Every day we picked the essential award travel news to keep you stay informed. Today, we are bringing you – IHG Accelerate 2018 Q1 Now Available & Alaska Blocking Cathay & JAL Award within 3-Day-Departure; 3 other award travel news today.
IHG Accelerate is well-known for its gamification promo, as well as its generous characteristic that multiple offers can be triggered in one booking. For those who don’t know, IHG Accelerate offers its rewards member to complete different tasks in return for bonus points, and the offers vary individually. Today, the promotion for Q1 2018 is one for sign up.
Uh-oh. Alaska Mileage Plan no longer allows redemptions on Cathay Pacific, Japan Airlines, and Hainan within 72 hours of departures. The is due to the high fraud associated with these tickets, yet this might be Alaska’s most significant devaluation in nearly 2 years. We hope this trend does not continue since last minute is always ideal for award ticket booking.
Promotion! Marriott now offers up to 2,000 points for stays at selected hotels. However, this promotion is the US exclusive, and it’s between June 6 and July 13. Some friendly reminders: make sure the rates are not inflated considering the clue of points. More importantly, you can ALWAYS check with Pointimize point valuation chart for reference. We keep the data recent, at the same ample in terms of its timeframe (6 months) to make it reliable.
Although Alaska is cutting their Asia Pacific front, they do not loosen up on its homeland. The carrier is offering award flash sales for many cities: like SF for 5,000 points and NY to Dallas from 7,500 one way. Check the link for full details; the table categorizes the deals based on the points required.
Finally, let’s wrap today’s digest up with a new route. Qatar now flies non-stop to Canberra daily. And the carrier doubles its services to Sydney, making the service twice a day. Canberra is the fifth Aussie destination the carrier serves; Include Sydney, Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne, and this time Canberra, Qatar now offers a total of 42 flight per week to Australia. For your record, the aircraft they operate the route is Boeing 777-300 with a hefty premium configuration: 42 business class seats in the 359-seat aircraft.