Up to 6000 Bonus Alitalia Miles for Four Hilton Stays

Hilton has a bonus offer for Alitalia MileMiglia members for up to 6000 bonus miles for stays between October 1 and January 31, 2013. You need to register for this promotion before your stay and have Alitalia as your preferred Double Dip airline partner. You can read more about Double Dipping with Hilton HHonors here.

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Although this offer has been valid from October 1, I would have these stays only after January 1st, 2013. Stays this year will credit towards MileMiglia’s 2008 to 2012 program. Stays in 2013 will credit towards MileMiglia’s 2013 program.

I know that this is very confusing because Alitalia hasn’t come entirely clear what is happening with the miles that have been earned in the 2008 to 2012 program.

Here’s the bonus that you would earn:

1st stay – 1000 bonus miles

2nd stay – 1000 bonus miles

3rd stay – 2000 bonus miles

4th stay – 2000 bonus miles

These bonus miles are in addition to the base miles that you would earn from your Hilton stays.

Points & Fixed Miles or Points & Variable Miles?

Whether you should choose fixed or variable miles, is dependent of the folio amount of your stay and the Hilton family of hotel brand.

At full service properties, you should choose variable miles if your eligible folio amount is more than $600. You earn 1 miles per dollar pent under the variable mile offer.

For stay at the Hampton Inn & Homewood Suites brands, the variable miles are better options when your eligible folio exceeds $120 as the fixed miles are capped at 120.

Home2 Suites location only earns you maximum of 100 variable miles. You cannot earn fixed miles at this brand at all.

Conclusion

The situation is unclear with Alitalia’s MileMiglia and thus I would not credit anything to the 2008 to 2012 edition of the program.  If you do, you do it at own your risk.

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

*The date on which the miles awarded by this promotion are credited to the MilleMiglia Member’s account will depend entirely on the transaction date transmitted by the Partner to Alitalia.

The miles credited on a date prior to 1 January 2013 will be considered valid for the 2008-2012 edition of the MilleMiglia Program and consequently will have to be used for requesting awards within 30 June 2013, while those credited from 1 January 2013 onwards will be valid for the 2013 edition of the MilleMiglia Program.

Miles accrued in the new edition of the Program may not be cumulated with those of the 2008-2012 edition for the purpose of claiming awards.

1. To participate in the offer, you must be a Hilton HHonors™ member and first register at http://www.hhonors.com/Alitaliabonus. Membership is free. You must have Alitalia selected in your HHonors profile as your preferred airline, prior to completing your Hilton Worldwide stay. In order to earn bonus miles, HHonors members must select from two Double Dip® Earnings Style options: HHonors Points and Variable Miles or HHonors Points and Fixed Miles Points and miles cannot be retrospectively applied.

2. HHonors members choosing HHonors Points and Fixed Miles award will earn 10 HHonors Base Points per eligible U.S. dollar spent plus either 600 or 120 Miles (as applicable) per stay. Please visithttp://hhonors1.hilton.com/en_US/hh/points/earningmiles.do. Members will also be awarded the following Bonus HHonors Points and Alitalia Miles:

1,000 HHonors Bonus Points on registration. Only customers that are not HHonors members and who subsequently enroll in the program will receive an additional 1000 Hilton HHonors bonus points upon registration via this promotion only.

• 1st stay: 1,000 bonus miles
• 2nd stay: 1,000 bonus miles
• 3rd stay: 2,000 bonus miles
• 4th stay: 2,000 bonus miles
• 5th stay +: – members will then be awarded the standard stay miles only on their 5th and any subsequent stays.

3. Up to a maximum of 6,000 Alitalia Bonus Miles can be claimed during this promotional period of 2nd October and 31st January 2013.
4. Alitalia Miles accrued and awards issued are subject to Mille Miglia Terms and Conditions
5. Offer is subject to availability at participating Hilton Worldwide Hotels & Resorts for stays completed between 2nd October – 31st January 2013.
6. Hilton HHonors™ membership, earning of Points & Miles™, and redemption of Points are subject to HHonors Terms and Conditions

Hilton Little League 15% off Discount Code for Worldwide Use

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Hilton has teamed up with Little League to offer 15% off of Hilton rates worldwide. Little League is Baseball/Softball association in the United States for minors. I have written previously about MVP and Corporate Benefits Employee Offer rate discounts. You may want to check them out as well. You can access the Hilton’s Little League web pages here.

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The best thing about this discount is that it is available for FANS as well. Who wouldn’t be a fan of Little League if you can save 15% of your Hilton stays?

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The best part is that Hilton pays some sort of commission to Little League for bookings make using this offer. So, you save maybe 15% and Little League gets a commission from Hilton. What could be better? You can book this rate using Hilton’s Direct Connect interface that is intended for corporate bookings. You can access the interface here.

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If you use Direct Connect interface for bookings, it will only display the BEST AVAILABLE RATE and the LITTLE LEAGUE rate. For hotels in the United States, you need to use the Direct Connect interface, but do remember to check the rates using the regular Hilton.com as well. There are some discounted rates that are lower than the 15%.

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Here’s an example from New Orleans. The Hilton Garden Inn French Quarter has a prepaid rate of $99 that doesn’t show up on Direct Connect.

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The Little League rate of $101 is not shown on searches executed on Hilton.com, although I have included the Little League rate code.

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For international properties, I would just use the regular Hilton.com. Just remember to include the Little League Promotion Code PGLL01. Then it will include all the rates including award ones.

Here’s comparison between rate displays for Hilton Ras Al Khaimah

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Direct Connect interface only returns the BAR and Little League rates.

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The regular Hilton.com search includes number of rates.

DoubleTree Istanbul

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The Little League rate is discounted by 15%.

Hilton Cape Town

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The rate is again lowered by 15% by using the Little League rate code PGLL01.

Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Residences

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The Dubai Hilton Residences property was discounted by the same 15%.

Benefits of the Little League rate code

Most of the other publicly available discount rate codes are advance purchase, prepaid, and non-refundable. This Little League rate code appears to allow same day cancellations up to 4PM at some hotels while others seem to require cancellation one day prior. The rate doesn’t require prepayment.

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The Corporate Benefit Employee Offer that usually has around 30% discount off of the BAR it is not as widely accepted as this Little League 15% one.

Conclusion

It is worthwhile to check this rate plan if you are going to stay at the Hilton locations worldwide. Remember to use the Direct Connect interface for stays within the United States (not sure if this apply for Canada as well). For international properties, I prefer just using the Hilton.com with the Little League promotion code PGLL01. The Hilton.com not only returns the BAR and Little League rates, but all others at the same time.

Up to 2000 Avios at Fairmont, Raffles & Swissotel Hotels

British Airways just sent out an email about the new partnership with Fairmont, Raffles & Swissotel that had already started on October 1. This offer is valid for stays until December 31, 2012. There is no need to register for this offer, but you can find more information about this offer here.

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To celebrate the launch of the new partnership, these hotels are offering 500 bonus Avios  for each of the first three nights in top of the usual 500 Avios per stay.  You can earn maximum of 2000 Avios per stay. Fairmont President Club Premier members will receive an additional 250 Avios and Platinum members an additional 500 Avios per stay.

Note that not all the rates are eligible for airline miles accrual:

To receive airline miles, reservations must be booked on qualifying rates: Corporate, Package and Sell Rate of the Day rates and excludes some discounted packages.

Conclusion

It is always nice to see Fairmont, Raffles, and Swissotel to have more airline partners. Just be prepared to follow up in a case that the miles don’t automatically show up on your British Airways Executive Club Account.

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

  • Maximum of 2500 Avios per stay can be earned
  • The name of the reservation has to be identical with the name on the British Airways Executive Club membership number
  • Membership card has to be presented upon check-in
  • The offer cannot be combined with any other offer
  • Reservations must be made through this website
  • Validity: October 1 to December 31, 2012
  • The offer is valid in all Fairmont Hotels & Resorts worldwide

Le Club Accorhotels Bonus Offer for 2000 Avios for a Stay of 2 Nights or Longer

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Le Club Accorhotels has a bonus offer for British Airways Executive Club members.  For a stay of 2 days or longer, you can earn 2000 bonus Avios. You can access this offer here.

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This offer is valid for stays between October 1 and January 31, 2013, for stays that are booked between October 1 and December 31, 2012.  You need to activate the automatic point deposits to Avios to be eligible for this offer. Note that all the existing points sitting in your account are likely to be converted and moved to Avios as well.

Ensure your automatic conversion is set up prior to making your booking, otherwise your bonus Avios will not be credited.

Never set up an automatic conversion before? No problem, here’s what you need to do:

1. Login to your account via www.accorhotels.com/leclub
2. Open up the drop down menu ‘Manage my Le Club Accorhotels points’
3. Click ‘Activate/Deactivate automatic conversion of my points into airline miles’
4. Then simply select ‘Executive club’ on the drop down and complete the necessary fields.

Conclusion

This is a good offer if you have an Accor hotel stay of two nights or longer coming up before January 31, 2013. Note that you need to do the actual booking by December 31, 2012.

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

1.This offer is valid for bookings made between 1st October – 31st December 2012 and 1st October and 31st January 2013.
2. This offer entitles British Airways Executive Club Members enrolled in the Le Club Accorhotels program (regardless of their status), to benefit from earning 2,000 bonus Avios when the Member has selected British Airways as their preferred automatic conversion option.
3. 2,000 bonus Avios will be earned if the Member stays 2 or more nights between the dates stated above.
4. Bonus points are only awarded on the first stay. Multiple stays will be counted as one. The 2 nights need to be consecutive.
4. Members will still be eligible for their base Avios earned during their stay
5. A minimum of two nights must be booked.
6. You must book your stay online at accorhotels.com, participating brand websites, or via the Call Center to benefit from this offer.
7. General Le Club Accorhotels conditions apply.

United Upgrade Instruments RPU’s & GPU’s to Be Valid Longer

United made an official announcement on Friday by posting on FlyerTalk that both Regional Premier Upgrades (RPU) and Global Premier Upgrades (GPU’s) would be valid longer.

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RPU’s and GPU’s used to expire 12 months after they were earned. This change will make them valid until the end of the next premier year from when they were earned.  Upgrades earned in 2012 would expire on January, 2014, and so on.

Under the old United, the system the system wide upgrades (SWU’s) were issued and valid for 12 months from the beginning of the new membership year. If you made 1K in 2008, the system wide upgrades were issued at the beginning of 2009. You could always get an extension for expiry for couple of SWU’s by contacting Mileage Plus.

Conclusion

This is a welcomed development from United, although using these instruments to upgrade doesn’t guarantee the upgrade unless there is upgrade space available at the time of applying the upgrade. Unlike with American where eVips are valid at all fares, you need to buy a higher base fare in order to be part of the upgrade lottery internationally.

Iberia’s Layoffs & IAG’s Attempt to Buy Vueling

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It has been a busy week with IAG, the parent of British Airways and Iberia, that made an offer to buy the rest of the Vueling, a Barcelona based discount carrier, that it doesn’t already own and an announcement of layoffs of around 4500 at its Iberia unit.

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IAG made a bid to buy rest of the Vueling that it doesn’t already own on November 8. Currently IAG owns about 46 of the airline. Unlike IAG’s Iberia, Vueling is a profitable airline and has considerable amount of cash on its balance sheet (407 million euros).

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Then on Friday, the IAG announced that it would need to fire 4500 employees of the Iberia unit that is currently not profitable. The airline has tried to move more of Iberia’s flying to its low cost Iberia Express unit. That has resulted the mainline to have too many employees working for it. The overall economic problems of Spain has resulted in fewer flights than previously required.

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Many of the European airlines are trying to outsource their unprofitable European flying that is required to support the network. Lufthansa recently announced to move all of the flying that doesn’t touch its Munich and Frankfurt hubs to Germanwings.

Finnair has already moved all of its Embraer fleet to be flown by UK based Flybe under their Flybe Finland subsidiary, although under Finnair flight numbers and service concept.

Conclusion

It is interesting to see if IAG’s bid for Vueling is successful and whether they would incorporate the airline under the Iberia Express brand.

The problems with Iberia that requires fewer headcount has been widely known due to fewer flights having been flown under the mainline Iberia-brand. Reducing headcount is not easy in Spain and especially now that the country is going through rather tough times.

Triple Jet Airways & Kingfisher Miles for Hilton Stays Worldwide

Hilton has a triple miles offer for Jet Airways and Kingfisher. I am not sure why they have even bothered to include Kingfisher as the airline has suspended all the operations indefinitely.

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You can earn triple Jet Airways JetPrivilege miles at Hilton properties worldwide between October 1 and November 30, 2012. You need to register for this promotion and have Jet Airways chosen as your preferred Double Dip partner. You can read more about Hilton’s Double Dip options here.

You need to choose between Points & Variable Miles and Points & Fixed Miles. Which one of these two options you should choose is dependent of the hotel brand and the eligible folio amount.

If your hotel folio amount is less than $500, you should choose the fixed miles (500) instead of the variable miles (1 mile per eligible dollar. If your stay is at Hampton Inn or Homewood Suites locations, the variable miles offer is better, when your folios is more than $100. The fixed number of miles earned at these two brands is capped at 100. At Home2 Suites locations you should always choose fixed miles as both the fixed and the variable options are capped at 100 miles.

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You should not even consider crediting to Kingfisher King Club as the airline has been now grounded for more than a month. I think that it is highly unlikely that Kingfisher will ever take it off again. You can access this offer on Hilton’s website.

Conclusion

Don’t even consider the Kingfisher offer. Triple JetPrivilege miles for Hilton stays is a decent offer.

Here are the terms and conditions of the triple miles offer for Jet Airways:

Offer valid for eligible stays completed between October 1 and November 30, 2012 (“Promotion Period”) at any participating hotel in the Hilton Worldwide portfolio. Hilton HHonors™ members must first register at HHonors.com/JetAirwaysTripleMiles prior to check-out of your stay within the Promotion Period. Registered HHonors members will only receive bonus miles for nights completed during the Promotion Period, regardless of a check-in date before the Promotion Period begins or a check-out date after the Promotion Period ends. To be eligible for this offer, you must (1) be both a member of Hilton HHonors™ and Jet Privilege; (2) select Jet Airways as your Double Dip earnings partner in your HHonors Profile, and (4) you must be a HHonors member to earn Points & Miles for hotel stays. Ensure that you select Points and Variable Miles or Points and Fixed Miles as your Double Dip™ Earning Style within your HHonors profile. A preferred airline must be selected in your HHonors profile.

Please allow six to eight weeks from completion of your stay for miles to appear in your Jet Privilege account. Offer is not transferable, is not valid for groups and cannot be combined with other select offers. Hilton HHonors™ membership, earning of Points & Miles™ and redemption of Points are subject to HHonors Terms and Conditions.

Le Club Accorhotels (Accor A Club) Platinum Status for Signing Up (Just Click the Sign Up Link)

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I have had the Platinum status by request available for the past few months and it still is. Now, someone has posted a link on a public website for instant Platinum status. These public links tend to die within a day or two.

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You can sign up for the instant Le Club Accorhotels Platinum status using this link. Please note that you need to sign up using an email address that has not been previously associated with Le Club Accorhotels or A Club.

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I signed up for the Platinum status last year and have had few Accor stays. The Mercure hotel in Nadi was not great, but the Novotel hotel in Lami Bay was actually nice. During my stay at the Hotel Muse, an MGallery collection hotel, in Bangkok I even received a Platinum gift that was a shirt. The Pullman hotel in Bali is good one too.

Conclusion

Once this public link is dead, you can always do the request for the link that I have outlined here.

Delta Sky Club Holiday Purchase Offer- 1500 MQM’s or 2 Months Free

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Delta’s holiday offer for joining on renewing the Sky Club membership is back. You can get 1500 Medallion Qualifying Miles (MQM’s) or 2 months added to your membership for renewing between November 1 and December 31, 2012. You can access this offer here.

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You can use promotional code SC2MO to get 2 free months or SCMQM to get the 1500 MQM’s.

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The price of the membership depends the status that you have with Delta SkyMiles. Note that Diamond members get a complimentary Sky Club status based on their status.

The paid Sky Club membership gives you an access to all Delta’s lounges and some partner ones as well. You can access the lounge list here. Make sure that you choose Delta Sky Club membership on that page to see the lounges that the membership allows you to access.

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If you are short of qualifying to Medallion status at Gold, Platinum, or Diamond level, it might make sense to purchase the paid lounge membership just for the extra MQM’s. Please note that Delta is most likely going to launch a program to buy MQM’s before the end of the year just like they did in 2011.

Conclusion

If you fly a lot with Delta and doesn’t have access to the Sky Club based on the status or the credit card you have, it makes sense to buy the Club membership. I have done it in the past with Delta, United, and American.

Club access gives you a place to sit down (hopefully) and an adult beverage or two.  The clubs normally have customer service personnel that can help you with rebookings etc. in case of irregular operations.

Triple Air China, China Eastern & Hainan Miles for Stays at Hilton Properties Worldwide

The Hilton’s triple mile offer is valid for their Chinese airline partners as well. Note that Air China & China Eastern offer is valid for stays between November 1 and December 31, 2012. The Hainan offer is valid for stays between October 1 and November 30, 2012. You need to register for airline specific promotion to receive the triple miles or kilometers. You can read more about Double Dipping with Hilton HHonors here.

Please note that the earning structure is different with these three airlines, so I will cover each one of them separate

Hainan Airlines – Fortune Wings Club

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The Hainan version of this offer is valid from October 1 to November 30, 2012. You can register for this offer here.

Whether you should choose Variable or Fixed miles is dependent of the amount of the folio and the brand you are staying at.

At full service properties (excluding Hampton Inn, Homewood Suites and Home2 Suites), you should choose Variable miles if your eligible folio amount is more than $800. You will get 1 mile per dollar for variable option compared to 800 (2400 when tripled) miles per stay for fixed one.

If your stay is at Hampton Inn or Homewood suites, you should choose variable miles for stays that your eligible folio is more than $160. Fixed miles are capped at 160 (480 when tripled) at these two brands.

Note that the fixed mile option doesn’t exist for Home2 Suite brand. Your only choice is variable miles that are capped at 100 per stay.

Air China – PhoenixMiles

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The Air China offer is valid for stays between November 1 and December 31, 2012. You can register for this offer here.

Note that Air China doesn’t participate to the Points & Variable Miles Double Dip option. Your only choice is fixed miles.

You will earn 800 miles (triple to 2400) per stay at full service brands. At Hampton Inn and Homewood Suites hotels, the miles earned are fixed at 160 (480 when triple). You won’t earn any miles for stays at Hilton’s Home2 Suites hotels.

China Eastern – Eastern Miles

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The China Eastern triple miles offer is valid for stays between November 1 and December 31, 2012. You need to register for this offer prior to your stay.

For stays at full service properties, you should choose variable miles if your eligible folio is greater than $800. You will earn 1 point per eligible dollar compared to 800 (2400 when tripled) fixed miles.

You will earn fixed 160 miles (480 during the promo) for stays at Hampton Inn and Homewood Suites. Note that you cannot earn variable miles at these two brand.

You cannot earn any miles for stays at Home2 Suite hotels.

Conclusion

You should familiarize yourself with Hilton’s Double Dip options. I have written an article about this option that is somewhat difficult to comprehend.

Here are the terms and conditions of the China Eastern offer:

Offer valid for eligible stays completed between November 1 and December 31, 2012 (“Promotion Period”) at any participating hotel in the Hilton Worldwide portfolio. Hilton HHonors™ members must first register at HHonors.com/ChinaEasternTripleMiles prior to check-out of your stay within the Promotion Period. Registered HHonors members will only receive bonus miles for nights completed during the Promotion Period, regardless of a check-in date before the Promotion Period begins or a check-out date after the Promotion Period ends. To be eligible for this offer, you must (1) be a Hilton HHonors member; (2) be a member of Eastern Miles; (3) register for the promotion on this page; (4) select China Eastern as your preferred Double Dip™ partner. Ensure that you select Points and Variable Miles or Points and Fixed Miles as your Double Dip™ Earning Style within your HHonors profile. A preferred airline must be selected in your HHonors profile.

Please allow six to eight weeks from completion of your stay for miles to appear in your Eastern Miles account. Offer is not transferable, is not valid for groups and cannot be combined with other select offers. Hilton HHonors™ membership, earning of Points & Miles™ and redemption of Points are subject to HHonors Terms and Conditions.

Here are the terms and conditions of the Air China offer:

Offer valid for eligible stays completed between November 1 and December 31, 2012 (“Promotion Period”) at any participating hotel in the Hilton Worldwide portfolio. Hilton HHonors™ members must first register at HHonors.com/AirChinaTripleMiles prior to check-out of your stay within the Promotion Period. Registered HHonors members will only receive bonus miles for nights completed during the Promotion Period, regardless of a check-in date before the Promotion Period begins or a check-out date after the Promotion Period ends. To be eligible for this offer, you must (1) be a Hilton HHonors member; (2) be a member of Phoenix Miles; (3) register for the promotion on this page; (4) select Air China as your preferred Double Dip™ partner.  Ensure that you select Points and Fixed Miles as your Double Dip™ Earning Style within your HHonors profile. A preferred airline must be selected in your HHonors profile. Please allow six to eight weeks from completion of your stay for miles to appear in your Phoenix Miles account. Offer is not transferable, is not valid for groups and cannot be combined with other select offers. Hilton HHonors™ membership, earning of Points & Miles™ and redemption of Points are subject to HHonors Terms and Conditions. All Phoenix Miles program rules apply. To review the rules, please visit Air China. Certain negotiated and group rates are ineligible for participation, for a full listing of excluded rates, please click here.  Reward stays are not eligible for this offer. Other restrictions may apply. Hilton HHonors™ membership, earning of Points & Miles™, and redemption of points are subject to HHonors Terms and Conditions.

Here are the terms and conditions of the Hainan offer:

Offer valid for eligible stays completed between October 1 and November 30, 2012 (“Promotion Period”) at any participating hotel in the Hilton Worldwide portfolio. Hilton HHonors™ members must first register at HHonors.com/HainanTripleMiles prior to check-out of your stay within the Promotion Period. Registered HHonors members will only receive bonus miles for nights completed during the Promotion Period, regardless of a check-in date before the Promotion Period begins or a check-out date after the Promotion Period ends. To be eligible for this offer, you must (1) be both a member of Hilton HHonorsTM and Hainan Airline Fortune Wings Club; (2) select Hainan Airlines as your Double Dip earnings partner in your HHonors Profile, and (4) you must be a HHonors member to earn Points & Miles for hotel stays. Ensure that you select Points and Variable Miles or Points and Fixed Miles as your Double Dip™ Earning Style within your HHonors profile. A preferred airline must be selected in your HHonors profile.

Please allow six to eight weeks from completion of your stay for miles to appear in your Hainan Airlines Fortune Wings Club account. Offer is not transferable, is not valid for groups and cannot be combined with other select offers. Hilton HHonors™ membership, earning of Points & Miles™ and redemption of Points are subject to HHonors Terms and Conditions.

United Award Sale to Europe – Awards at 20% Off

United has a similar award sale to Europe last year. You get 20% discount on return awards that are entirely on United metal. You need to ticket the award between November 8 and November 15, 20120, for travel between January 15 to March 13, 2013. There is no need to register for this award sale.

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Here’s a pricing experiment that I made; one way from Los Angeles to Istanbul and return from Frankfurt to Anchorage with a stopover in Washington.

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The website was able to price it correctly at 48K miles and displayed the taxes/fees (I love the breakdown so that you know where the money is going to) and the price of a paid itinerary for the same flights.

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When you are trying to book something like this, make sure that all the flights are on United metal. If you have even one segment on partner airline, this won’t price at the 48K level. It also helps to have a look at the United’s route map for Europe.

Conclusion

United’s economy awards are overpriced at 60K level to Europe and are not even a good deal at 20% off.

American has Europe on 40K level for 7 months of the year AND you can use all their partner airlines as well. American also allows travel between Hawaii and Europe at the same 40K level.

My advice is that if you are going to Europe during the low season and you are considering to fly in on economy, just pay for the trip. You can always find good deal for Europe travel during the low/shoulder seasons. Business class tickets are often on sale as well for relatively reasonable amount.

Accor Hotels Super Sale (Coming) – 50% off for Le Club Accorhotel Members

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Accor seems to be running their super sales few times a year. Note that this sale hasn’t officially started, but you can access the sale rates for some of the hotels using the link from the previous sale. This sale is officially open from November 12 to November 22, 2012. The discount for non-Le Club Accorhotels members is 40%. The membership is free so why not sign up at the Platinum level?

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You can access the list of participating properties in PDF format here.

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Just note that these rates are prepaid and non-refundable. Some hotels may have lower other rates available at times. Sofitel hotels are not participating. These rates are available for stays from December 15 to February 10, 2013

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Here’s a test I just did. I have stayed at the Pullman hotel in Bali and it was quite nice. You can read my take of the hotel here. The rate offered through this promotion is the lowest that I have seen for this specific property,and this is before the extra 10% discount for Le Club Accorhotels members that should be soon active.

Conclusion

Accor seems to like these super and private sales that they have every few months. The only thing that I don’t like about these is that you need to book the hotel several months in advance. These work well for those that can plan their travels well in advance.

Remember that these rates are prepaid, non-changeable, and non-refundable. Only book them if your plans are FIRM!

Priceline Buys Kayak for $1.8B

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Priceline has made partial cash and stock offer for Kayak shared that values the company at $1.8B.

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Kayak doesn’t sell travel on its website but rather performs searches that the user initiates over multiple suppliers. Kayak then returns number of results and the buyer is transferred to the supplier’s website to finalize the purchase.

Kayak earns money from both advertising and referral fees that it gets from the travel providers.

Priceline also owns highly profitable Netherlands based Booking.com that operates completely independent from Priceline. According to the acquirer, the Kayak will continue to operate separate from Priceline.

Conclusion

It is interesting to see how this is going to play out. For now, the Kayak has been independent of its suppliers, where it sends the customers and from where it receives advertising and referral revenue. Not sure how happy they are going to be paying the fees if the company is owned by one of their competitors (Priceline).

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