expensive, and buying points and then paying using points can make sense.

United Airlines Mileage Plus Buy Miles at 40% Discount Offer

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United Airlines is now offering miles at up to 40% discount off of the regular rates. There has been quite a few buy miles offers lately from both American Airlines and US Airways, and apparently United is now trying get in to the game as well.

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What is good about the United’s offer, is the fact that you can buy up to 100K miles, which is a nice chunk. The price of a mile through this offer is 2.26 cents each. US Airways has tend to offer miles that you can use for Star Alliance carriers at a lower price, but booking awards online using United.com is easier than to deal with phone agents with US Airways. United does appear to limit the number of miles you can buy or gift per calendar year to 100K. It could be perhaps possible to get someone else to gift you 100K miles, if you happen to need more. The terms are somewhat unclear about this.

Is it a good deal to buy Unites miles at 2.26 cents each? It really depends how you would be using them. If you use them for international premium class tickets, this offer could be well worth it. United doesn’t charge fuel surcharges on award tickets for any of its partners like American does for British Airways and Iberia.

Sometimes United miles can be very worthwhile on short notice on economy class tickets as well. I just issued an intra-Europe ticket for 12.5K United Miles + about $50 in fees for travel in 36 hours. The exact same itinerary would have cost more than $900, and cheapest working, albeit not as convenient ones, in excess of $400.

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I am quite surprised that United is handling these miles sales by themselves. Most of the other airlines and hotels are using Points.com for this purpose. Note that this offer is not limited just to North America, but is valid worldwide.

You need to react fast as this offer expired on April 25th at 11:59PM CDT. You can access this sale by clicking www.ualmiles.com/april40.

Here are the details of the offer from United:

  • Offer expires April 25 at 11:59pm CDT
  • Buy Personal Miles or Give Miles for $21 per 1,000 miles plus a 7.5% excise tax
  • Purchase up to 100,000 MileagePlus Personal miles or Give Miles per account per calendar year
  • Credit card will be billed immediately for purchase
  • Mileage rates and other applicable fees are subject to change
  • Miles are available in increments of 1,000
  • Minimum purchase 2,000 miles
  • Allow 48 hours for miles to post to MileagePlus account
  • Personal Miles and GiveMiles are non-refundable
  • Purchased miles do not count toward elite qualification

SPG Nice Choice Promotion (CONFIRMED)

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Starwood Preferred Guest is about to launch their first multiple choice summer promotion SPG Nice Choice. The registration will officially open on May 1st, 2012.I can now confirm that the details that were first leaked on FlyerTalk, and what I posted here three days ago, are in fact correct. I have a copy of internal Starwood announcement about this promotion.

Normally promotions are funded by the properties, and that is the reason why there is sometimes a rather long list of non-participating properties. If business is good, why pay additional four to five percent of your revenue? Properties simply opt out.

I will have an in-depth analysis of various options of this promotion tomorrow.

Choose your own earning period (You can only choose one)

May- July
June- August
July- September

Choose whatever you want to earn during (You can only choose one)

Starpoints
Awards (Free Nights & Redemption discounts)
Merchandise discounts
Elite Credit

*There is no switching of registration codes or earning periods after registration. No exceptions.
* Registration from May 1- June 30, 2012

Here is a summary of the offers:

Starpoints Offers

Double Points beginning with 2nd stay. No limits.
Every 6 nights, get 3k Starpoints (max of 9k)
Earn 500 bonus Starpoints per night at Sheratons worldwide (no limits). Online-bookings ONLY
Stay 15 nights, get Triple Starpoints on all stays retroactively. No limits.

Awards Offers

10 nights, get 1 Free Weekend Night (cat 1-5). Max of 2 Awards. Weekends are Thurs, Fri, Sat, and Sun.
Stay 20 nights, get 1 25% percent off redemption Award (cat 1-5). Max of 2 Awards

Merchandise Awards

Stay 4 nights; get US$50 SPG Award Cert (max of 3)
Stay 4 nights; get $50 or EUR50 Westin @ home discount code (max of 3)
Stay 4 nights, get $50 or EUR50 Sheraton @ home discount code (max of 3)

Elite status

Stay 5 nights, earn 1 bonus night toward elite status (max of 3 elite qualifying nights).
Stay 10 nights, earn 3 bonus nights toward elite status (max of 6 nights).

It Pays to Check Hilton Award Availability Often – Case Rome Cavalieri – Waldorf Astoria Collection Hotel

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I am right now here in Shanghai and on my way to Rome for couple of nights. I participated to the wonderful promotion from Hilton last year, where you would get a free night certificate for every four stays. These certificates are valid at pretty much any Hilton family hotel worldwide. I moved quite a few of my stays to Hilton and was able to get seven or eight of these free night certs.

I have to confess that I have not been to the Hilton’s flag ship hotel Rome Cavalieri before. This was rebranded under the Hilton’s Waldorf Astoria collection flag in 2008.

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So, I really wanted to try out this hotel and burn couple of these certificates at this hotel. The only problem was that, for weeks, the hotel was only showing premium room award availability for the dates that I was looking at. I even penned an email to the Hilton’s Diamond desk for them to contact the hotel to see if they could open up award availability for me. No luck with the Diamond desk with my request.

This wouldn’t have mattered a year ago when Diamond member could have just used the so called Diamond Force to open up award availability. This was changed last year when Hilton introduced Premium Room Rewards that are 99% off the time waste of points. Every room/suite is available using points as well, but the number of points required per night can be up to hundreds of thousands.

Anyway, I have always had luck with the awards very close to the arrival date. This was the case with the Cavalieri as well. There are often cancellations close to the arrival date, hotels might start overselling the basic rooms and bumping guests to higher category ones & suites etc.

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On Sunday morning United States time, however, every day became available this week again, including the Tuesday and Wednesday nights that I was looking at. Call to Hilton Diamond desk on Sunday morning got the two nights reserved and the certificates attached to the reservation.

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Unfortunately, if you have free night certificates, you cannot do the booking online. You need to call Hilton and do it over the phone. Bit annoying, but well worth saving the 330 euros per night that this hotel would have been charging for my dates.

SAS EuroBonus Star Alliance Gold Status Match Campaign Update

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SAS (Scandinavian) is having a status match campaign in Hong Kong & China. I wrote about this a week ago. This is perfect opportunity to get a Star Alliance Gold status now that BMI is going away. I will use it mainly for lounge access in the United States when flying United or US Airways.

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On Friday, I decided to take advantage of this offer as well. I opened a EuroBonus account with an address in Hong Kong. Then, I prepared the requirement documents. On the web page it says that you would need to email them a copy of the frequent flyer card or print out from an online account statement. I decided to include them both. I emailed these to the email address mystatus@sas.dk on Friday.

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Today, I received a reply from mystatus@sas.se that they had already processed the match. This was about the fastest status match that I have seen. I recently did one with the Alaska Airlines, where I will credit some Emirates flights, and Etihad that was offering status matches to their Gold level. Alaska Airlines was able to process the match within couple of days, and I am still waiting for a reply from Etihad, which  seems to be taking its time.

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This comes very handy. My BMI Star Alliance Gold status won’t ‘t grand access to US and UA clubs, when flying domestically, beyond May 31st, 2012. I can now use my SK*G instead.

British Airways & Hawaiian Airlines Awards Now Bookable on AA.com

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American Airlines has now made awards on British Airways and Hawaiian Airlines bookable on AA.com. If you search for itineraries, results including these two airlines and Alaska Airlines will automatically show up among American Airlines’ own flights.

Note that there are sometimes glitches on award pricing on AA.com as I documented recently. On the following example the return 5K is priced correctly due to HNL being a stopover. On the way to JNB, however, I don’t think that there should be 5K charge for the feeder flight.

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The real shocker is the fuel surcharges on flights involving BA. AA lumps these to taxes and surcharges and doesn’t itemize them. If you click few times around AA further explains about “carrier imposed surcharges”. On my example above the BA “imposed” fuel surcharges are about $1400.

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It is easy to find the real taxes associated with the itinerary. As I was only interested about the BA fuel surcharges, I constructed an itinerary using ITA to find out the actual fuel surcharges on the four BA flights.

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Constructing an itinerary like the one above was fairly easy. You just plug in the origin and destination and AA will display the flights that it can find. You can then choose the ones that suit you best, if there are multiple options.

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This ability to book increasing number of partners on AA.com without having to talk to the reservations, is a welcomed feature. I hope that they would get other partners online as soon as possible as well.

Hilton HHonors Custom Upgrades (Nor1) and Guaranteed Upgrades Using Points

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I have written about how Hilton often offers space available Nor1 upgrades and confirmable upgrades using points during the online booking process. These offers are often also show when you are checking your reservations online.

Hilton used to call these Nor1 upgrades as “Unique upgrade opportunity”. Now they have rephrased this as “You are eligible for custom upgrade”. The technology behind these is exactly the same. You can choose number of different upgrade options that are not guaranteed before your arrival. Each of these carries a different price.

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Here’s an example from my stay at the DoubleTree Kuala Lumpur last week. I made the reservation on Hilton.com and was offered immediately points based upgrades that would have been guaranteed on the sport, and these Nor1 upgrades.

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You actually have to click the link to see what the Nor1 upgrade options are. You are taken to a different website that appears like Hilton.com, but is in fact Nor1’s own. On this instance I was presented only two different options, sometime the list of possible upgrades for cash is really long, and chose not to participate.

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The actual upgrade was shown on Hilton’s website on the day of arrival, and it was an upgrade to a deluxe suite.

I see very little value on either of these points or Nor1 “custom” upgrades for cash. I am sure, however, that the hoteliers love the ancillary revenue they provide. I have often received far better upgrades for free than what was shown possible using points or cash. Also, the number of points required for these upgrades is insanely high.

I could see value for someone choosing to pay for the executive room upgrade at this property, if they are not Hilton Gold or Diamond member, when the executive lounge access would be complimentary. (You can get complimentary Hilton Gold after just four stays or having certain Visa credit card) You get complimentary wireless access in the lounge, breakfast, tea/coffee/soft drinks during the day and some sandwiches, and evening complimentary happy hour with open bar and plenty of snacks.

SPG Nice Choice Summer Promotion

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There was a post on earlier today on FlyerTalk by a member LovetoTravel83, who claimed to have received more detailed information about this forthcoming Starwood Summer promotion from his Starwood Ambassador.

There is no way to authenticate this info, but it does sound plausible. Starwood has run two stellar summer promotions on the past two years and this would personally be a letdown for me. It all boils down if you were able to take advantage of the promotional free night offers. In 2010 the free nights were valid only during the weekends Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. During the summer promotion in 2011 they were valid 7 days a week, but only at resort properties.

Choose your own earning period (You can only choose one)

May- July
June- August
July- September

Choose whatever you want to earn during (You can only choose one)

Starpoints
Awards (Free Nights & Redemption discounts)
Merchandise discounts
Elite Credit

*There is no switching of registration codes or earning periods after registration. No exceptions.
* Registration from May 1- June 30, 2012

Here is a summary of the offers:

Starpoints Offers

Double Points beginning with 2nd stay. No limits.
Every 6 nights, get 3k Starpoints (max of 9k)
Earn 500 bonus Starpoints per night at Sheratons worldwide (no limits). Online-bookings ONLY
Stay 15 nights, get Triple Starpoints on all stays retroactively. No limits.

Awards Offers

10 nights, get 1 Free Weekend Night (cat 1-5). Max of 2 Awards. Weekends are Thurs, Fri, Sat, and Sun.
Stay 20 nights, get 1 25% percent off redemption Award (cat 1-5). Max of 2 Awards

Merchandise Awards

Stay 4 nights; get US$50 SPG Award Cert (max of 3)
Stay 4 nights; get $50 or EUR50 Westin @ home discount code (max of 3)
Stay 4 nights, get $50 or EUR50 Sheraton @ home discount code (max of 3)

Elite status

Stay 5 nights, earn 1 bonus night toward elite status (max of 3 elite qualifying nights).
Stay 10 nights, earn 3 bonus nights toward elite status (max of 6 nights).

Etihad Offering Targeted Double & Triple Miles for Business and First Class

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Last year, I credited bunch of business class flights that I took on Sri Lankan to Etihad. There weren’t any better choice for them. I didn’t want to credit them to Sri Lankan’s own frequent flyer program due to lack of partners. I also applied to the recent Etihad Guest Gold status match offer, but I haven’t heard back from that program yet.

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Earlier today April 21st, I received a targeted email offer to try Etihad’s Coral Business class or Diamond First class product, and to receive double miles for business or triple miles for first class.

I just couldn’t get my head around this offer because of the dates. This offer is valid for bookings made and flights flown between April 19th and May 3rd, 2012. Of course two days had already passed from the promotional period by the time they managed to send out the emails leaving less than two weeks’ time to take advantage of said offer.

Emirates has run quite a few similar offers in the past, but normally they require ticketing let’s say in March and for travel in April or May. I could take advantage of such offers. I cannot, however, take advantage of some offer from Etihad that is valid for the next 12 days.

Singapore Airlines Offering 50% Discount on Required Miles Between Selected Destinations

Singapore Airlines must be hurting because they just started to give out Kris Flyer miles for even the most discounted fares on both their own metal and on Silk Air. Now, they have an award sale between selected city pairs for 50% fewer miles. The discount in reality is only 35% as you would get 15% discount booking an award online in the first place. You can redeem for these discounted award tickets from April 19th to May 2nd for travel between April 19 and June 16th.

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Singapore Airlines listed the destinations where these discounted awards are valid. They didn’t, however, list the number of required miles or taxes/fees/fuel surcharges. I just went through all the destinations to find out the usual number of miles, the discounted miles amount, and the approximate fees associated with the award.

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I apologize for my terrible handwriting. The first number is the usual saver mileage requirement, the next one is the number of miles required during this sale, and the third one the taxes/fees.

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What mainly caught my eye, was the Barcelona to Sao Paulo in economy for 10250 SQ miles OW and about $194.68 in taxes/fees. Trips to Brazil tend to be relatively expensive, but this is a great deal. Even better if you but the return portion of the award separately as there are no fuel surcharges on tickets issued/originating from Brazil.

Here are the full terms and conditions of this offer:

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