SPG Crossover Rewards: SPG Platinum & Gold Benefits on Delta

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Couple of weeks ago, I wrote about SPG Crossover Rewards that were coming this spring. I had an educated guess that it would have something to do with an airline and/or car rental company.

I have now made an updated post about this program after the official launch.

The SPG PLT Delta flight upgrade benefit that was included on the version of the terms and conditions that I had access to, is not not included in the final version.

Edit (09/12): The upgrade benefit for SPG Platinum members has now been included on the program. 

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Now, I have more information about this product. Starwood Preferred Guest Gold and Platinum members will receive certain benefits on Delta marketed and operated flights such as Starpoints based on the spend, upgrades, priority boarding, and waived checked bag fees.

Hyatt Gold Passport Spring 2013 More Possibilities Promotion: 3000 Bonus Points For Every 3 Nights

Hyatt Gold Passport’s Spring 2013 promotion is called More Possibilities. It is valid for stays between March 1 and May 31, 2013. You will earn 3000 bonus points for every three nights for a maximum of 45000 bonus points for 45 nights during the promotional period.

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You need to register for this promotion that opens on February 15 and ends on April 30, 2013. Hyatt credit card holders earn 20% bonus. The number of bonus points that Hyatt credit card holder can earn is capped at 54000 after 45 nights.

Marriott Elite Buy Back Promotion 2013 – Buy Back Your 2012 Elite Status

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Marriott is the only hotel loyalty program that allows you to buy back the status that you had the previous year for a set number of points. This Elite Buy Back Promotion has again returned. You can access this offer here (note that you first need to sign to your Marriott Rewards account).

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You can buy back the status you had in 2012 through April 1, 2013. The number of points requires is dependent of the status level that you wish to maintain.

Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Double Points Nationwide & Double Tier Points In/Out From Milwaukee

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Southwest Airlines just sent out an email about their latest nationwide offer for double points for all travel between February 4 and May 15, 2013, that is booked and ticketed during the same dates. You need to register for this promotion. Note that travel that has been ticketed earlier is not eligible for double points. You can access Southwest’s web page of this promotion here.

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Southwest has an additional offer of double tier qualifying points for flights in/out of Milwaukee between February 4 and May 15, 2013. You need to register for the promotion and book the travel during the same dates as well.

Is Hyatt’s Spring 2013 Promo: 3000 Bonus Points for Every 3 Nights?

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It was posted on FlyerTalk earlier today that the Hyatt’s Spring 2013 promotion would be 3000 bonus points for every 3 nights for up to 45K bonus points (45 nights). The promotion would be valid for stays between march 1 and May 31, 2013, and the registration would open on February 15.

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Please note that I have not yet independently been able to verify this promotion, but it sounds about right considering Hyatt’s offerings of late.

Financial Times Article About Problematic Airline Rebrands

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There was an interesting piece about some recent airline rebrands in the Financial Times. You can access the article here.

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People have very strong opinions about the recent AA’s rebranding and about United’s attempt to mix and match part Continental’s & United’s former branding. This is a very good and short read. You should check it out.

GHA Discovery Platinum Status For Signing Up

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Global Hotel Alliance (GHA) consists of more than 300 hotels under 14 different brands in 52 countries. The loyalty program of the GHA is called Discovery and it has three tiers (Gold/Platinum/Black).

Please note that GHA has discontinued this offer. Make sure that you sign up for our Blog email updates newsletter to be notified, when GHA again has a new Platinum sign up offer.

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Now, you can sign up for the instant Platinum status that is valid until February, 2015. Note that the offer link has been discontinued on the promotional page, but I had it saved and it still works. This offer was targeted for MasterCard World Signia cardholders.

Super Bowl 2014 New York Hotel Award Availability

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Now, it would be the time to book your hotel awards for 2014 Super Bowl weekend in the New York City. I just went through the award availability using Hilton, Hyatt, InterContinental Hotels Group/Priority Club, Marriott and Starwood points for the weekend of January 31 to February 3, 2014. (This was done 1PM EST)

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Why book using points?

In most cases, the reservations are fully cancellable up until the day before without any penalty. Just make sure that you read the cancellation terms and conditions carefully. All the ones that I checked, allowed cancellations without any penalties.

US Airways Targeted Offer For 50% Bonus On Purchased Miles (February 2013)

US Airways got a targeted offer out  for 50% bonus on top of the purchased miles for the month of February. The maximum number of miles you can buy this offer is 100K and total number of miles with the bonus 150K.

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Note that this offer was targeted. You can access this offer here. If you don’t see a banner for 50% bonus, you are not eligible.

Extra Baggage Allowance & Fast Track Security New Oneworld Emerald Benefits

Oneworld alliance top tier frequent fliers have been in disadvantage compared to their Star Alliance equivalent ones when it came to extra luggage allowance based on the frequent flier status.

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Now, Oneworld alliance has announced that both extra luggage allowance (one piece or extra 20 kilos) will apply across all Oneworld alliance carriers and passengers will also have an access to fast track security lanes where available.

Priority Club Welcome Quizzes for 1400 Priority Club Points (or More)

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After you join the Priority Club Rewards, you will shortly receive few emails about the program and some of them might include a link to a quiz that earns you points. Last year, you could easily get 2000 points for completing number of them as I documented here.

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This year, you can still earn 1400 points IF you have not completed these previously.

Malaysia Airlines Double Enrich Miles for All Oneworld Operated Flights February 15 to April 15

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To celebrate Malaysia Airline’s joining the Oneworld alliance, the Enrich members can earn double Enrich miles on all Oneworld member airlines (Malaysia Airlines included) between February 15 and April 15, 2013. You need to register for this promotion prior to your flight.

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You have to keep your eye on the fare classes that are eligible for this promotion. All the mileage earning ones are, but there are lot of fare classes on airlines like American that won’t earn anything under the Enrich program.

Starwood Capital Completes Sale Of Four French Properties To Be Branded And Manage By Hyatt

Starwood Capital (nothing to do with Starwood the hotel chain) has completed the sale of four French properties (Concorde Lafayette, Hotel du Louvre, Martinez and Palais de la Mediterranee) to Qatari investment firm (I originally wrote about this in June last year) and these properties will be managed and branded as Hyatt starting on April 1, 2013.

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The hotels will convert to following Hyatt brands after renovations:

  • Hotel Martinez will be rebranded Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez
  • Palais de la Mediterranée Hotel and Casino will be rebranded Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Mediterranée
  • Concorde Lafayette will be rebranded Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile
  • Hotel du Louvre will enter the Hyatt brand family with its identity intact and will be marketed initially as Hotel du Louvre. Following a renovation, the hotel is to become an Andaz.

American Airlines Offering Targeted Fast Track to Executive Platinum Status – HVEEA

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American Airlines has also sent emails about a targeted offer for instant Executive platinum status (yesterday I wrote about similar Platinum offer). The complimentary Executive Platinum status is valid until May 31, 2013, and you can keep it until 02/2014 and receive 8 evips by flying 30K EQM/EQP by the end of May.

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