Etihad Improves Top Tier Elite Benefits: Free Wifi, Limousine Service Returns For Award Tickets To/From Abu Dhabi

Etihad Airlines has published new benefits for members of their Etihad Guest Program which includes higher onboard wifi discounts including free internet for their Platinum top tier elites.

Furthermore Etihad will once again allow their Gold & Platinum Elites to book the Chauffeur service for flights arriving/departing in Abu Dhabi on award tickets which has been discontinued two years ago.

No Hilton Hotels In Abu Dhabi Come December 19, 2019

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Hilton appears to be left with no hotels in Abu Dhabi, the capital of United Arab Emirates, come December 19, 2019, when Capital Grand exits the system.

Hilton Capital Grand Main

The iconic Hilton Abu Dhabi was rebranded as Radisson Blu last year, and Hilton Baynunah left the system years ago (stayed there once).

Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Buy Miles Up To 50% Bonus Sale Through December 23, 2019

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Alaska Airlines has launched a new Mileage Plan miles sale that comes up to a 50% bonus through December 23, 2019.

Alaska Airlines is not part of any global alliance but has ties to many airlines for earning and redeeming miles such as Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Japan Airlines, Emirates, Finnair, and Aer Lingus.

IHG Sends Out First Ever Email About PointBreaks?

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IHG Rewards Club releases every two to three months new discounted PointBreaks hotels that go for 5K, 10K, or 15K points per night. The last batch was released late last month (read more here).

IHG Rewards Club PointBreaks Email

IHG usually don’t send any advance notices to its members about new PointBreaks. They used to have blog posts years ago about hotels that would be released in the following couple of days. Now IHG has, however, sent out an email about PointBreaks in Australia, New Zealand, and Japan to members in the region.

LAST CALL: Hilton Honors Select US Cities + Puerto Rico & Bahamas 20% Off Flash Sale For Stays Through February 2, 2020

Hilton Honors on Monday launched a 20% off rotating Flash Sale that is valid for stays at select cities (see below) in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Bahamas that ends tomorrow (Friday)

Hilton Honors 20% Off Sale November 11 2020

The offer is valid for stays between through February 2, 2020, and must be booked by November 15.

Choice Privileges Members Only Madness November 18 – 22, 2019

Choice Privileges is bringing back its Members Only Madness-deals for 2019. These offers will go live next week, Monday to Thursday.

Choice Privileges Members Only Madness 2019

Expect to be able to save Choice Privileges points, earn bonus points, and stay discounts if offers in 2018 are of any indication.

South African Airways Cancels Most Flights For Friday & Saturday (November 15 – 16, 2019)

Embattled South African Airways has canceled most flights scheduled to take place this Friday and Sunday except those that bring back the crews and planes due to planned indefinite cabin crew strike.

The airline has lost billions over the years and needs to restructure its operations, has told that quarter of its workforce needs to go.

Marriott Bonvoy 2,000 Bonus Points Per Night In New Orleans Through December 31, 2019

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Marriott Bonvoy has brought back a bonus offer for stays at participating New Orleans hotels through December 31, 2019.

Le Meridien New Orleans

Members can earn 2,000 bonus points per night for up to 10,000 per stay when booking using promotional code MR5.

Business Class Fatcat: Aeroflot Cancels Customers Mileage Account After He Smuggles Overweight Cat Onto The Plane (With Help Of Body Double)

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An Aeroflot passenger who likes to travel with his beloved pet cat has caught the attention of the airlines security department after he presented a skinny body double in lieu of his obese cat for inspection at check-in.

The customer then switched the cats back in their carriers and bragged about the whole spectacle online which unfortunately went viral and Aeroflot investigated the matter, eventually cancelling his mileage account.

Radisson Rewards 20% Award Night Rebate Through March 31, 2020

Radisson Rewards has now on its third week of Member Exclusive Events. Members can now save on their award nights through March 31, 2020.

Radisson Rewards 20% Award Night Discount

The 20% award night rebate applies for all redemptions consumed between November 22 – March 31, 2020, and booked November 14 – 20.

United Airlines MileagePlus November Mile Play Fly By January 31, 2020

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United Airlines MileagePlus In 2018 launched a promo called Mile Play, trying to get members to spend and fly more. They refresh these offers every few months and have launched a new one for November.

United Mile Play

The Mile Play promotion is tailored to each select member based on his/her recent activity with United. It may require buying more business class tickets or flying a certain number of trips through January 31, 2020.

IHG Rewards Club InterContinental Ambassador Sign Up Offer

IHG Rewards Club launched Cyber Sale on Monday (read more here) offering discounted stays and Bonus Points Package-bonuses (read more here), and bonus signing up for Ambassador program.

IHG members who sign up for Ambassador-member earn 10,000 bonus points (different offer for renewals). There is a separate offer valid for sign up until the end of October that also comes with stay bonuses (read more here).

Airfare of the Day: Alitalia BUSINESS CLASS Tel Aviv (TLV), Israel to Johannesburg (JNB), South Africa from 907€ Round Trip

Today’s Airfare of the Day goes to Alitalia and their premium economy restricted round trip fares between Israel and South Africa. This fare is filed as a premium  economy class fare  but books into business class (probably a fare-table coding mistake). Caution is advised when making travel plans as the airline may not honor it.

Kruger National Park, South Africa. Images: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sumarieslabber/33679220096

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Remember To Collect Le Club AccorHotels Points Using Places App

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Le Club AccorHotels launched its Places back in 2013 (read more here) that allows members to collect badges and extra points by “checking in” to the hotel using the app that is connected to Facebook.

You can, however, use the Places App in an incognito window and can do several months check-ins at once. I believe that the stay must have taken place in the past four months.

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