According to the news,
LH will buy BMI, so I am guessing BMI Diamond Club will be ended soon and become LH Miles and More program. It may not happen right the way, but it should happen eventually because lots of Europe *A carriers already use M&M program
We might have to start redeeming those Miles.
BMI is offering another signup bonus promotion, sign up here and earn 5000 bonus miles right they way.
want to know more about BMI click BMI Diamond Club, section on the right
Thanks Gary mentioned in his blog.
Effective Oct 28, Elite member in both programs will be able to upgrade on each other flights. The Upgrade request will be based on
1 Elite level
3 Time of request
Need to register here,
offer valid from Oct 20th-Dec31,2008
Just got this email, effective Jan 15th,2009, Marriott rewards program will do following changes
1 eliminating blackout date like SPG and hilton currently doing(not exactly, still have blackout)
2 5th nights free when u redeem 4 nights
3 50% bonus for Platinum member instead of 30%
Looking good? after I read the term more closely and have to say “the change is actually to WORSE, not BETTER.”
1 Under new redemption term, no blackout date, BUT “Hotels may limit the number of standard rooms available for redemption on a limited number of days”
2 The current system of reduced points per night for longer stays is replaced by a system where every 5 night redemption gets one free night. You will not get any discount for a 2 or 3 night stay at one property. e.g currently, you can redeem 5 nights at Cat 7 for 130,000, but with the new system, you will need 140,000
3 Create a new Cat 8 level, so 14 Cat 7 Hotels move to here.
4 Increase Travel package award level. Currently 7 nights at Cat 1-5 + 120K miles is priced at 235,000 points, but after the change, it will become 270,000
Unbelievable, with other big names changing their program to better, Marriott is making the Program even worse, No wonder I keep telling people they are the worst for past few years and will be in the future too.
Gary mentioned this sale in his blog, W store sale is back, use code WH4X5, you can get W bed at 40%off
Here is the link, but read the Term carefully, booking is non refundable
I came to Yalong Bay in 1994 for the first time and there was no hotel on the beach. The first 5 star hotel, Gloaria Resorts Sanya opened on the beach in 1995(if I remember correctly) and then next year, Horizon Resort Sanya opened at next door in 1996. At that time, there was no international brand hotel in entire Hainan Providance, Sheraton Sanya is the first international brand opened on the beach and the hotel has become one of the most succussful hotels in China right now.
Marriott, Hilton and another Chinese Brand Hotels Mangrove Resort joined the group and got a piece of cake. Intercontinental Group and Accor Hotels Group also wants to share the cake, but too bad, there is no more beach left, so Crowne Plaza Sanya and Pullman by Accor Hotels has to open on the opposite of those hotels.
Who got the last piece of cake on the beach? I thought it was Hilton, but today, on my 13th visit to these Area since 1994, I found Ritz-Carlton opened on beach side and I will check it out few days later.
Chinese Brand on beach side: Gloria, Horizon, Mangrove tree resort, no points Program except Gloria(own program)
Chinese Brand on Non Beach side: Villa5, a very nice Southeast Asia Villa style hotel with fairly priced rooms , each one has own swimming pool, but the downside is no beach. If you are tired of beach, you can try this hotel.
Traditional Upscale Brand on beach Side: sheraton,marriott and Hilton. The price at these three hotels almost identical, so brand preference is playing the role now. Sheraton is a very nice one, the hotel is well run by an Italian General Manager and rated as one of the top hotel in China for many years. Service is excellent 3 years ago, and I feel it’s getting even better now. Marriott next door is not my preference at all, as some of you may know, I don’t like marriott chain because its consistance on room design, this marriott is the same. If you have chance to compare travellers’ photo(not those room photo taken by professionals) on Marriott Sanya and Marriott Aruba, you will know what I am talking about. Hilton is a newer hotel compared to other two, but I have not stay there yet, will stay there later and report back. From what I heard, this hotel is the No. 1 on beach side before Ritz-Carlton Open.
Traditional Upscale Brand on non beach side: Crowne Plaza and Pullman by Accor Hotels. Crowne Plaza opened three years ago and I have stayed there once for one night. Much cheaper than Beach side hotel, nice room with Plasma TV, but there is no beach, it’s better to use as a business meeting hotel. Pullman by Accor Hotels just opened this year, the design is Southeast Asia style, and offers both hotel rooms and villa with private pool at moderate price.
Luxury Brand on beach side: Ritz-Carlton. the hotel just opened this year and also choose Southeast Asia style. Hotel has a luxury shopping area in the lobby. I will stay this hotel early next week and report back.
The consutruction of entire hotel zone is finished and I don’t think there will be any new hotel open within this zone in the future. Haitang Bay will be the next develop area in Sanya, 14 hotels will be opened in next few years including Westin, Hilton and other international/dometic names. Also, one of them, Mangrove Resort, will be same standard as Burj Al Arab in Dubai.
Must book by Oct 20th, Here is the link
The $119 rate includes:
- Luxury Suite at The Venetian
- $50 in Slot Credits or Table Match Play for every night of your stay
- LAVO Restaurant-Lounge-Nightclub:
- $50 drink voucher
- Complimentary admission and line pass for up to 4 guests
You need to register here, stay btw Nov 1st-Feb 29th, 2009 and earn triple miles on
“Air China, All Nippon Airways, American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, China Eastern Airlines, Delta Air Lines®, Japan Airlines, Jet Airways, KLM, Lufthansa, Malaysia Airlines®, Northwest Airlines®, Singapore Airlines, THAI Airways International and United”
This means u will earn 1500 miles per stay on AA, DL, etc. A great offer for one night stay, but for longer stay, BMI is still the best option.
Update ur email here, you will get 2000 bonus miles. However, the offer is targeted,but it doesn’t hurt to try and it only cost u less than 30 seconds.
Make sure to confirm the email in ur mailbox