Aeroplan Partner Conversion Bonus Of Up To 25% or 25,000 Miles

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Aeroplan’s twice yearly hotel points to airline miles conversion bonus has returned. You can get maximum of 25% or 25,000 miles for converting points from select partner programs between November 11 and December 9, 2013.

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The bonus that you earn is dependent of the number of points that you convert to miles by the following thresholds:

Hertz Marriott Rewards Offer Of 2000 To 5000 Points Per Rental (Extended)

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Hertz has extended the promotion for 5000 Marriott Rewards points per rental of five days or longer. Shorter rentals of more than two days are eligible for 2000 Marriott Rewards points. This offer is valid for pick up through February 28, 2014, at participating Hertz locations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Puerto Rico, Australia and the New Zealand.

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These car rental promotions are often tricky. I normally rent from Hertz using rates that are only eligible for points on Hertz’s own rewards program and not eligible for partner miles or points.

Top Hotel Promotions November 2013

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The 2013 is soon coming to an end and we should start learning about the first quarter 2014 promotions. The hotel promotions haven’t been this good for a while. Here are my top five for this month.

1. InterContinental Hotels Group Big Win or China Dream (Greater China) + Other Promos

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Hyatt Award Chart Adjustments & New Category 7 (Number Of Points Required Up By Up To 300%)

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Hyatt made an announcement on Sunday that the program keeps “growing” and “evolving” and this must mean that they need to make an adjustment to award categories (likely to be able to write down part of the points liability).

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The new award chart and the “evolved” categories will be in place for award reservations made on or after January 7, 2014. Existing reservations at the lower award levels can be modified until February 15, 2014, without having to pay the higher number of points.

The Economist On Loyalty Programs

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You know that the loyalty program devaluations have been bad, when they make it all the way to the Economist magazine.

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The Gulliver piles on the recent United and Delta award chart changes (before the Delta’s latest move late Friday) and argues that the miles will be harder to earn and to use wisely in the future. You can read the entire article here.

Free 500 Airberlin Topbonus Miles

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You can get 500 airberlin topbonus miles for becoming Heinemann & Me-member (German duty free chain) by December 31, 2013, and having airberlin as your partner airline.

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This doesn’t require any purchases to be made before you get the miles. Signing up for the service is enough.

Marriott Acquires South African Protea Hotel Chain

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Marriott made an announcement last week that it had signed a letter of intent to acquire Cape Town, South Africa, based Protea-hotel chain.

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This acquisition would give Marriott total of 116 properties of which most are located in South Africa and some in Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

Frequent Flyers’ Lawsuit Over British Airways Fuel Surcharges Proceeds (Lots Of Court Documents Included)

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There was an interesting development on Friday on the lawsuit that four frequent flyers’ had filed against British Airways a year ago. The judge dismissed BA’s notion to dismiss the case and ruled that the case can proceed to the discovery phase.

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You can access the entire piece on Reuters website here.

Compensation Clinic: Hilton Warsaw

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LoyaltyLobby reader from UK emailed me about this surprising compensation experience at the Hilton Warsaw after leaving a TripAdvisor review.

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The reader likes the Hilton Warsaw hotel and compliments the “hardware”, but where everything starts to fall apart is the service “software”. Unfortunately, this is not uncommon with modern hotels.

Delta SkyMiles Current, February 1 & June 1 Award Chart Side-By-Side Comparison

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Delta made later Friday afternoon announcement (read more here) about further changes to their award carts that would be in effect immediately for travel after February 1, 2014.

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The previous devaluation announcement was done in August (read more here) and it was in effect for award travel after June 1, 2014.

Shangri-La Golden Circle December 10-February 10 25% to 40% Off Award Sale

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To celebrate Golden Circle’s third anniversary, Shangri-La is offering 25% off regular room, 30% off Club and 40% off executive suite awards for stays between December 10 and February 10, 2014. The booking period is open from November 5.

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This award discount applies non-resort Shangri-La, Traders and Kerry hotels. The following hotels (resorts) are excluded:

American Airlines New AAdvantage Redemption Partner: Seaborne Airlines

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American Airlines has added a new AAdvantage redemption partner for flights out from San Juan, Puerto Rico, to select destinations served by Seaborne Airlines.

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American Airlines used to fly on their own or American Eagle metal out from San Juan to many Caribbean destinations, but all these routes have been gutted in the past year or so. American still continues to fly their mainland hubs (Miami, New York, Chicago and Dallas) and Caracas in Venezuela.

Shangri-La’s Golden Circle Turns 3 Celebration 3rd Week – Still Possible To Get 800 Free Points (Enough For A Free Night)

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Shangri-La’s Golden Circle loyalty program turned 3-years old. To celebrate this milestone you can get up to 1,200 free points by signing up for the program, if you are not already a member, and playing a game on computer and depositing a prize code using an Android or iOS mobile app (or on the web).

Note that it is still possible to get 800 points by playing the game for the next four weeks and use the points for a free award night during 25% to 40% off year-end award sale (read more here).

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You can get 100 free points per week for the next four weeks and additional 100 points for depositing the prize code by using one of the mobile apps. If you had the other week, you could have got total of 1,200 points. You can still get a room upgrade or F&B credit by playing the game diligently for the next four weeks.

Delta SkyMiles Award Chart Changes (Second Time In Three Months)

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Delta made the following announcement for the members of FlyerTalk about an hours ago (access the post here).

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Delta made an announcement on August 15 that the number of miles required for business class awards would go up for travel on or after June 1, 2014 (read my take here).

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