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Summaries and links for all the posts which appeared on Traveling For Miles this week. Includes how to get up to 15% cashback at IHG and Accor properties, a detailed look at the latest Starwood hotel category changes, an update on British Airways’ wi-fi rollout, news that Qatar airways is making negative changes to upgraded tickets and a lot more.
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Two pieces of news coming out of BA and, for a change, both are pretty positive. The airline is finally putting aircraft in the air which offer Wi-Fi (although the rollout appears to be competing with the world’s glaciers for the slowest possible speed) and it has negotiated lounge access for BA/oneworld elites (those flying with BA) at three more European lounges.
If you hold a co-branded Hilton credit card you can buy Hilton Honors points for as little as 0.5 cents each in the current sale. Depending on where you’re looking to stay this could offer a good way to save some money on your next stay.
News of a new Kimpton property to be opened in southern California, details of how United is copying Delta (again) and clamping down on fake emotional support animals (expect American Airlines to follow any day now) and news of a new Grand Hyatt opening in the Caribbean.
Club Carlson has followed IHG’s lead and announced a series of category changes for 124 hotels in its portfolio. Where Club Carlson differs from IHG is that the category changes are almost evenly split between the number of properties moving up a category and the number moving down and the results of the changes aren’t actually all that bad.
As soon as Christmas was over Joanna, MJ and I headed back across the Atlantic to get some much-needed LA sunshine and to escape the European winter. We ended up flying with British Airways and booking the Andaz West Hollywood and, because I think it could be useful to others planning trips, I thought I’d share the details of why we booked what we did, how we went about booking and how much it all cost.
American Airlines is back with yet another mileage sale and, in its latest promotion, the airline is offering to sell AAdvantage Miles from 2.02 cents each….but is this any good?
Qatar Airways has introduced a new rule under which travelers upgrading to Business and First Class using QMiles/QPoints will now only receive the benefits of the original cabin they were ticketed in – this means no more lounge access if you upgrade from Economy to Business Class.
Those of you who remember life before the internet, cell phones, overpaid sports stars and mind-numbing reality TV (and the “stars” that go with it) may remember the Crocodile Dundee movies of the 1980’s (I’m ignoring the disastrous attempt at a re-boot in 2001). Well, Crocodile Dundee is back….or at least his son is.
Starwood is offering a sale on Starpoints with SPG members currently eligible for a discount of 35% on the regular price. With that in mind I’m going to use this post to take a look at the various ways you can use Starpoints purchased in this promotion and offer my opinion on where the better value lies.
The UK’s aviation watchdog/regulator, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced that it is looking into the seating policies adopted by a number of airlines following complaints from the public that they have been unfairly separated from their traveling companions.
Qantas plans on calling its new Perth lounge an “international transit lounge” and, in keeping with the name, the airline will only grant access to those traveling to/from London on the new non-stop Dreamliner service. Travelers on all other international flights (including other flights departing T3) will be asked to use the lounges in T4.
Le Club Accor has released its latest global promotion which offers bonus points to guests making one, two or three stays during the offer period – the more stay you make the larger the points bonus gets.
TopCashback is a site I’ve mentioned a few times in the past as it offers cashback at hundreds of retailers in both the US and the UK. Right now the US and the UK sites offering some very tempting looking cashback deals on bookings made with some of the bigger hotel chains.
Hilton is introducing 3 new European Curio Collection properties in early 2018 and with the properties all offering a boutique hotel experience and located in great parts of their respective cities, these should be good additions to the Hilton portfolio.
Starwood’s hotel category changes for 2018 have been released so here’s a close look at the moves announced well as a look a the changes we’ll be seeing within the more popular Starwood brands like St Regis, W Hotels and the Luxury Collection.
American Airlines Vacations has launched a new promotion in which it’s offering 10,000 AAdvantage Miles to those who book a flight + hotel package on one of its three new European coming in 2018.