Whine Wednesdays: Hotel Opening Delays!


This week the Whine Wednesdays topic is something that we have covered here on LoyaltyLobby few times previously but not under this topic!

Whine Wednesdays Hotel Opening Delays U

Have you ever come across a full service hotel that would have actually opened on time as originally planned and not been delayed at minimum by months and in some cases by years? And then there are those hotels that never materialize beyond the press releases!

Reader Question: Are Airberlin Topbonus Miles Worthless Now?


A LoyaltyLobby reader dropped me an email earlier today regarding the issue with Airberlin Topbonus that is no longer able to issue award tickets and he wanted to know if the miles are now worthless.


Remember that you can always email us, send a message via Facebook or use Twitter and include photos too. We’ll try to cover Reader Questions & Comments here several times a week.

LAST CALL: Choice Privileges Buy Points Up To 30% Discount Until August 17, 2017

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Choice Privileges launched a campaign to buy points back in July that comes with maximum discount of 30% that ends tomorrow (August 17, 2017).

Choice Privileges Buy Points 30 Percent Bonus July - August 2017Members can buy up to 50,000 points every calendar year and you must buy a minimum of 40,000 points to get the highest discount.

Malaysia To Introduce Passenger Levy For All Airport Departures And Increase International Departure Fees By 50%, Starting in January 2018!


Always on the hunt for extra cash, Malaysia has discovered that they can squeeze their air travelers a little bit more and will start to charge passengers additional fees from 2018 onward.

The new measures range from a tiny departure levy applicable to all (domestic & international) passengers as well as a 50% increased service fee for all beyond ASEAN departures.

SPG Hot Escapes For The Next 6 Weeks Up To 52% Off + Extra 5% Off For Members (Book By Saturday)

SPG releases its weekly Hot Escapes list every Wednesday. This is a selection of hotels around the world that are discounted anywhere from 20% 15% (sometimes up to 70% off) + they offer an additional 5% off for SPG members.

SPG Hot Escapes August 16 2017

The hotel listing has the lowest member prices for the next 6 weeks. The availability and the price can vary from date to date.

British Airways Mixed Fleet Strike August 16 – 30, 2017 (Both Dates Inclusive)

British Airways is facing it’s umpteenth strike by the Mixed Fleet flight attendants (their previous one just ended). Their current strike is for two weeks between August 16 – 30, 2017 (both dates inclusive).

British Airways

Mixed Fleet consists of around 2,900 flight attendants that work both on short and long-haul routes out of London’s Heathrow airport.

Le Club AccorHotels Eastern Europe 500 Bonus Points Per Stay August 15 – September 30, 2017


Le Club AccorHotels has launched a new promotion for 500 bonus points per stay at select countries in Eastern Europe between August 15 – September 30, 2017.

Le Club AccorHotels Eastern Europe 500 Bonus Points August 15 - September 30 2017

You can earn this bonus unlimited times during the promotional period but only for reservations made between August 15 – September 15. You must register for this offer.

Airfare of the Day: Air China New York City to Jakarta ECONOMY CLASS $447 (Round Trip)

Today’s Airfare of the Day goes to Air China basic season midweek regular excursion fares between New York City and Indonesia.

UPDATE: IHG Rewards Club Book Direct Promo For Up To 40,000 Points (Seems To Have Returned)

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IHG Rewards Club launched back in April Book Direct-promo for up to 40,000 bonus points for merely staying three times by the end of 2017 (read more here).

IHG Rewards Club Asia-Pacific Book Direct Campaign 2017A LoyaltyLobby reader dropped me an email last week indicating that IHG Rewards Club would have ended this promotion effective August 1, 2017, and I wrote a piece at a time (read more here).

Delta SkyMiles Award Flash Sale To Asia December – January Travel (Book By August 16)

Delta has their monthly SkyMiles flash sale this time for select destinations in Asia that must be booked by August 16, 2017.

Delta SkyMiles Flash Sale August 2017

The sale is valid for Tokyo, Seoul and Japan on Delta’s economy and Premium Select (PY) cabins from select US markets.

Club Carlson Radisson Blu & Park Inn Middle East Up To 30% Off Sale For Stays August 15 – October 15, 2017 (Book By August 30)

Club Carlson has launched up to 30% off “Hot Summer Sale” for stays at participating Radisson Blu and Park Inn hotels in the Middle East & Egypt.

Club Carlson Middle East Radisson Blu & Park Inn Sale

The sale is valid for stays between August 15 – October 15, 2017, when booked by August 30th. The discount for non-members is capped at 25%.

IHG Rewards Club Buy Points Up To 80% Targeted Bonus Through September 12, 2017 (Perhaps Up To 100% For Some)


IHG Rewards Club has launched a new targeted buy points offer that is valid through September 1,2 2017.

IHG Rewards Club Targeted Buy Points Offer Through September 12 2017IHG Rewards Club may be offering up to 100% bonus on purchased points and the actual bonus offered is account dependent. You can purchase up to 60,000 points every calendar year (before any possible bonuses).

Why I Made €500 Donation To The BA Mixed Fleet Strike Fund (You Can Too!)?


Last week, I decided to make a donation to the striking British Airways Mixed Fleet flight attendants and wired 500 Euros to support their cause.

BA MFU Donation

BA has a number of flight attendant unions and the Mixed Fleet was formed to replace the more expensive Worldwide (WW) in the long term. It seems that the pay promises that BA made to the Mixed Fleet FAs was not kept.

Le Club AccorHotels Meeting Planner 10,000 Bonus Points Offer Asia-Pacific August 14 – June 30, 2018 (Book By December 31)

Le Club AccorHotels has launched new bonus offer for Meeting Planners in Asia-Pacific that can earn 10,000 bonus points and choose one bonus benefit.

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The offer is valid for events that are booked by December 31, 2017, with minimum spend of 10,000 euros and consumed by June 30, 2018.

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