Monday, January 16, 2012

La Quinta extends Fast Track to Gold Status offer

La Quinta's fast track to Gold Status offer that was around for most of 2011 has been extended for all of 2012. The offer lets new La Quinta Returns members earn Gold Status within the program after completing only 2 stays within 60 days of enrollment. This offer is not too bad for those Canadians who travel a lot to the Southern U.S. and Mexico where La Quinta has most of their properties, in Canada La Quinta only has one location near the Vancouver airport.

To enroll please click here.

La Quinta Gold Status offers the following and is normally awarded after 10 qualifying stays.
20% More points 
Free room upgrades
Express Check-In, and more.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Priority Club changing points requirements for Reward Nights

I am little late to the game with this post if you follow some of the U.S. based frequent flyer blogs but I also wanted to wait for more details from my contacts at IHG. Some of those details I cannot release yet and have not been made aware of but they assured me that Priority Club has a strong focus on guest experience and will be implementing initiatives to ensure they continue to set the standard for loyalty programs. What I can cover is the same as what other blogs have covered to this point, the changes in the number of Priority Club points required to redeem for a free night reward stay. Essentially what has happened is that Priority has added additional reward point levels for all of their brands with all of the new levels being higher than existing ones save for tHoliday Inn/Holiday Inn Express where the addition is between the previous mid and high levels.

The reward night requirements are as follows:
Candlewood Suites
Old: 15,000
New: 15,000 or 20,000

Crowne Plaza
Old: 25,000
New: 25,000 or 35,000

Hotel Indigo
Old: 25,000
New: 25,000 or 35,000

Holiday Inn/Holiday Inn Express
Old: 10,000 or 15,000 or 25,000
New: 10,000 or 15,000 or 20,000 or 25,000.

Old: 30,000 or 40,000
New: 30,000 or 40,000 or 50,000.

Staybridge Suites
Old: 20,000
New: 20,000 or 25,000

Here are some more details on these changes that begin on January 18th:
- PCR members will need more points to redeem a Reward Night stay in roughly 25% of our IHG hotels around the world
- 20% of our hotels PCR members will actually need less points to claim a Reward Night
- 55% of IHG hotels, Reward Night values won’t change at all
- PCR members with existing bookings will be honored at the Reward Night rate that they were booked for
- PCR members have until 18th March to benefit from the old Reward Nights rates for new bookings too. All they need to do is call the PCR Service Centre and ask for the previous rate.

This is really an unfortunate change as the 25% of hotels that are increasing will more than likely be the high end/much desired locations such as the IC Bora Bora, although we can only confirm this on the 18th when the new rates are loaded into IHG's system.

It can also be seen somewhat of a devaluation for those Canadians who have gotten themselves a Priority Club MasterCard from Capital One (which only launched in November). They will now be required to earn more points for those certain locations that are being increased.

Overall I believe the program still offers some great value for Canadians as they have their Point Breaks option where select hotels Worldwide can be booked for only 5,000 Priority Club points often including some of the high end InterContinental Hotels plus Priority Club doles out so many bonus offers for points that it is one of the easiest hotel programs to earn points in. It is not unheard of to earn 20,000 to 30,000 points for one hotel stay as long as that PCR member remembered to register for all the possible bonuses. To see a complete list of bonus offers please see Rewards Canada's Priority Club Bonus Point Opportunities.

For more details on PCR's Reward nights please visit this page

Feel free to add your two cents to these changes by commenting below

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Free Hilton HHonors Gold Status

January 24th Update: Looks like this offer is dead, will update if this changes again
January 9th Update:
Thanks to the first commenter below who clarified it more than likely won't work with a Canadian Infinite card but you can try using 442394 which did work for me

Gary Leff of View From the Wing posted this offer over the Christmas break about free Hilton Gold Status for Visa Infinite Card holders. Since there are lots of Infinite cards in Canada (RBC Avion, CIBC Aerogold & Aventura, TD First Class) this offer should work for many of you. Since I actually don't have an Infinite version and I wanted to make sure this offer was still alive I heeded Gary's advice and used the first 6 digits from a bank issuer (you can google these or see Gary's post for a working number) and received Instant Hilton Gold Status at 2:15pm MST on January 4th. So at this point this offer is still valid but just like other 'Instant Elite Status' offers out there it can disappear at anytime so be sure to take advantage of it sooner then later.

The offer also comes with 40,000 Bonus HHonors Points if you complete four qualifying stays at any participating hotel and resort in the Hilton Worldwide portfolio by 31 May 2012 and pay with your Visa Infinite card

You can take advantage of the offer at .

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Alaska Airlines: Save over 30% Mileage Plan miles on select flights out of Canada

Alaska Airlines is running a Winter Award sale for their Mileage Plan program and the sale includes their flights between Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, or Victoria and Seattle plus Vancouver and Portland. Each one-way award ticket can be had for 8,700 Mileage Plan Miles (regular is 12,500) and must be booked by January 10th for travel until Mar 7.

More details can be found here.