British Airways Cabin Crew Union Announces New 48-Hour Strike Plans For January 10th 2017

The UNITE cabin crew union that represents British Airways flight attendants just announced new plans and dates of planned labor action as the company refuses to talk about the crews demands.

A previous strike that was announced short before Christmas was called off in the eleventh hour, saving many travelers plenty of headache while being stranded over the holidays.

InterContinental Royal Ambassadors Renewals & Upgrades 2017 (Post Your Success & Failures!)


IHG Rewards Club has kept many Ambassador and Royal Ambassador members anxious due to not upgrading Ambassador members to Royal Ambassador status (those that should have qualified based on their activity) and not extending previous members past the end of December 2016.

InterContinental Royal Ambassador Renewal Main

This was all done due to program “relaunch” as it was described on the PDF released last summer. IHG Rewards Club has now processed the Royal Ambassador renewals and upgrades to qualified members based on their 2016 activity.

Lufthansa Miles&More: Special Offer For Frequent Traveller (FTL) Status Members: Visit A Senator Lounge For 19 EUR In January/February 2017

Lufthansa has published a special offer targeting their Miles & More Frequent Traveller (Star Alliance Silver) status members to access the Senator Lounge for a fee of 19 EUR for the next 2 months.

Frequent Traveller (FTL) members have already access to the Business Class lounge when traveling on Lufthansa, Swiss and Austrian Airlines and this offer is valid in Frankfurt and Munich only.

Whine Wednesdays: Hotels With ACs That Are ON / OFF Only


The comfortable room or airline cabin temperature is often dependent what one has used to (can be cultural too) and seems that there is no consensus on this issue.

Whine Wednesdays Hotels With ACs That Are ON OFF Only

Some are comfortable sleeping with 25+ Celsius temperatures while others need something below 20. My personal preference is somewhere between 20 to 21, although can sleep colder as well. Hotter and I sweat and find it very uncomfortable.

SPG Hot Escapes For The Next 6 Weeks Up To 41% Off + Extra 5% Off For Members (Book By Saturday)

SPG releases its weekly Hot Escapes list 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.

SPG Hot Escapes January 4 2017

The hotel listing has the lowest member prices for the next 6 weeks. The availability and the price can vary from date to date.

IHG Rewards Club UK & Ireland Fixed Price Winter Sale For Stays Until February 27, 2017 (Book by January 7)


IHG Rewards Club has now launched their UK & Ireland fixed price Winter Sale for stays between January 4 – February 27, 2017, that are booked by January 7.

IHG Rewards Club UK & Ireland Fixed Price Winter Sale For Stays January 4 - February 27 2017

Members can book based on availability select hotels at 39 GBP, 49 GBP, 69 GBP or 89 GBP per night.

Le Club AccorHotels Quadruple Points Select New Hotels January 4 – March 18, 2017 (Book January 4 – February 14)

Le Club AccorHotels has released a new list of hotels where members can earn quadruple points this time for two and a half months.

Le Club AccorHotels Quadruple Points Select New Hotels January 4 - March 18 2017

You can earn quadruple points at these select hotels for stays consumed between January 4 – March 18, 2017, when booked January 4 – February 14.

Hilton HHonors Manhattan 20% Off + 500 Bonus Points Per Night Or Stay January 9 – April 30, 2017 (Book By January 6)


Hilton HHonors has launched 20% off sale for stays in Manhattan between January 9 – April 30, 2017, that are booked by January 6.

Hilton HHonors New York 20 Percent Off + 500 Bonus Points Per Stay Or Night

Members will also receive 500 bonus points per night at Hilton, Curio, Conrad, DoubleTree and Hilton Grand Vacations brands, and 500 bonus points per stay at all others.

InterContinental Royal Ambassador Club Access & Two Category Upgrade Expanding February 1 & March 1, 2017


Yesterday, I wrote about the changes that IHG Rewards Club has made to the Royal Ambassador benefits pages on their website (access here).

InterContinental Royal Ambassador Club Access & Two Category Upgrade Expanding February 1 & March 1, 2017

I had some questions to IHG regarding this changes and still waiting their response to one follow up. I can now confirm, however, that there will be changes to the Royal Ambassador upgrade benefits and club lounge access on February 1 and March 1, 2017

Reader Question: Star Alliance Status Match Options With Minimal To No Flight Activity Required


We received a Reader Question yesterday asking about options to match British Airways Gold to any Star Alliance Gold status without having to fly in order to qualify for the status.

Status matches has gotten more tight in recent years unless there was a big promotion like Sky Team’s Alitalia that tried to acquire customers en masse and pretty much gave top tier to almost everyone applying.

Lufthansa Enhances Newspapers & Magazines Away (Now Available As eJournals)


Lufthansa has decided to enhance all newspapers and magazines away by offering fliers complimentary eJournals that can be downloaded to member’s device.

Lufthansa eJournals

Depending on the status and the cabin, Lufthansa passengers can download 3 to 20 magazines and papers up to three days before of their flight.

SPG Gold & Marriott Rewards Gold Status For One Stay In The Asia-Pacific By July 14, 2017 (Status Valid Until 2019)


Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) has had a promotion for Gold status requiring one stays and paying using World Elite MasterCard for several years and I would expect this promotion to be on its last leg.

SPG Gold World Elite MasterCard

Marriott purchase Starwood last year and soon offered status matching between the programs. SPG Gold members (not much benefits) will receive Marriott Rewards Gold (good benefits) for merely linking the accounts.

Watch Out For Finnair Flight Cancellations Due To Pilot Shortage & Know Your Rights!


Finnair is facing a pilot shortage and have been forced to lease planes from foreign operators while also canceling some flights including four long-haul flights (Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai & Tokyo) this past Sunday.

Finnair Pilot Shortage Flight Cancellations

Some of the pilots are going through Airbus A350 certification reducing the number that can operate flights throughout the spring. It doesn’t help that the airline and pilots have not been able to find resolution for a new collective agreement that has lead to pilots “work-to-rule”.

REMINDER: Hilton HHonors Winter Weekends 30% Off Sale For Stays Until December 31, 2017 (Book By January 31)

Hilton HHonors launched their traditional Winter Weekends Sale back in November for stays in Europe, Middle East & Africa until December 31, 2017.

Hilton HHonors Europe Middle East & Africa Winter Sale

The discount is up to 25% off and Hilton HHonors members are eligible for an additional 5% discount (max 30%). You must book by January 31.

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