Take a break, airfare sales. Hyatt is out with a flash sale, open from today till August 15, 2014 where they are offering a straight 50% off Daily Available Rates as a part of their Monsoon Flash sale in India.

Here are the salient Terms & Conditions:

  • Book between 01AUG14 00:00 Hours and 15AUG14 23:59 Hours , Indian Standard Time
  • Stay between 01AUG14-10JAN15
  • Blackout Dates: 01NOV14-15DEC14
  • Full Prepayment, non-refundable, no changes

Now, Hyatt has a total of 19 properties around India, and this promotion is valid across the 19 properties as long as you book within the timelines.

Take a look at this rate on the Hyatt website, for instance:

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Here is a list of the properties along with the labels they have:

I’m personally a fan of the Park Hyatt Goa, and I just love that property.

Anyone of you planning a vacation/staycation then?

(H.T. Paraag)

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I have to admit I love it how things work out sometimes. I’m a Citibank PremierMiles fan, and I have been one since November 2011. We’ve had a little bit of our love hate in 2012, but I’ve come to terms with it and moved on to live with the new reality ever since. Now, I’ve earned a lot of PremierMiles over the years, but the only true redemption I’ve made has been last year, when I flew Singapore Airlines LAX-SIN-BOM in Business Class with them. Otherwise, the PremierMiles just lie in my account, and I transfer them whenever needed, since they never expire.

Anyhow, so, last month I finally decided to apply for the Prestige, which I’ve loved since I’ve heard about it. However, I already have the most number of Citibank credit cards they’d allow to be issued in India (2), with a Citibank PremierMiles Visa and Citibank PremierMiles MasterCard in my wallet. Citi advised to convert one of the existing cards into the Citi Prestige, and I gave them my go ahead. At that point of time, I was advised that Citi would convert points in the ratio 2 PremierMiles = 1 Prestige Point for me, and that was a gimme.

When the new package arrived, it had a conversion chart inside as well, which detailed how point conversion would take on from earlier cards. Now, here is how it looks.

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You know the beauty of this? While Citibank PremierMiles transfers to various airmile programs at 1 PremierMile = 1 Airmile, with conversion to Prestige, 1 Prestige Point converts to 4 Airmiles. Hence, with this move, they’ve doubled the number of miles in my account.

On the sideline, I had to give away some of my PremierMiles which I was going to earn due to the International Spend promo, but I guess I made up for it more than enough with this arbitrage opportunity. And yes, I still do have my Citibank PremierMiles Visa in my pocket which I will continue to use to book most of my air travel over the years ahead.

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That is the question I am looking for an answer for, seems I can’t find it. See, I started with American Airlines AAdvantage program a few years back, and I’ve been an Executive Platinum for two years in a row. Last year, hardly travelled with them, and also this was the year they killed their policy for a soft landing, so I went straight to Member level as of March 1, 2014.

Sigh, as much as I hate to let it go, I love my AAdvantage miles too much and also the program. I think it is one of the best out there in terms of mileage value. So i decided to see if I could crawl back from being a nobody on the program to … we’ll see how far I can go this year.

Now, amongst other things, I’ve managed to somehow get enough elite qualifying miles with them to get myself to the Gold tier. First strike, right? This has been the status since about a month or more maybe, but while my EQM shows having qualified for Gold, the status hasn’t changed.

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Dang, now…err, the usually good folks at @AmericanAir are my first port of call, and assured me that usually status is sweeped within 2-3 days. But this time around, they asked me to call AAdvantage to see if they could fix this, I did so, and I was assured it would be done. No dice, and then I’ve even written a couple of emails to AA which I haven’t heard back on in over 16 days.

Is it something to be worried about, or is this the way AA treats non-elites usually? I’m not sure if I should be proud of trying to find my way back on AA, or not anymore…

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