U.S. Department Of Transportation Proposes $25.5M Fine Against Air Canada Due To Delayed & Denied Refunds

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U.S. Department of Transportation today announced that it was seeking a fine of $25.5M from Air Canada that had delayed or refused refunds from more than 6,000 passengers that had filed complaints with the DOT.

Airlines are required to refund tickets, even non-refundable, for canceled or significantly changed flights to/from the United States. In be with the airline, the Canadian regulator approved that Air Canada could offer funny money (vouchers) for flights that the airline had canceled.

Hilton Honors Drops 11 Airline Partners

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Hilton for years had a Double Dip program that allowed Honors members to earn both points and miles for their stays, and there were never-ending offers for bonus miles with airline partners that made a lot of sense for short stays.

Double Dip went away a few years ago, but Hilton has allowed Honors members to convert points to airline miles with an awful ratio of ten points to a mile. Hilton has now decided to sever ties with 11 airlines, effective immediately.

Update: World Of Hyatt Postpones Award Chart Peak Season Introduction (Yet Again) Until March 2022

Hyatt has just updated the World of Hyatt Covid-19 response page with their decision to postpone peak-award seasonality that was scheduled to be introduced on March 22, 2020.

The company decided to postpone the introduction of seasonal pricing until March 2022 stays but didn’t mention large scale award category changes specifically aside from a few properties that were previously announced.

UPDATE: Qatar Airways Denies Lounge Access In Seattle On American Issued Award Ticket? (Station Incorrect)

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We covered another case of denied Qatar Airways lounge access last week (read more here) when traveling on American Airlines issued award ticket.

The passenger was incorrectly denied lounge access due to the lowest-paid fares, not including it, but awards do. Unfortunately, it appears that it is challenging for various Qatar outstations to get this right, and even the customer service had provided an incorrect reply to the reader.

Marriott Bonvoy “Summer Dreaming In Bangkok” Until March 31, 2022

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Marriott has launched a new rate offer, “Summer Dreaming in Bangkok,” for stays all the way through March 31, 2022.

Marriott Bonvoy members get a complimentary breakfast, daily hotel credit, and the rate plan is cancelable up to 24 before scheduled arrival. You must book by August 31.

Airfare of the Day [Business Class] ETIHAD Singapore to New York from $1,904

Today’s Airfare of the Day goes to Etihad and their business class promotional round trip fares between Singapore (SIN) and New York (JFK), USA.

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World Of Hyatt Triple Points “Bonus Journeys” July 20 – September 15, 2021

Hyatt today announced their upcoming promotion called Bonus Journeys that is valid for stays between July 20 – September 15, 2021.

World of Hyatt members earn triple points for stays of two nights or longer after registration. The maximum number of bonus points earned under this offer is capped at 120,000.

Chase Sapphire Reserve US$300 Travel Credit Used Up In The First Week, US$100 Renewal Bonus Credited

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Each year I try to re-evaluate my credit card strategy and this year I thought about whether to cancel my Chase Sapphire Reserve Visa Infinite card but ultimately decided to keep it following a renewal bonus offer.

Now within the first week of receiving both my $100 renewal credit as well as the reset of the annual $300 travel credit I was already able to use up the entire credit for various eligible purchases.

Corrected: United Mileage Plus Manually Fixed “Pick Your Path” Selection Following Complaint

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Last month United Airlines Pick Your Path promotion ended on May 13, 2021, supposedly at midnight but several members have complained that the registration was not accessible anymore as early as mid day.

Members who were unable to select their option and who decided to contact Mileage Plus customer service (like myself) finally found their account adjusted with the respective amount of PQP.

Accor ALL Europe Double Points July 2 – September 5, 2021

Accor has launched its summer bonus offer for stays in Europe for stays July 2 – September 5, 2021.

Accor Live Limitless (ALL) members earn double points for booked stays after registering for this offer (June 14).

Southwest Airlines 50% Off Base Fares For 50 Days (Book By June 17)

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Southwest Airlines is turning 50 this week and was teasing yesterday about something being launched today that we predicted would be a fare sale.

You can save 50% on base fares by using the coupon code SAVE50 for travel in the next 50 days. You must book June 15 – 17.

IHG Hotels UK & Ireland Up To 30% Off Through January 30, 2022

IHG launched a Summer Sale for stays in Europe last week (read more here) that has now been extended for stays in the UK and Ireland.

The discount at participating hotels is up to 20%, and members get an additional 10% off. You must book by August 2.

Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Buy Miles 50% Bonus Through June 25, 2021

Alaska Airlines has launched another Mileage Plan miles sale with up to a 50% bonus valid through June 25, 2021.

Alaska Airlines joined Oneworld on March 31, but you must wait until fall to redeem on all alliance airlines. The airline has ties with many non-Oneworld partners such as Singapore Airlines and Korean Air.

Accor ALL Rio De Janeiro 25% To 30% Off Through December 29, 2021 (Book By June 30)

Accor has launched a new offer for stays in Rio de Janeiro through December 29, 2021, geared towards the LGBTI crowd but is open for everyone.

The base discount is 20%, and Accor Live Limitless (ALL) members save an additional 10% at full service and 5% at select-service brands if booked by June 30.

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