Virgin Hotels Las Vegas To Become Part Of Hilton’s Curio Collection

Richard Branson purchased with partners Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas back in March 2018 and are currently in a process of converting it to a Virgin Hotels (expect the conversion to be complete sometime in 2020).

Richard Branson Hard Rock Hotel

Hilton made an announce yesterday that this hotel would become part of its Curio Collection and Honors loyalty program once open.

Airfare of the Day: Air France PREMIUM ECONOMY CLASS New York NY (JFK), United States to Barcelona (BCN), Spain from $932 Round Trip

Today’s Airfare of the Day goes to Delta and their premium economy sell-up round trip fares between New York and Barcelona, on Air France operated flights via CDG.

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Reader Question: InterContinental Royal Ambassador Downgrades?


A LoyaltyLobby reader sent us an email about IHG Rewards Club InterContinental Royal Ambassador to Ambassador downgrade that he had received despite spending considerable amount of time and money at ICs in 2018.

InterContinental Royal Ambassador Downgrades

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.

Whine Wednesdays: Airlines With Middle Seats In Business Class – Case Of British Airways


Our Whine Wednesday topic this week is about airlines that still squeeze passengers into middle seats even though they are booked in premium cabins, especially Business Class.

Nowadays most airlines changed to a 1-2-1 configuration for their current generation Business Class but there are still plenty of carriers that don’t offer single seats and – even worse – have a 3/4 seater middle seating section.

LAST CALL: Radisson Rewards Up To 30% Off Weekends Sale For Stays In Europe, Middle East & Africa Through December 29, 2019 (Book By January 31)

Radisson Rewards launched at the beginning of this month a Weekends sale for stays in Europe, Middle East and Africa through December 29, 2019 that ends on Thursday (January 31).

Radisson Rewards Weekends Sale January 2019

Members can save up to 30% off of Friday, Saturday & Sunday nights stays (Thursday, Friday and Saturday in the Middle East) if booked by January 31.

United’s Leadership Team Sends A Message To Customers


United Airlines leadership team appears to understand that they have an issue with customer satisfaction (don’t all US legacies?).

United's Message To Customers

Now, United’s leadership has decided to turn the service/experience around and make sure customers feel it (I am starting feel scared at this point – don’t want to get hurt).

Marriott Rewards Japan Up To 30% Off Advance Purchase Rates

Marriott Rewards has launched an Advance Purchase Rate for stays at select hotels in Japan.

Marriott Rewards Japan Sale

Members that book anywhere 14 to 90 days in advance can save up to 30% off of their stay.

Disorderly WestJet Passenger Ordered To Pay $21K For Diversion

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There are weekly if not daily reports of misbehaving passengers on flights (we don’t often cover them) and they occasionally result in diversions to get the difficult people off the flight.


We rarely learn if there were any penalties applied for the significant diversion costs. Now we know what one WestJet passenger was ordered to pay who went crazy on a WS1 flight from Calgary to London Gatwick.

LAST CALL: Hilton Honors Asia-Pacific Up To 35% Off Sale For Stays Through September 30, 2019 (Book By February 2)

Hilton Honors launched back in December their Asia-Pacific up to 35% off sale for stays through September 30, 2019 that is ending on Saturday this week (February 2).

Hilton Asia Pacific Sale

The sale offers rates that are anywhere 5% to 25% off of Best Available Rates (BAR) and Hilton Honors members are eligible for an additional 10% off (excluding Greater China).

Le Club AccorHotels Worldwide Up To 40% Off Private Sales January 29, 2019

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Le Club AccorHotels runs Private Sales in EuropeAustralasia, Middle East, South America and Asia weekly unless there is a global Super or Private Sale going on.

Le Club AccorHotels Private Sales January 30 2019

Le Club AccorHotels revamped these Private Sale pages months ago and content is gone from some while still available on others.

Airfare of the Day: Turkish Airlines BUSINESS CLASS Toronto ON (YYZ), Canada to Venice (VCE), Italy from $1,905/CA$2,541 Round Trip

Today’s Airfare of the Day goes to Turkish Airlines and their business class excursion round trip fares between Toronto and Venice.

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World of Hyatt: Explorist Club Upgrades Denied On Hyatt’s Own Promotional Rate With Union Pay Third Night Free


We were in contact with a reader who currently has trouble with World of Hyatt trying to use his Explorist Club Upgrades after he booked a “Third Night Free” promotional rate advertised on Hyatt’s own website.

Hyatt claims that his rate in ineligible to use the annual Club Upgrade Certificates even though booked through their own channels which doesn’t make any sense.

REMINDER: Hilton Honors Gold & Diamond Status Gifting For 2018 (Expires January 31)

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Hilton Honors made several changes to its program in early 2018 (read more here) and one of the enhancements was the ability of certain Diamond members to gift Gold or Diamond status.

Hilton Honors Gold & Diamond Gift Status

Members that reach 60 nights during their membership year can gift Gold status and once they hit 100 nights Diamond (if they gifted God previously this status will be upgraded). The deadline to gift the status based on the 2018 membership is on thursday this week (January 31).

JetBlue TrueBlue Buy Points Up To 50% Bonus Through February 4, 2019

JetBlue has launched a new buy & gift 50% bonus campaign for purchases made through February 4, 2019.

JetBlue TrueBlue Buy Points

Members can both buy and receive up to 120,000 TrueBlue points every calendar year. You can buy up to 30,000 TrueBlue points per transaction (can do several) before any possible bonus.

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