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Saturday Recap: IHG Rewards Drops Redemption Rates, Triple United Miles With Choice Privileges, 500 Bonus Virgin Atlantic Miles And More

by on April 12, 2014 · 4 comments

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

IHG Rewards Club redemption prices drop in select hotels.

IHG Rewards Club redemption prices drop in select hotels.

IHG Rewards Drops Redemption Rates For 100 Hotels: More than 100 IHG hotels will require 5,000 less IHG Rewards Club points for an award night. Even more good news is that IHG will not be making any increases to their reward night pricing during 2014. The changes go into effect April 15, 2014. Some of the properties affected are:

  • InterContinental Hotel Shanghai-Puxi, China : 35,000 to 30,000 IHG Rewards Club points
  • Crowne Plaza Geneva, Switzerland: 35,000 to 30,000 IHG Rewards Club points
  • Hotel Indigo Fort Myers Downtown River District, Florida, US: 30,000 to 25,000 IHG Rewards Club points
  • Holiday Inn Resort Phuket Mai Khao Beach Resort, Phuket, Thailand: 20,000 to 15,000 IHG Rewards Club points
  • Holiday Inn Ciudad De Mexico- Trade Center, Mexico: 15,000 to 10,000 IHG Rewards Club points
  • Holiday Inn Express Frankfurt-Messe, Germany:  25,000 to 20,000 IHG Rewards Club points
Get triple United points for staying at Choice hotels.

Get triple United points for staying at Choice hotels.

Choice Privileges United Airlines Offers Triple Miles Promotion: Choice Privileges and United Airlines have a promotion for United MileagePlus members to earn triple miles (250 base + 500 bonus) between April 5 and May 31, 2014 for qualifying stays at participating Choice Hotels. This offer is valid on Choice hotels in the U.S., Canada, Europe (excluding Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden), Middle East, Mexico, Central America, Australasia (including Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Papua New Guinea and Fiji) and the Caribbean.

American's new 777-200 Retrofit airplane.

American’s new 777-200 retrofit business class.

New Details On the American Airlines 777-200 Retrofitted Interiors: American unveiled its new 777-200 retrofit this week and the business class cabin features the airline’s new seats that are are fully adjustable and convert to 6 foot 4.5 inch fully lie-flat beds. Business class passengers will also have access to a walk up bar, an amenity kits filled with Akhassa products, Bose headphones, universal 110v AC power outlets and USB ports at every seat and more. There will be 45 Main Cabin Extra Seats with 6 inches more legroom. All seats will include access to international Wi-Fi and extended personal in-seat entertainment with more than 200 movies, 180 TV shows and a large collection of games and audio programs. The economy class will also be outfitted with universal 110v AC power outlets and USB ports at every seat.

Get 500 bonus miles for downloading the Virgin Atlantic Shops Away Mile Finder.

Get 500 bonus miles for downloading the Virgin Atlantic Shops Away Mile Finder.

Get 500 Bonus Virgin Atlantic Miles: If you download the Virgin Atlantic Shops Away Mile Finder, you can earn 500 bonus miles. You must download by May 14, 2014 in order to obtain the one time bonus. Miles should be posted in your account within 48 hours of download. Keep in mind that if you uninstall, Virgin Atlantic may remove the miles.

Accor is offering 500 bonus points for one stay.

Accor is offering 500 bonus points for one stay.

Accor Hotels Offers 500 Bonus Points: You can get 500 bonus points on your next stay with Le Club Accorhotels within three months of signing up. (The offer is valid on stays until December 31, 2014, so wait to register  for the offer if you don’t expect to stay within three months.) The offer is aimed at those who have been members for about a year, however others have had luck signing up. Bonus points should post in your account 10 days after your stay is completed.

Get 3,000 bonus miles for booking with Rocketmiles.

Get 3,000 bonus miles for booking with Rocketmiles.

Rocketmiles Offers 3,000-Mile Bonus On Hotel Booking: If you book and stay in a hotel through Rocketmiles and checkout before April 30, 2014, you can earn 3000 bonus miles and bank them to the airline of your choice, such as American, Alaska, United and more. This is valid for first time customers only.

Alaska raises the cost of Fly & Buy miles.

Alaska raises the cost of Fly & Buy miles.

Alaska Airlines Raises The Cost Of  Fly & Buy Miles And Changes Terms: Alaska offers an option where you can purchase either 2,500, 5,000, or 10,000 miles at the time you ticket a reservation. The cost to purchase 10,000 miles was $190 plus tax, and now they’ve just raised the cost of the 10,000-mile option to $200 plus tax. Before, you could also cancel the ticket later but keep the miles without penalty, but now they have added this note into their terms and conditions: Fly & Buy Miles purchased with a ticket that is later refunded will be subject to additional fees at the standard rate of 2.75 cents per mile plus applicable taxes, bringing the price of miles up to 2.75 cents each – not nearly as good value.

Gogo will soon offer a newer, faster WiFi option.

Gogo will soon offer a newer, faster WiFi option.

Gogo Announces Faster Internet With 2Ku Technology: With new a technology using 2Ku using  two low-profile, high efficiency Ku-band satellite antennas, Gogo will soon be able to offer faster WiFi at a speed of more than 70 Mbps. Japan Airlines will be the first airline to try this, and Gogo says it should be available to the commercial aviation market by mid-2015.

Try emailing Hilton for a fast track offer.

Try emailing Hilton for a fast track offer.

Contact Hilton For Diamond Fast Track Offer: If you didn’t requalify for the same Hilton HHonors status you had 2013 and had your status downgraded for the 2014 membership year, you still have options. If you are a few days short of qualification status, you can try writing an email for a fast track offer. Hilton offered this plan via email to a member: “If from today’s date until 30 June 2014, you record 10 eligible stays or 16 eligible nights at any participating HHonors hotel, your account will be automatically upgraded to the Diamond tier status.” If you were also close to qualifying for Diamond tier status, try emailing Hilton at [email protected] and they may give you access to this offer as well.

Double miles and discounts for Fairmont President's Club members.

Double miles and discounts for Fairmont President’s Club members.

Fairmont Hotels Offers Double Miles And Discount: Fairmont President’s Club members can earn double miles on partner airlines and up to 25% off or a free night for stays booked by April 16, 2014 and completed by Sept. 30, 2014. The promotion varies by property and includes bonus miles on partner airlines plus one of the following: either up to 25% off the room rate or a complimentary consecutive night stay. Participating airline mileage programs include American Airlines AAdvantage, Aeroplan, Cathay Pacific Asia Miles, JAL Mileage Bank, Jet Airways JetPrivilege, Air China PhoenixMiles, Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer, United MileagePlus and Lufthansa Miles & More.

Earn a $50 gift card for 2 separate stays at Best Western.

Earn a $50 gift card for 2 separate stays at Best Western.

Earn A Best Western Gift Card After Two Stays: Best Western Rewards is offering a new promotion where you can earn a $50 Best Western gift card after two separate stays between April 7-May 18, 2014. The gift card will be valid for use at any Best Western property until it expires on September 1, 2014. You can only earn one gift card during this promotion.

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  • B Miris

    IHG headline has typo should be REWARDS, jus trying to help

  • superfly

    Does Hilton (still?) allow for a soft landing? I.e. If you had Diamond,but didn’t qual again you would none the less still get Gold? Or is it a “hero to zero” policy?

  • Eric

    No soft landing for me. Went from Diamond to the Silver I qualified for. I miss it already!

  • http://travelwithgrant.com/ Grant

    IHG hasn’t released the full list yet because they are probably trying to figure out which hotels to reduce the price of awards. I imagine this conversation taking place in the boardroom:

    CEO: Find the 100 least visited properties and bring them to me!
    CMO: Now let’s reduce the award nights by 5,000 points and send out a press release!
    CFO: Brilliant, this won’t cost us a thing and will get us free publicity on all the travel blogs!

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