American Airlines Parent AMR Filed for Bankruptcy Protection This Morning – What Happens to Miles and Frequent Flyer Benefits?

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American Airlines Upside DownThe short answer is nothing at least not in the short term. Now all the so called legacy carriers have been to bankruptcy protection and some even more than once.  Continental Airlines, now part of United, went through this cycle twice in the 1990’s, and all the other legacies United, US Airways, Delta, and Northwest, now part of Delta, all went through this same process in the last decade. Some have suggested that AMR made a mistake of not going through this process when all of their competitors did.

CNBC AMR

During the chapter 11 bankruptcy protection it is easier for airlines to cancel leases and renegotiate other contracts. Quite a few of the other airlines dumped their pension liabilities to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation during their restructuring.

Marriott ‘Look No Further’ Best Rate Guarantee Example – Renaissance Ratchaprasong Hotel Bangkok

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Over the years I have used Marriott’s Look No Further best rate guarantee several times. Normally, I am quite skeptical when it comes to companies promising to match their prices if lower one is found elsewhere. I have to say that I have been very satisfied with the Marriott’s Look No Further so far.

Marriott Look No Further Logo

Yesterday I was researching options for hotels in Bangkok and came across very attractive rate for Renaissance hotel, where I have stayed at few times before. The price on the Priceline was $69 compared to the price of 4700 THB (around $150) found on Marriott.com. I had never used Priceline before as a comparison site when doing the guarantee. You have to distinguish between the opaque side that none of the competitors match as it is by bidding only and the traditional one where the prices are shown without having to bid.

Free Accor Hotels A Club Platinum Status for New or Old Accounts – Promotion FFPAFS04C

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This offer has been discontinued by Accor. You can still get A-Club Gold status just by signing up. https://loyaltylobby.com/2011/11/25/sign-up-for-a-free-accor-a-club-gold-membership-using-promotional-code-aclubfrohmygold2011/

Here’s another offer for instant Platinum status:.

https://loyaltylobby.com/2012/01/05/again-free-accor-a-club-hotel-platinum-status-for-new-accounts-promotion-hsbcprempla11/

Couple of days ago I wrote about an offer from Accor that would give you an instant Accor A Club Gold status just for signing up. Apparently, they have even better offer going on right now. You can get an instant Platinum status using an offer code FFPAFS04C.

Accor Hotels A Club Platinum Offer

If you have an existing account all you need to do is to use the following link and just input your A Club number and an email address. You will shortly receive a welcome email welcoming you to Platinum status with Accor Hotels.

Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) Moments – Great Way to Get Access to Fabulous Events Using Starpoints.

Starwood has already had for more than a year their Moments-program where SPG members can either purchase or bid for wide variety of events like concerts, golf related events, shows etc.

Starwood Preferred Guest SPG Moments

There are two ways to “purchase” these and you always have to pay using Starpoints. Some of the events are purely sold using auctions, and thus the price is never knows before the auction ends. It is wise to bid only at the very last minute. The others have the straight purchase price as shown in Starpoints.

Visiting United Airlines City Ticket Office (CTO) in Bangkok – Very Good Service

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United City Ticket Office Bangkok AwardsOver the years I have visited the United’s Bangkok City Ticket Office (CTO) several times for various reasons. In the past, one had to sign a so called “bluey” when upgrading someone else using one of the Systemwide upgrade instruments.  Also, issuing an award ticket to someone who doesn’t share the same last name with you, used to require this very same process. I have always received very good service either over the phone or during the visit. They had just received some award from United for their 25 years of service.

United Airlines City Ticket Office Bangkok

The United’s CTO in Bangkok is not actually United at all, but rather their General Sales Agent (GSA) called Air Transport Service. They are, however, able to issue all kind of tickets and help with Mileage Plus related issues as well. You should be able to use paper vouchers there too, although I have never tried.  

Sign Up For a Free Accor A Club Gold Membership Using Promotional Code – ACLUBFROHMYGOLD2011

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Accor A Club GoldIt never hurts to have a Gold status with Accor just in case you happen to find a great price at one of their hotels or to be in a place where you don’t have your favorite chain represented. Accor has pretty good coverage in South America, Europe, and in part of Asia.

Last year they run a promotion for instant Platinum status. Right now they have a promotion that gives you an instant Gold status with Accor’s A Club. All you need to do is to plug in the promotional code ACLUBFROHMYGOLD2011 when you sign up.

Accor A Club Gold Screen

Club Carlson Redemption Offer for Europe, Middle East, and Africa – 50% Discount on Points Needed for an Award Night.

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Club Carlson has a very exciting promotion going on for Europe, Middle East, and Africa until December 15th. You only need half the number of required points for an award night. You need to use promotion code 50REDEEM when making the redemption booking. This offer is valid for stays during Friday, Saturday, and Sunday only.

Club Carlson EMEA Offer - 50REDEEM

This is an excellent deal to save on award nights. You might be able to combine this with the offer I wrote about yesterday – get 9000 bonus Club Carlson points back per award stay

Choice Hotels Offering $50 Restaurant Gift Card for Stays of Three Days or Longer in Selected Markets.

Choice Hotels is offering a $50 restaurant gift card for stays of three days of longer in the following markets: Anaheim, CA; Ft. Myers, FL; Miami-Hialeah, FL; Oakland, CA; Orlando, FL; Sacramento, CA; Sarasota-Bradenton, FL; Tampa-St. Petersburg, FL or the following Caribbean destinations: Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Curacao, Puerto Rico, Turks & Caicos.

Choice Hotels $50 Restaurant Gift Card For 3 Night Consecutive Stay

You need to book the stay at ChoiceHotels.com between November 16th and December 7th, 2011 and stay by January 15th, 2012. Then you need to submit the rebate form with the hotel receipt by January 31ts, 2012. The limit is one gift card per stay, but there doesn’t seem to be a limit how many stays one can have.

The restaurant gift card will work at the following establishments: Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Long Horn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, The Capital Grille, or Seasons 52.

Here’s the link for the offer page: http://www.choicehotels.com/valueadd and the rebate form: http://www.choicehotels.com/download/DecValueAddFinalRebateForm.pdf.

Here are the Terms and conditions of this offer:

* Must book at ChoiceHotels.com between November 16 and December 7, 2011 and stay must be completed by January 15, 2012 to be eligible for this offer. Return rebate form and copy of hotel receipt to the address above after the stay. Submission must be postmarked by January 31, 2012 to qualify and will not be acknowledged or returned. You will receive the gift card within 4-6 weeks. Only one gift card can be earned per stay; a stay is defined as three (3) or more consecutive nights at one hotel regardless of the number of check-ins or check-outs. Incomplete, late, lost, misdirected or undeliverable submissions are invalid. You must maintain a U.S. address (including U.S. territories) to be eligible for this offer.

Choice Hotels International, Inc. is not affiliated with Darden Restaurants, Inc. The services, products, or activities of Choice Hotels International, Inc. are neither endorsed nor sponsored by Darden Restaurants, Inc.

United Airlines Mileage Plus Online Shopping Holiday Bonus – 1000 Bonus Miles for Combined Purchase of $250 or More.

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United Airlines has pretty simple holiday online mall shopping bonus. You need to have cumulative spend of at least $250 between 11/18-12/31 to be eligible for 1000 bonus miles. This is in addition to the miles you earn from actual purchase(s). Apparently, there is even no need to register for this.

United Airlines Mileage Plus Online Shopping Holiday Bonus

You can visit United’s online shopping mall at https://www.mileageplusshopping.com/promo____.htm.

Aeroplan Conversion Offer – Get 20% to 25% Bonus When You Convert Partner Points to Aeroplan Miles.

Now that Aeroplan has instituted fuel surcharges on most awards, they have announced a promotion for transferring points from partner programs that are converted to Aeroplan miles.  Depending  on the number of miles received after conversion Aeroplan is offering a 20% to 25% bonus. The maximum number of bonus miles per partner transfer is 25000. You can earn the maximum number from multiple partners. This offer is valid for transfers from November 21st, 2011 and December 12th, 2011.

Aeroplan Conversion Offer

Does it make sense to convert? Well, it depends. If you have something specific in mind redemption wise and don’t mind paying the fuel surcharges, it probably does. Air Canada’s Aeroplan still offers quite relaxed routing rules for awards issued using their points. If you happen to have 80000 Starwood Star Points they would transfer to 125000 Aeroplan miles using this promotion.

The link for this offer is http://www2.aeroplan.com/promotions/promotion_details.do?promotion=promo_prj101340_Aeroplan.

Club Carlson ‘Redeem Points, Earn Points’ Redemption Promotion – Receive 9000 Points Back per Award Stay.

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During the last two weeks I have written about Club Carlson’s promo for 50000 bonus points for a one night stay, 4500 bonus points for opening a new account, and 15000 bonus points for staying at a certain brand. Now Radisson is also having a promo  ‘Redeem Points, Earn Points’ for redeeming award nights. You can get 9000 bonus Gold Points per stay up to five award stays that are completed between December 1st, 2011 and January 31st, 2012.

Club Carlson Redemption Promo - Get 9000 Gold Points Back

American Airlines AAdvantage eShopping Mall Holiday Bonus – 500 Miles for $500 Spent or 1000 Miles for $1000 Spend

It is the time of the year again when quite a few of the airline associated online malls are offering double miles and/or bonuses based on dollar amount spend. Just received an email from American Airlines where they are offering 500 bonus miles for total purchases of $500 to $999.99, or 1000 miles for total purchases exceeding $1000. The link for this offer is https://www.aadvantageeshopping.com/HolidayConfirmationInterstitial2.aspx.

American Airlines Eshopping Holiday Special

Some of the retailers are also offering double the number of usual miles. When I am making online purchases, I normally check what is the straight cash back rebate using EBates, Fatwallet Cash back, or BigCrumbs and then compare it to the airline malls. During the holidays and when the airline malls are offering threshold bonuses they are typically a better deal.   

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) Releases Latest Round of Point Breaks – Discounted Hotel Awards for Only 5000 Priority Club Points Per Night – Rate Code IVAN

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These Points Breaks are one of the best aspects of the IHG’s Priority Club. They are highly discounted hotel awards, for the next couple of months, released four times a year. When IHG first introduced this program, it was promoted quite heavily. For the past couple of years not so.

InterContinental Hotels Group Points Breaks

So the deal here is that, regardless of the brand, the reward night only costs 5000 Priority Club point per night. This is exceptional value considering that some of the InterContinental hotels on the list normally go for 30000 Priority Club points per night or more.

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