A LoyaltyLobby reader sent me a direct message on Twitter regarding Hilton HHonors account closure and what to do next.
Chinese hackers managed to penetrate the Hanoi airport and Vietnam Airlines systems last week (read more here).
Vietnam Airlines apparently still has issues trying to get its Lotus Miles frequent flier program up and running after the breach. They have released the following statement and emailed it to the program members.
American Airlines has launched a new buy & gift AAdvantage miles campaign and this time with up to a 57% bonus until August 31st, 2016.
American Airlines upped last year the number of miles that you can buy before any bonuses to 150,000 every calendar year. Remember that the account that buys or receives miles must be minimum of 30 days old.
When watching the burning Emirates Boeing 777-300 airplane at the Dubai airport and what little was left of it once the fire was put out, it is quite remarkable that none of the passengers died. It was unfortunate that one of the firefighters passed away, however.
It was little troublesome when I was watching CNN last night seeing passengers dragging their carry-ons while evacuating from the aircraft. In some other instances, this may have led to casualties.
PREVIEW: Ibis Thailand 8th Year Anniversary 888 THB Breakfast Inclusive Offer For Stays September 1 – October 30, 2016 (Book August 29 – 31)
Le Club AccorHotels or actually Erawan (same owner as Grand Hyatt in Bangkok) hotel group is launching ibis Thailand 8th year anniversary sale for stays September 1 – October 30, 2016.
You can book ten ibis hotels in Thailand from Hua Hin to Koh Samui for just 888 THB per night breakfast inclusive and Accor Plus members are eligible for an additional 10% off. The sale is valid for bookings made between August 29 – 31 only.
This week the Whine Wednesdays visits the frequent “enhancements” to the US based frequent flier programs where race to bottom seems to accelerate.
I have always wondered if the people running these programs really think that their members are basically stupid by framing negative changes as “enhancements” or “requested by customer feedback”?
Hilton HHonors has started new promotion for American Express card members in the UK that can earn bonus Membership Rewards points.
The offer is valid for stays at more than 400 hotels in Europe, Middle East & Africa where members can earn an additional Membership Rewards points for every 1 GBP charged to the card between July 25 – October 25, 2016.
United Airlines made an announcement today about “enhancements” to its MileagePlus frequent flier program effective October 6, 2016.
United will discontinue stopover on round-trips awards, there are higher change fees for most and round-the-world awards are discontinued altogether.
Emirates flight EK521 from Thiruvananthapuram (TRV) to Dubai (DXB) apparently had a very hard landing and caught fire. Some were reporting this as an emergency landing. Not sure if the incident started earlier.
The flight was operated by Boeing 777-300 aircraft and was scheduled to land in Dubai at 12:50PM this afternoon (actual landing time 12:44PM).
SPG releases its weekly Hot Escapes every Wednesday. This is a selection of hotels around the world that are discounted anywhere from
20% 15% (sometimes up to 70% off) + they offer an additional 5% off for SPG members.
The hotel listing has the lowest member prices for the next 6 weeks. The availability and the price can vary from date to date.
Indonesia flag carrier Garuda Indonesia has reported a loss of 63.2 Million USD for the first half year of operation in 2016.