United Mileage Plus Shopping Offer: 500 Bonus Miles For $75 Spend

United Mileage Plus shopping has an offer for back to school online purchases and offering one time bonus of 500 miles for spending $75 by August 18, 2013.


There is no need to register for this promotion, but you can access United’s web page for this offer here.

Asiana Offering $10K Towards Crash Survivors’ Expenses

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When I was watching the BBC last night, I saw a segment about Asiana offering $10,000 for each of the passengers on the ill fated flight from Seoul to San Francisco that crashed in San Francisco last month.


Asiana is now paying an initial compensation of $10,000 for each of the passengers that are not required to waive any rights to pursue Asiana later in the court.

Top Hotel Promotions August 2013


Here’s my pick of the five most lucrative hotel promotions that you can take advantage of this month. There are rarely promotions at the Ritz-Carlton and their promo for a free night after two stays is a good one.

1. Ritz-Carlton Free Night Certificate For Every Two Stays


Ritz-Carlton Rewards Summer 2013 Promotion: Free Night Certificate For Every Two Stays

Ritz-Carlton has a promotion for a free night category 1-3 certificate for every two stays between July 1 and October 31, 2013.

Delta SkyMiles Shopping Offer: Earn Up To 2,500 Bonus Miles


It is back to school season again and online shopping malls are offering bonuses for spending money through their portals.


Delta’s SkyMiles Shopping is offering 250 bonus miles for every $100 spent for up to 2,500 bonus miles for $1K spent.

InterContinental Hotels Group, Expedia & Booking.com Accused Of Price Fixing


Have you ever wondered what is going on with hotel prices? Everyone is advertising that they have the lowest prices on their website, but the prices are exactly the same to the penny? This is called “rate parity” that companies such as InterContinental Hotels Group has required its OTA (Online Travel Agents) partners to adhere.


The Office of the Fair Trading (OFT) in the UK has been investigating this issue and has just released a preliminary report. They are also soliciting comments from companies and individuals about this practice. You can read more about this on BBC’s website here and on OFT’s website here.

Compensation Clinic: LA Ho(s)tel Hyatt (Former Marriott Los Angeles Downtown)

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LoyaltyLobby reader sent me an email about the problems encountered at the LA Hotel that is becoming Hyatt after renovations. This hotel used to be known for years Marriott Los Angeles Downtown hotel.


The hotel was in bad shape at the end of its years as a Marriott. I stayed there several times and the normal rooms were just awful, although the Vista suites were very nice. It is always problematic to turn old hotels to “new” ones, as they would require significant budget to fix basically everything. It is usually just easier to reflag an old Marriott to Holiday Inn or Ramada etc.

Double Aeroplan Miles For Air Canada Flights In North America Between 08/06-10/20


Aeroplan just emailed me an offer that appears to be targeted for double award mile for Air Canada flights that are booked between August 6 and September 16, 2013, and flown by October 20.


This offer requires registration and you can access Aeroplan’s web page for this offer here.

Aggie Greys In Samoa Becoming Sheratons In 2014


The iconic Aggie Grey hotel in Apia, Western Samoa, is becoming a Sheraton hotel in early 2014 along with its sister property Lagoon Beach Resort & Spa according to a news piece on Australian travel publication Travel Blackboard (you can access the news article here).


There are no chain hotels in Western Samoa and yours truly had great trouble finding reasonable accommodations there, when I visited the island for few days in early 2012. I stayed at the Aggie Grey in the downtown Apia for two nights after a local helped me to secure a locals rate at the hotel.

Reader Email: Canceling Prepaid/Noncancelable/Nonrefundable Hotel Booking


LoyaltyLobby reader emailed me the following question earlier this week about canceling a prepaid rate that is not cancelable:


I always advise people to be very careful when making advance bookings using rates that are noncancelable or nonrefundable. You should only book these rates if your plans are 100% firm or you can to live with the fact that you will end up throwing away reservation or two once in a while.

RocketMiles JetBlue 3,000 Bonus TrueBlue Points For First Booking

RocketMiles has added JetBlue TrueBlue to its airline partner portfolio. You can earn 3,000 bonus miles on your first booking using RocketMiles service when you choose JetBlue as your partner.


This offer is valid for one booking made between August 9 and September 6, 2013, that is consumed by December 31.

Air France-KLM Europe To Panama Promo Award

Air France-KLM has updated their promo award page mid month and added an interesting award from Europe to Panama city for travel between November 25 and March 31, 2014, that is booked by August 29.


You only need 15,000 miles for one-way promo award in economy that is a good deal now that the fuel surcharges on these economy awards are capped. The premium economy is 30,000 one-way and business 37,500.

Hilton Readying For An Early 2014 IPO?

You cannot have escape the news that Blackstone is readying to ditch its Hilton investment and is preparing for an early 2014 IPO. This has been all over the financial press and tv channels in the past couple of days. There are good articles about this on WSJ (here) and NYT (here).


Blackstone is a private equity firm that took Hilton private back in 2007 and saddled the hotel company with debt. This is the method for “private equity” firms to basically make the firms to pay for their takeovers.

Marriott Forcing Password Changes – Accounts & Passwords Hacked?


Last week, I wrote about the email that I had received from Marriott Regarding my Marriott Rewards account with a suggestion that I should change my password (you can read the article here). Today, when I was trying to log into my account, I was presented with the screen below.


Marriott was forcing me to change the password that I had on file with them. The text below makes no sense at all. To ensure more “secure” passwords, Marriott doesn’t allow any special characters such as *, &, %, _, – etc.

SPG Promotion: Get 500 Bonus Points Per Stay Using Chinese SPG Android App


SPG is offering 500 bonus points for bookings made using the brand new SPG Chinese Android app.


There is no need to register for this offer, but you need to make the reservations using the SPG’s Chinese Android app and stay between August 7 and September 7, 2013 December 31, 2013. You can earn the bonus unlimited number of times.

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