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Hilton has somewhat clipped the wings of their ‘Be My Guest’ certificates which the company occasionally gives out as compensation, valid for one free night in a Standard Room regardless of the rate.

A Doubletree branded certificate I just received from Hilton Guest Assistance was bearing the limitation “Not valid on New Years Eve”, likely in response to loads of people using these at the NYC Times Square property on just this day. [click to continue…]

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The Government of Japan has opened the Online Registration Portal for their Trusted Traveler Program which will allow approved participants to use the Automated Entry Gates at Japanese airports.

Automated Entry was so far reserved for Japanese Passports and foreign nationals with Permanent Residence, Work Permit or other long term stay arrangement. [click to continue…]

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Hilton HHonors has continued to offer their Gold and Diamond status match program in 2017, although they haven’t yet moved the status expiry date to 2019 (still stands at March 2018 on their website).

Hilton HHonors Gold & Diamond Status Match 2017 Update

The status match program requires a successful applicant to have 4 stays in 90 days to retain Gold or 8 stays to retain Diamond. Hilton HHonors briefly offered status matches without stay requirements back in 2016. [click to continue…]

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Delta is re-shuffling their intra-Asia route network and in the process has decided to close down their Taipei route which they have operated since 2010.

This is a blow to Delta customers going between Taiwan and the U.S. who as of now took the 5th Freedom Segment Taipei (TPE) to Tokyo-Narita before connecting to North America ( or vice versa). [click to continue…]

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IHG Rewards Club had the “Where’s Iggy” advent calendar promotion for members in Europe back in December (read more here) that allowed earning 2,500 free points over the course of the promotion (great way to top up an account or extend the validity of points).

UPDATE IHG Rewards Club Advent Calendar 2016

I have now received several emails from members that have not had anything post to their IHG Rewards Club account by the deadline given by IHG (January 14). [click to continue…]