Top Hotel Promotions for February (2013)

The February top hotel promotions is almost a rehash from the January one. Here are my top five picks for February.

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You can check all the other promotions that these chains are offering by clicking the Hotel promotions tab and choosing your preferred chain. I have some other program related information listed there as well.

LUV Lost At Southwest?

There was in interesting and critical piece about Southwest on the LA Times that is worth reading if you are interested in about the airline.

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Some may argue that the airline has started to lose the travelers’ LUV. The Southwest trashed the Rapid Rewards program couple of years ago when the number of credits you earn became dependent of the fare type/price and the number you need for a free flight is entire dependent of the price.

AviandaTaca LifeMiles Earning Slashed From 500/Day to 500/Rental For Budget Car Rentals

AviancaTaca LifeMiles members have been earning 500 LifeMiles PER DAY for Budget car rental at participating airport locations worldwide. I wrote about this offer recently.

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Now, the number of miles that you can earn has been slashed (or enhanced) to flat 500 miles per qualifying rental.

SPG Breakfast Plus Winter Offer for North East Canada And United States

Starwood has a rate plan for complimentary breakfast, free internet access, and 500 bonus Starpoints per day that are made under this rate plan by March 31, 2013. This offer is valid for Thursday to Sunday at participating hotels and all week at resorts. You can access Starwood’s page for this promotion here.

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This promotional rate is 35% discount off of the rack rate. If the hotels BAR (Best Available Rate) is lower, you will then get the BAR rate. The rate code online is SPGPLS and SPG35B over the phone.

JetBlue TrueBlue 50% Purchase Bonus & Why Such A Terrible Deal

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JetBlue sent an email earlier this week and announced their 50% bonus for buying some TrueBlue points. This buy points promotion is valid until March 15, 2013, and you can access it here.

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The maximum you can buy under this offer is 30K points that gives you the 15K bonus. The price of 45K TrueBlue points is $886.88

American Airlines Dallas-Seoul 5000 to 30000 Bonus Miles

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To celebrate the American Airlines newest route (and hopefully make some passengers to book it as well) there is a bonus mile offer this route for travel between May 8 and August 15, 2013. You need to register for this offer using an offer code AAICN in advance of your flight. Return travel is not required. You can read more about this offer on AA’s website here.

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The number of bonus miles for a return trip in first or business class is 30K, 15K in full fare economy and 5K in discounted economy.

Virgin Australia Offering Status Credits on Award Flights

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Virgin Australia has a new promotion for earning status credits on award flights that are ticketed using Velocity Miles and their 795 ticket stock. This apply for award flights taken on Virgin Australia between January 13 and June 30, 2013. You can read more about this offer on VA’s website here.

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You can earn status credits at discount, premium economy, or business level depending of the award class that you redeem.

Air Canada Introduces Premium Economy on Select Routes

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Air Canada is late to the premium economy game. There are quite a few companies that used to allow employees to fly on business class, but have reverted to economy only policy. By offering economy plus, Air Canada is able to capture part of this market. You can read more about this product on Air Canada’s website here.

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Starting this coming July, the premium economy will be available on the Montreal to Paris route. The Air Canada’s leisure airline, the Rouge, will also introduce the premium economy seating under the Premium Rouge brand.

Emirates Skywards Survey About Benefits At New 150K Tier Miles Level

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Emirates currently has three published tiers on its Skywards program; Blue, Silver and Gold. In addition to these three, there is also an invitation only tier called IO (Invitation Only). There has been lot of chatter for the past year that Emirates has been in the process of introducing a higher tier.

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Now, Emirates has sent out emails to their Gold members about benefits that they would prefer receiving at 150K tier miles level. I received this survey as well. The current Gold status requires 50K tier miles and the new, let’s call it a Platinum, seems to require 150K tier miles.

Le Club Accorhotels Promotion For Triple Delta SkyMiles

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Le Club Accohotels has a new promotion for triple Delta SkyMiles for stays between February 1 and April 15, 2013. The offer is valid at all Accor hotels worldwide. You can read more about this promotion here.

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There is no need to register for this promotion, but you need to change your Le Club Accorhotels earning preference to Delta SkyMiles and use the auto deposit option. Le Club Accorhotels will automatically convert your hotel stay earnings to SkyMiles and triple them before transfer.

US Airways Dividend Miles Award Chart Changes

US Airways has changed its award chart overnight and increased the miles required (and lowered on two) on number of instances for flights on its own metal. Note that these changes don’t have effect on Star Alliance and partner award chart. FlyerTalk member had first noticed these changes.

Here’s the new award chart:

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– The Continental United States and Alaska Medium Coach and First both went up by 10K miles. The High Coach and First both went up by 20K miles.

SPG & Delta Crossover Rewards

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Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) and Delta announced today the Crossover Rewards that SPG elite members can take advantage of when flying on Delta and Delta Medallion benefits when staying at Starwood hotels. I originally wrote about the Crossover Rewards on January 21 and almost a complete review of the benefits the other day.

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SPG Gold and Platinum Benefits on Delta

Le Club Accorhotels to Iberia Avios Exchange Rate Devalued 60% Starting March 1

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One of the bright spots of Le Club Accorhotels program has been the ability to convert or auto transfer Le Club points to Iberia Avios at the rate of 2 points to 5 Avios. I wrote about a piece about this last month.

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Starting on March 1, 2013, the exchange rate will change from 2.5 to 1 Avios per Le Club Accorhotels point. This is a devaluation of 60% for those that convert Le Club points to Iberia Avios. Thanks for LoyaltyLobby reader for spotting this banner on Le Club Spanish website.

Hilton HHonors Account Re-Activation & Bonus

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This is one of those advise that I hope that you do not have to take advantage of. Hilton HHonors accounts become inactivate and all the points forfeited IF you don’t have a stay at Hilton hotel OR any other partner point activity in any 12 month period.

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Although the points have been forfeited and the account deactivated, you can restore it by contacting Hilton HHonors by phone or email. It helps if you happen to have your account number on hand. The customer service can reactivate it and email you a new PIN number to regain the online access. Sometime they might give you a small bonus for your next stay as happened in the case above. (Thanks for LoyaltyLobby reader forwarding it to me)

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