Sunday, August 31, 2008
Not much money we are talking about, but something always better than nothing and no extra effort is needed.
The biggest advantage of SPG program now is no capacity control on its standard room redemption, but Hilton has matched this benefit earlier this year. Marriott will match this benefit soon. Hyatt is already easy to find an award room. while other competitors are catching up, SPG soon will make its move ahead of others again.
In addition, SPG already has the best elite recognition in the industry, Suite upgrades, 4:00pm checkout, the new benefits should improve the elite program even better.
let's wait and see
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Most Asia programs have fixed expiration date, you can not extend them, either use them or lose them.
My favorite BMI program has no expiration date.
Friday, August 29, 2008
I now post again just in case anyone needs it.
many times, the rate can save u lots of money, but make sure to compare with normal daily rate.
I then send them a email and I knew many other people sent too. NWA realized they screwed and promised to post everything else by today, which they did. Everything is there. Happy to get extra 60K NW miles, enough for 2 business class ticket anywhere within Asia
Must book on continental.com rental car page(according to T&C), use BCD U072500 and Coupon code MUAZ041.
Offer not valid at Birmingham, AL (BHM); Memphis, TN (MEM); Kansas City, MO (MCI) and Omaha, NE (OMA).
Offer valid from Sep 1st-Sep 30th,2008.
go to www.kimptonhotels.com and use code "BAN" or call 1-800-Kimpton and request "Sleep in Style"
BTW, kimptonhotels have their own Frequent Guest Programs too.
Book via Virginamerica.com/BR before Sep 15,and travel by Dec 15,2008, valid on any fare(economy class)
Blackout: Nov 21st-Dec 1st.
I believe the code is for one time use only, so if you want book SFO-LAX flight, DON'T use the code, save for people who need on Transcontinental Flight.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
YYZ-LGA(stopover), JFK-NRT(stopover)-PEK-NRT-JFK(open jaw)
Total cost 90000 AA miles+157 in taxes and fees, not bad.
Plus, I booked 2 nights at Park Hyatt Tokyo using my Hyatt promotional free night award in my account. Great place to spend my awards and use my 72 hours shore pass for Chinese Passport.
I used Qantas Airways website to search award availability for oneworld partners, but they don't show JL and CX flight, so I use British Airways website to search now. Although it doesn't show everying, but it does offer more partners availability than Qantas Website.
I have not found any discrepancies between BA webiste and AA call center yet. After u did ur research and call AA to book, it will be much easier for u and agent.
Another reason I am using AA miles for this trip is ability to change without a fee even AFTER my trip starts as long as I keep the the same routing and carrier.
With UA and US or BD award, you can not change anything once ur trip starts unless you are using UA miles and the remaining is on UA only
With CO, NW and DL miles, you can change anytime you want, but every change requires a fee unless you are top elite of respective programs
You can still buy them at orbitz.com at slightly higher price, but not as cheap as $200 USD
next time PLEASE DON'T post those deals at places like hot uk deal or fat wallet.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
- No blackout dates for points redemption for standard rooms
- increase of Platinum member elite bonus from 30% to 50%
- 4th night free on a 3 night hotel redemption using points
However, soon after release from flytalk, a Marriott representative posted a comment:
"Earlier today, information about possible changes to the Marriott Rewards program was mistakenly published on Marriott.com.
Based upon your feedback regarding blackout dates and capacity controls, we are evaluating potential program enhancements. We have nothing to announce at this time. We’re sorry for any confusion this might have caused and we'll be sure to provide advanced notice of any future changes.
I am not a big fun of Marriott programs for many reasons, they provide the worst elite recognitions and award redemption inventory(especially after Hilton removed capacity controls on standard room redemption). If No blackout dates for points redemption for standard rooms can come ture for Marriott, it definitely helps the program, so let wait and see.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
1 Worldperks and Skymiles program will not be merge together until government approves merger. I am expecting by end of 2009 or early 2010, both programs will finish process and become Delta Skymiles, so you sill have some time to burn ur NW miles with NW rate.
2 Worldperks Elite and Skymiles Elite will get upgrade on each other dometic flight in this coming fall.
Monday, August 25, 2008
- $35 off 2 Nights Hotel Stay
Code "35ORBDOT" Exp 12/31
- $50 off 3 Nights Hotel Stay
Code "50AFFORB" Exp 12/31, Code "OPAHPP50" Exp 9/30
- $75 off 4 Nights Hotel Stay
Book by 12/31, travel by 2/1/2009
- $100 off 5+ Nights Hotel Stay
Book by 8/31, travel by 11/15
Bookable on http://www.expedia.com.au
Price as low as 280 AUD, that's equal to around 240 USD
The price includes everthing. Act quickly!!!!
AS long as you book and get a TICKET number, ur ticket will be valid!!
It seems like 280 AUD fare is not available everyday, You can also use www.Orbitz.com to book.
Update: Deal is valid for travel MON-Thursday, return must be within 30 days from departure. It is better to use both websites I mentioned above, price is cheaper one or the other depends on destination
NOTE: The deal is not working FROM US
Credit to flyertalk.com
go to http://www.airasia.com/ and book from 26 - 31 Aug 2008 for travel btw Apr 1st- July 31st, 2009
Friday, August 22, 2008
- New York
- Los Angeles
- San Francisco
- Washington DC
- Las Vegas
That means you will get 3000 miles per stay at Hilton, Conrad, Doubletree, Embassy Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, Hilton Grand Vacations Club and The Waldorf=AstoriaTM Collection or 600 miles at Hampton Inn & Homewood Suites.
You will also get 1000 Hilton bonus points
bookable on expedia.com, using multi city search.
the trip should under $1300 USD in total and free stopover permitted. I found if stopover in HKG, fare did not increase, if Stopover both SIN and HKG, fare increase by $200.
Another routing possible,
You can have stopover in SIN and SYD for total 1600 USD, without stopover, the fare is $200 cheaper. Please note you should select the SYD-SAN/LAX/SEA/SFO leg with connecting in Vancouver rather than AKL, because AC has no traffic right to sell you a ticket Between NZ-US(even it's operate by Air New Zealand) without touching Canada. Ticket can not be on AC 9507.
Update: More routing possible from KUL- US west coast via SIN and PVG, KIX, ICN, NRT with stopover permitted. Aslo it valid to US east coast with few hundred more.
Credit to Flyertalk
Hyatt, Hyatt Place and Summerfield Suite all qualify for stay requirement.
However, when you redeem ur award,
"A minimum of a three-night award stay is required for Faster Free Nights Award(s) redemption in non-resort hotels during mid-week (i.e., Monday through Thursday). One or two-night stays at non-resort hotels are available on weekends only. A weekend is generally defined as Friday through Sunday, but may vary to conform to local custom and practice in certain countries. Faster Free Nights Award(s) redemption is not valid at Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego or Hyatt Regency Paris — Madeleine"
A great Promotion, I think I and my wife will make at least 20 free nights before promotion ends.
AAA Rate can knock down the room rate significantly and earn credits
P.S, If you enroll in Hyatt after I mentioned here, but before today, your will get 2 free nights after 2 stays. It is too late now.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
use PC code 123631 between 20 August and 30 September 200, you will get double BMI miles, even just for one day rental.
For US rental, use AAA CDP 116, which will you discount and not consider as Corp rate.
A great 3400 miles for 1 day rental:)
Note: booking via other website is not eligible for double miles and only BMI own CDP and AAA CDP will not consider as Corp rate.
Credit to Flytalk.com
2 Rental Car: I credit all Airport rental 2 or more days to Delta program since Avis/Budget offer big bonus for airport locations. For 1 day airport rental 5000 miles for Delta is a good option. For Non Airport rental, 1700 miles BMI diamond club for Hertz or 1000 miles for Virgin Atlantic for Avis . I may also credit to Hertz #1 points depends on price of the rental. In addition, National has a promotion which gives you 1 free rental day after 2 rentals, so I may also rental from them during the promotion period.
3 Shopping: I rarely credit my shopping miles to any airline programs unless there is very special promotion such as Northwest Mom and Dad few months ago. I acutally credit them to Marriott Rewards program because with Marriott Travel package award, the points can be transferred to airline miles on 1:1 basis. The earning for shopping with Marriott points are generally better than Airline miles. Also, Cashback sometimes is a option too, use evreward.com to check which program/cashback give u the best value.
4 Credit Card: I do not use any Airline Credit Cards, but I have them because of signup bonus and cancel them before annual fee due. However, American Airline Mastercard/Business is worth to keep because quarterly discounted award redemption pays the annual fee. All my Credit card purchase points go to Citi Thankyounetwork Program, but that is a different story. I have Citi Amex Platinum with Thankyou network, Premier Pass Elite with Thankyou Network and Citi Professional with Thankyounetwork. I also have SPG and Hilton Amex cards as a backup, but rarely use them other than staying at those hotels and postal office for Hilton card
5 Hotel Stays: I credit my hotel stays to hotel program except with Hilton Double dipping, the airlines miles part credit to BMI diamond Club.
Most my miles come from above five catergories, all other catogories are not primary sources and only getting them on promotional basis.
1 Business/ First class ticket
2 Last minutes travel, still should looking for premium cabin first because most airlines will release more Business/First seats as getting closer to departure date.
3 hard to reach/non popular destinations, those places normally have higher fares due to no competition, still should look for business/first class cabin first.
Then how much do I value them in each programs, the highest value should go to British Diamond Club, there is no single program can really compete on BMI redemption value, I have a summary on BMI redemption in here.
Like any other programs, BMI has its disadvantage too. The miles requirement to Asia area/from Asia area is generally very high (except from Asia to certain
Then third place goes to American Airline because all miles credit count toward lifetime status, which 1Million will get u lifetime Gold and 2 million get you lifetime Platinum. Also, from
Then next is Delta/NWA, I still give them relatively high value due to its Intra Asia business award, especially with Delta, you can have one stopover and one open jaw.
I do not give US airways miles too much value because they are hard to earn from flying after eliminating Elite bonus miles. Also, those
Continental Airlines is the only program I have no account with because I can not find any advantage on their program. However, once CO joins the Star alliance, things will be different.
If you travel frequently on Short haul flight (like LAX-SJC) and served by Southwest Airlines, their Rapid Rewards program is an option for you.
I have wrote a topic on best redemption value for each airlines, you can read them here
buy Onboard price increase
• Shelf-stable items increase from $5 to $6.
• Fresh items increase from $7 to $9.
For domestic flight with three cabin, business class will get free Buy onboard meal instead of regular meal.
Staffing will be adjusted to FAA minimums.
Buy onboard service for IAD depature to Europe in Economy Class(Except Kuwait), so eat before getting on the plane.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
However, Hyatt Diamond member desk also confirmed that the famous "Faster Free night" promotion is coming back on Sept 1st, 2008-Dec 31st 2008. You will also get a free night after 2 stays by paying with MasterCard.
Currently, Hyatt.com has not release the ""Faster Free night" promotion yet,so enroll now will get u the first free night promotion, then when hyatt release "Faster Free night", you will enroll 2 promotions at the same time.
The reason I ask you to enroll hyatt program now is because once the ""Faster Free night" releases, the first free night promotion will be gone.
Friday, August 15, 2008
Save 15% on travel for 3 - DF3PSGR
Save 20% on travel for 4 - DF4PSGR
To qualify, book your reservations on AA.com by 11:59 p.m. (CT) Tuesday, August 19, 2008, and travel between September 3 and October 31, 2008*. Discount code DF2PSGR is 10% off travel for 2 passengers on the same itinerary. Discount code DF3PSGR is 15% off travel for 3 passengers on the same itinerary. Discount code DF4PSGR is 20% off travel for 4 passengers on the same itinerary. All discounts are applied to the base fare and do not apply to taxes and fees. Promotion codes are not combinable. Travel is valid on one-way or round-trip coach class non-stop travel between New York City (JFK, LGA) and Boston (BOS), Washington D.C. (DCA), Chicago (ORD), Jacksonville (JAX), Orlando (MCO), West Palm Beach (PBI), Tampa (TPA), Ft. Myers (RSW), Ft. Lauderdale (FLL), Miami (MIA), Key West (EYW), Los Angeles (LAX, SNA, BUR, ONT), Monterey (MRY), San Luis Obispo (SBP), Santa Barbara (SBA), Palm Springs (PSP), San Diego (SAN), San Jose (SJC), San Francisco (SFO) and Sacramento (SMF). Just enter the DealFinder promotion code and save!
*Valid travel days do not include October 9-14, 2008.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Pointbreak award is the best place to spend you holidayinn points. If you see the hotel you want is on the list, make the reservation now because participant properties can change any time. you can always cancel later.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Friday, August 8, 2008
IF you are Gold or Diamond member, you have option to select
Hilton and Doubletree and Conrad: room upgrade, free internet or 1000 points
Embassy Suite: some snacks or 1000 bonus points(500 for Gold)
Homestead Suite:250 bonus points or Two bottles of water per stay and Pepperidge Farm cookies
Hilton Garden Inn:Complimentary Full American Breakfast for you and one guest (guest must be registered in the hotel) throughout your stay and upgraded room accommodations (subject to availability upon check-in) or 750 bonus points.
The Waldorf=Astoria Collection:One category room upgrade (excludes suites and the Napua Tower at Grand Wailea). If room upgrade is not available, you will receive both of the remaining options and 1,000 Hilton HHonors bonus points or Discount at select resort facilities (may include spa, golf, restaurant, etc.)
Hampton Inn: One bottle of water and one snack item or 250 HHonors bonus points
If you have not change your preference yet, go to HiltonHHonors.com/myway to change. For the past few years, you still receive upgrade benefit even if you select points option in North America, so just select points for all chains.
This is another good move after eliminating blackout date for award redemption.
"$50 off 3 nights: 50AFFORB [Exp. 12/31]
$60 off 3 nights: VISAVIP [Exp. 8/15]
$75 off 4 nights: 4ODWR75 [book by 12/31, travel by 2/15/09]
$100 off 5 nights: EQUALITY100 [book by 08/31, travel by 11/15]
$200 off 5 Night stay in Hawaii: ORBHI200 [Exp 8/7]
Tips on combining codes: These codes are not “stackable”. But if you wanted to do a longer trip such as a 7 day trip, do two separate transactions. For days 1-3 use code VISAVIP for $60 off 3 nights. Then for days 4-7 use code 4ODWR75 for $75 off 4 nights.
VISAVIP+4ODWR75 = $135 off 7 nights "
Detail is here
Too bad, there is no a single good restaurant around my area, so I just pass this promotion
I can refer you to join Emerald Club, so I can get 1 free rental day. Send me a email if you want a referal.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
use qunar.com to search the date you want to travel, then link from there to hainan air website for booking. International credit card accepted.
No Frequent flyer miles will be given.
Us air has been creative for all kinds of fee and program changes, checked bag, soda, coffoe, water, , drop min 500 miles credit, drop elite bonus miles, and soon pillow, they are not to far away from charging for using restroom.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Monday, August 4, 2008
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Redeem on BA.com and valid for US address BA member only, select ORY not CDG as destination airport.
Credit to flyertalk.com
Here is the link, the price is 0.0275 per mile + 7.5% tax with min 2,000 miles. you can buy max 50000 per year, 100,000 miles will cost you only 1478.00, not a bad deal if you use miles for business class travel.