Marriott Bonvoy Officially Launches On February 13, 2019

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Marriott today finally made the official announcement of the combined name for the existing programs (Marriott Rewards, SPG & Ritz Carlton Rewards) Bonvoy that we have known already since late November (read more here). The logo that was published previously on trademark applications (read more here) was unveiled too.

Marriott Bonvoy Logo

The new program name will replace the existing ones on February 13, 2019. Marriott will also replace Platinum Premier Elite with Titanium and Platinum Premier Elite with an Ambassador just with Ambassador.

UPDATE: IHG Rewards Club Award Category Changes Now January 25, 2019

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IHG Rewards Club released earlier this month list of hotels moving up and down in number of points required for award nights that was supposed to be effective on January 14, 2019. IHG has now postponed this until January 25.

IHG Rewards Club InterContinental Sydney

There are total of 77 pages of changes.and 695 hotels will either require more or less. You have until Friday next week to book using current award rates at hotels that will move up in category.

American Express (U.S.) Membership Rewards: 25% Transfer Bonus For Aeromexico Club Premier – Cheap Round the World Tickets!

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American Express Membership Rewards has a new promotion available for their U.S. based members, offering a 25% bonus on Membership Rewards transfers to Aeromexico Club Premier.This promotion is available to all Membership Rewards members (non-targeted) and expires on February 14th 2019 as the last date to transfer the points, ideal to book a round a world ticket.

LAST CALL: Hilton Honors Gold & Diamond Status Gifting For 2018 (Expires January 31)

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Hilton Honors made changes to its program in early 2018 (read more here) and one of the enhancements was the ability of certain Diamond members to gift Gold or Diamond status.

Hilton Honors Gold & Diamond Gift Status

Members that reach 60 nights during their membership year can gift Gold status and once they hit 100 nights Diamond (if they gifted God previously this status will be upgraded). The deadline to gift the status based on the 2018 membership is on January 31.

Radisson Rewards Earn Up To 120,000 Bonus Points For Stays January 15 – March 31, 2019

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Radisson Rewards has now launched their promotion for stays consumed between January 15 – March 31, 2019.

Radisson Rewards January - March 2019

Members can earn up to 120,000 bonus points. The higher number of nights you stay the better the bonus.

Le Club AccorHotels Worldwide Up To 40% Off Private Sales January 15, 2019

Le Club AccorHotels runs Private Sales in EuropeAustralasia, Middle East, South America and Asia weekly unless there is a global Super or Private Sale going on.

Le Club AccorHotels Private Sales January 15 2019

Le Club AccorHotels revamped these Private Sale pages months ago and content is gone from some while still available on others.

Top Hotel Promotions January 2019

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Here’s look at the top 5 most lucrative hotel promotions that you can take advantage of this month.

InterContinental Koh Samui

Remember that it really pays to take advantage of bonus and promotional offers from hotel loyalty programs. You can supercharge your point earnings!

Radisson Blu Nordics SAS Double Eurobonus Miles (1,000) Per Night Through February 28, 2019

Radisson Rewards has an offer for SAS Eurobonus member stays in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden through February 28, 2019.

Radisson Nordics SAS Eurobonus Offer

Eurobonus members earn double miles (500 base + 500 bonus per night) for up to three nights per stay at participating hotels.

IHG Rewards Air Canada Triple Aeroplan Miles January 15 – April 30, 2019

IHG Rewards Club has launched new promotion for Air Canada Aeroplan program member stays between January 15 – April 30, 2019.

Air Canada

Aeroplan members earn triple miles for the duration of the promotion after registering for this offer.

Hilton Honors Buy Points 100% Bonus Through February 26, 2019

Hilton Honors has launched new buy points promotion and is offering 100% bonus for purchases made through February 26, 2019.

Hilton Honors Buy Points January 2019

Members can buy up to 80,000 points every calendar year before any bonus, although the limit often doubled to select members (check the purchase page). 

Qatar Airways Premium Lounge Bangkok Opening Hours (January 2019)

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Qatar Airways opened its own Premium lounge at Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok back in February 2018 and I wrote a piece about it based on my visit in March (read more here).

Qatar Airways Premium Lounge Bangkok

The lounge is only open for business and first class passengers. You cannot access it based on Oneworld status (Sapphire or Emerald) if traveling on economy. You can, however, access it when flying on other Oneworld airlines on business or first.

Marriott Rewards & SPG Choice Benefit Is Back Online (Choose By February 7, 2019)

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Marriott Rewards & SPG Choice Benefit that went dark unexpected in early January is now back online and members have extended deadline until February 7, 2019 to make their choice.

Marriott Rewards Choice Benefit

Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) launched Choice Benefit first for those staying 50 nights and later introduced second gift at 75 nights. Marriott Rewards incorporated this into the combined program last year.

Airfare of the Day: Air China BUSINESS CLASS Tokyo (NRT), Japan to Singapore (SIN) from $1,006 Round Trip

Today’s Airfare of the Day goes to Air China and their basic season business class excursion round trip fares between Tokyo and Singapore.

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Enjoying Hotel Status Benefits After Checkout – Is It Worthwhile To Stay On Property When Departing Late?

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Today I’d like to shine a bit of light on a topic that comes up every now and then, especially when having a late flight out: Staying at the hotel beyond your check-out time and still enjoying elite benefits.

Hotels that have a Club Lounge usually allow their top tier guests to hang around and do some work, even enjoy the cocktail hour until the time comes to leave to the airport (there are exceptions though).

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