Fast Track to Hilton HHonors Gold Status – Only Four Stays Required

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Hilton HHonors Gold status is the bets mid level hotel status that gets you free internet access and executive lounge access/complimentary breakfast on all stays. Upgrade to executive level room for Gold members is based on availability.

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You need to complete 4 stays within 90 days after registering for this promotion. The Gold status will be valid until the end of 2014 per the terms and conditions of this offer (likely until March 2015).

Le Parker Meridien New York and Parker Palm Springs Forced to Leave Starwood Due to Fraud?

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There was a piece on NY Post few days ago about alleged fraud that the management of Le Parker Meridien and Parker Palm Springs, both owned by the same company, had conducted over three year period and milked SPG out of more than million dollars in unwarranted reimbursements.

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According to the NY Post article about the law suit, the management of the hotels had falsified records and fabricated room reservations in order to boost payments from the Starwood’s loyalty program.

January Hotel Promotions Update

January 2013 has kicked in and all the others have already launched their promotions besides Accor, Hyatt & Ritz-Carlton.

You can get cash back for most of your hotel bookings and you can read more about it here: Cashback for Your Hotel and Travel Bookings.

If I have missed any hotel points promotions, just leave a message below or send me an email to john@loyaltylobby.com.

Accor Hotels / Le Club Accorhotels

There are currently no global promotions for extra Le Club Accorhotels points.

You can get instants Le Club Accorhotels Platinum status:

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Accor A-Club / Le Club Accorhotels Platinum Status for New Accounts (and Old Ones Too)

Priority Club Awards – Master Property List Coming

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Just wanted to give heads up for everyone that we have been working on a “Priority Club Awards – Master Property List” and it should be ready by tomorrow.

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You can use this document to check against the new Priority Club property award categories that are going to be introduced on 18th of this month.

500 Bonus Avianca-Taca LifeMiles per Day for Budget Airport Car Rentals

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Budget has a very good deal for Avianca-Taca LifeMiles members for airport car rentals. According to their web page, you can get 500 bonus Avianca-Taca LifeMiles per day at participating airport locations worldwide.

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You can earn 50 miles per day at most of other Budget airline partners. Earning 500 miles per day is a very good offer especially for longer rentals.

Response from Priority Club Regarding the Free Night Award Structure Change

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Yesterday, I wrote about the changes that were coming to free night awards with Priority Club. They are introducing nine award categories and going away with bran dependent bands.

Priority Club New Award Categories
Priority Club New Award Categories

The new award categories are going into effect on January 18, 2013, but Priority Club will honor the old award levels, if they are lower, until Match 18, 2013. But, how can you find out the older award category, as Priority Club refuses to publish a list of properties moving in categories?

Registration Open for SPG’s Power Up Promotion

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The registration for SPG’s Power Up promotion (that I originally wrote about on December 12) is now open and required by February 28. 2013. You can earn maximum of 18K bonus Starpoints for 20 nights during the promotion period from January 15 to April 15, 2013. You can access Starwood’s website for this promotion here.

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You will earn 2000 bonus Starpoints for every four nights (4/8/12/16) you stay during the promotion period for up to 8000 bonus points after 16 nights. You will receive 10000 additional bonus points for staying 20 nights during the promotional period. You will not receive bonuses for more than 20 nights.

Triple Club Carlson Gold Points for Stays Between January 8 and March 15

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Club Carlson just launched their first quarter 2013 bonus points promotion that is for triple points for stays between January 8 and March 15, 2013. You need to register for this promotion before of your first stay during the promotional period for the bonus to kick in.

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Our Triple Points promotion is back, and it’s as easy as ever to earn triple points on hotel stays and food and beverages charged to your room. Simply fill out the registration form on this page and complete an eligible stay between January 8 and March 15, 2013 at any of our more than 1,000 Carlson Rezidor hotels worldwide. You’ll be on your way to a free night stay three times faster.

Hotel Room Shortage in Yangon Myanmar

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Myanmar is going through very fast growth due to country opening up and many countries like US withdrawing the trade sanctions. The downside is that everybody seems to be flocking to the country simultaneously and the tourism infrastructure cannot keep up.

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I was just reading this Myanmar special that I picked up from my hotel in Bangkok. There is truly a shortage of hotel rooms in Yangon and nothing is going to happen in short notice. It is going to get only worse because there are going to be more international events scheduled for the city in 2013.

Summary of Pros and Cons of Hilton, Hyatt, InterContinental Hotels Group/Priority Club, Marriott & Starwood Preferred Guest

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In the past month, I wrote extensive articles about the good and not so good things about Hilton, Hyatt, InterContinental Hotels Group/Priority Club, Marriott and Starwood Preferred Guest. I just went back and did some small changes to them based on the feedback that I have received and what else have come to my mind.

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I got some requests to do similar write ups about some other programs  such as Le Club Accorhotels and Club Carlson. Unfortunately, I have not had nowhere near as many nights with these two chains as I have any of the above five of which I have spent anywhere between 300 to 700 nights each.

What do you especially LIKE or DISLIKE about any of these five hotel chains and/or their loyalty programs? Leave you comments below.

Priority Club Free Night Award Structure Changing

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Priority Club is going away with brand dependent award night point structure and implementing instead NINE award categories from 10K to 50K Priority Club points per night.

Priority Club New Award Categories
Priority Club New Award Categories

Priority Club last time tweaked their award categories on January 18, 2012, and below is the list of current categories that are still valid.

Changes to PQM Earnings on Partner Airlines and United’s Response

It was reported earlier in the week on FlyerTalk that United had been changing the elite qualifying (PQM’s) miles that you can earn on partner airlines. United didn’t make any official announcement about this change, but rather than just updated the tables on its website.

UA Insider PQM Reply
UA Insider PQM Reply

I just went through all the United’s PQM earning partner airlines and compared the current charts on United.com to what I was able to pull up from Google cache. This also confirms what United representative posted.

Airline Cabin Lounges from The Past: American, Qantas & Continental

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There was an interesting post yesterday with some photos on Cruise Line History website regarding airline cabins back in the day of glorious air travel (that was unaffordable for most).

It makes you wonder, what went so wrong with the airlines, especially with the US ones, that made them buses of the sky of today?

American Airlines Coach Lounge on 747

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American Airlines Coach Lounge

This actually looks really nice and could be a lounge somewhere in 2013. Bet that the FA is still working for AA?

Are You Airline Amenity Kit & Pajama Hoarder?

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Back in the summer & early fall of 2012, I left couple (or actually three) of shopping bags full of airline amenity kits and pajamas to couple of hotels in Bangkok. I still remembered the hotels, but wasn’t sure what I had actually left behind. If I travel around in Asia, I often leave things behind in Bangkok, as hotels there are used to store bags for months at a time.

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As I was going to leave Bangkok Friday, I decided to pick up the bags, although I had long lost the storage tickets. While I was carrying the bags, I was thinking whether it makes any sense to actually take these from the flights as the novelty wears off very fast. I don’t wear pajamas and the amenity kits are rarely that good. My friends don’t normally don’t mind taking them though.

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