Le Club Accorhotels Is Moving To Online Point Redemptions

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Unlike other hotel loyalty programs, you have only been able to redeem for dollar or euro off vouchers from Accor’s loyalty program. Accor doesn’t allow you to redeem points for a free nights (unless you pay using vouchers).

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Now, Accor is moving to online point redemptions, where you pay the room rate fully or partially using the points that you have in your account.

Southwest Airlines and Class Action Law Suit Over Expiry of Drink Chits

Just received the following email today regarding a class action law suite that Southwest had decided to settle over unused drink chits that passengers had received based on the Business Select fare that they had purchased. You can read more about this settlement on the settlement website here.

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Back in 2010, Southwest made a policy change about these vouchers that they would only be valid on the day of the flight and not later. Some Southwest fliers were left with dozens of drinks chits that were then deemed worthless.

Priority Club One Time Bonus Offers for January (2013)

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Just did a cleaning and went through all the one time bonuses that were valid for December, 2012, and found out that most of them are still valid.

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You can register for these promotions at priorityclub.com/rewards/us/en/offers/promoreg. If you get an error message that the code is invalid, it only means that you have taken advantage of the offer previously and that your account is not eligible for it.

New Marriott Rewards Award Option – London City Cruises

Marriott Rewards just introduced a new award option in the past week – London City Cruises. You can access the Marriott’s website, where this offer is listed, here.

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There is the blurb on the top stating that “premium” cruises are only available for members residing in the United States,Canada or Puerto Rico. This is likely left from the past, when Marriott was in fact offering some cruise choices for Marriott Rewards members.

Has Priority Club Discontinued the Platinum Bonus for Royal Ambassadors on InterContinental Stays?

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Priority Club has gone through quite a few changes in the past month. Last year, the number of points earned for InterContinental stays within the Americas was changed from flat 2000 points per stay, regardless of number of nights or dollars spend, to 10 points per dollar. Elsewhere in the world the flat 2000 points per stay still applies.

I just saw some comments on FlyerTalk about Royal Ambassador members that had not received the Priority Club Platinum bonus for InterContinental stays and I decided to have a look at the issue.

Unfortunately, I won’t have paid stays at InterContinental hotels before February, so I asked a copy of account posting from a friend of mine that just completed one night stay at an InterContinental property in Asia.

How Many Transfers Have Your Bag Made?

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Just went through some photos that I had taken over the years and came across this US Airways luggage tag for a return from Tampa to Ontario way back in 2009.

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Apparently, the system that US Airways used was not able to produce a luggage that that had five connecting flight and they had to do a manual tag.

Priority Club Double Points or Miles Between January 7 and April 30 (New Accounts Only?)

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Priority Club is offering double points or miles worldwide for stays between January 7 and April 30, 2013, for new Priority Club members that sign up for the program. They will be automatically sign up for this program. You can access this promotion here.

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There are options for collecting some retailer specific vouchers for members signing up in Europe. This offer is not available for members in the Greater China.

Expedia Rewards Reimagined (and Re-Devalued?)

Expedia just sent an email about the changes coming to the Expedia Rewards program in 2013 in several phases. Expedia is apparently joining the Expedia Rewards and Elite Plus programs. You can read more about this change here.

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Not sure, what this is exactly going to mean. The Expedia Rewards program is already so watered down that I don’t even take it into consideration, when I am making bookings. I do continue to book on Expedia, however. But I would do it with or without this

Club Carlson Reactivation Bonus

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Club Carlson sent out bunch of emails yesterday with account balances etc. Some of you got an email with an offer for 10K Club Carlson bonus points for a stay by March 27, 2013. Note that this offer is only available for those that received the email.

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It is not uncommon for hotel loyalty programs to send out offer for members that have not used their chain for a while. Starwood is especially active on this front. It must be cheaper trying to get an already member to start staying again compared trying to woo a new member.

Priority Club Gold & Platinum Qualification on Steroids – Buy Bonus Points Packages

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Priority Club changed on January 1st, what points activity qualifies for status renewal or qualification. Previously all points earned from various promotions and elite bonuses applied. From January 1st onwards, only specified activity qualifies towards elite qualifications.

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Base points earned from Qualifying Rates paid for hotel stays, points collected from partner transactions, PCR Bonus Points Packages and Meeting Rewards are considered Elite Qualifying Points and counted towards membership elite status.

Bonus points packages to the rescue

Triple Air Canada Aeroplan Miles at Accor Hotels Until April 15

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Accor has a new offer for Air Canada Aeroplan members. You can earn triple miles for all of your stays between January 1 and April 15, 2013, at all Accor hotels worldwide. You can access this offer here.

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There is no need to register for this offer, but you have to choose Air Canada Aeroplan as your preferred loyalty program and the miles will be deposited automatically after each of your Accor stay to your Aeroplan account.

Emirates Skywards Awards Now Available on Alaska Airlines

Emirates and Alaska signed a frequent flier agreement last year. The members of Emirates’ and Alaska’s frequent flier programs have been able to earn both elite and redeemable miles on each others metal since March 1, 2012.

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Redeeming Emirates miles on Alaska has not been available, however. This will change in January 16, 2013.

Le Club Accorhotels Platinum Status for Signing Up Still Working

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I have had the Platinum status by request available for the past few months and it still is. This link that I posted about a month ago back in December is still alive (to my surprise). These public links usually tend to die within a day or two. Even if you have no use for Le Club Accorhotels Platinum status, you can always use it to status match to i.e. Club Carlson or Priority Club Platinum status.

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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.

Priority Club (InterContinental Hotels Group) Master Property List January 11, 2013

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Priority Club is set to release their new award structure on January 18, 2013. You can book using old award levels, if the price of the free night have gone up, until march 18, 2013, by calling Priority Club Rewards service center.

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Priority Club (InterContinental Hotels Group) has, however, refused to release a list of properties with their current and new award point levels.

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