IHG InterContinental Ambassador Free Weekend Night Certificate Now Also Valid At Kimpton

Written by John Ollila @ LoyaltyLobby

Kimpton Fitzroy London PrincipalIHG runs two parallel guest recognition programs of InterContinental Ambassador and Kimpton Inner Circle in addition to the IHG Rewards Club. InterContinental Ambassador is a paid program that comes with set benefits for that specific brand while Kimpton’s Inner Circle is free, but the status is extended to a very few. You can access the […]

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Marriott Bonvoy & Emirates Your World Rewards 2020

Written by John Ollila @ LoyaltyLobby

Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) had partnerships in place with Delta, China Eastern, and Emirates while Marriott partnered only with United. Marriott promptly ended the Delta tie-up, after buying Starwood, while China Eastern one lasted until May 2019 (read more here). The partnership with Emirates was relaunched in July 2019 (read more here), and Marriott and […]

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Reader Comment: American Express Clawing Back Airline Refunds In Europe

Written by John Ollila @ LoyaltyLobby

A LoyaltyLobby reader sent us a message via Facebook chat about an issue with a flight cancellation and Amex canceling a processed chargeback siding with a scamming airline. Remember to send us questions and comments by email, and Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. We’ll try to cover them here several times a week. Here’s what happened: […]

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Accor ALL Sochi (Russia) Double Points July 1 – September 30, 2020 (Book By August 5)

Written by John Ollila @ LoyaltyLobby

Accor ALL Sochi Double PointsAccor has launched an offer for stays in Sochi (Russia) this summer from July 1 through September 30, 2020. Accor Live Limitless (ALL) members earn double points for stays that are booked using flexible rate plans until August 5. You can access this offer on Accor’s website here. READ MORE: Accor ALL Rate & Bonus […]

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Six Senses “Plan Now, Play Later Certificate” Sale With 20% Bonus Until December 20, 2020

Written by John Ollila @ LoyaltyLobby

IHG owned Six Senses have now gotten into the game of selling certificates with a bonus that are valid for three years after issuance. These “Plan Now, Play Later Certificates” come with a 20% bonus and can be purchase until December 20, 2020. You can access this offer on the Six Senses website here. READ […]

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Sofitel Auckland Folds & Enters Liquidation

Written by John Ollila @ LoyaltyLobby

Accor affiliated hotel in Auckland is facing financial headwinds and has voluntarily entered the liquidation process. Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour, previously Westin, has ceased operations and laid off all 139 employees after receiving N$929K in wage subsidies from the local government. You can access Accor here. READ MORE: Accor ALL Rate & Bonus Points And […]

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IHG Rewards Club Buy Points 100% Bonus With Increased Limit Through July 31, 2020

Written by John Ollila @ LoyaltyLobby

InterContinental Le MoanaIHG Rewards Club has launched a new points sale with a 100% bonus that is valid for purchases made through July 31, 2020. IHG sells points throughout the year (the maximum bonus is 100%), and members can now buy up to 150,000 points every calendar year before any targeted offers. You can check your personalized […]

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IHG Rewards Club Gold & Platinum Fast Track July 7 – December 30, 2020

Written by John Ollila @ LoyaltyLobby

IHG Rewards Club has brought back the Gold and Platinum fast track offers for sign-ups until December 30, 2020. Members who register for this offer have 90 days to complete it. You need two nights for Gold and five for Platinum. You can access this offer on IHG’s website here. READ MORE: IHG Rewards Club […]

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Accor ALL Middle East & Africa 50% Off + Double Points Through March 31, 2021 (Book By September 30)

Written by John Ollila @ LoyaltyLobby

Accor has launched a new offer with Visa for stays at participating hotels in the Middle East and Africa until March 31, 2021. Accor Live Limitless (ALL) members get a 50% discount and earn double points if paid using Visa. You must book this offer by September 30. You can access and sign up for […]

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IAG Folds LEVEL France (OpenSkies)

Written by John Ollila @ LoyaltyLobby

LEVELAfter shutting down LEVEL Europe (read more here), based in Austria, IAG has decided to shut OpenSkies France that has operated under LEVEL-brand. IAG (International Airlines Group) is the parent of British Airways, Iberia, Aer Lingus, Vueling, and whatever is left of LEVEL. Here’s an excerpt from Le Figaro (access their piece here): The airline […]

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IHG Ana Hotels Japan “Relax For Longer” Staycation Offer Through August 31, 2020 (Book By July 31)

Written by John Ollila @ LoyaltyLobby

IHG ANA hotels in Japan have launched a “Relax For Longer” rate plan for stays at participating properties until August 31, 2020. The offer comes with early check-in and late check-out, breakfast for two, and F&B discount on your next stay between August 1 – September 30. You can access this offer on IHG’s website […]

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Emirates Requires Negative Covid-19 From Select Destinations Effective July 10, 2020

Written by John Ollila @ LoyaltyLobby

Emirates has been slowly ramping up its flight activity after grounding most fleet, sans few cargo and expatriation flights, for a couple of weeks this spring. The airline will require, starting tomorrow, from July 10, 2020, that passengers originating from Covid-19 hotspots to have a negative Covid-19 test administered no more than 96 hours before […]

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United Airlines May Layoff Half Of Its Employees On October 1, 2020

Written by John Ollila @ LoyaltyLobby

United Airlines, according to the WSJ, is considering laying off close half of its employees (36,000) on October 1, 2020, once the government-subsidized payroll protection runs out. The airline is still burning $40M per day ($1B+ per month) and is trying to reduce the employee numbers by using voluntary buyout programs first. Here’s an excerpt […]

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IHG InterContinental Ambassador ‘Benefits Guarantee’ In Place As Of July 1, 2020

Written by John Ollila @ LoyaltyLobby

IHG introduced Ambassador “Benefits Guarantee” in early 2019 (read more here) that allows some InterContinentals to deposit a small number of points instead of providing FIRM benefits. IHG suspended this guarantee for a month from May 30 until June 30, 2020 (read more here), but it is again enforced as of July 1st. You can […]

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Air Canada Aeroplan New Airline Partner: Azul

Written by John Ollila @ LoyaltyLobby

Air Canada has a new partner effective today in Brazil for earning and redeeming Aeroplan miles (no fuel surcharges on awards). Aeroplan members can earn redeemable miles (not Altitude qualifying) on flights operated by Azul. You can access Aeroplan’s page for partners here. Here’s the Aeroplan earnings chart for Azul flights: Conclusion Azul already has […]

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