Hyatt’s & United’s Gift for Some Gold Passport Diamond Members – 50K Miles!

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Some Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond members woke up to a “Thank You From Hyatt – Enjoy 50,000 MileagePlus Award Miles” email from Hyatt. The email was sent at 8:01AM (Eastern or Mountain time).

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Hyatt Gold Passport and United will deposit 50,000 Mileage Plus miles to those Diamond members that received the email.

At Hyatt, we are excited to have the opportunity to show our appreciation for our most valued guests. In recognition and appreciation of your loyalty, we enthusiastically extend to you 50,000 United MileagePlus® award miles, to be deposited into your MileagePlus account within the next 2-3 weeks. We hope you enjoy this gift on behalf of Hyatt and MileagePlus. As always, we are truly grateful for your loyalty and look forward to welcoming you back very soon.

According to HyattPR on Twitter, this offer was sent to very few most loyal Diamond members that were selected with the help of United. There are United 1K’s that have had more than 100 Hyatt nights this year that didn’t receive this offer.

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There is a lively discussion on FlyerTalk about who had received this offer and who had not. Seems that having a Hyatt credit card was not a requirement, being Hyatt Diamond was, and you must had credited some Hyatt stays to United miles at some point. They wouldn’t otherwise have your Mileage Plus number on file.

This is a very generous offer from Hyatt & United. But, at the same time, you can ask a question if it is going to drive move business? There is no requirement for the receiver to do anything to get the miles.

Conclusion

Congratulations for all of those that woke up to an email for 50K United miles. It is a very nice gesture and I wish that they would have had something similar when I was staying in excess of 100 nights per year at Hyatt’s.

In all fairness, my Hyatt stays are way down this year. There just haven’t been as exciting promotions compared to previous years to get me to pay for stays at their chain compared to Hilton. InterContinental & Starwood.

Top Hotel Promotions for November

The year is slowly coming to an end and we should start hearing about 1st quarter 2013 promotions later this month. Some of the current promotions expire at the end of November and some are valid right up to the new year.

I have already maxed out three of the following five promotions for this quarter. Still working on the Starwood and Club Carlson ones.

Yesterday, I made an updated post of hotel promotions for this quarter. Here are the five that I am taking advantage of and I think that you should too:

1. Marriott Rewards – Free night certificate after two stays for up to 3 certificates

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This is an excellent promo for free night certificates. Only drawback is the categories where they can be used (category 1 to 4). Very useful in the Asia/Middle East but not so in the Americas.

Please note that the registration for this promotion has ended. If you signed up for the promotion, you have until January 15, 2013 to complete the required stays. The free night certificates will post to your account.

Just pay attention that your Marriott stays actually post your account. I have one stay during the promotional period that hasn’t. I need to contact the Marriott customer service to have it posted and to get the last certificate.

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2. Hilton HHonors Virgin Atlantic Promotion for 15K Bonus Miles

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Hilton apparently doesn’t have Hilton HHonors point promotion for this month, but you can make your own by taking advantage of this Virgin Atlantic one. If you have FIVE stays at Hilton HHonors properties (no Hampton Inn, Homewood Suites, or Home2 Suites), you will receive 15000 bonus Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles in addition to 5000 base miles. You can transfer Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles then to Hilton HHonors points and you will receive 40000 Hilton points for 20000 miles.

The bonus miles will post within a day or two after your stay has posted. It will take couple of weeks before they hit your Virgin Atlantic Flying Club account. however. I have already maxed this promotion.

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3. Priority Club Promotions here and here

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There are number of promotions that you can always take advantage of. Some of these “unpublished” but I have listed them all here on LoyaltyLobby. I will do the Q4 stay promo combined with the Roles to Rooms. With other bonuses, I will earn in excess of 50K Priority Club points for 7 stays. You can do even better if you start with a “fresh” account. I have maxed this promotion already. You can also get up to 20% cashback that doesn’t affect eligibility to earn Priority Club points.

4. Starwood Better By the Night + IOS Bookings Bonus or Android Booking Bonus + Air Canada Aeroplan Bonus

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You can actually combine all these promotions. The Better By The Night is lackluster but ok when you make the hotel booking using SPG’s iPhone app for 500 extra points per stay. Starwood just launched their Android app and you can get 500 bonus points for making the booking using it as well. You can combine these two with the Aeroplan bonus of 5K miles for 5 stays.

You cannot “max” this promotion, but I am planning to do at leas the 5 stays to get the maximum number of Aeroplan miles.

5. Radisson Free Night Promo: Stay One Night, Get One Night

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You can get a free night award just for staying for a night by December 31, 2012 at any Radisson/Radisson Blu property in the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean. The free night award is valid until December 31, 2013.

The registration for this promotion have now ended. You still have time to do the required stay by December 31, 2012.

Conclusion

You should consider these five promotions that t, although I have already maxed three of them.

Up to 50K Bonus American Airlines Miles per Mexico to Europe Round Trip

American Airlines, British Airways, and Iberia all have offers for travel from United States and Canada to Europe. The offers between these three airlines do vary, however.

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Now, there is an offer out from American Airlines that is available for AAdvantage members that have their account address set in Mexico. This offer is valid for flights taken between October 30, 2012, and January 31, 2013. You need to register for this offer prior travel.

This bonus is valid for flights on American Airlines, British Airways, and Iberia operated and marketed flights. Note that this offer is only valid on fist class, business class, premium economy (BA), and on high economy fares. Do check that the booking class is eligible for this offer if you are traveling in economy.

Conclusion

I expect that British Airways and Iberia will soon have a similar offer available for travel from Mexico to Europe. This is a great offer if you are traveling on premium fares.  For deeply discounted economy fares, this offer won’t yield any bonus miles, however.

 Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

Incluye tarifas de Primera Clase y Clase Ejecutiva reservadas en F, A, J, R, D o I; tarifas de Clase Económica reservadas en Y, B o H en vuelos operados por American Airlines; tarifas de Primera Clase o Club World reservadas en F, A, J, R, C, D o I; tarifas de World Traveller Plus o ‘World Traveller – tarifa completa’ reservadas en W, E, T, Y, B o H en vuelos operados por British Airways; tarifas de Clase Ejecutiva reservadas en J, C, D, R o I; tarifas de Clase Económica reservadas en Y en vuelos operados por Iberia.

Términos y condiciones
El socio AAdvantage debe registrarse para esta oferta antes de iniciar el viaje. La oferta de millas AAdvantage de bonificación es válida para vuelos sin escalas, de ida y vuelta, operados y/o comercializados por American Airlines, British Airways o Iberia, para viajar entre la República Mexicana y Europa, entre el 30 de octubre de 2012 y el 31 de enero de 2013. La oferta aplica únicamente a socios AAdvantage residentes en la República Mexicana, que viajen con un boleto comprado con una tarifa publicada válida. Los vuelos operados por otros socios de código compartido no son válidos para esta promoción. Un viaje de ida y vuelta se define como un viaje en el que se usa una misma clase de tarifa tanto para el segmento de vuelo transatlántico de salida como para el de retorno. Las millas de bonificación no cuentan para calificar a una categoría Elite o Million Miler.

100% Bonus When Buying or Gifting US Airways Dividend Miles

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US Airways is having these miles sales non-stop. Last month, you were able to “share” miles and essentially buy them at 1.1 cents, but this was capped 50K bonus miles as the received could only get this bonus once. I did participate to that offer.

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Now, US Airways is having their usual sale for 100% bonus on purchased or gifted miles. The price of a mile under this offer is 1.88 cents each. This offer is valid from November 1 to November 30. 2012

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Conclusion

Does it make sense to buy Dividend Miles at 1.88 cents each?

US Airways has number of promotions yearly for buying, gifting, and transferring in points from hotel programs to Dividend Miles. This 1.88 cents per mile is the usual sale price.

If you have firm plans to use these miles and the availability exists on Star Alliance carriers, I would go ahead and buy.

Thing to note that getting first class availability on Lufthansa and Swiss has been problematic using US Airways Dividend Miles

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

Offer available for purchases made between November 1 and 30, 2012, 11:59 MT. All purchases are non-refundable. Bonus miles will be awarded upon completion of the transaction. The maximum number of Buy and Gift Bonus miles that can be received by one member for this offer is 50,000 bonus miles. All miles purchased beyond this limit will not be eligible for a bonus. Offer is subject to change. Offer cannot be combined with any other offer. Share transactions are not eligible for bonus. Only purchases made online are eligible for the bonus.

Miles are sold for $0.035 per mile plus a tax recovery charge of 7.5%. GST/HST will be charged to Canadian residents. Miles purchased through Buy, Share or Gift Miles do not count towards Dividend Miles Preferred status. All other Dividend Miles Terms and Conditions apply. Miles may be used based on award availability at the time of booking. Please note that Dividend Miles accounts less than 12 days old are not permitted to Buy, Share or Gift Miles. All purchases are non-refundable.

Five New Hyatt Hotels in India by March 2013

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Hyatt just signed an agreement that five Ista hotels in India will be rebranded under the Hyatt by March, 2013. These hotels are in Bangalore, Hyderabad, Amritsar, Pune, and Ahmedabad.

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It is noticeable that these are not rebranded as Hyatt Regency’s but rather under the more “relaxed” Hyatt flag. There is wide difference between the Hyatt hotels like Olive 8 in Seattle and Capital Gate in Abu Dhabi compared to Lodge At McDonal’s Campus.

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Hotels that don’t fit the usual Hyatt brands are branded as Hyatt, which is sometimes confusing. There are only two Hyatt hotels outside of the United States; the above mentioned Hyatt Capital Gate (Abu Dhabi) and Bali Hyatt (Sanur).

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Hyatt (Ista) Bangalore

The hotel is quite small. Only 139 rooms and 4 suites

A luxury business city-hotel, Ista Bangalore is a trend setting concept, located in the heart of India’s silicon valley. Situated conveniently close to the city’s business and shopping centres, the hotel offers spectacular views of the Ulsoor Lake and the cityscape, redefining the traditional concepts of luxury to set new standards of comfort levels and the ultimate in style.

Hyatt (Ista) Hyderabad

This hotel has 157 rooms and 9 suites.

Ista Hyderabad, Located in the heart of the new business district of Hyderabad, this luxury hotel is set in acres of naturally beautiful landscape, complete with lush foliage, natural rock formations, and tranquil water bodies.

Hyatt (Ista) Amritsar

Don’t have info about the number of room & suites they have at this property.

Set close to the Golden Temple, in the heart of the city, with beautiful landscaping that includes several water bodies, this Amritsar hotel brings a dash of panache to the city with a heart of gold.

Ista is set in the heart of Amritsar just 5 km from the renowned Golden Temple and the historic Jallianwala Bagh, 5 kms from the Railway Station and a 30 minute drive from the Amritsar International Airport

Hyatt (Ista) Pune

This hotel has 209 rooms including 12suites.

Ista Hotel Pune is a unique contribution to the city, built in the signature style of all Ista Hotels. Situated in the heart of the city, 10 minutes drive from the airport and adjacent to the tranquil Aga Khan Palace, Ista Pune blends the city’s green outdoors with the hotel’s stylish interiors, creating a unique and refreshing ambience.

Hyatt (Ista) Ahmedabad

This hotel has 168 rooms and 10 suites

Ista Ahmedabad, a contemporary and trendy 5 Star hotel in Ahmedabad, is set in the heart of the historic city adjacent to the Vastrapur Lake. The concept of the hotel has been developed by world renowned architects and designers who have lent their expertise to some of the most distinguished global brands. A stylish and contemporary hotel offering spectacular service and state-of-the-art facilities, Ista Ahmedabad offers all that a world traveller expects and more. Out here, you will find a space that you can connect with, a space where all your needs are met and a space where you belong.

Conclusion

It is good that Hyatt is trying to get more hotels under their umbrella outside of the United States. Developing new hotels takes a long time. Usually, it takes a while after the hotel has been rebranded before they are up to the brand standards. Hopefully Hyatt has a competitive team helping employees at these Ista hotels.

November Hotel Promotions Update

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Here our monthly blog post about hotel loyalty promotions. You can now find an updated list just by clicking the “Hotel Promotions” tab. This will be updated throughout the month when promotions expire and new ones are announced.

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You can forward emails about promotions that you receive from hotels and airlines to john@loyaltylobby.com. Most of the promotions are open to all, but sometimes well hidden.

Make sure that you take advantage of cashback rebates that you can get for booking your hotel stays online.

Getting Cashback for Your Hotel and Travel Bookings

Accor Hotels – Le Club

Le Club Accorhotels members can earn triple points for weekend stays until December 30, 2012. You need to make the booking by November 25.

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Triple Le Club Accorhotels Points for Weekend Stays Worldwide

You can get instant Platinum status with Le Club Accorhotels just by signing up to the program.

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Accor A-Club / Le Club Accorhotels Platinum Status for New Accounts

Le Club Accorhotels has a Facebook game for total of 2000 free points over four week period. You only need to match 10 hotels with correct cities on the map.

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Get 2000 Le Club Accorhotels Points for Matching Properties with Cities

Best Western Rewards

Best Western’s fall promotion for double/triple points is starting on September 23rd and ends on November 18th, 2012. You can read more about this promo by following the link.

Best Western Rewards Fall 2012 Promotion Double or Triple Points

Carlson Hotels – Club Carlson

Club Carlson has a global “Stay More Nights – Earn More Points” promotion for up to 120K bonus points for 20 nights. This promotion is valid until December 31, 2012.

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Club Carlson 4th Quarter Bonus Point Promotion “Stay More Nights – Earn More Points”

You can get a free night voucher for every two night stay at the Country Inns & Suites locations in the United States and Canada. This offer is valid from October 1 to November 30, 2012.

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Country Inns & Suites Bonus Offer: Stay for Two Consecutive Nights and Get a Free Night Certificate

You can get triple points + 2000 bonus points by booking a breakfast package. This promotion is valid until December 31st, 2012 at selected Radisson & Radisson Blu locations.

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Book Breakfast Package Rate & Get Triple Gold Points at Select Radisson & Radisson Blu Hotels

You can get triple American Airline miles (1500) for Radisson/Radisson Blu stays worldwide until December 20th, 2012.

Triple American Airlines AAdvantage Miles for Radisson/Radisson Blu Stays

Club Carlson is offering award at 50% off at select hotels in Europe, Middle East & Africa. This offer is valid until March 31, 2012.

50% Off Award Sale at Select Club Carlson Hotels in Europe, Middle East & Africa

Here are few other interesting posts about the Club Carlson program:

There is an elite offer for 2 for 1 and 4 for 2. You need to be a Gold or Concierge member to take advantage of these discounts that are valid in Europe, Middle East Africa.

Club Carlson Gold/Concierge Elite Member Offer – Stay 2 Pay 1

Club Carlson Gold/Concierge Elite Member Offer – Stay 4 Pay 2

You can get a Club Carlson Gold through a status match or being a shareholder:

Carlson Hotels – Club Carlson Status Match

Club Carlson Gold Status for Rezidor Shareholders

If you have a friend or family member working for any Carlson hotel, you maybe eligible for the Friends & family discount:

Carlson Hotels Friends & Family Discount

Choice Privileges – Choice Hotels

Choice’s fall 2012 promotion is valid until November 14th, 2012. You will earn at the minimum 8000 points for every two stays.

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Choice Hotels Fall 2012 Promotion for Maximum of 8000 Bonus Points for Every Two Stays

Choice also has a promotion for Southwest Rapid Rewards points. You can earn 1200 Rapid Rewards points per stay. This offer is valid until November 15, 2012.
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1200 Southwest Rapid Rewards Points per Stay at Choice Hotels

Hilton HHonors

Hilton’s next chainwide 4th quarter “1,000 Reasons” promotion kicks of on November 1 and ends on December 31, 2012. You will get 1000 bonus Hilton HHonors points per night for Thursday to Monday nights.

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Hilton HHonors “1,000 Reasons” 4th Quarter Promotion Registration Now Open

Hilton HHonors “1,000 Reasons” 4th Quarter Bonus Points Promotion for November – December

Hilton offers number of airline related bonus offers in the 4th quarter of 2012. I have summarized them all in one post.

Hilton HHonors: Second Look at Airline Related Promotions for the Fourth Quarter

You can get bonus miles or points for American Airlines, JetBlue, United, US Airways or Virgin America for stays at Waldorf Astoria hotels. The bonus is based on nights and expire on December 31, 2012.

Waldorf Astoria: Nightly Bonus Miles & Points for American, JetBlue, United, US Airways and Virgin America

Conrad hotels are offering 1000 bonus miles per night for American Airways, United Airlines, and US Airways frequent fliers. Offer is valid until December 31, 2012.

Conrad Hotels: 1000 American, United, or US Airways Bonus Miles per Night

You can earn 250 Delta MQM’s and double SkyMiles for stays of 2 nights or longer between October 1 and December 15, 2012. This offer is available at select hotels.

250 Delta MQM’s and Double Miles for Stays of 2 Nights or Longer at Select Hilton Family of Hotels

Hilton is offering double airline miles for American, Aeromexico, AviancaTaca, MultiPlus(TAM) and United on select hotels in Latin America until December 31, 2012.

Double American Airlines, AviancaTaca, AeroMexico, TAM/Multiplus & United Airlines Miles in the Americas on Hilton Family of Hotels

Hilton is offering maximum of 15K bonus Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles for 5 stays. You can always transfer the bonus + base miles back to Hilton HHonors for total of 40K HH points. This promotion is valid until December 31, 2012

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Hilton HHonors Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Bonus Offer – 15K Bonus Miles for 5 Stays

Hilton has a promotion with Miles & More (Lufthansa, Swiss, Austrian etc) for up to quadruple miles until December 31, 2012.

Hilton HHonors Miles & More Promotion for Up To Quadruple Miles

You can earn 4000 bonus Emirates Skywards miles on your second stay. This offer is valid until December 31, 2012.

Hilton HHonors Emirates Skywards Promotion – 4000 Bonus Miles on Your Second Stay

You can earn 3000 Virgin Australia Velocity points per stay until October 31, 2012.

3000 Virgin Australia Velocity Points for Hilton Stays

Hilton is offering double points for Air Canada Aeroplan members until the end of December, 2012.

Hilton HHonors Aeroplan Offer: Double Miles Until December 31

Double Qantas points (2000) for Hilton stays between November 1 and December 31, 2012.

Double Qantas Points (2000) at Hilton Properties Worldwide

Triple Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus points for Hilton hotel stays worldwide until December 31, 2012.

Triple Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus Miles at Hilton Hotels Worldwide

You can also earn triple Asiana Club miles for Hilton stays until November 30, 2012.

Triple Asiana Miles at Hilton Family of Hotels Worldwide

You can earn up to 3000 bonus Avios (for BA Gold member) for a Hilton stay by December 31, 2013.

Up To 3000 Bonus Avios (British Airways) for a Hilton Family Hotel Stay

Hilton has a special “Be Yourself” package for Conrad resorts. Gold/Diamond members will receive 5000 bonus points per stay.

Conrad Hotels “Be Yourself” Offer of Breakfast/Room Upgrade or 5000 Bonus Points

Hilton is offering instant Gold status until 2014 and bonus points/miles for American, Delta, JetBlue, United, US Airways, and Virgin American frequent fliers. This offer is targeted.

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Instant Hilton HHonors Gold Status Until March 2014 for American, Delta, JetBlue, United, US Airways, and Virgin America Frequent Fliers + Bonus Points & Miles (Targeted?)

You can get free 500 Hilton HHonors points for liking Hampton Inn on Facebook.

Get 500 Free Hilton HHonors Points by Liking Hampton Inn on Facebook

Here are some other important posts:

You can read about getting a status match with Hilton HHonors:

Hilton HHonors Gold & Diamond Status Match & Challenge & Fast Track Offer

Hilton HHonors Gold VIP Fast Track Offer Through MVP Program. Gold Status After Four Stays or Nine Nights During 90 period

Instant Hilton HHonors Gold Status for Visa Infinite Card Holders

It can make sense to use Virgin Atlantic as Double Dip partner and then transfer the miles back to Hilton. You can read more about this here:

Hilton HHonors Double Dip Strategy with Virgin Atlantic’s Flying Club

Hyatt Gold Passport

Hyatt’s fall 2012 promotion is valid from September 1st to November 30th, 2012. You will earn 5000 bonus points after 5 nights and 10000 bonus points for every additional five nights for maximum bonus of 65000 Hyatt Gold Passport points.

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Hyatt Gold Passport Autumn “Imagine the Possibilities” Promotion

Here are couple of other important posts:

Hyatt also offers status matches/trials. You can read more about them here:

Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond Status Match – Hyatt Diamond Trial Challenge As Of 2012

Sometimes it makes sense to use Hyatt Stay Certificate instead of paying. You can read about more of them here:

Hyatt Stay Certificates – Way to Save Money On Hyatt Stays

InterContinental Hotels Group – Priority Club

The beauty of Priority Club is the onslaught of ongoing overlapping promotions that you can triple/quadruple dip.You can read about my average Priority Club point earnings when all the promotions are factored in here. I have also written about different type of Priority Club promotions here and what you can expect to earn for your first stay if you sign up for an account here.

Just a word of warning. Some of these promotions may require an address to be in a specific country/area like United States. I take absolutely no guarantees what will post to your Priority Club account.  They may also conflict with a promotion that you have already signed up for and just return an error message.

There is an interesting “Roles To Rooms’ promotion for total of 15K bonus points for four stays. This promotion appears to be geographically targeted to Asia Pacific region.

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Priority Club “Roles to Rooms” Promotion: 15000 Bonus Points for Four Stays

Here’s an update about the “Roles to Room” promotion:

Priority Club “Roles To Rooms” Promotion Update: 15K for 4 Stays

Here’s second update about this promotion:

Priority Club “Roles to Room” Promotion Second Update: 15K for 4 Stays

Complimentary Intercontinental Ambassador Status After Three InterContinental Nights

You can get complimentary InterContinental Ambassador status that normally costs $200 for staying 3 nights at InterContinental properties by the end of November

Priority Club Candlewood & Staybridge Suites Promotion for 5000 Bonus Points

You can get 5000 bonus Priority Cub points for staying two consecutive nights at Candlewood or Staybridge Suites property in the United States by December 30th, 2012.

Triple Priority Club Points in Spain & Portugal – Need to Book IKTB2 Rate

Triple points for stays at select properties in the Iberian peninsula. Valid until the end of December.

Quarter 4 Stay Bonuses

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These are valid from October 1st to December 31st, 2012. You should sign up for 5K, 10K or 15K variation of this offer depending how many IHG nights you are planning to have on the 4th quarter.

Priority Club has a bonus offer for Meeting Planners that book a qualified meeting by February 28, 2013 for January 1 to March 31, 2013.

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Priority Club “50 Meetings” Meeting Planner Bonus of 50K Bonus Points for San Francisco, Houston, Chicago and New York

Priority Club “Sweetheart Deal” $100 Visa Prepaid Debit Card for Each 3 Night Stay within 90 Day of Wedding

Priority Club is offering a $100 rebate for every stay of 3 nights or longer within 90 days of your wedding, This promotion is valid until the end of 2012.

Priority Club $25 Gift Card Offer for Booking Directly Online

You can get up to five codes that you can redeem for various gift card by booking online or mobile on any of IHG branded websites.

Priority Club Meeting Rewards Offer of Triple Points

You can get triple Priority Club points for meetings by switching your account to Priority Club Meetings Reward member.

Priority Club Surveys for 2000 Points or More

There are number of surveys that you can do in number of different languages for a quick 2000 Priority Club points, if you haven’t done any of them earlier. This is a quick way to get some points. My points posted immediately.

Priority Club Welcome Survey for 1000 Bonus Points

Not sure what is going on with this promotion, but you can try to see if it works for you.

Install (Not Required) Priority Club Shopping Toolbar & Get 300 Points

You can get easy 300 points by installing a Priority Club shopping toolbar.

You can register for the following promotions at priorityclub.com/register. You need to have the email address associated with the Priority Club OR the Priority Club account number available AND the four digit code associated with the promotion.

Anniversary Bonus Offer – 6102 – 1000 Bonus Points

This is most lucrative of the offers. You will get additional 1000 Priority Club points per stay for 90 days after your sign up.  Just enroll just before your first stay to maximize the earning period.

1000 Bonus Points for 60 Days – 8108 – 1000 Bonus Points

You will receive 1000 bonus Priority Club points per stay for the next 60 days after registering for this promotion. Just enroll just before your first stay to maximize the earning period.

Elite Member Next Stay Bonus – 5221 – 3000 Bonus Points

This works for sure if you are a Platinum member, but could work for Gold’s as well. Doesn’t hurt to sign up, right? You will get 3000 bonus Priority Club points for your next stay. You will need to have the stay within 90 days after signing up. You can only earn this once.

Elite Member Next Stay Bonus – 7489 – 3000 Bonus Points NEW

This is another 3000 bonus points for an elite member. It posts for sure if you are Platinum but might work for a Gold account as well. You need to do the stay within 90 days of registering for this offer.

Welcome Back Bonus – 2120 – 1500 Bonus Points

You will get 1500 Priority Club bonus points for one stay after signing up. You need do stay within 90 days.

New Member Bonus – 3107 – 1500 Bonus Points

This is a new member bonus, but works for existing members as well. You will get onetime 1500 Priority Club bonus points after signing up. You need do stay within 90 days after registration.

Next Stay Bonus – 5109 – 1500 Bonus Points

This should be open for elite and non-elite members. You will get onetime bonus of 1500 Priority club points after a paid stay. The stay must be within 90 days after registration.

Weekend Stay Bonus – 3136 – 5000 Bonus Points

This should be open for all. You will get 5000 Priority Club bonus points for a two night weekend stay. Weekend is typically defined Friday/Saturday/Sunday nights. The stay must occur before the end of 2012. This promotion may require your Priority Club access to be in the United States. The promotion did post for me after a while. This promotion can be done several times.

Platinum 5000 Bonus – 3168 – 5000 Bonus Points

You need to be a Priority Club Gold or lower member and do the required number of stays to get the Platinum status + bonus points.

We’re pleased you have continued to stay with us and are now even closer to earning exclusive Platinum Elite benefits and 5,000 bonus points. All you need to do is register and stay with us 5 more nights before 30th November 2012. It would be our pleasure to reward your loyalty with exclusive Platinum Elite benefits. Keep staying with us and you’ll soon be there. We look forward to helping you make it to the top: Platinum Elite status!

Marriott Rewards

Marriott has their usual fall MegaBonus starting on September 15th and ends on January 15th 2013. You need, however, register for the promotion by October 31st, 2012.

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Marriott Rewards Fall 2012 MegaBonus

Update on Marriott Fall 2012 MegaBonus Choices

You can earn triple airline miles tarting on your second stay on Marriott’s MegaMiles promotion that ends on October 30th, 2012.

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Marriott Rewards MegaMiles Promotion – Earn Triple Airline Miles

Here are three other posts about Marriott Rewards:

You can get Southwest Rapid Rewards points for Marriott Gift card purchases.

Southwest Rapid Rewards Points for Marriott Gift Card Purchases

Marriott also offers status matches or taste of Platinum/Gold. You can read more about the procedures of getting one here:

Marriott Status Match Silver, Gold & Platinum – Taste of Silver, Gold or Platinum

If you haven’t been targeted to any of the promotions or you would like to change to another one, you can follow the instructions to get the promotion fixed for you.

Changing Targeted Marriott Promotions

Ritz-Carlton Rewards

Ritz-Carlton has an offer for 30K bonus points for a stay of four nights or longer. This offer is valid until October 15th, 2012.

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Ritz-Carlton Rewards Extraordinary Returns – 30000 Bonus Points for a Four Night Stay

Starwood Preferred Guest

Starwood’s next promotion Better By The Night begins on October 1st and ends on December 20th, 2012. You will receive double Starpoints for stays of 1 to 2 nights and triple points for stays of 3 nights or longer.

You can take advantage of four different promotions during this period. I have revisited the promotion after the bonus for FourSquare check ins was introduced.

Starwood’s “Better By The Night” 4th Quarter Promo Revisit

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SPG Better By The Night Autumn 2012 Promotion for Double or Triple Starpoints

You can get 500 bonus points for booking made on the iPhone SPG app or 250 points for bookings made on spg.com.

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SPG Better By The Night Online & iPhone Booking Bonuses

You can now get 500 bonus points for making the booking using the SPG Android app just like if you had done it using the iPhone one.

SPG “Better by the Night” Promotion Just Got 500 Starpoints Better for Android Owners

You can get another 250 bonus points for FourSquare check ins during the promotional period.

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SPG’s “Better By The Night” Promotion Getting Better – 250 Extra Points for FourSquare Check Ins

Starwood has a promotion with Air Canada’s Aeroplan for maximum of 8000 bonus miles. This is in addition to the Starpoints that you earn. Promotion is valid from September 10 to December 9, 2012.

Starwood Aeroplan Offer: Up To 8000 Bonus Miles

Westin Kierland and Sheraton Wilde Horse Pass have exciting bonus points opportunity. Stay once at both properties and earn 10000 bonus Starpoints.

Stay at Westin Kierland & Sheraton Wild Horse Pass for 10000 Bonus Starpoints

You can get 1000 Delta SkyMiles or US Airways Dividend Miles for booking a special (expensive) rate plan.

1000 Bonus Delta SkyMiles or US Airways Dividend Miles for Sheraton Club Bookings

Starwood has been offering bonus points or free night certificate for new accounts that haven’t had stays

SPG Bonus Beginnings: 3K Bonus Starpoints or Free Night Award

Starwood has a Redeem & Rewards promotion for  30% to 50% discount on the number of points needed for a free night at 21 of their properties in the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean. You need to register by November 30, 2012.

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SPG Redeem & Reward Promotion: Save 30% to 50% of Starpoints Required for an Award

Here’s a post about Starwood status match opportunity:

Starwood doesn’t offer straight status matches, but they can offer you a challenge:

Starwood Preferred Guest Platinum Status Match – Platinum Challenge

Wyndham Rewards

Wyndham’s promotion for 16K bonus points for a stay at any one of their 20 new properties in the United States has returned. You can earn this bonus maximum of 3 times. The promotion is valid until December 31, 2012.

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Wyndham Opening Special (Rerun) – 16000 Bonus Points per Stay for Up To 3 Stays

Wyndham’s autumn promotion is extra points or miles for second and fourth stay before November 30, 2012.

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Wyndham Rewards Fall 2012 “Bonus Earnings” Promotion 11K Bonus Points or 2K Bonus Miles

Conclusion

You should always carefully all the promotion opportunities out there. I will have a new post up tomorrow for my personal top picks for November.

SAS Teetering on the Brink of Bankruptcy?

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The trading on SAS, which hasn’t posted an annual profit for five years, stock was halted on Tuesday due to rumors of its financial health. The airline is half owned by Swedish, Danish, and Norwegian governments.

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There were interesting pieces on both Reuters and Financial Times about the airline.

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SAS is trying to slash costs and is going to make some of the employees to reapply for their jobs at a lower pay. I don’t think that this is going to go down very well in Scandinavia, where employees are not used to pay cuts.

It has also been rumored that the airline would be considering selling part of its Eurobonus frequent flier program to an outside investor. Air Canada partially spun off its Aeroplan unit in 2005 on an IPO.

Conclusion

It appears that the Nordic governments are getting tired of bumping more money in to the loss making SAS.  Also, there is so much money that you can lend to an airline by a government before you run fool with the EU competition rules.

It is unthinkable  that the airline would go down like Spanair, which was at one point 94% owned by SAS, or Malev – two European airlines that ceased their operations earlier this year.

Free 1000 Club Carlson Points for Joining TGI Fridays Give Me More Stripes

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Club Carlson just sent out an email to its program members and offering them 1000 points for joining TGI Friday’s “Give Me More Stripes” program. This program is available for those that have an US postal address or access to one.

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You can get some freebies from TGI Fridays when you join their program in addition to the 1000 Club Carlson points.

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Please note that this offer maybe targeted, but all my family members received it. You can try signing up using this link and you may receive the points. No guarantees.

Conclusion

Even if you didn’t receive this invite, you can try signing up using the link. I would say that you have greater than fifty percent chance that the points will show up.

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

©2012 TGI Friday’s Inc. To qualify for the bonus Gold Points, you must enroll in Friday’s® Give Me More Stripes®program by November 30, 2012 by clicking on either the “Join Give Me More Stripes today” link above or byclicking here and using the email address to which this offer was sent. Offer only valid for new members without an existing Give Me More Stripes account and is limited to a maximum of 1,000 bonus Gold Points per person. 1,000 bonus Gold Points will be posted to the member’s account 6-8 weeks after enrollment. Offer is valid only to the recipient, is non-transferable, may not be sold, and is subject to change or termination without notice. By participating in this offer, you agree to the Club Carlson program terms and conditions and the Give Me More Stripes program terms and conditions. Within 3-5 days, new Give Me More Stripes members will receive an email with their membership account number and Free Appetizer or Dessert coupon. The Free Appetizer or Dessert emailed coupon is valid for 30 days from receipt.

Priority Club Last Minute Reward Nights Out For November

Priority Club just released a list of last minute rewards nights for this coming weekend. You need to book them on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday for Friday, Saturday, or Sunday nights this coming weekend. You can access the full list of hotels by following this link.

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These last minute rewards nights are offered at 50% discount of the usual number of points needed. This time they have 50 hotels on the list of which only one is InterContinental

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There are some good values on the Last Minute Rewards list like the InterContinental Chicago, although the hotel is usually rather cheap during the weekends, and that’s about it. There is one Holiday Day Inn Sydney Water Front, but that is NOT Sydney (Australia).

Conclusion

Maybe it is time for a weekend getaway? I always prefer using points when there is a reward sale around.

Here are the terms and conditions of this promotion:

Now you have even greater flexibility in how and where you redeem your points. Last Minute Reward Nights puts more control in your hands and helps you enjoy the freedom of spontaneity.

Enjoy a getaway during the first full weekend of every month for 50% less points.
Get more rewards for your points.  Choose last minute stays at hundreds of hotels across the globe and redeem 50% fewer points for your stays.  This offer is available on travel during the first full weekend of every month (the first full Friday, Saturday and Sunday of each month).

When to book your Last Minute Rewards Nights.
Redeem points for Last Minute Reward Nights on the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday proceeding the first full weekend of every month.  Then choose to stay that Friday, Saturday and/or Sunday nights.  You decide when to use your Last Minute Reward Nights.

SPG “Better by the Night” Promotion Just Got 500 Starpoints Better for Android Owners

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SPG’s current Better by the Night-promotion that just got better for Android phone users. Part of this promotion has been a 500 points booking bonus for reservations made using the SPG iPhone app or 250 points bonus for online bookings. I made a post explaining the various aspects of the Better by the Night-promotion recently. You can access it here.

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Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) just released their Android app today and you can download it from the Android market. Just search for SPG. I will have a short review of it available later today.

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SPG has now extended the iPhone SPG app booking bonus also for reservations made using the Android app. That is an extra 500 Starpoints per stay booked using this channel.

Please note that you need to register for SPG’s Better by the Night promotion by November 30, 2012, to be eligible for the booking bonus until December 20, 2012.

Conclusion

You can really supercharge your Better by the Night-promotion earning by taking advantage of the app booking bonus, FourSquare checking bonus, double/triple points, and extra points for Aeroplan members.

Malaysia Airlines Joins Oneworld Alliance on February 1, 2013

Malaysia Airlines have been Oneworld member elect since June, 2011, and it was expected that the airline would join the alliance late 2012 or early 2013. Now, Oneworld has put up an official press release that the airline is joining the alliance on February 1, 2013.

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Starting on February 1, 2013, Oneworld airlines’ frequent flier members can start enjoy elite benefits like lounge access, earning and redeeming awards on Malaysia. According to the press release, the implementation is almost done, but the actual joining of the alliance is preferred after the busy year end/new year travel period.

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Malaysia Airlines brings only one new country to Oneworld network – Brunei along with 13 other destinations.

The airline has fairly extensive network in Asia and flies to four destinations in Europe; Amsterdam, London, Paris and Frankfurt, and Los Angeles in the United States via Tokyo.

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Malaysia also owns a “community” airline called Firefly that operates from SZB airport in Kuala Lumpur supposedly to tertiary destinations. I took Firefly from Koh Samui to Kuala Lumpur few months ago.

Conclusion

It is sad that the airline won’t join Oneworld before February next year. I have couple of flights ticketed on Malaysia Airlines business class for December and I had hoped to be able to credit them to AAdvantage program. I may have to credit them to Etihad’s Guest (Malaysian partner) or Malaysian’s Enrich program.

It is great that Oneworld’s presence in South East Asia is getting better. The airline alliance has been in a competitive disadvantage compared to Star Alliance that has both Singapore Airlines and Thai Airlines as alliance members. Colombo based Sri Lankan Airways is set to join Oneworld sometime in late 2013 and the latest member elect Qatar Airways in late 2013/early 2014.

Update on 50% Off Award Sale at Select Club Carlson Hotels in Europe, Middle East & Africa

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The list that Club Carlson initially had with the new award promotion was incorrect. They have now updated the list and the number of participating properties is a LOT shorter.

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There are no hotels that would be on sale for 4500 Club Carlson points contradictory what the text above is saying. The discount code 50REDEEM is now working and deducts the 50% off of the number of points required for a free night.

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Only the following properties are participating:

Belgium

Radisson Blu Palace

Croatia

Radisson Blu Resort, Split

France

Radisson Blu Resort Nice

Georgia

Radisson Blu Hotel, Batumi

Germany

Radisson Blu Resort Ruegen

Ukraine

Radisson Resort & Spa, Alushta

Conclusion

The new list is really disappointing. They had forgotten to update the list of participating properties, when they launched this redemption promotion.

Get 100 FREE United, Delta, Hawaiian or AeroMexico Miles for PointsHound Sign Up

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PointsHound has a very good signup offer for 100 free United, Delta, Hawaiian or Aeromexico miles.

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All you need to do is to sign up and add one of these airlines as your program. You then need to choose the account where you would like PointsHound to send your sign up bonus.

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PointsHound is a new hotel booking engine that awards miles instead of cashback for hotels booked through their service.

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You just choose the city and the date. You will be then presented the price and number of miles you would earn by making the reservation through PointsHound. Seems to be rather easy.

Note that you won’t usually earn stay credit or hotel points for bookings made via third party. Some chains like Hyatt and Hilton do honor the status level benefits even on third party bookings. Starwood is very strict on this matter. No status benefits are honored on non-direct bookings.

Conclusion

This is an easy way to get 100 miles in any of the four programs mentioned above. It is also a good way to keep your airline frequent flier account active. I already signed up and waiting for my 100 United Airlines Mileage Plus miles to show up.

Personally, I would only use this service for cities that doesn’t have any of the hotels from the chains that I participate to and I couldn’t get cashback (in cash) from any of the cashback sites that I use. I believe that I may end up using this service couple of times a year. Please note that if you sign up using the link above, I will get 100 miles for referring you.

Priority Club “Roles to Room” Promotion Second Update: 15K for 4 Stays

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Priority Club has interesting promotion for 15K bonus points after four stays. As is often case with number of Priority Club promotions, there is some confusion surrounding this promotion. I first wrote about this promotion at the end of August and had an update on it a week later.

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If you click the registration link on the web page that is dedicated to this promotion, it populates a promotion code 1114. The email that was sent about this promotion has a different promotion code 3145, however.

The address that you can use to register for priority club promotions is priorityclub.com/register.

The promotional code 1114 requires that the address of the Priority Club account holder is in the Asia Pacific. The 3145 does not. The latter one allows registrations with European address as well, but apparently doesn’t work with an American one.

You may be able to register using the 3145 if your account address is in Europe. It is not, however, guaranteed that he promotional points will post. Some promotion may allow registration to go through but, if other requirements are not met, the promo points simply won’t post. Also, this promotion will not show up in my promotion in Priority Club’s website. The promotional points will post with the stay.

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There is date confusion when this promo is ending. The body of the text has an ending date of November 30, 2012, but the terms and conditions have an ending date of December 31, 2012.

Conclusion

InterContinental Hotels Group should hire more competent folks to work on their promotions department, although this would probably be bad considering the multiple promotions that one can combine.

This promo might work with a European address if you use the promotion code 3145 to sign up. It is not guaranteed though.

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