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.

IHG Rewards Club Point Breaks September 1 – October 31 (Book Now)

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IHG Rewards Club has just made the new Point Breaks hotels for September 1 to October 31, 2013, period available for bookings here. For the first time, IHG made this list available as a preview three days before actual launch.

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My tips for booking Point Breaks hotels:

Marriott’s Brazil Website Becomes “Powered” By Booking.com

This was the weirdest announcement that I read last week. Marriott decided to start using Booking.com to handle all the reservations that are done via their Brazilian website at Marriott.com.br.

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“Weston, FL – Reflecting Marriott International’s (NYSE:MAR) increasing focus on global markets, the company announced today the improvement of its Brazilian booking website, www.marriott.com.br, in a partnership with Booking.com, (www.booking.com) to allow guests in that country to make their reservations in local currency online or on their mobile devices (m.marriott.com.br).

Delta SkyMiles Bonus Offer: Up To 45,000 Miles For New Account (Targeted)

LoyaltyLobby reader from Brazil forwarded me an email that he had received from Delta.

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Apparently, Delta is trying to get more members to sign up in the Brazilian market and is offering up to 45,000 bonus miles for number of activities. Note that this offer is targeted and thus I cannot provide a link for it.

American Airlines Status Match (Challenge): Gold, Platinum & Executive Platinum

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Most of the US based airlines are offering status match programs to woo business from competitors. I have written about United’s (read here), US Airways’ (read here), Delta’s (read here) and Alaska’s (read here) status match programs previously.

EDIT: This article has been fixed to include the correct number of EQP’s for the Platinum challenge that is 10,000. 

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American Airlines has offered several targeted offers throughout the year and one public one too that was shortly withdrawn. The airline, however, continues to offer AAdvantage Gold & Platinum elite status challenges for cash (no status with other airlines required) and Executive Platinum challenge without fee for Delta Diamond’s and United Premier 1K’s/GS’. The offer maybe available for US Airways Chairman’s members as well.

IHG Rewards Club “Big Win” Fall 2013 Promotion Default Option

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IHG Rewards Club announced on Friday its fall 2013 “Big Win” promotion that is very similar to the “Crack the Case” promotion they had few years ago. IHG Rewards Club members get tailored offers based on their stay history for various hurdles and, if you complete them all, there is a bonus points bonanza at the end.

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You can check your personalized version of this promotion by going ihgrewards.com/win.

Compensation Clinic: DoubleTree Beijing Smoking Odor In Non-smoking Rooms

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LoyaltyLobby reader from Poland sent me an email about the problems he had encountered at the DoubleTree Beijing hotel last year and the compensation he had received from Hilton for his troubles.

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The guest is a Hilton HHonors Gold member that had had trouble getting a truly non-smoking room. He had to switch rooms twice.

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