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Hilton Three-Day Flash Sale: Proceed With Caution

October 9, 2013 by Brian Cohen

Through October 11, 2013, Hilton Worldwide is offering sale prices on dozens of select hotel properties in the United Kingdom, Europe, Middles East and Africa which appear to be great room rates starting at £65.00, $101.00 or €77,00 for weekend stays between October 11, 2013 and December 29, 2013 — such as a £56.00 room rate which includes breakfast at the Hilton Birmingham Bromsgrove hotel property in the United Kingdom, which is discounted 30 percent from the regular £80.00 room rate, for example. Not so fast, say underwhelmed FlyerTalk members who report...

Developing News: Starwood Hot Escapes to Be Announced Soon

October 3, 2013 by Brian Cohen

You simply cannot get anything past sharp FlyerTalk members, who in this case caught a premature glimpse of a new program coming soon to the Starwood Preferred Guest frequent guest loyalty program: SPG Hot Escapes. According to FlyerTalk member Starwood Lurker — who is also known as William Sanders, social media specialist and one of the official company representatives of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide on FlyerTalk — “SPG Hot Escapes will...

Indigo Partners Purchases Frontier Airlines

October 1, 2013 by Brian Cohen

According to an official press release, Republic Airways Holdings Incorporated announced earlier today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell Frontier Airlines to an affiliate of Indigo Partners LLC in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $145 million. $36 million — subject to certain adjustments under the purchase agreement — of that $145 million is to...

Double Points: Double Days Amtrak Promotion Extended

October 8, 2013 by Brian Cohen

When the the Double Days promotion by Amtrak Guest Rewards was announced last month, I originally wrote that you can earn double points on qualfying travel on Amtrak trains in the United States through October 31, 2013 — which is unfortunately shorter by a total of 20 days than the promotion last year. Forget what I wrote about the shorter duration of this promotion, as FlyerTalk member AGR Insider — who is the official company representative for Amtrak on FlyerTalk — announced recently that the Double Days promotion has been extended through...

Up to 120% Increase in Points for Rewards? Hertz Devaluation Worse Than Expected?

October 3, 2013 by Brian Cohen

Point redemption levels for rewards for members of the Gold Plus frequent renter loyalty program of Hertz Rent-A-Car were supposed to increase up to 15 percent in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands as of October 1, 2013, as reported here at The Gate on July 2, 2013 — but FlyerTalk members are reportedly experiencing “sticker shock” with some of the increases which have actually been implemented. “The Adrenaline collection got hit pretty hard”, according to content posted by FlyerTalk member turbov6. “Old rate for a 4-day weekend was 3000 points. It’s now...

Earn Double SkyMiles and 250 Medallion Qualification Miles with Hilton HHonors — Yet Again

October 1, 2013 by Brian Cohen

Hilton HHonors members who book a two-night stay from now through December 13, 2013 at select participating Hilton HHonors hotel or resort properties worldwide will earn 250 Medallion Qualification Miles on Delta Air Lines, plus double SkyMiles. Hilton HHonors members who want to take advantage of this promotion need to ensure to...

Flights as Low as $49 Each Way During 72-Hour Winter Sale on Southwest Airlines

October 8, 2013 by Brian Cohen

FlyerTalk members usually wait for months to take advantage of a sale such as this one, as you can now book flights operated by Southwest Airlines for as little as $49.00 each way through Thursday, October 10, 2013 for travel from December 4, 2013 through December 18, 2013 and from January 7, 2014 through February 12, 2014. Even better is that...

Smart Check-In With Universal Key Card: Should Starwood Expand The Program Systemwide?

October 2, 2013 by Brian Cohen

“I stumbled into a insider talk in the lounge between a general manager and a group of hotel industry types”, posts FlyerTalk member lovenola in this discussion. “They are discussing a new program where you can bypass the front desk at check in and use your spg card as a key at any hotel you are checking in to. It’s being tried out on a limited basis right now. Has anyone here participated in this yet?” The “new” program to which lovenola is referring is the Smart Check-In program — a pilot program first launched in 2009 in which certain members of the Starwood Preferred Guest frequent guest loyalty program are selected to participate on an invitation-only basis. You cannot voluntarily opt in and join the pilot program at this time — you must be targeted with an official invitation to participate; and the invitation cannot be transferred to another person. The way the Smart Check-In program works is that...

Earn Up to 100% Bonus Dividend Miles With the Fall Kickoff Promotion

October 1, 2013 by Brian Cohen

Complete at least one activity — or “play” — through November 17, 2013 to earn a bonus of up to 100 percent on your flights operated by US Airways or US Airways Express this fall. You must register for this promotion before you can participate. The “plays” are as follows...

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