SPG Affiliated Hotel Eden In Rome To Become Part Of Dorchester Collection?

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According to la Repubblica Italian newspaper based in Rome (you can access the article here), the Sultan of Brunei would have purchased the Eden hotel in Rome from Starman UK Services Company that is a joint venture between the Lehman Brothers (bankrupt) and Starwood. The newspaper article refers both to Starwood Capital (nothing to do with Starwood hotels) and Starwood Hotels and Resorts.

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The Hotel Eden is an iconic hotel that was first opened in 1889. The hotel is relatively small consisting of only 121 rooms and suites.

Marriott Mobile Check In Now Available At 300 Locations In North America

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Marriott has launched mobile check in at 300 locations in North America. You can choose your arrival time, get notified when your room is ready and pick up your room key at the mobile desk at the hotel. You can read more about this initiative on Marriott’s website here.

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This functionality is available for those that have Marriott mobile app installed on their Apple or Android device.

Qatar & British Airways Frequent Flier Partnership Starting On September 2

Qatar Airways that is expected to officially join the Oneworld Alliance in October (read more here) sent an email to their Privilege Club members about the ability to earn Qmiles on British Airways flights starting on September 2, 2013.

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The ability to use miles for British Airways flights will begin on October 1, 2013. You can read more about this partnership here. There is nothing available on BA’s website about this new partnership with Qatar.

The Most Liveable Cities (And Likely Tourist Friendly As Well)

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The Economist Magazine’s EIU (Economist Intelligence Unit) has again published a report of worlds most liveable cities that you can download here and access the Economist web page for the story here.

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All of the cities is assigned a rating based on 30 qualitative and quantitative factors across five categories of stability, healthcare, culture, education and infrastructure. These are then tallied together to come up with a liveability number between 1-100, where 1 would be intolerable and 100 ideal.

American Airlines Statement: No Fuel Surcharges On Awards Beyond BA & IB

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American Airlines just released the following statement regarding the fuel surcharge issue on awards that popped up this morning (read my post here):

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Seems that something went wrong with their tax/fare calculation update that lead to fuel surcharges been added to some award tickets erroneously.

American Airlines Award Fuel Surcharges Expanding Beyond British Airways & Iberia?

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There has been lot of chatter this morning about American Airlines award fuel surcharges that have suddenly started to appear on awards issued on Malaysia Airlines flights. This issue was first reported on BoardingArea (One Mile At A Time) article that you can access here.

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Above is the AA’s reply to my question on Twitter regarding the status of fuel surcharges on partner award itineraries.

Hertz Marriott Rewards Offer Of 2000 To 5000 Points Per Rental

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Hertz has launched a promotion for 5000 Marriott Rewards points per rental of five days or longer. Shorter rentals of more than two days are eligible for 2000 Marriott Rewards points. This offer is valid for pick up through December 31, 2013, at participating Hertz locations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Puerto Rico, Australia and the New Zealand.

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These car rental promotions are often tricky. I normally rent from Hertz using rates that are only eligible for points on Hertz’s own rewards program and not eligible for partner miles or points.

Hyatt August (2013) 48 Hour Sale – C48AUG

Hyatt is having their monthly 48 hour sale where you can save up to 30% off of best available rates (BAR). Sometimes you can save quite a bit of money and sometimes you cannot. Always remember to check the other discount rates that you are eligible for such as AAA or AARP. You can access the Hyatt’s web page for this promotion here.

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These rates are valid at select US, Canada, and Caribbean hotels for stays between September 1 and December 9, 2013. The promotional dates for individual properties may vary. You need to book this offer by 11:59PM CDT on August 28, 2013.

American Airlines Earning Miles On TAM Flights (Not Yet Redeeming)

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American Airlines made an announcement two weeks ago that the airline would start codesharing with TAM on August 22, 2013. You can read my piece about it here. These two airlines used to be partners before TAM decided to join the Star Alliance.

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American didn’t announce that earning miles on TAM coded flights would become again possible on the same date, but apparently it did. You can access AA’s web page for TAM flights here

PointsHound Offering Double Miles For Hotel Bookings Until August 31

PointsHound is offering double miles/loyalty points for all hotel bookings that are made by August 31, 2013. The stay dates can be far out to the future.

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PointsHound is basically a hotel reservation portal that rebates part of their travel agent commission back to you in form of airline miles/loyalty points.

Four Seasons “By Invitation” Loyalty Program

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There was some chatter earlier this year about Four Seasons intention of launching a chainwide loyalty program by the end of this year. The company has gone through some management changes this year (CEO replaced) that may have caused some delays.

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Four Season’s already has a small “By Invitation” loyalty program that is by invitation only. Some guests have received this package during their stays at Four Seasons hotels.

Global Hotel Alliance (GHA) August Flash Sale

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GHA has their August flash sale going on for 20% to 40% off of Best Available Rates (BAR). Note that these rates are prepaid, non-refundable and non-cancelable. I was not able to find a single property at the advertised 40% off. Maybe GHA should update the graphics and the text on their emails?

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This sale is going on for 3 days and is likely to end on August 28 or 29, 2013. There are no terms and conditions associated with this offer, but you can access GHA’s web page for this offer here.

Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Triple Points Promotions September 1-30

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Hertz just announced their latest promotion for triple Gold Plus Rewards points for rentals between September 1 and September 30, 2013. Only reservations (correction) rentals made AFTER registering for this promotion (you can do it here) will qualify for extra points.

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Hertz Gold Plus Rewards with account address in the Unites States and Canada are eligible for this offer. This offer is available at participating Hertz locations in the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico, U.S.V.I., United Kingdom, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Brazil, Australia and New Zealand.

Hyatt Zilara Cancun & Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos Opening Q4 2013 (All Inclusive Brands)

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Hyatt is about to start conversion of Playa Hotels & Resorts Mexico & Caribbean properties under the Hyatt flag and has now announced the first two properties. Hyatt has made $325 million investment in Playa.

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Both of these Zilara & Ziva brands are all inclusive. Zilara is brand is aimed at adults while Ziva will focus on families.

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