Air France-KLM Flying Blue Promo Awards Are Out For November (2013) To March (2014)

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Air France-KLM Flying Blue has just released the list of their promotional awards for November 1, 2013, to March 31, 2013, period.  The discount is from 25% to 50% from the usual number of miles required.

Air France-KLM Flying Blue has instituted blackout dates of December 18 to 23, 2013, and from January 2 to 6, 2014.

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Note that this is the first time that Air France-KLM has launched the Promo awards for FIVE month period and the display of these award types has changed as well.

United Airlines Reduces Star Alliance Gold Checked Baggage Allowance On Domestic Flights

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Star Alliance Gold members used to get until October 17, 2013, the same checked baggage benefit (three bags at up to 32 kilos) as United Premier Gold members on domestic flights.

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Now United has reduced this benefits just to one bag that should not weight more than 23 kilos.

US Airways Club Membership Promotion: No Initiation Fee And $50 Discount (Purchase By October 25) & 5,000 Premier Qualifying Miles (Purchase Until December 31)

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US Airways has a new promotion for getting people to sign up for their US Airways Club-product.

You can use US Airways Club to access United and  Star Alliance affiliated lounges when flying on Star Alliance carriers.

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If you make the purchase by October 25, 2013, US Airways will waive the $50 initiation fee and gives you a $50 discount too. You will also receive 5,000 PQM’s (Premier Qualifying Miles) for purchases made by December 31, 2013.

Whine Wednesdays: Currency Conversion Fraud At Ritz-Carlton Jakarta Mega Kuningan

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Marriott’s website displays all the hotel prices in USD for their hotels in Jakarta and Bali (haven’t checked the other cities) and many other hotel chains do the same.

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When the exchange rate of the country fluctuates a lot and the hotel may have loans or other liabilities set in harder currency such as Euro or USD dollar, one way to hedge the possible fluctuation is to display the hotel prices on some other than the official currency.

Delta Airbus A380’s Flying Around Asia (At Least On Ads)?

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Seems that someone at Delta is not aware of that they have not been able to secure used Airbus A380’s (at least not yet). Delta is known to buy old planes from other airlines.

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Delta or their advertising agency here in Japan is using Airbus A380 looking aircraft in Delta’s livery advertising their flights from Japan to Guam and Hawaii.

Emirates Skywards & Virgin America Elevate Partnership (Emirates Bonus Miles & 250 Free Virgin America Elevate Points)

Emirates and Virgin America announced frequent flier partnership yesterday. Emirates Skywards can earn and redeem miles on Virgin America flights and vice versa.

I first wrote about this partnership in making on October 1, 2013 (access the piece here).

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Virgin America Elevate members can earn free 250 points by entering to chance win a trip to Dubai. You can get your free points here.

American Airlines Buy AAdvantage Miles Offer: Max 15,000 Bonus Miles

American Airlines has a new buy AAdvantage miles offer with maximum of 15,000 bonus for buying 50,000 miles. This is essentially 30% bonus on purchased miles at 50,000 level.

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Thus offer is valid until November 15, 2013, and you can access it here.

United MileagePlus Double Award Miles Promotion

United Airlines has an offer for double award miles (not elite qualifying ones) for travel that is purchased and completed between October 21 and November 21, 2013.

You need to first register for this offer and you can do it here.

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You earn double award miles for flights within the contiguous 48 states (Hawaii and Alaska are both excluded). If your international itineraries include domestic segments, those are are eligible for the double miles.

Club Carlson Double Elite Nights Promotion

Club Carlson has sent out an offer for double elite nights for stays between October 21 and December 23, 2013.

The terms and conditions of this promotion indicate that this offer would be targeted.

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You can earn unlimited number of bonus elite qualifying nights for stays of 20 nights or less.

Le Club Accorhotels October Private Sales Up To 50% Off

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Accor has number of Private Sales for late autumn/winter travel going on right now. The terms and conditions of each of these sales are bit different. Some are valid for one night stays when some require two night or a weekend stay.

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Note that these rates needs to be booked by October 31, 2013, and they are non-refundable and non-cancelable. Only book them if your plans are FIRM.

UPDATE: Etihad Gold Status Match Campaigns

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LoyaltyLobby reader forwarded me shots that he took from the Etihad Gold welcome package that he had received based on one of the status match offers that I wrote about earlier this year.

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The status is again valid for close to two years and expires on March 2015. I like the fact that Etihad gives full status period terms for their matched members and not only the current elite membership year that is usually max 12 months.

IHG Royal Ambassador Terms & Conditions Update

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InterContinental Hotels Group has quietly changed some of its program terms and conditions regarding the Royal Ambassador status and benefits. This update was done this past Friday or Saturday (October 18 or 19, 2013).

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Here are the old terms and conditions:

Hertz Southwest Rapid Rewards Bonus Offer

Hertz has a promotion for Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards members. You can earn up to 1,800 bonus points in addition to the usual base points of 600 per qualifying rental.

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You won’t receive bonus points for rentals of two days or less. You will receive total of 1,200 points (600 base + 600 bonus) for rentals of three to six days and 2,400 points (600 base + 1,800 bonus) for rentals of seven days or longer.

IHG Rewards Club Awards Flash Sale: 50% To 75% Off Today Starting At 10AM EST

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IHG Rewards Club will have a second 24 hour award flash sale TODAY (Monday October 21, 2013)  starting at 10AM EST (London 3PM, Berlin 4PM, Abu Dhabi 6PM, Bangkok 9PM, Hong Kong 10PM & Sydney 1AM) for 50% to 75% off at select properties for stays between October 23 and November 22, 2013.

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You can access the Flash sale website using this link starting on Monday or you can do the award reservations using the property specific links below.

NOTE THAT THE DISCOUNTED PRICING WON’T SHOW BEFORE 10AM EST. DON’T BOOK AT THE HIGHER RATE.

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