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Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week:
Get A 14% Discount On Frontier Airlines: Get a discount of 14% when you purchase Frontier Airlines flights by 11:59 pm EST on January 5, 2014. Travel must take place between January 6 – March 12, 2014. Caution: black out dates are: Jan. 31, 2014-Feb. 3, 2014 and Feb. 13-17, 2014. Also keep in mind that the discount only applies to base fare prices, taxes and fees are excluded. The promo code you must use to book is FLY2014.
Air Canada’s Aeroplan Frequent Flyer Mile Program’s Changes Went Into Effect As Of January 1, 2014: Back in July, Air Canada announced some major changes that would take place in the Aeroplan frequent flyer program on January 1, 2014. There is both good news and bad. The good part is Aeroplan will start charging 50% of the roundtrip cost for one-way award travel. Until now, they charged 67% of the roundtrip cost for a one-way award so this is a significant improvement. However, the bad news is that Aeroplan is increasing redemption levels by about 20% across the board.
Hyatt’s Gold Passport Program Changes Go Into Effect January 7, 2014: Starting early next week, Hyatt Gold Passport’s new redemption levels will go into effect including a new top-tier Category 7 and higher award night requirements in Categories 5-6 as well as higher redemption rates for suites. For more details read our post on the full devaluation and new award chart.
Judge Rules that US Homeland Security Can Check Your Laptops: U.S. District Judge Robert Korman in Brooklyn, New York ruled that airport security agents can check your laptop without any reasonable suspicion. However, this could change if there are constant laptop searches. “If suspicionless forensic computer searches at the border threaten to become the norm, then some threshold showing of reasonable suspicion should be required,” Korman said.
IHG Includes Free Access For All Members: Beginning this month, internet access will be available to all IHG® Rewards Club members free of charge at all IHG hotels located in the Americas, Greater China, Asia, Middle East and Africa with or without a hotel reservation and/or qualifying stay. That means you do not have to be a guest at any particular hotel to take advantage of this deal, only an IHG Rewards Club member. Unfortunately, hotels in Europe are not included in this promotion. Of course, this promotion will vary by hotel and details regarding a property’s internet accessibility will be available at the hotel’s registration desk. The Venetian and The Palazzo do not offer the free internet access benefit, which is instead included in the daily resort fee.
Win Cash With Inspiration Travel Writing Contest: What inspires you when traveling or planning a trip? Write about it and win cash. The We Said Go travel community will give three prizes the best three articles about a place that inspires you to spend your time with no regrets. The first prize is $1,000, second prize is $500 and third prize is $250. Cash prizes will be paid through PayPal in US dollars, and all winning entries will be promoted on We Said Go Travel. You have until February 14, 2014 to submit your article.
Best Western Get Your Kicks On Route 66 Contest: Best Western is offering a Route 66 Scavenger Hunt. Search throughout the Best Western Route 66 website and submit the name of the city you found the photo in. Submit your answer along with your e-mail address and Best Western Rewards member number and you could win a $100 Best Western Travel Card and 6,600 Rewards Points! If you are not a Rewards Member, you can still sign up and enter the contest. Apply soon, because the contest ends shortly!
2,000 Miles For Joining Lufthansa’s Children’s Mileage Program: For you Europe-based readers out there, or Star Alliance flyers interested in searching full award availability on Lufthansa, Swiss and Austrian, Miles & More’s children’s program, JetFriends, is offering new members who enroll 2,000 bonus miles.