IHG Rewards Club Point Breaks List November 1 – January 31, 2014 (US Properties Now Included)

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IHG Rewards Club has just released an updated preview list of new Point Breaks hotels for November 1, 2013, and January 31, 2014, period that includes all the US properties. There could be some last minute changes, as there has been in the past, but the list should be almost complete.

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These hotels will become bookable at the 5,000 points per night level on Friday, November 1, 2013. 

Hotels Cheating On Quality Scores (Bribing Guests)

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A LoyaltyLobby reader forwarded me an email today that he had received from the Four Points by Sheraton San Jose Downtown-hotel.

Hotels often try to get their quality scores up, but I have never seen anything this blatant in WRITING:

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Here’s the email on text format:

IHG Rewards Club Gold Targeted Fast Track Offer

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LoyaltyLobby reader sent me a copy of an offer email that he had received from IHG Rewards Club.

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This is REALLY the time of the year, when ma

US Airlines Take On Their Middle Eastern Rivals

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There is a very interesting article on WSJ about the rise of the Middle Eastern airlines of Emirates, Qatar, and Etihad in the United States. You can access the full article on WSJ’s website here.

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These three airlines are constantly expanding their routes between their home cities of Dubai, Doha, and Abu Dhabi and all the major cities in the United States. Emirates also recently started to fly between Milan and New York.

JetBlue TrueBlue Quadruple (4X) Bonus Points Offer

JetBlue had a quadruple bonus points offer for travel until December 31, 2013, for flights that are booked by November 13 after registering for the offer.

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You normally earn 3 TrueBlue points per USD in airfare. This promotion quadruple that to 12 points per USD + additional 3 points for booking online on JetBlue’s website.

PointsHound 500 Miles Bonus For First Non-USD Booking

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PointsHound has a new promotion for bookings made and paid in other currencies than USD. PointsHound now supports 20 currencies in addition to the USD. You will also receive 500 bonus miles for your first booking. You can sign up for the service here.

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Instead of cashback, you will receive your preferred airline miles for hotel bookings that you make using PointsHound. The service supports most major airline miles excluding United MileagePlus.

ExpertFlyer Loses (Screen Scraping) Access To United’s Upgrade Inventories & Delta Changes

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Many frequent fliers use an online tool called ExpertFlyer to monitor award and upgrade inventories on number of airlines. Two weeks ago Delta made ExpertFlyer to remove their upgrade inventory and United did the same yesterday. ExpertFlyer lost the access to AA’s sticker upgrades already while ago.

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ExpertFlyer’s announcement about Delta:

IHG Rewards Club Point Breaks List November 1 – January 31, 2014 (Bookable On Friday)

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IHG Rewards Club has just released a preview list of new Point Breaks hotels for November 1, 2013, and January 31, 2014, period. There could be some last minute changes, as there has been in the past, but the list should be almost complete. The complete list of participating US hotels won’t be available before Friday, however.

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These hotels will become bookable at the 5,000 points per night level on Friday, November 1, 2013. Do not try to book the 5,000 points night rate before it shows up on the award search.

Whine Wednesdays: Luggage Carousel-Syndrome

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This is a very serious disease that many passengers that have checked in a bag or two get infected with. Also, it seems that the deeper in the coach the passengers are seated the more serious the condition is.

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Seriously, unlike many passengers seem to believe, the baggage doesn’t get offloaded sooner or their bags come out on the luggage carousel any faster the closer to the conveyor belt you are positioned.

American Airlines Qatar Airways Earnings Table & Elite Bonus Miles

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Qatar Airways has now been a member of the Oneworld alliance for less than a day. American Airlines has updated the Qatar Airways AAdvantage page (access here) to reflect the alliance status.

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The ability to earn award miles and issue miles using AAdvantage has been in place since September.

British Airways Introduces Avios Part-payment For European & Domestic Flights

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British Airways has introduced a new way of using Avios. You can use 1,500 Avios for 10 GBP credit, 3,000 Avios for 20 GBP credit and 4,500 Avios for 30 GBP credit for domestic and European flights.

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The maximum credit that you can use towards taxes/fees is maxed at 30 GBP per ticket for 4,500 Avios. You can access BA’s web page for this Avios redemption option here.

Cashback Now Available For Hyatt Stays

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It took a long time for Hyatt to sign up for one of the referrals programs and start giving out cashback to affiliates that they are distributing to their members.

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Now, Ebates is offering 2% cashback for completed Hyatt stays that are booked using the referral link. I have written about getting cashback for your travel purchases (read more here).

Virgin America Holiday Inflight Safety Video

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Airlines are rolling out their holiday themed inflight safety videos that tend to be somewhat entertaining.

This one from Virgin America, however, is very different and you should have a look at it. It resembles more of a music video.

Club Carlson 35% Off Of Stays of 2-Nights Or Longer

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Club Carlson hasn’t had a global promotion for a while, but they now have launched a global sale of 35% off of stays of 2-nights or longer at participating properties for stays between November 22 and February 1, 2014.

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The reservation must be done between October 30 and November 12, 2013, to be eligible for the discount. Radisson Blu, Radisson, Country Inns & Suites, Park Plaza & Park Inn properties are participating in specific markets.

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