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  1. SYD

    Discontinuance of The Places app

    Just notice a message in the app that it’s being pulled from all app stores at the end of November 2019. http://endplacesaccor.com/ For those that already have it, it will continue to function through to May 2020 but no new brands or hotels will be added from now onwards. Despite it’s at time...
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    Answered AUH Midfield Terminal and EY Lounge plans?

    The last I heard, the new midfield terminal might actually open before year end (after at least 2 yrs delay). Any more up to date status? Also, has anyone seen what is planned for new EY lounge facilities? You’d think they might be a bit more special than existing ones. The current 1st Lounge...
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    Beijing and beyond

    Surprisingly, there doesn’t seem to be a general thread on this destination, but anyway - booked a QF J Sale to PEK a few months ago and I now need to pull finger out and start booking things on the ground! I’m thinking that only one side trip is sensible - maybe Xi’an? Seeking...
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    4,000 Bonus Points Per Stay In Korea & Singapore Through December 31, 2019

    Curtest of LL: https://loyaltylobby.com/2019/09/10/ihg-rewards-club-4000-bonus-points-per-stay-in-korea-singapore-through-december-31-2019/?omhide=true
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    Question Should I go for VA WP one more time?

    I think the answer is "No" but open to ideas. I've been VA WP since the original status match with QFF. My work travel (once or twice a month domestically and one or two Euro trips in J per year) has generally keep me there. The odd DSC offer helped some years. Due to a change in work...
  6. SYD

    2019 “Rewards Nights Faster” Accelerate 3 - 01 Sep to 31 Dec

    Link at the article below. No doubt emails to follow: https://loyaltylobby.com/2019/08/22/ihg-rewards-club-make-every-stay-count-accelerate-promotion-september-1-december-31-2019-post-your-offers/?omhide=true My offer is pretty crappy again. Will probably get zero....
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    QR OP Ugrades?

    I have a QR J trip to Europe in a few weeks with an all A380 SYD-DOH-CDG (ret) itinerary. As a QF WP/OWE what are the chances of on OP UP (putting aside loads etc) - do QR even entertain non-QR status PAX? Do OPUPs and/or paid upgrades get access to the Al Safwa lounge in DOH? My last trip on...
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    ITA Matrix “Journey with origins in multiple countries are not supported“

    Is it just me or has this stopped working? As per the article below, I’m sure I’ve been able to check for best fares from multiple Euro origins back to Oz (or elsewhere). How to use ITA Matrix to find cheap British Airways flights from Europe Even using the example at the link, I get an error...
  9. SYD

    Regent Hotels & Resorts joins IHG Rewards Club

    Received an email and saw this article. Regent Hotels Become IHG Rewards Club Participating February 1, 2019 Has anyone stayed at one of these? Will they sit somewhere between CP and IC?
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    “Reward Nights. Faster.” (aka Accelerate Q1 2019)

    REGISTER NOW: IHG launches its new Accelerate-style promotion for January to April Note the early registration cutoff compared to usual Accelerate offers. Some interesting ones for me including Platinum after 7 nights! And 49,200 Bonus points: 16,000 Stay 8 night(s). 16,200 Stay at 3 Crowne...
  11. SYD

    Oneworld Connect - Fiji Airways

    Nice move. I’ve often thought that FJ would be handy as a OW affiliate. oneworld connect Should simplify lounge access in SYD and LAX etc! Who could be next?
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    IHG Accelerate May-July 2018

    I'm just in the last night/stay to complete my Q1 Accelerate and the Q2 links are up courtesy of Head For Points: IHG® Rewards Club | Earn the extra rewards you deserve | Register for Accelerate Mine's a bit tougher this round: 61,400 2,000 Happy Anniversary Bonus Thank you for being a loyal...
  13. SYD

    AMEA Book Direct Promotion for up to 40K points

    It’s on again. Received the email today titled “Enjoy a free night on us when you book direct” basically 40k Bonus Points when you book direct for stays in AMEA between now and Dec 2018. 1k for registering 5k 1st stay 9k 2nd stay 15k 3rd stay 10k Completion bonus There were some articles over...
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    (Targeted) 10,000 Bonus Points - Elite Qualifing after next stay by 21 Oct

    I received an email yesterday: "You're on your way to maintaining Platinum" and mentioned that I was only 13 nights away. Even though I was also only 2000 pts away and had just stayed two nights at the CP Perth. So I was expecting to clock over the requisite points and maybe direct my future...
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    Does converting e-Rewards to Le Club extend expiry?

    I signed up to e-Rewards surveys a while back through an IHG offer and they have proved handy extending some mileage accounts (eg UA) plus topping up IHG, HH and VFF. But I just noticed that Accor is now there as a conversion option - is that new? Not the greatest conversion rates: 2000 OPs ->...
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    Any workaround for broken(?) LATAM seat selection?

    Apparently LATAM is going through some protracted IT merge that is making it impossible for me to select some decent seats online - well at least for my booking. Wondering if there are any workarounds? I booked SYD-AKL-SCL-AEP//MDZ-SCL//SCL-SYD via QF during the companion J sale. QF seat...
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    LATAM.com (AR site) significantly cheaper. Any catch?

    I think I saw a similar question elsewhere but couldn't find the thread. Anyway, I need to book one way flights AEP or EZE to MDZ. The LATAM (AU) site and from what I can tell, all the OTAs and Google flights are quoting around A$280 pp one-way (note: booking a return is just double the one way...
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    Ideas, Tips, Traps - Central America

    Two of us will be returning home from SJU <post cruise> in March 2018. Already booked QF J award fares SYD-LAX <Ret> and a one way AA F/J flights to SJU. We have just under 2 wks to fill in and looking for ideas probably in and around Central Am (Costa Rica, Panama, maybe Cartagena at a...
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    AirCalin (SB) Checkin Opening time SYD? Or QF checkin on codeshare?

    I searched high and low here, SB website and Google et al and can't find what time SB checkin opens in SYD pre-SB141/QF363 (codeshare). Standard 3hrs? Anyone had success with earlier checkin at QF if booked on QF#? Looking to make the most of a 28hr Cyclone Cook delayed 1620 departure with...
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    IHG 40k Book Direct Promo - 2017

    A few of us got emails for worldwide stays but this link posted on LL. 1k for registering and 39k after 3 stays (note - appears to be limited to stays in Asia, Africa and ME)...
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