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Saturday Recap: 14% Discount on Frontier Airlines, Aeroplan Drastically Changes Their Program, Homeland Security Can Check Your Laptop, IHG Offers Free Internet Access For All Members, Win Cash Prizes For Travel Writing & More

by on January 4, 2014 · 6 comments

in Best Western, Contests, Frontier, IHG Rewards, Lufthansa, TSA

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week:

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Get a 14% discount on Frontier flights with this promo code.

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.

Aeroplan makes some major changes to their program starting January 1, 2014.

Aeroplan made some major changes to their program starting January 1, 2014.

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 new award chart goes into effect January 7, 2014.

Hyatt’s new award chart goes into effect January 7, 2014.

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.

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Your laptop could be checked at anytime, without reasonable suspicion.

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.

All members, not just elite members, will have internet access at several IHG hotels around the world.

All members, not just elite members, will have internet access at several IHG hotels around the world.

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.

Write an article about what inspires you while travelling and win cash prizes.

Write an article about what inspires you while travelling and win cash prizes.

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.

Win a Best Western Gift Card and Reward Points by participating in the Route 66 Scavenger Hunt.

Win a Best Western Gift Card and Reward Points by participating in the Route 66 Scavenger Hunt.

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!

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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.

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  • Beans

    Hi Brian please help!!! I want to book Alitalia business class through Delta JFK-FCO-JFK(stopover)-LAX. My question is FCO-JFK-LAX valid routing for the return leg? If not, do you have any suggestions on where to book a free one way? Sorry for the off topic post but I had to do it!

  • Jason Arroyo

    Beans!!! You “had” to post your message??? Did someone have a gun to your head making you post it??? If so, please post another message so we can alert the authorities!!!

  • Beans

    Yes. Someone has a gun to my head and if I don’t properly book a free one way he is going to shoot me and 3 kittens.

  • Thavisone

    Thank you for the advice! I have been following your blog recently and it has been quite helpful. :)

  • Jason Arroyo

    Not me!!!

  • Arcanum

    All of you bloggers seem to be getting this wrong.

    Aeroplan is NOT charging 50% for one-way travel. They’re only charging 50% for travel starting or ending in Canada/US. Other routes (e.g. Asia – Australia) are not eligible for one-way awards, only round-trip. That’s a real shame, because there are some good values in the chart for things like intra-Asia business class.

    Check the 2014 charts or try to make some dummy bookings and you’ll see I’m right!

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