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)
Hyatt 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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