Friday, February 26, 2010

Carlson Hotels GoldpointsPlus reduces points needed for free nights at top tier hotels

In what some are calling a response once again to the Hilton's recent devaluation of their HHonors program, Carlson Hotels has dropped the amount of points required for a free night stay at over 300 of their top tier hotels. Of course the first swipe at HHonors was taken by InterContinental Hotels Group.

The reduction in Goldpoints required comes in the Category 4, 5 and 6 hotels. Prior to Feb 1, these redemptions were 45,000, 60,000 and 90,000 points respectively. That has now been dropped to 40,000, 50,000 and 60,000 respectively.

For a more comprehensive review of this change and on the Carlson Hotels brands please see this post by Loyalty Traveler Ric Garrido

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Japan's two largest carriers duke it out with system wide double mileage campaigns

What started out as a thank you to customers of Japan Airlines during their rough times and bankruptcy issues, has turned into a war between the country's two rivals.

Japan Airlines Mileage Bank started it all with their JAL Mileage Project 2010. A way of saying thanks and of course to retain or gain new customers. The JAL Mileage Project 2010 is a great selection of promotions for members of JAL's Mileage Bank program. The primary promotion is Double Mileage Bank miles on all flights systemwide with very few restrictions (ie International flights on JAL metal only, code-shares not applicable). The double mileage offer runs April 1-May 31

On top of this they are offering a First Flight bonus that again is pretty much available on all flights like above. This offer however is only for Flyon Status members and JAL Credit Card holders worldwide.

The next promotion is for also for Flyon Status members, whereby they will earn double status miles from April 1 to September 30

The final bonus offer is for JAL Credit Card holders only where they will earn 400 bonus Flyon (Status) points over above the double listed above.

Also included in JAL's promotion are discounted reward tickets for JAL Credit Card holders, and additional upgrade points or lounge coupons to Flyon status members.

For more details and to register for all these offers see this page on JAL's website

Of course, seeing that its primary competitor launched these promotions, there was nothing else to do ANA All Nippon then to launch their own campaign. While not as extensive as JAL's, ANA only wanted to match the most important part of JAL's offer, the double miles for flights systemwide. That is what ANA is offering, Double Mileage Club miles to all members who register for the offer. It also has similar restrictions in that International flights must be on ANA metal and not on partner airlines. Just like JAL's offer, ANA's promotion runs April 1 to May 31.

For more details on ANA's offer click here.

Now, the question that begs to be answered is: will non-Japanese airlines match the double mileage offers on at least their home country to Japan flights? We have not seen anything yet but if we do you will see it posted below as a comment (or if you do please post it below!).

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

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Monday, February 22, 2010

Bonus Offer Picks of the Week: Feb 14-20, 2010

Here are our picks of the week for offers posted between Feb 14-20, 2010. We hope you enjoy these and that you are able to take advantage of some of them:

Bonus Offer For Flying
American AAdvantage: Earn up to 15,000 Bonus AAdvantage Miles for flights between Chicago and Beijing
Bonuses as follows:
- First/Business Class (F, P, J, A, D or I) 15,000 bonus miles
- Select Economy Class fares (booked in Y, B or H) 10,000 bonus miles
- All Other Economy Class fares 5,000 bonus miles
Register online with promo code PEK10 (Registration is required) Valid Apr 26 - Jun 30, 10

Bonus Offer For Staying (Airline Miles)
Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan: 5,000 Bonus Mileage Plan Miles for stays at the
Hilton Waikiki Prince Kuhio
Hilton Hawaiian Village® Beach Resort & Spa
Hilton Waikoloa Village

Doubletree® Alana Hotel - Waikiki
Embassy Suites®_Waikiki Beach
Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa
Grand Waikikian by Hilton Grand Vacations Club®
To book click on the hotel above or request Plan Code H8 (Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations Club) or HH8 (Doubletree and Embassy Suites) at Hilton.com. Requires a minimum of four consecutive nights stay. Until May 31, 10

Bonus Offer For Staying (Hotel Points)

Accor A|Club: Double A|Club Points for stays at all MGallery, Novotel and Mercure hotels in Switzerland. Full Details. Until Mar 31, 10

Bonus Offer For Driving

China Airlines Dynasty Flyer: Earn up to Triple Dynasty Miles on all Avis rentals Worldwide. Earn Triple Miles for 7 day or longer rentals. Earn Double miles for 3 to 6 day rentals. Book online at Avis. Mar 1 - Apr 30, 10

Bonus Offer For Other Activities
Scandinavian EuroBonus: Earn 1,000 Bonus EuroBonus Points for joining the EuroBonus program. Full Details. Until Apr 30, 10

Bonus Page Updates Feb 14-20, 2010

Feb 19 - Air Canada Aeroplan | SATA Imagine

Feb 18 - Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan | Kingfisher King Club | Scandinavian EuroBonus | US Airways Dividend Miles

Feb 17 - Accor A|Club | Air Berlin Top Bonus | Air India Flying Returns | American AAdvantage | Bangkok Airways Flyer Bonus | China Airlines Dynasty Flyer | Delta SkyMiles | Iberia Plus | Kuwait Airways Oasis Club | Malaysia Enrich | Southwest Rapid Rewards

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Bonus Offer Picks of the Week: Feb 8-12, 2010

Here are our picks of the week for offers posted between Feb 8-12, 2010. We hope you enjoy these and that you are able to take advantage of some of them:

Bonus Offer For Flying
Air France KLM Flying Blue: Earn Double Flying Blue Miles for flights between Paris and Beijing, Beirut, Hong Kong, Osaka, Singapore or Tokyo in Premium Voyageur Class (Premium Economy Class) Book online today at AirFrance.com Valid until Mar 31, 10

Bonus Offer For Staying (Airline Miles)
Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer: Double KrisFlyer Miles when you stay for at least two consecutive nights on the Best Available Rate at a participating Millennium & Copthorne hotel in Asia. Book online at Millenium Hotels. Valid until Mar 31, 10

Bonus Offer For Staying (Hotel Points)

Best Western Rewards: Earn up to Triple Rewards Points when you complete 2 separate qualified stays Worldwide. Earn triple rewards when you book at Bestwestern.com all other bookings will earn double rewards. Full Details and Online Registration. Valid Until Mar 28, 10 For residents of the U.S., Canada, Caribbean Islands, South America, South Africa, Asia, Israel, Egypt or Ukraine only

Bonus Offer For Driving

Virgin Flying Club: Earn Triple Flying Club miles on all Avis rentals Worldwide. Be sure to quote the Avis AWD number on the back of your Flying Club membership card, and your Flying Club membership number when you book online at Avis Until May 31, 10

Bonus Offer For Other Activities
Continental OnePass: 100 Bonus OnePass Miles for learning about the benefits of the Star Alliance network. Full Details. Valid until Mar 31, 10 This may be a targetted offer, may not work for everyone.

Bonus Page Updates Feb 9-11, 2010

Feb 11, 10 - Air Namibia Rewards | Continental OnePass | Delta SkyMiles | Jumeirah Sirius | Marriott Rewards | Oman Air Sindbad | Singapore KrisFlyer | Southwest Rapid Rewards

Feb 10, 10 - Air Canada Aeroplan | Belavia Leader | Best Western Rewards | Etihad Guest | Hilton HHonors | Priority Club | Ukraine International Panorama Club | Virgin Atlantic Flying Club

Feb 9, 10 - Air Caraibes Preference | Air France KLM Flying Blue | British Airways Executive Club | Cathay Pacific Asia Miles | Miles & More | Qatar Airways Privilege Club | Sichuan Golden Panda Club | US Airways Dividend Miles

Thursday, February 11, 2010

United introduces Miles and Money Awards

Don't have enough Mileage Plus miles to redeem for a flight? Now you can use your balance that is short plus some cash to book flights on United. Granted these flights come with some more restrictions then flights you buy outright with cash or miles. Still with these restrictions the Miles and Money Awards can be a very good option for people looking to use up their miles and for United to help lower the liability of the balance of miles held by Mileage Plus members.

Basically, with Miles and Money awards you book a round trip flight for fewer miles and make up the difference in cash. Miles and Money awards are currently only available on flights operated by United and United Express, all other partner airlines are not eligible. You must fly from your origin to destination direct (Connections OK, Stopovers not OK)

For full details please see United's Miles and Money Awards.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Bonus Offer Picks of the Week - Feb 1-5

The Bonus Offer Picks of the Week is a new feature that I am going to try to run regularly each Monday. I will list my top picks of all the offers posted from the previous week. I hope you enjoy these and that you are able to take advantage of some of them:

Bonus Offer For Flying
Etihad Guest: Earn up to Triple Miles for flights in First or Business class with Etihad Airways. Earn Triple miles in Diamond First Class (Valid only to members who have not flown in in Diamond First Class in the past 12 months) or Double Miles in Pearl Business Class (valid only to members who have not flown in in Pearl Business Class or Diamond First Class in the past 12 months) . Book online today at Etihadairways.com Valid until Mar 20, 10

Bonus Offer For Staying (Airline Miles)
Cathay Pacific Asia Miles: Double Asia Miles and complimentary daily breakfast for two when you stay at Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts Worldwide for a minimum of two consecutive nights at Best Available Rate. Full Details and online booking Until Mar 31, 10.
not applicable to stays at Swissôtel Le Concorde and Swissôtel Gocek

Bonus Offer For Staying (Hotel Points)

Scandic Frequent Guest: Double Night Credits towards Elite Status for every night you stay at a Scandic Hotel in Stockholm. Full Details and Online Booking. Feb 4 - Apr 6, 10

Bonus Offer For Driving

Delta SkyMiles: Quadruple SkyMiles when you rent a Budget vehicle for 2 or more consecutive days at participating airport locations in the U.S. and Canada. Mention coupon # MUAZ006 and your Delta SkyMiles number when making your advance reservation at Budget.com Until Mar 31, 10

Bonus Offer For Other Activities
QANTAS Frequent Flyer: Earn up to 50,000 Bonus Frequent Flyer Points when you apply for and receive the QANTAS American Express Ultimate Credit Card. Full Details. Sign up by Apr 15, 10 Residents of Australia only

Bonus Page Updates Feb 1-5, 2010

Feb 5 - Air Baltic BalticMiles | Air Berlin Top Bonus | Air Canada Aeroplan | Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan | bmi Diamond Club | China Eastern Eastern Miles | Hawaiian Hawaiian Miles | Icelandair Saga Club | Kulula Jetsetters | Malaysia Airlines Enrich | Marriott Rewards | Miles & More | Royal Brunei Royal Skies | Sol Melia Mas Rewards | Ukraine International Panorama Club | Virgin Atlantic Flying Club

Feb 4 - American AAdvantage | Cathay Pacific Asia Miles | China Airlines Dynasty Flyer | Delta SkyMiles | Hyatt Gold Passport | Japan Airlines Mileage Bank | Jet Airways Jet Privilege | Midwest Miles | Priority Club | QANTAS Frequent Flyer | TAP Portugal Victoria

Feb 3 - Accor A|Club | Carlson Hotels GoldpointsPlus | Scandic Frequent Guest | US Airways Dividend Miles | Velocity Rewards

Feb 2 - AeroMexico Club Premier | Air China Phoenix Miles | Amtrak Guest Rewards | ANA Mileage Club | Avianca AviancaPlus | British Airways Executive Club | Philippine Airlines Mabuhay | Scandinavian EuroBonus

Feb 1 - Etihad Guest | Frontier Early Returns | JetBlue TrueBlue

Thursday, February 4, 2010

IHG targets disgruntled Hilton HHonors members

In a very smart marketing tactic, InterContinental Hotels Group Priority Club is taking advantage of the recent devaluation of the Hilton HHonors program (see our Nov 3, 2009 post). In the wake of all the negative press and backlash on the Internet, IHG realized that the increased number of points required for HHonors reward stays was something the could use to try and pull business away from Hilton.

How is IHG taking advantage of this? By launching the 'Luckiest Loser' promotion where they will give any HHonors member 1,000 free Priorty Club points just for registering, plus a chance to gain back up to 20% of your HHonors points in Priority Club points (max 20K) if you have on e of the top 20,000 HHonors balances and the luckiest loser, who is the HHonors member with the highest verified balance, will win 2,000,000 Priority Club points.

Since launching, the promo has already made its way through to some of the more popular travel blogs, forums and press and the comments from HHonors members are that they are taking advantage of the free points (whether or not they plan on staying at an IHG hotel) and some look forward to trying to win the luckiest loser, I have seen some HHonors members state they have between 200,000 - 900,000 HHonors points in their accounts at this time, so I know my measly 15,000 or so won't even come close to coming in the top 20,000 losers.

Definitely a good move on IHG's part, build a database of HHonors members which will allow them to provide targeted offers to them to try and pull them away from Hilton and keep them in the IHG brand of hotels.

For more details on the promo and to sign up for it please visit IHG's Luckiest Loser page

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Choice Hotels wants grow Internationally yet only targets the U.S. in their promos?

I have been meaning to comment about a couple of hotel chain reward programs that offer some decent system-wide bonus point opportunities but usually only target them to the U.S. market. When I read this blog post about Choice Hotels wanting to grow Internationally it reminded me of the subject and I think now is the perfect time to comment on it.

Of the two hotel programs I mention above, one is Choice Privileges, the Frequent Guest program for Choice Hotels International. I have been posting bonus offers for the Choice Privileges program for many years and I would have to say that at least 75% if not more of their system-wide promotions were for members based in the U.S. only, the remaining 25% may have included Canada and the Caribbean as well. I have actually talked to Choice Hotels about this as I am affiliated with them and they wanted to know how we could increase bookings via the Frequent Flyer Bonuses Group of websites. I told them to increase bookings they need to open up the promotions to members outside of the U.S. but up until this blog post, they told me there focus was strictly on the U.S. market.

So the question is, will Choice Hotels bonus point promotions be expanded to include more or if not all possible members to help them grow Internationally? With the current promotion that runs until Feb 18 (see our Choice Privileges page), it has two options, you can earn Triple Privileges Points or Triple Airline Miles. The points option is only available to U.S. members and Miles option appears to be open to anyone. So here Choice does give an option to non U.S. members, however by offering only the miles, the member is remaining loyal to that airline program not to Choice Privileges. If Choice opened the points offering to all non U.S. members, some would choose to earn points and those members have a greater chance at staying at another Choice Hotel in the future to help build up their Privileges balance for a free stay. Right now, someone may stay at Choice Hotels for the miles but once the Feb 18 deadline comes up there is nothing stopping that person from staying at another hotel chain as they have no loyalty to Choice.

One thing I am not aware of, is if their is an issue with their IT or corporate procedures that prevents Choice Privileges from offering system wide promotions Internationally. If they want to compete with and become one of the top Frequent Guest Programs this is something that needs to be done.

I don't mean this post to bash Choice Hotels, as I stated above we are actually affiliated with them and would like to see our partnership be successful but with much of our traffic originating from Frequent Flyers and Guests that are from outside of the U.S. it makes it difficult to do that.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Malev Duna Club the latest program to jump on the Status Match Bandwagon

Following in the footsteps of nearby European Airlines (Alitalia, CSA, and others), Duna Club, the FFP of Malev Hungarian Airlines is offering a status match for elite members of any other airline who have flown with Malev in the past three months. Here is the direct wording from the Malev site:

If you already hold a premium frequent flyer card with any airline and you would like to swap your existing Duna Club membership card for a higher tier card, all you have to do is send us a copy of your existing premium tier loyalty card plus the documents (air tickets, boarding cards) related to all Malév scheduled flights you have taken in the past three months, and we will raise your Duna Card tier to that of your existing card.

Please send the abovementioned documents to the following:

E-mail: dunaclub@malev.hu

Fax: 36 1 235 3244

Source: Malev


Bonus Page Updates Jan 18-21

We are back from vacation and time to get at the bonus offers, we literally have hundreds to put onto to the site, so be sure to check it daily for updates!

Jan 21 - Carlson Hotels GoldpointsPlus | Hawaiian Hawaiian Miles
Jan 20 - Best Western Rewards | China Southern Sky Pearl
Jan 19 - Air Canada Aeroplan | Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan | Cathay Pacific Asia Miles | Gol Smiles
Jan 18 - Delta SkyMiles | Priority Club | United Mileage Plus