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By Neil McPherson
13 September 2019
Our regular round-up of items relevant for travellers & loyalty programs.
Summarised with our views and interpretations.
Cathay Pacific plans to cut capacity on routes to the US and around the world, reports Reuters.
The move comes as travel demand to and from Hong Kong, one of the world’s premier business and tourist destinations, has been decimated in
the wake of massive anti-government protests over the last two months. The protests, which have occasionally turned into violent clashes
between the police and protestors, have driven a 40% drop in visitor arrivals to Hong Kong for the month of August.
A note for experienced flight miles hackers, one of the cut US routes is a fifth-freedom route.
This new site is a comprehensive tool for meeting and event planners, building upon the former Marriott meetings site, "Meetings
Imagined" and relaunched as Marriott Bonvoy Events.
The platform will provide detailed information and an interactive map feature to allow planners to easily conduct a filtered search by destination to find the perfect hotel to host their meetings and events. Further support is provided via tips and trends from meetings experts, success stories, destination highlights and promotions from hotels around the world and more.It will feature a points calculator, allowing planners to estimate the number of Bonvoy points earned for each meeting or event held at participating hotels.
Generally, planners can earn up to 20,000 miles (with partners) pa from events. Existing Bonvoy members earn tier bonuses if taking the rewards in the form of Bonvoy points. So the annual maximum becomes 60,000 points for a member, rising to 75,000 points if you have Gold status and 105,000 points if you have Ambassador elite status.
The qualifting spend for points is calculated on eligible room, food, beverages and audio/visual charges (2 points per $1 USD). Additionally, you get 10 Elite Qualifying Nights (EQNs) with your first meeting, then 1 EQN for every subsequent room night booked.. That’s Silver Elite status after the first event with the ability to attain higher status levels.
Opportunities to boost your Bonvoy points and tier status:
Check out Bonvoy Events for
more details, or to make a booking. Don't forget to add your Bonvoy member number to the booking!
Changes announced by Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) are now applicable to all bookings.
The changes are not too bad and appear to be aimed at reducing inconsistencies with its alliance partner World of Hyatt.
Our latest review of the Best Hotel Rewards Program incorporates these changes.
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