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100 Taj Inner Circle points bonus for booking Taj Hotels via website

I’m sure a lot of my readership travels and stays around India in the Taj Hotels. Taj Hotels run their own loyalty program for their hotel chains across the world (brands include Taj, Vivanta & Gateway). They offer 100 bonus TIC (Taj Inner Circle) points per continuous stay, if you book it via the websites of the Taj Hotels (www.tajhotels.com, www.vivantabytak.com or www.thegatewayhotels.com). Since Taj redemption stays start only 350 TIC points, a 100 TIC points seem to be very valuable, and if you redeem them for Taj Gift Certificates, they are worth INR 500 (or $8 approximately). Live From A Lounge is present on Facebook, Twitter & available via email, RSS.

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Register now for the SPG “Take 2” promotion

Starwood Preferred Guest recently announced their Take 2 promotion, which will run between October 1, 2013 and December 15, 2013. You will earn double Starpoints for your stays at participating hotels during this period, and an additional 2,500 Starpoints for every 5 nights you stay. You can get this additional bonus for a maximum of 10,000 Starpoints during the promotion. The registration page for the promotion is now live, and you should go ahead and register, just in case you’re making a stay at an SPG property in the months ahead. The creativity of the guy who designs these promotions and his budgets have obviously not being doing so well, but this is better than nothing that some other hotel…

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8 days for Amex transfer bonuses to British Airways Avios / Etihad Guest miles

Beginning of the month I had alerted all of you regular readers about the promotions going on with American Express, where there is an offer to transfer Membership Rewards (their reward currency) for cards issued in India. There are two promotions: Transfer your Amex Membership Rewards to British Airways Avios, and you could earn a 30% bonus on these transfers. Amex MR transfer to Avios at the rate of 1.6 MR = 1 Avios, which translates, with this bonus, to 1.23 MR  = 1 Avios. While British Airways is one of the more expensive airlines due to their fuel surcharges to use Avios on, you could use them with so many of the oneworld airlines. Transfer your Amex MR to…

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Citibank PremierMiles offers 30% transfer bonus on British Airways Avios & 20% on Etihad Guest miles

I don’t know if Citi is playing catch up with the American Express offer for 30% bonus miles on Avios transfers / Etihad Guest Miles or it is their own initiative, but they just got some new brownie points in my book. I’d been secretly wondering if there were ever going to be bonus offers on mileage transfers via Citi PM, but looks like Christmas did come early. For those of who look to redeem your miles for international travel, I find British Airways Avios to be an acceptable program over some other partners Citibank has for their card. Delta – bad availability,  Singapore Airlines – expensive (as compared to others), Etihad – very expensive redemptions. With BA’s distance based…

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Amex offering 20% bonus on MR conversion to Etihad Guest Miles

A short while back I wrote about the excellent 30% bonus that American Express was offering for conversions from India-based cards’ Membership Rewards to Avios, which can be used on British Airways and Iberia. I also spotted today on the American Express Membership Rewards portal, that there is a promotion on for Etihad Guest Miles conversion as well. Etihad Guest Miles transfer at 1.6 MR = 1 Etihad Guest Mile. While I have not figured a good hidden gem in the Etihad Guest Miles program yet (they charge about 42K miles for a one-way ticket to London in Economy), if you need some more EY miles to top-up your existing balances, this is a good time to take benefit of…

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American Express offering 30% bonus on transfer to Avios (British Airways!)

I was just waiting for this to happen in India. American Express has been offering a transfer bonus on British Airways currency Avios for a while now, and different time periods for different countries. I was hoping India was on the map as well, and I just heard that was indeed the case. For a limited time, till November 30, American Express is offering members who have Amex cards issued in India a 30% bonus on transferring their Membership Reward points to Avios (the mileage currency used for British Airways and Iberia). Usually, 1.6 MR transfer into 1 Avios, but in this case, the redemption level looks better, and you can convert MR into Avios at 1.23 MR = 1…

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How you can benefit from the Radisson 50K promo across India?

I wrote about the Radisson Big Night Giveaway where registered participants would get a 50,000 Club Carlson points in their account after 1 stay. I figure this is vacation season in India and this is the best time to scoop the 50K bonus if you are planning a trip out of home anyways. First and foremost, the 50K registrations have still not hit the 100K mark yet. We don’t even know if they want to control it on the 100K mark or will let it go way afterwards. So, you can still go to www.radissonbignightgiveaway.com and register with your Club Carlson membership. If you don’t have one, you can get one at www.clubcarlson.com. I figure Radisson has over 40 properties…

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SPG offers 1000 bonus Starpoints for staying at newly-renovated hotels in the USA

I love SPG’s Starpoints. Who doesn’t? And SPG just decided to give away some more of those with all your stays at 25 recently renovated properties in the USA and Canada via this new promotion Simply stay from March 20, 2012 to June 30, 2012 at these participating properties to get 1000 bonus Starpoints per stay: CANADA British Columbia Four Points by Sheraton Kamloops Ontario Four Points by Sheraton Toronto Mississauga UNITED STATES Arizona The Phoenician, Scottsdale California Sheraton Delfina Santa Monica Hotel The Westin Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites, Los Angeles Colorado The St. Regis Aspen Resort Florida Four Points by Sheraton Orlando Studio City Sheraton Lake Buena Vista Resort Hawaii Sheraton Kauai Resort Illinois…

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Breaking: Earn 9000 Carlson GoldPoints on an Award Stay!

This seems to be the year Club Carlson is writing blank cheques to everyone who cares to stay at one of their hotels. They recently launched the 50,000 points giveaway where anyone who stayed at a Radisson property before 30th December 2011 could register for the Giveaway and take home 50K points. MommyPoints and Ric at the Loyalty Traveler wrote about this. Now, to motivate members to encash on some of those points, or other Club Carlson GoldPoints they might have earned before, Carlson is coming up with a new promotion from 1st December 2011. For an award stay at any ClubCarlson property globally (including Radisson, Radisson Blu, Park Inn, Park Plaza and the other brands) between December 1, 2011…

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‘Crack the Case’ inspires IHG Priority Club fall promo!

The IHG Priority Club just announced its fall promotion valid from September 15, 2011 to December 31, 2011. This one is called a ‘Brand Multiplier‘ and seems to be inspired by the ‘Crack The Case‘ promotion that ran about a year back from PCR. ‘Crack the Case’ was a customized promotion and each participant selected by PCR was allocated a few tasks and on completion of each task, one would get a certain number of bonus points. My ‘latches’, as they were called, included one of staying at at least 4 different IHG brands in the promotion period and I’d be awarded 4400 bonus PCR points. So, that was one easy kill! This fall, PCR has taken inspiration from the…

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