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3000 Bonus American Miles Per Hyatt Stay and 10,000 Additional American Miles for 5 Hyatt Stays

This bonus will make Hyatt’s coming point increases go down a bit smoother. Hyatt is offering 3000 bonbus American miles per stay, on top of the usual 500 miles when crediting your stays to American Airline miles. The bonus can be earned 5 times between May 3 and July 5, and if you do earn it five times you earn an additional 10,000 bonus miles. This period coincides nicely with their Big Welcome Back offer of a free night every two stays, which runs through June 30. All told if you make 6 airport stays at $70 each, you might be all-in with tax around $475 and clear 3 free nights at any Hyatt in the world (valid through August 31) and 28,000 American miles. Registration is required. And don’t forget that if you aren’t…

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Hyatt’s Upcoming Modest Points Devaluation

Hyatt Gold Passport posted on Flyertalk early this morning that they’d be making changes to their award chart. Currently hotels are spread across five categories. They’re creating a new category 6 as of June 4 at 22,000 points per night. That will include 20 properties. They’re also moving hotels up and down in categories, a total of 89 going up (including the 20 moving to category 6) and 65 going down. On the whole it seems that the reductions are all at the low end, e.g. there are 46 category 2 properties moving down to category 1. And the increases are more evenly distributed and even clustered towards the high end. There are even some two-category jumps, like the Grand Hyatt New York going from Category 4 to Category 6. Hey, I remember when you…

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100 Free Continental Miles, This Time for Saving Your Avis Car Rental Account Number to your Onepass Profile

Points, Miles, and Martinis says that you can get 100 free Continental miles for adding an Avis Wizard Number to your Onepass profile. Took just a couple seconds (but then, I know my Avis Wizard number).  Many folks complain that the various Continental 100 mile promises never actually materialize, but they do seem to post for me for often than not.

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Purchase Starwood Starpoints for 1.45 cents apiece on May 3

Lucky points to an offer where you’ll be able to buy Starwood Starpoints for 1.45 cents apiece (e.g. 10,000 points for $145). Starwood points normally cost $35 per 1000 (but who would buy them at that price except to top off towards a specific award need?). The offer will be up at Discover America Daily Getaways sponsored by American Express on May 3rd. And there are a limited number of each points package, such as only 470 of the 10,000 point offers. And each purchase transaction is limited to 5 packages. There’s been speculation that this means you can only buy a total of 5 points packages, and so the interest has centered around the 10,000 point packages for most effect. But it’s not clear from the rules as to whether that’s per person or…

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Philippine Airlines Manila – Cebu and Hilton Cebu Resort — a continuation of “Cathay & British Airways First Class, Philippines and Macau, a Presidential Suite, and the Fat Duck Restaurant”

A quick ride over to the airport and we were walking into the terminal. Documents checked upon entering, then all bags screened prior to reaching the checkin counter. We each checked a bag and then they weighed our carryons. So we checked two bags. These were not heavy rollaboards — two 20″ bags, not pushing a size limit by any stretch — and there was plenty of space on the flight. Then we had to stand in line to pay the airport usage tax. They give you a receipt, which is then immediately collected. Then men and women stand in separate security lines. Computers didn’t have to come out, but everyone got a pat down. And off to the mediocre lounge downstairs. Couldn’t get the wireless internet to work, and didn’t bother trying to convince…

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