Every day we picked the essential award travel news to keep you stay informed. Today, we are bringing you – Finnair Plus New Tier Rolls Out & Club Carlson Hotels Price Big Changes in 2018; 6 other award travel news today.
Finnair Plus award travelers, you have a new loyalty tier to seize. Finnair Plus just rolls out a new frequent flyer tier called Platinum Lumo, asides from their already existing Silver, Gold (Oneworld Sapphire) and Platinum (Oneworld Emerald). The Lumo status, which only issued to 93 travelers in the world with a welcome gift of a Tumi carry on the bag, requires 450,000 points of which 300,000 must be flown by Finnair. For your record, the requirement is triple to its regular Platinum status and thus high. What I am looking for are some soft benefits, we shall wait. Check here for the Finnair Plus official introduction.
Club Carlson just adjusted its categories of their properties. The good news is that more properties decrease their categories than increase. A total of 124 Club Carlson hotels are affected while 55 of them increase by at least one category and 69 properties decrease. The change goes into effect as of March 1, 2018. So do your research before booking Club Carlson hotels and check the link for the full detailed list.
According to an internal memo, United now allows basic economy passengers to select their seat, as long as passengers pay for the seat they prefer prior to 24 hours of departure. The price varies based on the specific seat chosen. Another new feature from UA is that subscription for in-air internet access is now available. There are numbers of Wi-Fi plans to up for selections, starts from $49 or 7,500 miles (hears up, award travelers). The Wi-Fi is available pre-flight and in-flight via United’s website. On the other hand, British Airways just sets their in-flight Wi-Fi free, for one hour as a promotion, where it usually costs you 4.99 pound.
Points and mileages promotions, specifically for award travelers. IHG and SPG are selling their points. IHG is offering a 75% bonus that travelers can purchase up to 60,000 points. The promotion expires February 28, so you may want to take action soon. However, IHG’s two Previous points selling promotion gave out 100% bonus. So if you are not in an urgent need for points, you can still hold your horses. On the other hand, SPG is offering 35% off before March 16. Their previous sellings are at about 30%, so this is a good one to consider. Plus, purchasing SPG points can make up for your lack of satisfaction from buying Marriott’s gift pack. Some math for you: pointimize.com values SPG at 1.83 CPP (cents per point) and IHG at 0.57 CPP. This SPG promotion with 35% discount gives you a 2.275 CPP. So it is a mathematically robust deal. Just so you know.
Another promotion! Le Club AccorHotel in Argentina, Chile, and Peru are offering quadruple points for stays between February 8 to end of March this year. You have to book by the end of this month. AccorHotel includes 3 brands: Ibis, Mercure, and Novotel. All three names are eligible for this promotion.
Another hotel promotion, from Marriott this time. With the promo code of M11, your stay at Thailand, Spain, France, Australia with Marriott receives a 20% discount. The promotion is valid through March this year while the exact end date varies on the properties. Check the link for the detailed list.