Swissotel Best Rate Guarantee Experience

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Recently, I took advantage of the Swissotel Circle offer for Eleva status after one stay for Etihad Guest Gold members (you can read more about this offer here). Getting the status requirement required one stay and I thought that I would do it while in Bangkok.

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I don’t have good discount offers for Swissotel hotels, so I decided to put their Best Rate Guarantee program to test. It offers 50% discount for the first night, if you find a lower rate from a third party site with the same terms and conditions.

Le Club Accorhotels Q3 Promotions August 2013

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Le Club Accorhotels rarely, if ever, has global promotions for double or triple points, but they do have a lot of local or brand specific promotions for bonus points and/or discounts.

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I have now decided to do a once a month digest type of all of them that I am aware of. If I have missed any current one from the list below, don’t hesitate to drop me an email to john@loyaltylobby.com or leave a comment below with a link.

Marriott Gift Card Purchase Bonus: Get 12 Southwest Rapid Rewards Points Per USD

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Marriott has a new promotion for Southwest Rapid Rewards members that purchase Marriott Gift cards between August 1 and September 26, 2013, for up to 12,000 Rapid Rewards points for $1000 gift card purchase.

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You can access Marriott’s web page for this promotion here. Note that you need to have your Southwest Rapid Rewards number available before you are able to access this offer.

SPG Take Two Promotion For Double Points & 2500 Bonus For Every 5 Nights September 1-December 15

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SPG just announced their next promo that is for double points and 2500 bonus points for every five nights for up to 10,000 bonus points after 20 nights. This promotion is valid for stays between September 1 and December 15, 2013, and requires registration by October 31.

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Note that the registration for this promotion is not yet open and I will do an updated post once it is. Make sure to note the 100+ properties that have decided not to participate to this promotion.

Switching Between Marriott & Ritz-Carlton Rewards Accounts & Promotions

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If Marriott Rewards & Ritz-Carlton Rewards accounts would be same (they actually really are) officially, it would be far easier to take advantage of the promotions that they have for Marriott family of hotels and for Ritz-Carlton ones.

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You are not supposed to have an account for Marriott Rewards and another one for Ritz-Carlton Rewards, but you can freely switch between these two by just contacting the rewards customer service. Your membership number doesn’t change.

US Airways Dividend Miles Buy Miles 100% Bonus August 2013 (Open For All)

US Airways has a new buy & gift miles promotion at 100% bonus, when buying more than 30,000 miles, for purchases made between August 1 and 31, 2013.

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This offer is open for all, but your US Airways Dividend Miles account must have been open for at least 12 days. You can access the buy miles offer here and the gift miles offer here

Le Club Accorhotels Renewing Platinum Accounts With No Stays?

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Le Club Accorhotels has been sending out renewal emails to Platinum accounts that have had no stays within the past day.

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It is quite remarkable that a Le Club member that has not even had a stay is “one of the most loyal clients”, as Accor’s email puts it.

Avianca LifeMiles 100% Buy Miles Promotion August 2013

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Avianca’s LifeMiles has a new promotion for buying miles and getting 100% bonus. Last time LifeMiles had such a promo was this past spring in April.

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The maximum number of LifeMiles that you can buy during the calendar year is maxed at 150,000 miles. The bonus miles do count towards this annual limit. You can access this offer of Avianca’s website here.

New Targeted American Airlines Gold & Platinum (EXP Too?) Fast Track Offers

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American Airlines has had at least two previous fast track offers this year for instant Gold, Platinum & EXP status (read more about them here and here) and they have just launched a new one.

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LoyaltyLobby reader’s family member that doesn’t have any status with American has just released an offer for instant Platinum status with 20 500-mile upgrade stickers. Flying 12,000 miles or elite qualifying points on AA or select partners by November 30, 2013, they could keep the status all the way to February 2015.

InterContinental Hotels Group Tweaks The Best Rate Guarantee Again And Not For The Better

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InterContinental Hotels Group has again changed the terms and conditions of its Best Rate Guarantee program, where guests can get the first night free if they find a lower price on competing website after making a booking on any of the IHG’s websites.

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I have written about this program few times. Sometimes the terms have become stricter and sometimes more relaxed. This time the terms and conditions become more restrictive. You can access the updates terms and conditions here.

Get Your 10% Off American Airlines Promotional Discount Code

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American Airlines is promoting Disney’s forthcoming movie by launching a game and giving out 10% off discount codes and other prices as well.

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American announced this on its Facebook page (that you can access here), but there is no need to Like AA on Facebook or to have a Facebook account to take advantage of this discount code offer. Here’s direct link for the game as well: http://bit.ly/AADisneyPlanes.

Christopher Elliott’s Latest Rant About Hotel Minibars On USAToday

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LoyaltyLobby reader sent me a link to an article by Christopher Elliott on USAToday, where the author rants about the hotel minibars and would like to have them banned by law. You can access this article on USAToday’s website here.

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I couldn’t disagree with Mr. Elliott more. Nobody forces the hotel guest to consumer something from the minibar. I consider them to be there in case that I need a diet soda late at night or maybe some orange juice. Should I go grocery shopping before checking in to a full service hotel?

Etihad Guest & Korean Skypass Partnership Information Released

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Starting on July 22, 2013, both Etihad Airways Guest members and Korean Air Skypass members have been able to both earn and redeem miles on each others flights.

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Note that neither airline is offering elite qualifying miles, but only redeemable miles for each others flights. The Etihad partner page is not yet up on Korean Air’s website (press release is here), but you can access Etihad’s web page for Korean here.

Global Hotel Alliance (GHA) July Flash Sale

GHA has their July flash sale going on for 20% to 40% off of Best Available Rates (BAR). Note that these rates are prepaid, non-refunable and non-cancelable.

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This sale is going on for 3 days and is likely to end on July 31, 2013. There are no terms and conditions associated with this offer, but you can access GHA’s web page for this offer here.

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