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

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Club Carlson has some brand specific promotions going on with their Country Inns & Suites and Radisson/Radisson Blu. This bonus point promotion “Stay More Nights – Earn More Points” is global and applies to all Club Carlson hotel brands. You need to register for this promotion to be eligible for the bonus points.

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You will receive number of bonus points depending how many nights you stay at Club Carlson properties between October 1 and December 31, 2012. You need to register for this promotion and the bonus points will post to your account in January.

The number of bonus points that you earn is dependent of the number of nights you stay:

– 2000 bonus points per night for 1 to 5 nights

– 4000 bonus points per night for 6 to 9 nights

– 6000 bonus points per night for 10 to 20 nights

Note that the maximum number of points that you can earn under this promotion is capped at 120K. The good thing is that this promotion is based on NIGHTS and not on STAYS.

Conclusion

This is a nice promotion from Club Carlson that you can combine with the brand specific ones. I do like the fact that you don’t have to switch properties trying to rack up stays as this promotions is based on NIGHTS.

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

You must be a Club CarlsonSM member to participate in the Stay More Nights, Earn More Points promotion (“Promotion”). To be eligible to earn bonus Gold Points (“Bonus Points”), members must register online for the Promotion, provide their Club Carlson number at the time of reservation or at check-in, and pay for a stay on a Gold Point eligible rate at participating Radisson®, Country Inns & Suites By Carlson?, Park Inn by Radisson and Park Plaza® hotels worldwide for stays beginning on October 1, 2012, and completed by December 31, 2012. Members only need to register once before December 31, 2012. Members will earn 2,000 Bonus Points per eligible night if they complete 1 – 5 eligible nights; 4,000 Bonus Points per eligible night if they complete 6 – 9 eligible nights; and 6,000 Bonus Points per eligible night if they complete 10 – 20 eligible nights. Maximum award of 120,000 Bonus Points per member. Only one Club Carlson member account will be credited for each eligible night and only one room per member per night at participating hotels will be awarded the applicable Bonus Points. Bonus Points will be calculated and credited to the member’s account in January 2013 based on the total number of completed eligible nights.

The Promotion is subject to all Club Carlson terms and conditions. Club Carlson reserves the right to add, modify, or discontinue Promotion without notice. Club Carlson is not responsible for any technical failures, internet accessibility problems, incomplete or inaccurate registration information, or other errors of any kind that may affect your registration for this Promotion. Void where prohibited by law. By participating in this Promotion, you agree and consent to these terms and conditions.

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

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Club Carlson continues to have interesting promotions. Like with the recent Country Inns and Suites promo, you will not receive bonus points but rather a free night award. You will have to register for this promotion to be eligible for it.

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This offer is valid for stays at any Radisson or Radisson Blu property in the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean for stays booked between October 1 and October 31, 2012, and consumed between October 1 and December 31, 2012. The free night award will be deposited(?) to your Club Carlson account within 14 days after your stay and is valid until December 31, 2013.

Thing to note here is that:

1. You need to register for this promo and be within first 50000 to register

2. The booking window is rather short – October 1 to October 31

3. The stay must be consumed by December 31

4. The free night award (United States, Canada & Caribbean) is valid until December 31, 2013

Conclusion

This is an excellent promotion from Radisson and I will most likely have a Radisson stay next month when I am in North America due to this. It is really a no brainer to take advantage of this if you have any hotel stays coming during the promotion period in United States, Canada, or the Caribbean.

It is fantastic that the free night award had a very long shelf life as it is valid until December 31, 2013.

It seems that Club Carlson is moving away from free night promotions where they give you a set number of points that you can then redeem for a free night. This is understandable as you can always transfer those to airline miles that I am planning to do as well.

Here are the terms and conditions of this promotion:

The Radisson 1 for 1 Promotion (“Promotion”) is available only to Club Carlson members. To be eligible for the Promotion, members must register online for the Promotion (“Promotion Registration”), book their Qualifying Stay online at either www.radisson.com or www.clubcarlson.com between October 1, 2012 and October 31, 2012, provide their Club Carlson member number at the time of reservation or check-in of the Qualifying Stay, and then complete the Qualifying Stay at any Radisson Blu or Radisson hotel in the US, Canada or Caribbean (“Participating Hotels”). A “Qualifying Stay” is defined as a minimum one-night stay at a Participating Hotel on a Gold Point eligible rate with a check-in date on or after October 1, 2012 and check out date no later than December 31, 2012. Guest must be present at the Participating Hotel at both the time of check-in and check-out, enrolled in Club Carlson at or before the time of check-in, and registered in the Promotion no later than the time of check-out. The first 50,000 guests who complete the Promotion Registration will be eligible to receive a Free Night Award after booking online at www.radisson.com or www.clubcarlson.com and after the completion of a Qualifying Stay. Only one Club Carlson member account will be credited for a Qualifying Stay and corresponding Free Night Award, if applicable. Limit one Free Night Award per member. It will take up to14 business days after completion of the Qualifying Stay to receive the Free Night Award. Free Night Award is valid for one night’s stay at any Participating Hotel, inclusive of room rate and taxes. Free Night Award may be booked online for standard rooms (single or double occupancy) only after the member logs in to their Club Carlson account and are valid for stays completed by December 31, 2013. Free Night Award does not include incidental charges such as resort fees, room service and room entertainment. Free Night Award is nontransferable and has no cash value. If member wishes to book a stay for more than one night, member may redeem available Gold Points for the additional night(s), or, if member does not have sufficient Gold Points to redeem the additional night(s), member must book two separate reservations: one redeeming the Free Night Award, the other at a regular nightly rate. The Promotion and Gold Points are subject to all Club Carlson Program Terms and Conditions. Promotion void where prohibited by law. Radisson reserves the right to add, modify or discontinue these terms and conditions or the Promotion at any time without notice. Radisson is not responsible for any technical failures, internet accessibility problems, incomplete or inaccurate registration information, or other errors of any kind that may affect your Promotion Registration. By participating in this Promotion, you agree and consent to these terms and conditions.

Here are the frequently asked questions per Club Carlson:

Q: Where can I find the registration page?
A: The registration page can be found at Radisson.com/1for1 October 31, 2012 11:59pm CST.

Q: Where can I use my Free Night Award?
A: The Free Night Award will be valid at any Radisson or Radisson Blu hotel in the US, Canada, or Caribbean through December 31, 2013.

Q: Can I use my Free Night Award with my qualifying stay?
A: No, you must first complete a qualifying stay. You will receive your Free Night Award within 14 days of completing that stay for use as a future stay.

Q: Can my “qualifying stay” be at any Radisson Blu or Radisson hotel worldwide?
A: No. Your qualifying stay must be any Radisson Blu or Radisson in the US, Canada or Caribbean.

Q: Do bookings made on 3rd party travel sites, such as Expedia or Travelocity qualify?
A: No, you must book online at www.radisson.com or www.clubcarlson.com.

Q: Are there rates that do not qualify for this promotion?
A: Yes. To be a qualifying stay, the rate must be a Club Carlson eligible rate. Ineligible rates and exclusions include, employee rates, family and friend rates, airline crew rates, travel agent rates, hotel employee rates, room rates that are billed on a master bill, tour operator rates, wholesaler rates, or rates booked through online travel companies or other third parties in which you pay for that booking directly to such online travel company or third party. Complimentary rooms, including but not limited to rooms booked as Award Night stays, or stays involving other gift certificate or free night vouchers are also excluded.

Q: Does a Points + Cash rate count as a qualifying rate?
A: Yes, a stay on Points + Cash can be a Qualifying Stay for this promotion as long as it is booked online at www.radisson.com or www.clubcarlson.com between October 1 and October 31, 2012.

Q: Does the AAA rate count as a qualifying rate?
A: Yes, as long as it is booked online at www.radisson.com or www.clubcarlson.com between October 1 and October 31, 2012.

Q: Is this promotion open to all Club Carlson members?
A: Yes, all Club Carlson members are eligible to participate in this promotion, but you must be one of the first 50,000 members to register to participate.

Top Hotel Promotions for October

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This is a new feature that I will do monthly after I have done the updated hotel promotions post. I will have a post about hotel promotions that I will take advantage of.

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.

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.

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.

4. Starwood Better By the Night + IOS Bookings 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. You can combine these two with the Aeroplan bonus of 5K miles for 5 stays.

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.

Conclusion

It appears first that there are no truly outstanding promotions out there, but these four are definitely worth taking advantage of.

Park Hyatt Ningbo, China – Review of My Stay

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Back in April, I was in Shanghai for couple of week and decided that it probably would make sense to spend one weekend somewhere else. The brand new Park Hyatt Ningbo had just opened and was only three hour ride away from Shanghai.[nggallery id=58]

Location

The hotel is outside of the Ningbo city by Don Qian lake. There is an airport in Ningbo, but I would imagine that most of the guests are arriving from Shanghai.

Park Hyatt Ningbo Lake
Park Hyatt Ningbo Lake

There is really nothing in the immediate proximity of the hotel. You need a car to get around as there are no taxis close to the Park Hyatt. If you want one, they need to order one from the city center and you have to pay an inflated rate of 100 CNY.

From Shanghai you have several options getting to Ningbo:

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1. You can take a train but it will go via Hangzhou. I wasn’t going to spend any time there so I decided against this option.

2. You can take a bus that drops you off at the Ningbo bus station from where you have to take a cab to the hotel.

3. You can rent a car and drive to the hotel.

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I chose the bus option and took a taxi to one of the bus stations in Shanghai. My hotel concierge printed out the bus schedule and instructed the cab driver where to take me. I did manage to buy the bus ticket without too much of a hassle. The price of the bus fare was about 100 CNY ($16). I was bit lost about where the bus was actually leaving. Luckily, there were Chinese whose English was rather good and they were able to help me out.

The bus trip to the Ningbo took almost three hours. We had a stop for 20 to 30 minutes just before crossing the long bridge.

The bus terminal in Ningbo is in the city center. There is a taxi rank after exciting the terminal. I had to wait no more than 10 minutes for a taxi, although the line looked long at first. There were some taxi touts offering services at the fixed fare. The fare from the center of Ningbo to the Park Hyatt using a meter was 60 CNY.

Check In

Park Hyatt Ningbo
Park Hyatt Ningbo

The check in area was totally deserted when I arrived. We went through back and worth few times regarding a Diamond upgrade. We decided to use one of the suite upgrades that I had to get me a suite. The hotel was completely deserted during my stay. Of course the hotel doesn’t have to upgrade you beyond what is the absolute minimum required by the Gold Passport, but if you have suites available, why not.

Suite 213

This was a proper suite with a separate living room and a bed room. The bedroom and bathroom weren’t really divided.

Park Hyatt Ningbo Suite 213 Living Room
Park Hyatt Ningbo Suite 213 Living Room

It had a full size refrigerator that is bit weird for a hotel if it designed as a hotel from the getco. I liked the Nespresso that you can find at most modern hotels in Asia and Middle East.

Park Hyatt Ningbo Suite 213 Living Room Kitchen Set Up
Park Hyatt Ningbo Suite 213 Living Room Kitchen Set Up

It had a full wet bar with a Chinese tea set.

Park Hyatt Ningbo Suite 213 Living Room Tea Set
Park Hyatt Ningbo Suite 213 Living Room Tea Set

The bathroom’s shower area was enclosed and you could turn it to a steam room.

Park Hyatt Ningbo Suite 213 Bathroom Tub
Park Hyatt Ningbo Suite 213 Bathroom Tub

Diamond amenity was a bottle of red wine and a note.

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Park Hyatt Ningbo Suite 213 Diamond Amenity

Fitness Center

Was exactly what one would expect from a brand new hotel. I loved the fact that they had wireless headphones for the cardio machines.

Park Hyatt Ningbo Fitness Center Machines
Park Hyatt Ningbo Fitness Center Machines

There was an indoor pool that was lighted during the evening.

Park Hyatt Ningbo Pool Night View
Park Hyatt Ningbo Pool Night View

You also had a ping pong and pool tables.

Park Hyatt Ningbo Pool Table
Park Hyatt Ningbo Pool Table

Hotel Grounds

When I was there back in April, the weather wasn’t really perfect. It was rather chilly and windy at times. The hotel grounds are very tastefully done.

Park Hyatt Ningbo Villas
Park Hyatt Ningbo Villas

There are two separate villa sections that weren’t ready back in April. I am not sure if these are going to be part of hotel or if they are sold separately.

Clientele

This hotel probably mainly caters to Chinese clientele from the nearby cities. I was the only Caucasian guest that I saw on the property. The food and beverage options and the design reflect this fact.

Breakfast

The full breakfast is obviously complimentary for the Diamond guests. They had some bakery items out but for cold cuts you had to request.

Park Hyatt Ningbo Breakfast Selection
Park Hyatt Ningbo Breakfast Selection

They also had a menu for hot items that you could order from. I decided to have a salad and pan cakes.

Check Out

No problems with the check out.

Conclusion

I think that this is a fine Park Hyatt that is catered to the Chinese clientele. The suite as well as the common areas were done very tastefully.

The location of the hotel requires you to have a car unless you are planning to spend the entire time at the property.

Would I travel to Ningbo just to stay at the Park Hyatt? Probably no. I don’t think that there was anything special to do in the area. It is perfect weekend getaway for those living in Shanghai, but I don’t see it being a destination to where you would travel from abroad.

Le Club Accorhotels Airline Offers: Air Canada Aeroplan, Delta SkyMiles & Lufthansa Miles & More

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Le Club Accorhotels has three airline related bonus offers going on at the moment. These are all valid until October 31, 2012. Please note that in most cases you need to switch your earning preference for automatic airline deposit to take advantage of these.

Air Canada Aeroplan – Triple Miles

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You can earn triple Aeroplan miles under this offer until October 31, 2012. You need to switch your account preference to Aeroplan miles.

To take advantage of this great offer, follow these easy steps:

1. Sign up to become Le Club Accorhotels member
2. In your Le Club Accorhotels membership profile, select “Aeroplan” as
your preferred loyalty program
3. Enter your Aeroplan Number
4. Get your Aeroplan Miles deposited into your account every time you stay
at an Accor hotel

Delta Air Lines SkyMiles – Quadruple Miles

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By crediting to Delta’s SkyMiles you can earn quadruple miles until October 31, 2012. Again, you need to switch your earning preference to Delta.

     – Earn Quadruple miles with the Delta SkyMiles program for eligible stays at 2,500 hotels worldwide
– A huge variety of hotels… From luxury to economy, when you’re traveling on your own or with the family
– Exclusive hotel & partner offers
– Receive miles bonus offers throughout the year
– Special access to member offers

Lufthansa – Miles & More

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You can earn 1000 for each stay until October 31, 2012. If you are not a member yet, you can also earn 1000 bonus miles just for singing up.

Conclusion

These are relatively good offers if you are not interested in collecting Le Club Accorhotel points and participate to any of these three airline programs

Here are the terms and conditions of the Aeroplan offer:

1. Between September 1st and October 31st, 2012 new and current Le Club Accorhotels members can earn Triple Aeroplan® Miles by staying at any eligible Accor hotel.
2. This offer is valid every day for stays with check-in between 9/1/12 and 10/31/12 at participating Accor hotels.
3. General Le Club Accorhotels terms and conditions apply to the “Earn triple Bonus Miles with Aeroplan®” offer.
4. In order to benefit from this bonus, the member must have activated Aeroplan as the preferred conversion option ahead of the stay.
5. You must provide your Le Club Accorhotels loyalty card or member number when making your reservation, and present your card at the reception desk of your hotel when you check-in for your stay
6. A member can only benefit from this offer as many times as they book a stay from 9/1/12 to 10/31/12.
7. Reservations that include several rooms covered by the same member during his or her stay are only counted as one stay.
8. This offer may not be combined with other current offers or advantages and does not apply to groups.
9. The bonus will be credited in Le Club Accorhotels points and converted into Aeroplan miles according to applicable conversion rule.
10. Bonus Le Club Accorhotels points are only credited once the member has stayed at least one night in an eligible Accor hotel.
11. ®Aeroplan is a registered trademark of Aeroplan Canada Inc

Here are the terms and conditions of the Delta offer:

1. General Le Club Accorhotels terms and conditions apply to the “Quadruple SkyMiles” offer.
2. This offer is valid for every stay with an arrival date between 9/1/12 and 10/31/12 for stays booked during the same time period.
3. This offer entitles Le Club Accorhotels Loyalty and la carte ibis members, regardless of their status, to benefit from this offer.
4. You must book your stay ahead of time online (on accorhotels.com and participating brand websites), or via the Call Center to benefit from this offer.
5. You must provide your loyalty card number or member number when making your reservation, and present your card at the reception desk of your hotel when you check-in for your stay.
6. The bonus will be credited in Le Club Accorhotels points and converted into SkyMiles according to applicable conversion rule.
7. In order to benefit from this bonus, the member must have activated Delta Air Lines and SkyMiles as preferred conversion option ahead of the stay.
8. Reservations that include several rooms covered by the same member during his or her stay are only counted as one stay.
9. This offer may not be combined with other current offers or advantages and does not apply to groups.
10. This offer is subject to availability.
11. All SkyMiles program rules apply. To review the rules, visit delta.com/memberguide.  Partner offers subject to the terms and conditions of each individual offer.
12. Offers void where prohibited by law. Other restrictions may apply. Offers subject to change without notice.

Hotel Promotions Update (October 2012) Le Club Accorhotels, Best Western Rewards, Choice Privileges, Club Carlson, Hilton HHonors, Hyatt Gold Passport, InterContinental Hotels Group – Priority Club, Marriott Rewards, Ritz-Carlton Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest & Wyndham Rewards

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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Accor Hotels – Le Club

Le Club Accorhotels is offering bonus miles for Air Canada Aeroplan, Delta SkyMiles, and Lufthansa Miles & More members until October 31, 2012.

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Le Club Accorhotels Airline Offers: Air Canada Aeroplan, Delta SkyMiles & Lufthansa Miles & More

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 Accohotels Instant Platinum Status for New Accounts Still Available

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

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 celebrating 25 years of Country Inn & Suites by giving 25K bonus points for two night stays until October 14, 2012.

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Club Carlson: Country Inn & Suites 25 Years – Get 25000 Bonus Points For 2 Nights Stay

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

Hilton HHonors

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

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, JetBlu, 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

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 varation of this offer depending how many IHg nights you are planning to have on the 4th quarter.

5000 Bonus Air Canada Aeroplan Miles for a Stay

This is a nice bonus for a stay in Canada. You need to have the stays by December 30th, 2012 to be eligible for the bonus miles.

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

Not sure exactly how this works, but here’s the info about this offer: 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.

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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

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

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 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

Qatar Airways Becoming Oneworld Alliance Member?

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EDIT: There was piece on the Arabian Business today that Mr. Akbar al-Baker had stated that the airline is not joining Oneworld. It is very interesting to see what this Oneworld announcement on October 8th is going to be about.

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There was a piece earlier this week on the FlighGlobal website about an announcement on October 8th about a “significant membership development” by Oneworld. It is widely expected that this would mean Qatar Airways would joining the alliance.

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It has been reported previously that Mr. Willie Walsh, CEO of IAG, the parent of British Airways and Iberia both Oneworld alliance members, and Mr. Akbar Al Baker, CEO of Qatar Airways, have been getting along rather well. Both are members of the IATA board of governors.

This development wouldn’t be totally unexpected. There are three major carriers on the Middle East; Emirates of Dubai, Etihad of Abu Dhabi, and Qatar of Doha. Emirates has been very vocal of not joining and alliance while Qatar has always been silent about this issue. Etihad has formed ties with number of airlines outside of an alliance.

In my personal opinion, Qatar has always been more tilted towards the Star Alliance considering the frequent flier partners that they have and have had. Qatar is partner with ANA, Asiana, & US Airways of Star Alliance. The partnership with United was discontinued earlier this year. They currently don’t have any program ties with Oneworld alliance carriers.

Emirates and Qantas just formed their outside of an alliance partnership for the European traffic that is launching next year. Qantas will tunnel their European traffic via Dubai instead of Singapore/Bangkok/Hong Kong. Emirates is also in discussions with American Airlines regarding a codeshare agreement.

Conclusion

I would love to see Qatar Airways joining an alliance. Based on the chatter, it seems likely that the choice is Oneworld. We will learn more about this Oneworld alliance’s membership development on October 8.

Priority Club Offer for Select Hotels in China: Stay for 2 Nights Pay for 1

Priority Club is going to have a sale at select properties in China between 16 and 22 of October for stays from October 16 to March 31, 2013. You have to book a rate code IDBGC. The rate is based on the BAR (Best Available Rate), but you only pay for the first night. You can access this offer here.

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Here’s also a direct booking link for this offer. It has the IDBGC-rate code embedded. Note that you need to choose the “Buy one night at Best Flexibe Rate get the second night free” rate from the Rate  Preference menu

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Please note that, although the rate shows up on the Rate Preferences menu, it is not actually bookable yet. You can get the idea about the rate by looking at the BAR rates for the dates that you are interested in.

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Participating properties:

North China
Holiday Inn Express Beijing Airport Zone
Hotel Indigo Tianjin Haihe
Crowne Plaza Tianjin Jinnan

Holiday Inn Binhai Tianjin
Crowne Plaza Tianjin Binhai

Holiday Inn Shijiazhuang Central
InterContinental Tangshan

Northeast China
Holiday Inn Changbaishan Suites

Holiday Inn Resort Changbaishan

Eastern China
Crowne Plaza Shanghai Anting Golf
Crowne Plaza Shanghai Harbour City
Crowne Plaza Hefei
Crowne Plaza Zhenjiang
Crowne Plaza Hangzhou Xanadu Resort
InterContinental One Thousand Island Lake Resort

Holiday Inn Express Shanghai Jinsha
Crowne Plaza Shanghai Xiayang Lake
Holiday Inn Resort Chaohu Hot Spring
Crowne Plaza Xuzhou Dalong Lake
Holiday Inn Shaoxing

Holiday Inn Shanghai Songjiang
Crowne Plaza Huangshan Yucheng
Holiday Inn Taicang City Centre
InterContinental Wuxi
Holiday Inn Nantong Oasis International

Southern China
Crowne Plaza Zhongshan Wing On City

InterContinental Huizhou Resort

Crowne Plaza Huizhou

Southwest China
Holiday Inn Chengdu Oriental Plaza
Holiday Inn Chengdu Xindu

Crowne Plaza Chengdu Panda Garden
InterContinental Heilong Lake
InterContinental Sancha Lake
Crowne Plaza Resort Xishuangbanna

Northwest China
Crowne Plaza Xian

Crowne Plaza Lanzhou

Holiday Inn Yinchuan Int’l Trade Centre

Conclusion

This is a nice offer for China, if you are around the areas that they have participating hotels. As this offer is tied to the BAR (Best Available Rate), which is rarely THE best rate, you might find other offers with better prices.

Here are the terms and conditions of this rate promotion:

  1. Must book and stay with “Buy One Get One Free” rate. Every booking can only apply to a 2-night stay that is priced at half of the best flexible rate. The second night room charge is not refundable in case of early departure.
  2. Rates are available for booking from 0000hrs on 16 October to 2359hrs on 22 October 2012 (GMT+8) for qualified stay at participating InterContinental®, Hotel Indigo®, Crowne Plaza®, Holiday Inn® and Holiday Inn Express® hotels from 16 October 2012 to 31 March 2013.
  3. Reservations are subject to rate changes and room availability.
  4. Rooms are not transferable.
  5. Black-out dates may apply.
  6. Other terms and conditions may apply.
  7. Rates qualify for earning Priority Club® Rewards points or airline miles. Subject to standard Priority Club Rewards Membership Terms and ConditionsLink will open in new browser window.. For complete details, visit www.priorityclub.com. To join Priority Club Rewards today for free, click hereLink will open in new browser window..

Marriott Rewards Special “Thank You Offer” for Extending Elite Status

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Every September Marriott emails out a specialized offer for those Platinum members that are not meeting the requalification requirement of 75 nights. These emails went out again this week.

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The offer is typically a requirement of 20 nights between the October 1 and December 31 to renew the Platinum status regardless of the number of nights stayed earlier in the year.

You have to decide if this offer is right for you. I would suggest that you consider the following other options as well:

1. You can buy back the Platinum status next year for 50K Marriott Rewards points. You can do it yearly.

2. You can do a Marriott Platinum status challenge in 2013 and have the Platinum status to be valid until 2015. You only need 9 stays within 3 months period + the month you sign up.

It might be time to consider if you really need the Platinum status? The Gold status gives pretty much the same core benefits i.e. complimentary internet and club access as the Platinum status.

Conclusion

I would probably wait and see if the Marriott would extend the Platinum status without having to put up any unnecessary night. Then, next year, if they didn’t extend the Platinum status, you could buy back the status or do the challenge.

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

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Wyndham Rewards just released their fall 2012 “Bonus Earnings” promotion. You can earn 5500 bonus points or 1000 bonus miles on your second and fourth stay during the promotional period between September 27 and November 30, 2012. You need to register for this promotion by November 30, 2012.

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You can read more about the airline partners and number of miles that you earn here. Remember to check that the country is participating list for the Wyndham Rewards. I recently stayed at a Ramada hotel in Sri Lanka and got no points.

Conclusion

This promotion is pretty straightforward, although it won’t swing any of my stays during the quarter to Wyndham. Remember to check the participating list as I noted above. All the hotels in all the regions are not participating to Wyndham Rewards at all

Here are the terms and conditions of this promotion:

2012 ‘Bonus Earnings’ Promotion Terms & Conditions

  1. You must be a Wyndham Rewards® member to participate in this promotion.
  2. To qualify for the promotion and earn up to 11,000 points or up to 2,000 airline miles, the member must:
    1. register at wyndhamrewards.com/stars (English) or wyndhamrewards.de/stars (German) or call 00 800 367 87477 before 30 November 2012.
    2. book at least two  qualified stays by 26 November 2012
    3. complete the stays at participating hotels in the Wyndham Rewards program at a qualifying rate between 27 September 2012 and 30 November 2012, (the “Promotion Period”).
    4. provide a valid email address.
  3. Participants may book a maximum of 3 rooms per stay which will attract bonus points or airline miles (provided two stays are made within the Promotion Period)
  4. Member stays with check-out dates after 30 November 2012 will not be counted towards the promotion
  5. Members will qualify to receive 5,500 points or 1,000 miles for every two qualifying stays within the Promotion Period, up to a maximum of four stays in total.
  6. Members will only earn bonus points or airline miles following the second and fourth stays during the Promotion Period (and not, for example following the third stay during this time).
  7. Any further stays at a qualifying rate after the fourth stay during the Promotion Period will not attract bonus points or airline miles (although they will attract the regular level of Wyndham Rewards points or airline miles).
  8. A “Qualifying Rate” includes all guest room rates except for the following: employee/family, most travel agents, group, wholesale, package transportation/crew and other special contract rates or free night stays. Most rates available through tour operators and travel websites (excluding Wyndham Rewards.com and the Participating Hotel chain websites) such as Expedia and Travelocity are wholesale rates and therefore do not qualify to earn Wyndham Rewards® points or miles as part of the Promotion. For more information, please see the Wyndham Rewards® Program Terms and Conditions.
  9. One stay includes all consecutive nights at the same hotel regardless of check-ins or check-outs.
  10. The bonus points or airline miles (5,500/11,000 points or 1,000/2,000 airline miles, as applicable) can  be combined with members’ existing points to redeem from the Wyndham Rewards redemption catalogue as applicable.
  11.  Members should allow six to eight weeks after completion of registration and all stays within the Promotion Period for the bonus points or airline miles to be credited to their account.
  12. Wyndham Rewards® points or airline miles will be awarded based on earning preference selected in entrant’s member profile at the time of the second, and fourth stays.
  13. Wyndham Rewards members who enroll in the Wyndham Rewards® programme at participating hotels within the Promotion Period will automatically be registered.
  14. Wyndham Hotel Group reserves the right to change the terms and conditions and to withdraw this offer at any time without notice.
  15. Super 8 in China does not participate in this promotion.

BMI Diamond Club to Close to Non-UK/South West Pacific Members on December 31

Now, it has finally come – an email from BMI’s Diamond Club about the closure of the program. If your BMI Diamond Club account is not based in the UK or South West Pacific (Australia/New Zealand), your account will close on December 31st, 2012. You can find more information about this on BA’s website.

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The log in to the Diamond Club account will move to www.diamondclub.org or non UK/South West Pacific members.

All members, however, will not be able to earn or burn Diamond Club miles from September 27th onwards except UK members with BMI branded credit cards.

If you are currently holding an award reservation made using BMI Diamond Club miles and you cancel it after December 31st, you will NOT receive any miles back as non-UK/South West Pacific Member. You will, however, receive back taxes/fees that you paid.

Conclusion

If you have BMI Diamond Club account and some miles in it, you should just go ahead and link it to British Airways Executive Club account and do the miles transfer. There is really no point keeping miles on BMI Diamond Club account after all earning and burning options have been closed.

But British Airways could have just easily opened an Executive Club account and transferred all the remaining Diamond Club points there for members that haven’t done it by themselves. By not doing so, British Airways is able to clear their books from liability that these existing miles represent.

 Here’s the full information from British Airways:

With the closure of www.flybmi.com on 28 October 2012, there are some important changes to the Diamond Club.

UK members

From 28 October 2012, UK Diamond Club members will no longer be able to earn destinations miles, other than through a bmi Credit Card account from MBNA.

You can continue to log into your account through our new website, www.diamondclub.org, which will be available from 27 October 2012.

In order to redeem destinations miles you can transfer them 1:1 to Avios with the Executive Club.
After you have transferred your miles you can spend your Avios on flights, upgrades, hotels and car hire.

See ‘Transferring your destinations miles’ below.

South West Pacific members

We are currently reviewing the options for our Diamond Club members who live in the South West Pacific.

From 28 October 2012 you will no longer be able to earn or redeem destinations miles and your account and destinations miles balance will be frozen until further notice.

You will be able to log into your account to check your balance and update your details through our new website, www.diamondclub.org, which will be available from 27 October.

Members outside the UK and South West Pacific

For members outside of the UK and South West Pacific, the Diamond Club will close on
31 December 2012.

From 28 October 2012, you will no longer be able to earn or redeem destinations miles.

In order to redeem destinations miles you can transfer them 1:1 to Avios with the Executive Club. After you have transferred your miles you can spend your Avios on flights, upgrades, hotels and car hire. See ‘Transferring your destinations miles’ below.

You will be able to log into your account to check your balance and update your details through our new website, www.diamondclub.org, which will be available from 27 October.

Frequently Asked Questions

Take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions for more information about the changes and what they mean for you.

Read our FAQs

Transferring your destinations miles

You can transfer as many destinations miles to Executive Club Avios points as you like at the rate of 1:1.

Simply log in to your Executive Club account and go to the ‘Manage My Account’ page. Here you’ll find a link to the transfer destinations miles tool under the ‘Your Options’ section.

Before you start a transfer please ensure that your contact details, including your name, email address and date of birth are up to date in both your Diamond Club and Executive Club accounts.

Transfers can be made between individual accounts, but unfortunately transfers into Household Account balances are not possible.

After 31 December 2012 this transfer facility will not be available for members outside UK.

Transfer your destinations miles now

Tier matching for Diamond Club Silver and Gold members

If you are a Diamond Club Gold or Silver member, you can apply for matching tier status within the Executive Club.

Please note that the ability to apply for matching tier status within the Executive Club ends on
31 December 2012 for all members.

Not currently a member of the Executive Club?
In order to tier match from your current Diamond Club status to a new Executive Club account, you will need to join the Executive Club via our dedicated enrolment page.

Join the Executive Club

If you are a Diamond Club Gold or Silver member:
Once you have enrolled in the Executive Club as a Blue member please complete the online tier match form.

If you are a Diamond Club Blue member:
There is no need to complete the tier match form.

Complete the online tier match form

Already a member of the Executive Club?

If your Diamond Club status entitles you to a higher status than you currently have with the Executive Club, you will need to complete a tier matching form.

Complete the online tier match form

Frequently Asked Questions

Last updated: Friday 28 September 2012

The Future of the Diamond Club

For full information on the changes and what this means for you please see the questions and answers below.

Diamond Club and Executive Club – general questions

As a UK-based Diamond Club member, how can I check my destinations miles balance after 27 October 2012?

As a UK based Diamond Club member, you will be able to use our new Diamond Club website www.diamondclub.org which will be available from 27 October onwards

As a non-UK or South West Pacific based Diamond Club member, how can I check my destinations miles balance after 27 October 2012?

As a non-UK/SWP based Diamond Club member you will be able to log into your Diamond Club account and check your mileage balance online at www.diamondclub.org, which will be available from 27 October onwards.

As a non-UK or South West Pacific based Diamond Club member, what will happen to my account and destinations/status miles after 31 December?

As a non-UK based Diamond Club member your Diamond Club account will close on 31 December 2012. Any destinations or status miles remaining in your account on this date will automatically expire. Remember to transfer your destinations miles to Avios and request your tier match via the online tier match form.

To request the transfer you must log into your Executive Club account, select ‘update my details’ from the left hand navigation menu and then select ‘Combine my Avios’ from the list of options on your screen.

> Complete the online tier match form

As a South West Pacific member (i.e. Australia/New Zealand), what will happen to my account?

We are currently reviewing options for our customers who live in the South West Pacific. We will freeze your Diamond Club account and destinations miles balance until further notice but assure our members in the South West Pacific that your loyalty is important to us and we will do everything we can to complete this review quickly.

What if I have a query as a South West Pacific member?

We have created a new website at www.diamondclub.org which will be available from 27 October 2012. Queries can be submitted using the online ‘Contact Us’ section or by contacting the Diamond Club call centre.

As a Diamond Club member, which British Airways lounges can I access using my Diamond Club membership card before 31 December?

Gold Diamond Club members can access the Galleries First lounge, Galleries Club lounge and Arrivals lounge at London Heathrow Terminal 5. Gold Diamond Club members can also access the London Gatwick British Airways First and Club lounges as well as the London Gatwick Sofitel arrivals lounge.
Please note that Gold members may take one guest into the lounge, but guests are not permitted in the arrivals lounges.

Silver Diamond Club members can access the Galleries Club lounge at London Heathrow Terminal 5 and the British Airways Club lounge at London Gatwick. Silver members may take one guest into the lounge.

Please bring your membership card with you as you may be asked to present this in order to gain access to the lounge.

What if I currently hold lifetime Gold status at the Diamond Club?

British Airways does not offer an unlimited or lifetime tier status. Diamond Club Lifetime Gold customers will therefore be invited to join the Executive Club Gold tier for a minimum of one year.

Are you closing Diamond Club?

The Diamond Club is moving to a UK only programme on 31 December 2012. This means that the Diamond Club programme outside of the UK and South West Pacific will close on this date. As a UK based Diamond Club member you can continue to collect destinations miles with a bmi Credit Card from MBNA. We will be in touch with members in South West Pacific in due course to advise the options available to them.

Diamond Club and Executive Club – existing award bookings

Will my future award booking with a Star Alliance airline, Virgin Atlantic, Qatar, Jet Airways, Transaero, BA, bmi baby/regional be honoured?

Any existing bookings you have with any Star Alliance airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Qatar, Jet Airways, Transaero, British Airways or with bmi regional will be honoured and you can travel as planned.

Due to the fact that bmi is no longer a member of the Star Alliance, and Virgin Atlantic is no longer a partner of the Diamond Club, you will not earn any destinations or status miles on any future bookings with these airlines. You can continue to collect destinations or status miles when you fly with bmi regional until 30 September 2012.

You can continue to collect destinations miles when you fly with Qatar, Jet Airways, Transaero and British Airways until 27 October 2012. Bmi baby ceased operation on 9 September 2012.

Can I cancel or amend my future award booking with a Star Alliance airline, Virgin Atlantic, Qatar, Jet Airways, Transaero, BA or bmi regional?

Unfortunately you will be unable to amend any existing bookings you have with any Star Alliance airlines or with Virgin Atlantic. You can continue to amend any existing bookings you have with bmi Regional until 30 September, or with Qatar, Jet Airways, Transaero and British Airways until 27 October after which you will be unable to make any amendments to your booking.

You can choose to cancel any future award bookings you have with any previous or existing bmi air partners at any time.

As a non-UK based Diamond Club member with a future award booking – what is the refund policy if I want to cancel my booking after 27 October?

As a Diamond Club member based outside of the UK, if you choose to cancel an existing award booking after 27 October 2012 you will receive a full refund of any cash and destinations miles paid when the booking was made. Please note that you must transfer any destinations miles to your Executive Club account before 31 December 2012 when the Diamond Club programme closes outside of the UK and in Australia and New Zealand.

As a non-UK based DC member with a future award booking – what is the refund policy if I want to cancel my existing booking after 31 December?

As a non-UK based Diamond Club member, if you choose to cancel an existing award booking after 31 December 2012 you will receive a full refund of any cash paid when the booking was made. Unfortunately you will not receive a refund of any destinations miles paid due to the fact that your non-UK based Diamond Club account will be closed from 31 December onwards.

As a UK-based Diamond Club member with a future award booking – what is the refund policy if I would like to cancel my future award booking?

The normal refund policy will apply for any cancelled award bookings. You will receive a full refund of any miles and cash paid for the booking. Any refund of destinations miles will be made into your Diamond Club account.

Diamond Club and Executive Club – earning

As a Diamond Club member which airlines can I continue to earn destinations miles with when I fly?

You can continue to earn destinations miles when you fly with bmi, British Airways, Qatar, Jet Airways and Transaero.  Please note that if you have a booking with any of these airlines where the date of travel is after 27 October, your booking will be honoured however you will not earn destinations miles.

As a Diamond Club member which airlines can I continue to earn status miles with when I fly?

You can continue to earn status miles when you fly with bmi or bmi Regional. Please note that you will no longer earn status or destinations miles when flying with bmi Regional after 30 September.  You can continue to earn status miles when you fly with bmi until 27 October 2012.

As a Diamond Club member which airlines can I no longer earn destinations miles with when I fly?

You can no longer earn destinations miles when you fly with any Star Alliance airlines or with Virgin Atlantic. You will no longer be able to earn destinations miles when you fly with bmi Regional after 30 September 2012.

As a Diamond Club member which airlines can I no longer earn status miles with when I fly?

You can no longer earn status miles when you fly with any Star Alliance airlines. You will not earn any destinations or status miles when you fly with bmi Regional after 30 September 2012.

As a Diamond Club member, can I continue to purchase destinations miles?

Yes, you can continue to buy destinations miles online until 27 October 2012.

As a UK-based Diamond Club member, which non-airline partners can I continue to collect destinations miles with?

You can continue to earn destinations miles with bmi partner hotels, when shopping online and with your bmi Credit Card account from MBNA. Please note that after 27 October you will only be able to collect destinations miles using a bmi Credit Card account from MBNA

As a non-UK based Diamond Club member, which non-airline partners can I continue to collect destinations miles with?

You can continue to earn destinations miles with bmi partner hotels and when you shop online. You will no longer be able to earn destinations miles after 27 October 2012.

As a Diamond Club member which non-airline partners can I no longer collect destinations miles with?

You can no longer earn destinations miles with bmi hotels, Europcar or Purple Parking.

As a UK based Diamond Club member, how can I collect destinations miles after 27 October?

You will be able to continue collecting destinations miles after 27 October using a bmi Credit Card account from MBNA

As a non-UK based Diamond Club member, how can I collect destinations miles after 27 October?

The Diamond Club is moving to a UK only programme, and as a non-UK based Diamond Club member you will be unable to earn destinations miles after 27 October 2012. Any destinations miles that remain in your account after this date should be transferred to Avios with the Executive club before 31 December 2012 when the non-UK programme closes.

As a Diamond Club member with a future booking on British Airways, how can I earn Avios and tier points with the Executive Club on my booking?

After 27 October you will no longer be able to earn destinations miles with the Diamond Club, therefore if your Diamond Club number is linked to a future British Airways flight booking you should update your booking with your Executive Club number in order to earn Avios and Tier Points through your Executive Club account instead.

Diamond Club and Executive Club – redeeming

As a Diamond Club member, which airlines can I continue to redeem destinations miles with?

You can continue to redeem destinations miles for flights with bmi, British Airways, Qatar, Jet Airways and Transaero. You will not be able to redeem destinations miles after 27 October, however you will be able to transfer your destinations miles into Avios with the British Airways Executive Club.

As a Diamond Club member, which non-airline partners can I no longer redeem destinations miles with?

You can no longer redeem destinations miles for bmi hotel and Europcar discount vouchers or for treats.

As a Diamond Club member, how do I redeem destinations miles after 27 October?

If you would like to redeem destinations miles after 27 October, you will have to transfer them 1:1 to Avios with the Executive Club. You can then redeem your Avios for flights with British Airways, oneworld airlines and British Airways partner airlines, hotels and car hire.

Diamond Club and Executive Club – transfer tool and tier match

As a Diamond Club member, how do I transfer my destinations miles to Avios?

In order to transfer destinations miles to Avios you must become a member of the Executive Club. Please ensure that the details on your Diamond Club and Executive Club accounts match, including name, email address and date of birth – this will allow us to process your request. To request the transfer you must log into your Executive Club account, select ‘update my details’ from the left hand navigation menu and then select ‘Combine my Avios’ from the list of options on your screen. To complete the request, simply follow the instructions on your screen.

As a UK based Diamond Club member when does my ability to transfer destinations miles to Avios end?

You can continue to transfer destinations miles to Avios until further notice. Please note that you will only be able to collect destinations miles using an MBNA credit card from 27 October onwards. In order to redeem destinations miles collected through your bmi Credit Card account from MBNA after 27 October, you will have to transfer your destinations miles to Avios.

As a non-UK based Diamond Club member you will be unable to check your mileage balance online after 27 October. You can call the Diamond Club to check your mileage balance or you can view your destinations miles balance through your Executive Club account when you use the transfer tool.

As a non-UK based Diamond Club member, when does my ability to transfer destinations miles to Avios end?

You can transfer destinations miles to Avios until 31 December 2012. Any destinations miles remaining in your account after this date will automatically expire when the non-UK programme closes.

As a Diamond Club member, can I transfer my status miles to the Executive Club?

No, status miles are non-transferable. If you hold Gold or Silver Diamond Club tier status British Airways will match your tier within the Executive Club.

As a Gold/Silver Diamond Club member, how do I tier match within the Executive Club?

If you would like to tier match within the Executive Club, you must visit ba.com and complete the online tier match request form. Your request to tier match may take up to 21 working days to be processed. Please note that you must join the Executive Club before you request to tier match if you are not a member already.

As a Gold/Silver Diamond Club member, until when can I request to tier match within the Executive Club?

 You can request to tier match within the Executive Club until 31 December 2012.

As a Gold/Silver Diamond Club member, how long will my tier match within the Executive Club last?

 When you tier match within the Executive Club you will be given your new tier status for the remainder of your existing Executive Club membership year, and the full membership year following.

Priority Club: From Zero to Platinum on Seven Stays + 60K+ Points

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I have been advocating for long time for people to sign up for Priority Club and to take advantage of numerous promotions that they offer. Sometimes the response is that they don’t bother. Oh well. You can get the Platinum status so easily as Priority Club allows one to earn it entirely based on points. I don’t know anyone who would have earned it based on the number of night requirement.

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So, I just signed up a friend for the Priority Club and he earned 60K+ points for 7 stays. In all fairness, he signed up for the Ambassador program along the way and got 5K Priority Club points voucher, but at the same time he is missing one 7.5K bonus for Roles to Rooms promotion.

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Also, if he had signed for the Ambassador before having any stays, he would have earned more online booking bonuses.

Conclusion

Priority Club is very point rich program as long as you make sure that you take advantage of the all the promotions that I list here on LoyaltyLobby. You can access the latest bonuses here and here. Also, read my article about various Priority Club promotions and how they work.

Delta Did It Again! Program Changes Without Any Announcements

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Delta has a bad habit of making program changes without giving any announcements to SkyMiles members. Earlier this month, Delta tweaked their award chart and the changes were never published. Airlines usually tend to inform about the changes to their award charts few months before to let program members time to issue awards at old levels.

Now, Delta has quietly withdrawn the ability to use miles and upgrade instruments for upgrades on KLM on M-fares. You can still use them on Y and B fares. You were previously able to upgrade using miles or upgrade instruments from all of these three. There has been a change to Air France upgrades as well. You can still upgrade from YBM fares to premium economy, but the ability to upgrade from premium economy to actual business class has been discontinued.

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Delta’s website still happily lists the fare classes that are no longer eligible for upgrades as of today (September 27).

Conclusion                                    

Delta should really step up to the plate and have a proper communication about the changes to their SkyMiles program. Their website still lists wrong and outdated information about the fare classes that one can upgrade using Delta miles and upgrade certificates on KLM and Air France flights. There are simply no excuses for this.

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

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Hilton HHonors has a new rate offer “Be Yourself” for select Conrad hotels. If you don’t have status with Hilton HHonors, you can choose between an upgrade or breakfast at check if. If you have Gold or Diamond status, you will receive 5000 bonus points for your stay as breakfast and upgrade are both part of Gold/Diamond benefits.

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Participating Conrad properties for this offer:

  • Conrad Algarve
  • Conrad Bali
  • Conrad Bangkok
  • Conrad Bangkok Residences
  • Conrad Beijing
  • Conrad Brussels
  • Conrad Cairo
  • Conrad Centennial Singapore
  • Conrad Chicago
  • Conrad Dalian
  • Conrad Dubai
  • Conrad Dublin
  • Conrad Hong Kong
  • Conrad Indianapolis
  • Conrad Istanbul
  • Conrad Koh Samui
  • Conrad Koh Samui Residences
  • Conrad Macao, Cotai Central
  • Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
  • Conrad Miami
  • Conrad New York
  • Conrad Pezula
  • Conrad Punta del Este Resort and Casino
  • Conrad San Juan Condado Plaza
  • Conrad Sanya Haitang Bay
  • Conrad Seoul

You need to book a rate code PBBEY1 to be eligible for this offer.

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It seems that this offer is tied to the Best Available Rate that is rarely the lowest available rate. At the Conrad Bangkok there are number of offers with breakfast included that have a lower price than this promotional rate. For the lowest rates, you may want to check out the rate code PR13CB as well.

Conclusion

This offer can make sense IF there are no other rates than Best Available Rate available. I do think that it would be rather rare occurrence, however.

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