Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Feb 24 Update: SPG's Annual Category Update - Good news here in Canada, Air France YVR-CDG from $899 + 2x Miles

SPG's 2015 annual hotel category changes is the big news today!

News, Tips & Tricks
Starwood Preferred Guest has released their annual hotel award night category changes. Per the SPG representative on FlyerTalk:
"Just over 22% of hotels are changing category; of these, 10.49% are moving up and 11.78% are moving down including some favorites such as The St. Regis Rome, The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas, Maui, W Paris – Opera, and others."
These changes take effect on March 10th so we reiterate the old addage that you should try to book award nights (if you have planned any) for hotels going up before the 10th while those that are going down you should wait if possible to book after that date. I am very happy to see one of my favourites, the Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort Villas go down! Closer to home, 2 Canadian properties are moving up Four Points by Sheraton Prince George (Cat 3 to 4) and the Four Points by Sheraton Waterloo - Kitchener Hotel & Suites (Cat 2 to 3) while 15 (that's right 15!!!) hotels in our beautiful country move down a category. Some highlights of those 15 are The Westin Ottawa, Le Meridien Versailles, and the Le Westin Resort & Spa, Tremblant. You can view the entire list of hotel changes here.

Travel Deals
Last week we brought you the details of the double Flying Blue miles offer for flying on Air France's new Vancouver to Paris and now AF themselves are promoting it heavily along with a great economy class sale on the route starting at $899 all in! Simply book online at www.airfrance.ca and be sure to include your Flying Blue number on the reservation to earn the Double Miles (Mar 29 - Jun 18).
While your in Paris why not stay in a Hilton to take advantage of the bonus listed below!

Bonus Offers

Air Canada / Aeroplan
- Double Aeroplan Miles when you shop online at costco.ca More... Until Mar 29, 15

Air France KLM Flying Blue
- Earn up to 15,000 Bonus Flying Blue Miles when you register and complete a qualifying stay at participating Hilton Portfolio hotels and resorts within Europe, the Middle East and Africa. More... Until Apr 30, 15

Alaska Airlines MileagePlan
- Triple Mileage Plan Miles on all rentals of three days or longer at any Thrifty location Worldwide. More... Until Jun 30, 15

Etihad Guest
- Double Guest Miles when you stay for three nights and more at any Millennium & Copthorne Hotels worldwide. More... Until Mar 31, 15
- Earn a Minimum 5,000 Guest Miles on your first Rocketmiles Booking More... Book by May 31, 15
- Triple Guest Miles on all rentals with Avis in Europe, Middle East and Africa. More... Until May 31, 15

La Quinta Returns
- Earn up to Triple Returns Points for stays at participating La Quinta locations in the U.S. More... Until Mar 5, 15

Le Club accorhotels
- Double Le Club Accorhotels Points for stays at the ibis Moscow Paveletskaya or the ibis Moscow Centre Bakhrushina. More... Mar 12 - Apr 30, 15

Stash Hotel Rewards
- Triple Stash Rewards Points for stays at the Table Mountain Inn Golden. More... Until Mar 31, 15
- Triple Stash Rewards Points for stays of 3 or more nights at The Olde Mill Inn Basking Ridge.More... Until Apr 30, 15
- Triple Stash Rewards Points for stays at The Strand Hotel New York.More... Book by Mar 6 for stays Apr 1 - 30, 15
- Triple Stash Rewards Points for stays at the Viana Hotel & Spa Westbury. More...Until Mar 31, 15
- Triple Stash Rewards Points for stays of 2 or more nights at the The Lodge at Woodloch Hawley. More... Until Mar 31, 15
- Triple Stash Rewards Points for stays at the Hotel Andra Seattle. More... Book by Apr 3 for stays Apr 1 - May 31, 15

United MileagePlus
- Earn up to Triple MileagePlus Miles when you book online and stay at participating Fairmont Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. More... Until Apr 30, 15

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