Qatar Airways To Join Oneworld In October?

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Qatar Airways and Oneworld signed an agreement in October 2012 that the airline would join the alliance in 12 to 18 months time and that the British Airways would be the sponsoring airline.

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It was expected that the official joining date for the Qatar to join the alliance would be sometime in late 2013 or early 2014. Due to heavy passenger traffic around the year end holidays, it is unlikely that the joining would happen in December or January.

Wyndham Rewards Summer 2013 Promotion: Double Points Starting From Second Stay

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Wyndham Rewards summer 2013 promotion is about to kick in. You can earn double points starting from your second stay between June 21 and September 13, 2013. You need to register for this offer before your stay and you can do it here.

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Note that the first stay during the promotional period will only earn you the standard points and double points will start only from the second stay.

US Airways Dividend Miles Buy Miles 100% Bonus Targeted Offer (June 2013)

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US Airways has just sent out targeted offers for 75% to 100% bonus on purchased miles. This offer is valid until June 30, 2013.

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This offer is likely targeted to those that have purchased miles during US Airways previous sales. The price of a mile under this 100%bonus offer is 1.88 cents each.

World Airline Awards 2013 (Read It And Weep)

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In the past 24 hours, I have received number of emails from various airlines touting their winnings at the Skytrax orchestrated World Airline Awards that were given out this week. You can access World Airline Awards website here.

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There are so many categories on these awards and most of them are further geographically divided that everybody won something.

Norwegian’s Rocky Long-haul Service Start?

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There was an interesting piece on the Telegraph’s website (you can access the article here) about the complaints that the Norwegian discount carrier had received after launching its first long-haul flights.

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Seems that they have taken the short-haul discount concept to long-haul flights and don’t provide ANY service without having to swipe your credit card first.

Rocketmiles & Virgin America Promotion: 3000 Bonus Points For Booking (5000 For VX Elites)

Rocketmiles (the hotel booking service) has a promotion for 3000 bonus Virgin America Elevate points for signing up for their service and making a first booking.

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The offer is better for Elevate Silver or Gold members that can get 5000 bonus points for the first booking instead of the 3000. You can access this offer on Rocketmiles website here.

Get 500 US Airways Dividend Miles For Whiteboard Sign Up + One Survey

Last night, I was browsing my US Airways Dividend Miles account to find out if one retro claim had been credited and came across this offer for 250 miles for signing up for Whiteboard + another 250 miles for completing first survey.

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The concept of this service seems to be fairly simple. You sign up for the Whiteboard and you will then be matched with surveys that will yield some miles for completing them. You can access this offer on US Airways website here (may require you to log into your US account).

SPG Gold Status After One Stay In Asia For World & World Elite MasterCard Holders

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The promotion for complimentary SPG Gold status in the Asia Pacific region after one stay has returned. This offer is targeted to World or World Elite MasterCard holders and this time you need to input the first six digits of the card number to enroll for this promotion. Last time just signing up for the promotion was enough.

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This offer is valid until July 13, 2015, and you can access SPG’s website for this offer and register here.

Whine Wednesdays: “Forced” Donations OK Or Not?

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This is a new series called Whine Wednesdays that is not about me whining about wines (maybe if an airline serves non-Champagne sparkling wine as champagne), but rather some travel related issues that annoy me. These semi-forced donations that some hotels (mainly SPG ones in Asia) try to automatically collect is 3 on the 1 to 10 annoyance scale.

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Hotels outside of the Starwood ones in Asia don’t normally do this, but I came across this last week at the Hilton Aberdeen TreeTop hotel in Scotland. They had this display on the front desk that they were automatically adding a pound to each hotel folio to support Hilton Foundation.

IHG Rewards Club Promotion: Platinum 5000 Points Bonus

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IHG Rewards Club has a promotion for 5000 points for Platinum. I didn’t write about this earlier because the similar promotion in 2012 allowed you to register, but didn’t post at all. I did include this on my IHG Rewards Club Summer 2013 Promotion Guide under promotions that may work.

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I can now confirm that this promo really does work. I had the 5000 bonus points posted to my account yesterday.

Club Carlson Gold Points Flash Sales This Week With 75% Bonus

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Club Carlson has had Gold Points flash sales this week daily at different times and announced them on CC’s Facebook page that you can like here.

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These flash sales have come with 75% bonus on purchased points and today was the first time that I caught their Facebook post, when the sale was still going on.

EVA Air Of Taiwan Joined Star Alliance On June 18

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EVA Air finally joined the Star Alliance yesterday on June 18th and the official joining ceremonies with the flight attendants from member airlines posing in front of one of the EVA’s planes took place at the Taipei’s Taoyuan airport.

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Members of EVA’s Infinity MileageLands frequent flier program can start earning and using miles on other Star Alliance airlines (check those eligible fare classes carefully!) and vice versa.

Hyatt June (2013) 48 Hour Sale – C48JUN

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 June 30 and October 8, 2013. The promotional dates for individual properties may vary. You need to book this offer by 11:59PM CDT on June 19, 2013.

Collect Extra Le Club Accorhotels Points Using Places Facebook App

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You can now earn extra Le Club Accorhotels points and collect badges by virtually checking in to the hotel using their Facebook app during your stay. You can access Le Club Accorhotels web page for their Places app here.

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All you need to do is to install the Facebook application, connect it with your Le Club Accorhotels account and do a check in during your stay. You won’t earn points if you are not staying at the hotel as well.

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