Friday, February 27, 2009

I am still around!

was sick last week and currently on the road, will have more update soon.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Starwood new yearly catergory change effect March 2nd

Starwood just published new hotel category level for up coming 2009, due to US dollar appreciation, More hotels are moving down in category than up, this is really a great news.

In addition, they eliminate all peak season award level, so all category 5 need 12000 points, all cat 6 need 20000 and all cat 7 need 30000. More detail can be found here

They did the right thing.

I have not carefully review the list yet, but one of my favoriate shanghai property-Le Royal Meridien go up to Cat 5

Here is spreadsheet made by SC Flier shows all the changes as of March 2, 2009

Thursday, February 19, 2009

A nice Hyatt bonus promotion for Northern California Properties

book and stay btw now until Apr 30th, earn 5000 bonus at selected Northern California Properties, offer code NCAL5K

Although, you can only put one promotion code under offer code section when reserve the room, the hotel front desk is able to put three codes under offer code section. This is definitely combinable with G1/2/3/4 promotion. Just make sure u let them know when u checkout and double check all offer code is on ur receipt offer code box.

So if you stay at SFO airport propertty at $120 per night. you will get 5K+1K(assume G1)+2K(assume it's ur first 2 nights on night after night promotion)+1200(room rate)=9200 as a general member.

Not bad, isn't it?

20% bonus for AMEX Membership reward transfer to Delta

From now to March 31st, transfer MR points to Delta and earn 20% bonus. You need to register here

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

25% off on All Virgin America Flights( Used already(

book and fly anytime before April 1st, 2009, and enter the unique code [E769FC24]

Bonus miles to Beijing on United

You need to register here, then book btw Feb 6th-Mar 2nd and fly btw March 2nd through Apr 30th, 2009.

earn 10,000 bonus miles for fares in United First (F or A); 5,000 bonus miles for select fares in United Business (C or D); 3,000 bonus miles for Z-class fares in United Business; and 3,000 bonus miles for select fares in United Economy (Y,B,M,H).

Delta buy miles 100% bonus promotion is back

Buy Miles between February 15 and March 31, 2009, and we will give you a 100% mileage bonus with your transaction.

The link is here

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Bonus from Delta Max Miles Promotion posted

I mentioned the promotion here last year and today all bonus miles posted correctly.

305,000 in total, not bad!!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Finnair also has super cheap discount ticket to Europe from HKG

Found this on finnair website, total cost is 5353 HKD(690USD) to pretty much anywhere in Europe, ticket is booked under R class, but for some reason R class is earning 100% on AA and also 100% elite bonus.

AA is offering super low fare from HKG-US or v.v, 616 all in

I was trying to get a ticket from HKG back to states in May, but found this fare.

Valid for departure before Apr 30, max stay 30 days, from HKG-LAX is 616, from HKG-JFK is 709, must book before Feb 16th,2009. price are slightly higher from US

from HKG-NRT is codeshare with CX or JL, if you have AA EVIP upgrade certificate, u need to find a date with N class because some dates I looked have Q class.

UA is offering discounted award redemption to Europe

The link is here, must book online

  • Economy Saver Awards available for 40,000 miles instead of 55,000
  • Travel now through May 14, 2009, except blackout dates April 6 through April 15, 2009
  • Valid on United marketed and operated flights only
  • All other standard Mileage Plus rules and restrictions apply
valid for travel to/from Amsterdam (AMS), Brussels (BRU), Frankfurt (FRA), Geneva (GVA), London (LHR), Moscow (DME), Munich (MUC), Paris (CDG), Rome (FCO), and Zurich (ZRH).

Holiday inn, Holidayinn Express and Crowne Plaza China 72 hours sale

Got this email yesterday, from Feb 16th-18, book online to get special discount on HI,HIX and CP in China.

Here is the detail of promotion

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Hilton Bora Bora Nui is available for award redemption now

I mentioned here and here on new addition to Hilton family at French Polynesia, now they are available to redeem at 40000 points per night or 175000 per 6 nights, the room type is Lagoon View King/Twin and I am sure you will get a nice upgrade as Diamond member.

This hotel already has excellent upgrade for Spg Platinum when under SPG chain, under new hilton chain, I would expect the same for now, but after few more months, they probably will charge u for a nice upgrade like Conrad Maldive does.

almost finish my trip planning

I will travel around southwest and central part of China in March, the trip will start from Shanghai and end in Beijing.

Shanghai-Hangzhou(car)-Lijiang(air)-Chengdu(air)-Jiuzhaigou(air)-Chongqing(air)-Yangzi river(cruise)-Yichang-Beijing(air).

Will stay in Westin Shanghai, Le Meridien Shanghai, Park Hyatt shanghai, Hyatt Regency Hangzhou, Sheraton Jiuzhaigou, Sheraton Chengdu, Banyan Tree Lijiang, Banyan Tree Ringha and River Explor Cruise.

Total time will be 1 month, then take a break in Beijing and plan my second trip in coming April.Can not wait......

Starwood Year end gift is here

Unlike past three years, SPG platinum member got one 50%off award redemption and nothing for Gold. This year Platinum get $75 Gift check or one free weekend night and Gold get $25 Gift Check or 1000 bonus points.

I picked free weekend night and points for my wife.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Double Elite qualifing miles on US airways

From February 3 - March 31, 2009, earn double elite qualifing miles on US airways, you have to register then book ur travel.

Amex introduces a new Hilton Credit and increases AXON award level

I saw the discussion on flyertalk few days ago, the new card is called "Sunpass" card, which comes with $75 dollar annual fees.

The benefit includes

-Up to 40,000 Hilton HHonors® bonus points with first purchase — enough for up to five free nights
-Up to 20,000 HHonors bonus points with first eight Hilton Family stays charged to the Card during your first 18 months of Cardmembership
-HHonors Gold VIP status complimentary with your first year; to maintain thereafter, total eligible spend must reach $20,000 annually
-HHonors Diamond VIP status when your total eligible spend reaches $40,000 annually
-$75/year annual fee
-9 HHonors bonus points for every eligible dollar spent at participating Hilton Family hotels
-6 HHonors bonus points for every eligible dollar spent at gas stations, drugstores, and more
-3 HHonors bonus points for virtually every dollar spent elsewhere
-500 HHonors bonus points when you book online at any Hilton Family Hotel Website using your Card

I think this is a great card to have if you can spend enough money to get Gold or Diamond status.

In addition, as a Hilton Amex card holder, you can have AXON 4 nights award at any cat 5 or cat 6 hotels for 125,000 points. However, they adjusted this to 125,000 for 4 nights at cat 5 or 140,000 for 4 nights at cat 6.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Hilton extended its up to 50% off weekend sale

As I expected, they extend this sale to Feb 12th,2009, with this promotion, Hilton Shanghai is only 440RMB per night on weekends

Life in China is sooooooo GOOOOOOOOD!

Just back home now, feel so good, but almost everything is a lot more expensive than US, I mean, really, EVERYTHING.

I will do a lot of travel around China from March-May and will talk about more when I have time

AA buy mile 30% bonus Feb/Mar

Purchase from here before Feb/Mar, this is the best deal for AA miles purchase so far.