IHG Rewards Free Night Award Certificate Issue Resolved

It has been a while since I have had free night award certificates sitting in my account (remember those China and other promotions way back?).

IHG Rewards Club (their name back last year) targeted my account for a free night certificate after two stays (read more here), and I earned another by renewing my Ambassador-membership for additional 12 months and staying once (read more here).

Suite Saturdays: Spectacular Overwater Villa @ W Maldives

Welcome to our weekly video review on hotel suites and rooms around the world! This week’s edition features the Spectacular Overwater Villa, a 146 sq.m./1,571 sq.ft. a 1-bedroom king villa with a a private pool at W Maldives.

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Airfare of the Day [Premium Economy] SINGAPORE AIRLINES New York to Bali from $1,153

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Today’s Airfare of the Day goes to Singapore Airlines and their premium economy excursion round trip fares between New York (EWR), USA and Bali (DPS), Indonesia.

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Hilton Renames “Express Saver” As “Honors Travel/Save”

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We wrote a piece (access here) earlier this February about a new rate plan that had started to pop up for stays in the Americas called “Express Saver,” which tends always to be the lowest.

Hilton has decided to rename the “Express Saver” to “Honors Travel/Sale,” and the change took place this week. Conditions of the rate plan and the savings appear to be identical.

Reader Email: “Held to ransom by IHG Rewards” (627,919 POINTS!)

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A LoyaltyLobby reader sent us a horror story about IHG Rewards deactivating an account with 627,919 points due to an Ambassador status dispute.

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Hilton Texas Donation Match

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Hilton Effect Foundation has decided to match point donations made to Team Rubicon through PointWorthy through March 13, 2021, for a maximum of 10 million points.

Hilton opened its first-ever hotel in Texas more than 100 years ago and, I believe that many of those emails and inquiries sent to the Diamond Desk are replied to from a contact center in the state.

Accor ALL Singapore Second Night Free Flash Sale For Stays Through April 28, 2021 (Book By February 28)

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Accor has launched a Flash Sale for stays at three luxury properties in Singapore through April 28, 2021.

Accor Live Limitless (ALL) members get the second night free (50% off) and Accor Plus members get an additional 10% off, bringing the discount to a total of 60%. You must book by February 28.

Some Canadians Skipping “Mandatory” Hotel Quarantine For C$880 Fine

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Canada started to require three-night hotel quarantine for all arrivals this past Monday (read more here) at select hotels (read more here).

Some Canadians have now found out that it is cheaper to pay a fine of C$880 rather than C$2,000 for the hotel stay.

Marriott Upgrade Minefield: Bonvoy Complimentary & Suite Night Award Limitations At Various Brands (Aloft, Element, Ritz Carlton etc)

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The Marriott Bonvoy program has a specific limitation when it comes to the complimentary suite upgrade benefits, namely that there are a range of brand exclusions including Aloft, Element and Ritz Carlton hotels.

While these brands (alongside a few others) are excluded from the Complimentary Enhanced Room Upgrade benefits they don’t participate in the Suite Upgrade Awards system which you can select as Elite Choice either so one should be careful before exercising this option.

British Airways Loses £130,000 Over Baileys Slip

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An entrepreneur fell at the BA check-in at London’s Heathrow on his way to Geneva and hurt his head.

The floor was slippery due to Bailey’s liquor, and the man won a judgment of £130,000 in the British court against BA and may be in for far more if the airline is deemed negligible.

Swiss Buy-On-Board Ex-Zurich Effective March 30, 2021

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Swiss introduced buy on board for flights ex-Geneva in 2018 (read more here), and Lufthansa announced that all their group airlines (Lufthansa, SWISS & Austrian) would move to paid catering on short- and mid-haul flights in 2021 (read more here).

Swiss has now announced their paid catering for flights ex-Zurich that begins on March 30, 2021. Water and chocolate continue to be complimentary.

Qatar Airways Privilege Club “Refer-a-Friend” Promotion February 23 – April 30, 2021

Qatar Airways has launched a “Refer-a-Friend” promotion to get existing members to bring new ones into the program by April 30, 2021.

The new member gets 1,000 Privilege Club miles immediately and 4,000 bonus miles after their flight by September 30, 2021. You will also receive 2,000 bonus miles after their first flight.

Scandic Friends Members Should Check Their Accounts For Fraudulent Activity

A LoyaltyLobby reader gave us a tip that a Nordic hotel chain Scandic, which at one point was part of Hilton and still manages three Hilton hotels in Finland, has been affected by a hack.

It appears that fraudsters have used automated bots to break into Scandic Friends accounts with weak passwords and then used points towards gift card awards (easy to resell).

Airfare of the Day [First Class] AMERICAN AIRLINES New York to Chicago (or v.v.) from $133 OW

Today’s Airfare of the Day goes to American Airlines and their first class sell-up one way non-refundable fares between New York (EWR) and Chicago (ORD), USA.

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