Fabulous Fridays: Reasonable Upgrade Pricing With Emirates Skywards On HKG-BKK-HKG Route (Business to First Class)

Written by Sebastian Powell @ LoyaltyLobby

Our Fabulous Fridays series this week features a pretty decent upgrade opportunity with Emirates Skywards on their Fifth Freedom Hong Kong – Bangkok Route. Emirates Skywards as a currency itself is far from being ideal and I never collected points on them though a family member did and those points were short before expiring so […]

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Japan Airlines International Award & Revenue Tickets Will Be Available 360 Days Prior To Departure Effective April 1st 2019

Written by Sebastian Powell @ LoyaltyLobby

Japan Airlines has made a change in their flight reservation system allowing tickets to be booked 360 days prior to departure (currently 330 days) effective April 1st 2019. This change is valid for international routes and includes both award and revenue tickets in a move that can be seen to align oneworld carriers closer to […]

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Whine Wednesday: Hotels Deceiving Guests – Construction Notices Missing From Hotel Descriptions, Case Hyatt Regency Bali

Written by Sebastian Powell @ LoyaltyLobby

Our Whine Wednesday topic this week is Missing Construction Notices from hotels which sell their rooms without informing guests about ongoing construction inside or around the property. I checked in at the recently reopened Hyatt Regency Bali on Sunday and next door they are building the new Andaz with extremely heavy noise coming over to […]

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Reader Question: Did Emirates Pull Their Current Buy Miles Promotion Prematurely (Advertised Until 12th February 2019)?

Written by Sebastian Powell @ LoyaltyLobby

We got a Reader Question today concerning the purchase of Emirates miles into an account which was supposed to be eligible for their 25% buy miles bonus promotion that was advertised to end by the 12th February 2019 (today). The reader forwarded the email and I checked the T&C of the promotion as well which […]

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American Express U.S. Based Membership Rewards: 30% Transfer Bonus For Hilton Honors (Likely Targeted)

Written by Sebastian Powell @ LoyaltyLobby

American Express Membership Rewards has a new promotion available for their U.S. based members, offering a 30% bonus on Membership Rewards transfers to Hilton Honors. This promotion is showing up on my Platinum Charge Card account and might be targeted as once again it has no expiration date listed, simply that the offer might disappear […]

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Are You An American Express Or Mastercard World Cardholder And Want To Send A Gift For Valentines Day? Enroll In Your ShopRunner Benefit First!

Written by Sebastian Powell @ LoyaltyLobby

American Express & Mastercard World Cardholders (in the U.S.) have a variety of useful yet sometimes unknown benefits attached to their card and one of them is ShopRunner, a feature that provides free shipping with more than 140 retailers. While this might not sound like much, many retailers have mandatory shipping fees that can’t be […]

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Compensation Clinic: Successful Travel Insurance Claim With Allianz For Covered Events During Holiday Trip

Written by Sebastian Powell @ LoyaltyLobby

Our Compensation Clinic case this week is one of my personal claims which I put forward with my travel insurance during a covered trip from Asia to Europe where I had several covered incidents. Remember that you can always email us, send a message via Facebook or use Twitter and include photos too. We’ll try […]

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Another One Bites The Dust: American Airlines Pilot Arrested For Exceeding Blood Alcohol Limits At Manchester Airport

Written by Sebastian Powell @ LoyaltyLobby

Minutes before an American Airlines flight from Manchester to Philadelphia was supposed to take off airport police arrested one of the pilots on suspicion of being under the influence of alcohol above legal limits. The flight was subsequently cancelled and passengers has to be booked onto alternate connections, likely incurring severe delays. Just a few […]

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Etihad Airways And Royal Jordanian Announce New Codeshare Partnership

Written by Sebastian Powell @ LoyaltyLobby

Etihad Airways and Jordanian flag carrier, Royal Jordanian have announced a new codeshare partnership between their respective hubs and destinations in North Africa, Europe, Canada, Asia and Australia. The codeshare flights are open for sale since 7 February 2019, with the first travel date from 15 February. As Etihad Airways continues to fight on after […]

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Award Success: Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Award On Thai Airways Business Class To Bali (First Class Seat Selection)

Written by Sebastian Powell @ LoyaltyLobby

As we recently wrote about the problems with United where it’s impossible to book Thai Airways awards he had an Award Success booking the same flight at very favorable rates via Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer. The desired route was Bangkok to Denpasar, Bali and the price for a Business Class redemption came to only 20,000 SQ […]

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Whine Wednesdays: Chase Hyatt Credit Card Confusion With Elite Qualifying Nights Based On Annual Card Spend

Written by Sebastian Powell @ LoyaltyLobby

Our Whine Wednesday topic this week is the Hyatt Credit Card issued by Chase Bank which allows members to earn 2 qualifying nights per each US$5000 spent with this card. Chase Customer Service Representatives have been giving many conflicting answers to customers who inquired about how their spending would be attributed when going shopping during […]

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American Airlines Buy & Gift AAdvantage Miles 42.5% Bonus + 10% Off Through February 8th, 2019

Written by Sebastian Powell @ LoyaltyLobby

American Airlines AAdvantage has launched a new campaign to purchase miles with up to 42,500 miles bonus plus 10% discount on the price through February 8th, 2019. American Airlines upped a while back the number of miles that you can buy before any bonuses to 150,000 every calendar year. The account that buys or receives […]

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Have You Referred People To An American Express Or Chase Credit Card In 2018? Nasty Surprises Might Be Coming Your Way!

Written by Sebastian Powell @ LoyaltyLobby

This article today follows emails and social media messages we have received from readers who got a very nasty surprise from American Express & Chase Bank after they referred credit card products to people in exchange for a points award bonus. Referrers have now been presented with a retroactive present for last year: IRS form […]

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New IHG Rewards Club, InterContinental Ambassador Breakfast Benefit Officially Starting March 2019

Written by Sebastian Powell @ LoyaltyLobby

I was in touch with the IHG Ambassador Service regarding the refresh coming to the InterContinental Ambassador program and was told that March 1st 2019 is the date the changes will go live. I did inquire with them because I sought clarification from when on the breakfast benefit for Ambassadors in Greater China (including Hong […]

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Caesars Entertainment Total Rewards Program Has Been Renamed “Caesars Rewards” – Status Levels & Benefits Remain

Written by Sebastian Powell @ LoyaltyLobby

Caesars Entertainment has made a change to their Total Rewards program and decided to rename it “Caesars Rewards” likely to attach more brand recognition to their players club. The program was always known as Total Rewards which really could be anything or nothing as it doesn’t relate in any way to the CAESARS brand. Many […]

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Lufthansa Paid 500 Million Euro In Passenger Compensation For All Of 2018

Written by Sebastian Powell @ LoyaltyLobby

A Lufthansa executive has mentioned this week that the airline paid out 500 Million Euro in compensation claims during the 2018 financial year. Lufthansa as a EU carrier is bound by the EC261/2004 regulation which makes them liable for substantial cash payments to passengers affected by long delays during irregular operations. Their liability goes for […]

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United Airlines Mileage Plus: New Targeted Offers For 2019 Status Buy Back & Membership Upgrades

Written by Sebastian Powell @ LoyaltyLobby

United Airlines Mileage Plus has started to send out emails to their members that didn’t qualify for their current status or are close to obtaining the next status level, soliciting 2019 membership upgrades for cash. This promotion has been an annual event with Mileage Plus for the last couple of years (similar to many other […]

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That Was A Fast One: Air Italy Withdraws From India & Thailand Just Months After Inauguration Flights

Written by Sebastian Powell @ LoyaltyLobby

Air Italy, the budget carrier based in Milan, is putting an abrupt halt to their Asia operations as the airline is apparently yanking it’s Bangkok, Delhi and Mumbai routes. Air Italy has been expanding rapidly including ordering a bunch of new Boeing 737 Max-8 as well as 787 Dreamliner aircraft but the markets in India […]

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World Of Hyatt & SLH Partnership Widens: 56 Additional Properties Added – Now 110 Hotels Worldwide

Written by Sebastian Powell @ LoyaltyLobby

Since December 6, 2018, World of Hyatt members can earn points, elite tier night credits and use their points/awards at select Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) and Hyatt just added 56 additional properties to the list of partners. Small Luxury Hotels of the World has more than 500 properties worldwide but only a […]

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