Reader Question: Are The Intercontinental Ambassador 10% & IHG Credit Card Award Booking Discounts Combinable?

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Over the last few months we received one particular Reader Question quite frequently, namely if the 10% award booking discounts that are offered to Chase IHG credit card members and Ambassadors who selected that option can be combined.

Remember that you can always email us, send a message via Facebook or use Twitter and include photos too. We’ll try to cover Reader Questions & Comments here several times a week.

Whine Wednesdays: Marriott’s Stabilized Platform?

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Well. This must be the whine topic of the year if not the entire decade that we have covered extensively (unfortunately) ever since Marriott has tried to (unsuccessfully) merge and stabilize its loyalty program platform from August 18th.

Marriott Rewards & SPG Stabilized Platform

The screenshot above is from my attempt to sign in to my Marriott Rewards account about an hour ago that was unsuccessful. I just presented with an error message “Please try again later”.

LAST CALL: Le Club AccorHotels 3-Day Up To 50% Off Sale For Stays In India, Indonesia, Malaysia & Singapore Through April 30, 2019 (Book By November 15)

Le Club AccorHotels Asia-Pacific Sale Tour yesterday launched their second stop and is offering up to 40% off rates + extra 10% off for Accor Plus members until tomorrow (November 15).

Le Club AccorHotels APAC Sale 2nd November 2018

The sale is valid for stays in India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore through April 30, 2019 and valid for bookings made by November 15. There is also 5 million points up for grabs.

Iberia Plus Buy Avios Groupon Special November 2018

Iberia Plus program continues their Avios sales using Groupon in Spain and has launched a new offer for November (expiry unclear).

Iberia Plus Buy Avios Groupon November 2018

You can buy several packages of variable Avios amounts (at around 1.25 euro cents each) depending what redemption you might be eyeing at.

Choice Privileges 15% Off Through December 31, 2018 (Book Today – November 14)

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Choice Privileges is now on their third day of Member Madness Deals with a new offer.

Choice Privileges Member Madness Day Three

Members can save 15% off a stay or stays (Choice’s website refers to both) through December 31, 2018 that is booked today. You may need to click through the email received from Choice to activate this offer.

Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles Outage November 17 – 19, 2018

Turkish Airlines has been sending out emails to its Miles&Smiles frequent flier program members about a system outage lasting three days.

Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles Outage November 17 - 19 2018

Miles&Smiles website and all other functions including call/contact center redemptions and upgrades will be unavailable November 17 – 19, 2018. Members are advised to perform these activities by November 16 or after November 19.

Marriott Rewards Terms & Conditions Updates November 2018

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Within the past seven days, Marriott Rewards has now twice revised the Terms & Conditions governing their guest loyalty program.

JW Marriott Lima

There are changes from participating properties (addition of Ritz-Carlton Residences Waikiki Beach) to Platinum member lounge access, Rewarding Events elite qualifying nights, F&B spend without stays and quite a number of other aspects that members should be aware of.

Stolen Credit Card Data From British Airways Hack On Sale For $12 Million

British Airways had malware installed on its computer systems earlier this year that captured the credit and debit card information including CVV numbers of more than 244,00 customers that was then transferred to illicit third party. You can read more about this incident here, here, here and here.

Now, the this information is on sale on the “Dark Web” where apparently Russian hackers are asking $12 million for it. BA still claims that they are not aware of any verified fraud caused by the “incident”.

Le Club AccorHotels Worldwide Up To 40% Off Private Sales November 13, 2018

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 November 13 2018

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

Delta November SkyMiles Award Flash Sale Select Delta One Europe Destinations For Travel December 24 – May 27, 2019

Delta Air Lines today launched their November SkyMiles Awards Flash Sale destinations that are in select Delta One (business) routes between continental United States and Europe.

Delta Air Lines SkyMiles November Award Flash Sale

The return award tickets start at just 98,000 miles return and are valid for travel between December 23 – May 27, 2019 (there are destination specific blackout dates – see the T&Cs). You must book this offer by November 15.

Air France – KLM Flying Blue Special Promo Awards 3-Day Sale For January 1 – March 31, 2019 (Boo November 14 – 16)

Air France – KLM’s Flying Blue has released special Promo Awards valid for travel January 1 – March 31, 2019 that are bookable three days only November 14 – 16.

Air France - KLM Special Edition Promo Awards November 2018

These promo awards are in addition to the regular November Promo Awards that were released on November 1 (read more here).

AMENDED: IHG Rewards Club Double Points Plus More-Promotion (New Expiry Date + Unlimited Double Points)

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IHG Rewards Club launched Double Points Plus More-promotion back in September that was supposed to be valid for stays September 16 – December 16, 2018. Members were going to earn limited number of double points + hurdle bonuse(s) tailored to their account (read more here what our readers were targeted for).

IHG Rewards Club Double Points Now Unlimited Main

Now, IHG Rewards Club has quietly extended this offer through December 31, 2018 and lifted the limit on number of double points earned per information posted on their website (they haven’t changed the T&Cs to reflect all this).

Air Astana Embraer E190 Flies Around For Two Hours “Completely Uncontrollable” As Pilots Manage To Salvage The Jet And Land Safely

Passengers and Crew of an Air Astana Embraer 190 (not the aircraft pictured below which is an A320) had a second birthday late Sunday as the aircraft suffered from flight control issues short after takeoff in Lisbon.

The pilots managed to maneuver the plane through the skies for roughly two hours before being able to make an emergency landing that ended without fatalities.

DoubleTree Suites New York Times Square Closes December 1, 2018

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A LoyaltyLobby reader alerted us that the very popular Hilton property in New York’s Times Square – DoubleTree Suites will close on December 1, 2018. The employee of the hotel had informed him.

DoubleTree Guest Suites New York Times Square TSX Broadway

Seems that the hotel is not reflagged that is usually the case but the entire building is basically demolished and replaced by something called TSX Broadway hopefully opening its doors around 2021.

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