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A LoyaltyLobby reader sent me a question by email that I had been waiting for since the electronics ban was instituted on certain flights to the United States.

Turkish Airlines PIR U

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. [click to continue…]

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IHG Rewards Club launched yesterday Sunshine Sale (read more here) that consisted of three separate offers including one for up to 20% off of cash portion of the Points & Cash.

IHG Rewards Club The Sunshine Sale Points & Cash

Unlike other hotel loyalty programs, IHG Rewards Club basically sells you the points required for full point awards when one redeems for Points & Cash. The unintended consequence of this is that if you cancel the reservation the point transaction is not refunded and the points are just put back to your account including the purchased ones. [click to continue…]

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Starwood Preferred Gust (SPG) doesn’t have never ending Starpoints sales (unlike Hilton & IHG) and the discount tends to max at 30%. SPG launched a sale on March 1 that ends on this coming Sunday (April 30th).

Why I Purchase Starpoints (Again)

Last year, SPG had an one-time sale where the discount was 35% off (read more here) and later in the year “Mystery Sale” with up to 50% off (read more here). I, however, decided that the 30% off is good enough and made a purchase last month. [click to continue…]

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Alitalia employees were called upon to cast a historic vote concerning the future of their employer but the vote resulted in a drastic rejection of the restructuring plan widely seen as the airlines last chance.

Management and trade unions worked out the plan to restructure Alitalia (again) and attempt to turn the airlines bad fortunes around by cutting wages and laying off employees.  [click to continue…]

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Today we have an important Reader Question that I’d like to feature because this issue is more common than one might think and always confuses as well as frustrates people: Ghost Availability for award flights.

You refer to ‘Ghost Availability’ when an available award seat is being displayed to you in a search engine but you receive an error message down the line telling you the seat is in fact  no longer available. [click to continue…]