Today’s Airfare of the Day goes to China Southern and their business class excursion round trip fares between Hong Kong and New York.
LAST CALL: Marriott Bonvoy Buy & Gift Points 30% Off Through December 22, 2019 + Doubled Purchase Limit
Marriott Bonvoy, in November, launched its third-ever points sale that is valid for purchases made through this coming Sunday (December 22, 2019).
Members can save 30% on the points purchased or gifted. The maximum number of points that a member can buy or gifted in any calendar year is capped at 50,000. This is now doubled to 100,000 for the duration of this campaign.
Hilton Honors 5,000 Points For Short Grand Vacations Club Sales Call: Points Finally Posting After Chasing Them Multiple Times
Early November John wrote about a promotion by Hilton Grand Vacations offering 5,000 Hilton Honors points to program members who call in and listen to a quick sales pitch from one of their representatives.
Marriott Bonvoy launched Escapes earlier this year that replaced Last Minute Escapes that were available for a few months. Marriott previously had eBreaks while SPG had its Hot Escapes.
Members save 20% while the non-member discount is capped at 15%. These Escapes are valid seven days a week at resorts and Friday to Sunday at city hotels. You must book them by Sunday. Escapes are available for bookings every other week.
Air Canada is in the process of launching a new loyalty program in 2020 after buying back Aeroplan from Aimia and having launched in-house Altitude.
Now, Air Canada has sent out an email about the changes made to the Aeroplan program effective March 1, 2020. It is unclear what other changes are planned for 2020.
Hilton Honors added a very popular hotel to its portfolio this year that is very sought after among those wishing to redeem their points.
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi is an outstanding property, but I ended up leaving early last month after several service issues. I wrote about the F&B spend (read more here) and expenses at this hotel.
Which? today released their annual airline survey. British Airways and Vueling, both owned by IAG, were third and second-worst airlines flying to/from the UK. Only the Ryanair was ranked lower.
This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone considering how even the LCC’s provide better overall experience considering the price paid than the former flag carrier of the UK.
Finnair Plus has points sales several times per year and currently has up to a 40% bonus for buying points through December 23, 2019.
The sweet spot on Finnair’s award chart is the short-haul upgrades from Economy to Business class (Dubai and Tel Aviv are both considered short-haul) that are priced at 10,000 points (sometimes even these are discounted).
Lufthansa Faces Yet Another Strike/Slowdown By LSG SkyChefs: Limited Catering On Regional Flights Today, December 19th
After Lufthansa recently sold their caterer LSG Skychefs to Gate Gourmet, local unions in Germany have again called for strikes but were struck down by the courts last night.