FFB News Round Up: Alitalia and TAP add GOL to list of airline partners, Hilton award night category changes, Hyatt to offer free Wi-Fi

Playing catch up here on the news since we haven’t posted any since December 19! Some of these may be old news for you while some of it may not be!

Aeroflot Bonus has added Lotte
Hotels and Resorts as their newest hotel partner. Members of the bonus
program can now earn 500 miles per night in Moscow or 500 miles per stay
at other Lotte Hotels. (Source Aeroflot

Alitalia has added Brazil’s GOL as their newest MilleMiglia airline partner (Source Alitalia

Delta Airlines has opened up an arrivals lounge at
London’s Heathrow airport. The lounge is located in Terminal 3 and is
open to BusinessElite members and SkyMiles Platinum and Diamond members.
(Source: The Points Guy)

Etihad Airways to Codeshare with Hong Kong Airlines. Find out more here.

SAS EuroBonus has changed the earining for their hotel
partner Thon Hotels. As of December 1st, EuroBonus members now earn 500
points per night instead of per stay. Find out more here.

TAP Portugal has aslo added Brazil’s GOL as an airline partner. Victoria members can now burn miles with this low cost airline. (Source: TAP)

Russia’s Transaero Privilege has discontinued their
partnership with World Hotels. Members of the Privilege program can no
longer earn miles for stays at World Hotels. What is interesting is they
state “Opportunities of the Program to earn and use Points constantly
expanding. Follow our news.” but the only partner it seems that
Transaero has added in the past 12 months was Golden Tulip hotels.
(Source Transaero)

Hilton has announced their monthly hotel award
night category changes. 12 hotels move up in categories while 5 hotels
are going down (Source View from the Wing)

becomes the fourth major hotel to announce free Wi-Fi
for stays at their hotels. The big difference with Hyatt’s announcement
today is their lack of limitations on the free Internet that will
become available in February.

“Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) today announced
plans to offer free Wi-Fi at all Hyatt hotels worldwide, providing
connectivity and convenience regardless of booking method or loyalty
program participation.”

As you can see in the excerpt from their press release,
unlike Marriott or SPG who will require you to be a member of their
loyalty programs and also book only via their proprietary booking
channels, Hyatt is making their Internet access free to everyone and
where available, Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond and Platinum tier members
will receive a complimentary upgrade to premium Wi-Fi service.

Earlier in 2014 Marriott bought
South African based Protea Hotels and now 26 of their hotels in South
Afric will become part of Marriott Rewards in February while the
remainder of their hotels in Africa are set to join later in the year.
(Source: Loyalty Traveler)

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