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Changes to the Hilton Honors Program starting now!

Some after some calls to the Hilton Diamond Desk, I have been able to confirm some changes to the program. These changes went into effect on April 1st, but due to some "online issues" it has not been officially announced. By the way you can get 2,500 points for the problems with the launch of the new Hilton Pages here... (more on the new Hilton web pages below)

Here are the changes:
Points & Money Rewards:
You can now mix points and money to book a room. ...

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Grab 2,500 Hilton HHonors Points - (no longer available)

There is an active  was a link on The Hilton Honors page that will GIVE you 2,500 HH points.

Thank you for your patience as we upgrade our systems.

OK.. I'll take it, just click here, provide your HH Number and Pin..

The offer is no longer available

Score! 2,500 Points..

Fine Print
Registered members will be awarded a one-time offer of 2,500 HHonors Bonus Points. Please allow 2-3 weeks for your points to post to your account. Bonus Points do not count toward Elite tier qualifications.

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Rumor: Executive Lounge to become a Hilton Brand Standard.

I have gotten some inside info and at this point it is just a rumor and I do not have full details on the matter. There is some information out that all Hilton Hotels will be required to have an Executive Lounge. It is not fully clear if this will be a worldwide standard, a US standard, or International (outside US) standard. Also there is no time line yet.

I think this will be a very nice move for Hilton Diamonds, guaranteed lounge access at every Hilton.

However I do worry ...

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Three InterContinental Hotels in Germany gone as of April 1 2011

Well looks like Germany will be losing three InterContinental Hotels on April 1 2011. This statement can be found on each of the hotels pages, "THIS HOTEL WILL NO LONGER BE AN INTERCONTINENTAL FROM 1ST APRIL 2011"

So time to say goodbye to the InterContinental hotels in Berlin, Cologne & Dusseldorf. I'm told from someone familiar with the matter, that IHG just said, "We are done" and told these hotels that they will no longer be a part of the brand.

The InterContinental in Frankfurt, Hamburg and Berchtesgaden are not effected.

Hilton HHonors New Promo Starting on April 1 2011 - "Grand Nights"

The next Hilton Promo is just ok, you will get 1,000 bonus per night. If you have a good deal of nights between April 1 and June 30 this could add up for you.. There is also no limit. You need to register for this promotion. You can do that here.

With the Hilton HHonors™ Grand Nights promotion, it won't be long before your points add up to an unforgettable experience with the ones you love. Book and complete a stay by June 30th, 2011 and earn 1,000 extra HHonors points each night. And with more than 3,600 hotels in 82 countries around the world, you'll always come back with a tale to share.

So it is better then nothing...

Hyatt Place hotels coming to Europe

Hyatt and HILLGATE Properties, a Dutch real estate developer, announced Hyatt Place hotel in the Netherlands, near Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport. The hotel will open in Mid-2013 and will be the first Hyatt Place Hotel in Europe.

Hyatt Place Amsterdam Airport, with have around 330 rooms, will be located in Hoofddorp, close to Amsterdam Schiphol airport.

Currently there are over 160 Hyatt Place hotels in the U.S. and around 30 under development throughout the U.S., India, Panama and Costa Rica according to Hyatt. Hyatt Place Amsterdam Airport will be the second Hyatt property to open in Netherlands, with the expected opening of the new Andaz Amsterdam in 2012.

It will be nice to get more Hyatt brands in Europe, but I would really like to see more Park Hyatts or even Hyatt Regencys in Europe.

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SCORE! First Class Reward on Lufthansa A380 - LOST! Thanks Mothernature!

About a year ago I was able to book two 1st class rewards on Lufthansa with my UNITED miles; shockingly on the A380. This was just days before LH zeroed out all the reward seats in First on the A380. I was shocked that I was able to score these seats. I went a long time before telling anyone, I had a feeling that somehow I would brag too much and LH or UA would take these seats away. I did have some Dreams Nightmares of my A380 First class seats going away..

Well about 3 weeks ago I ...

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Grand Hyatt Cairo no longer a Hyatt effective immediately.

Just posted on Hyatt.com, looks like the Grand Hyatt Cairo will be losing the Hyatt name effective immediately. It is not clear if the Hotel will be run as a new chain or as an independent hotel. But as of today, it is no longer a Hyatt.

Unresolved Contractual Disputes Force Hyatt Exit; Egypt Remains Important to Hyatt Despite Its Exit From the Grand Hyatt Cairo.

From a statement posted on Hyatt.com,
“It is unfortunate that the contractual disputes have not been ...

Lufthansa.com stops selling flights to NRT (Tokyo)

As I have been reporting Lufthansa has pulled its flights from Tokyo but they are saying that it is a temporary move but as of this blog post you can not book flights from Frankfurt or Munich to Tokyo. The only statement on Lufthansa.com is this, "Lufthansa is re-routing all its Tokyo/Narita flights from Frankfurt and Munich to Osaka and Nagoya via Seoul until further notice till Monday, 28.03.2011"

What is going to happen to the A380 that was on the FRA-NRT route, will LH put it on a different route, or just let it get some rest in FRA?!??!

Here is what I'm getting when trying to book a flight to NRT from FRA or MUC:

Airlines Dropping Tokyo: Radiation Risk

Alitalia joined Lufthansa in keeping flights away from Tokyo as nuclear workers in Japan flight a meltdown at reactors damaged by the earthquake and tsunami.

Alitalia will divert its 14 weekly Tokyo trips from Rome and Milan to Osaka. Alitalia’s switch to Osaka was “to guarantee maximum regularity of flights,” Alitalia said today that passengers scheduled to fly to Tokyo will receive as much as 130 euros ($182) in compensation.

Lufthansa said it’s ...

VIDEO: Inside Tokyo Narita Airport During Earthquake

Check out this crazy video from inside Narita Airport during the big earthquake on Friday. You can see the Star Alliance check in area shaking for over 2 minutes! This video was posted on youtube by tsurukokemomo.

The press is reporting that Ibaraki Airport reopened today. Hanamaki Airport and Fukushima Airport will operate for the transportation of relief and rescue supplies to the affected areas. Tokyo Narita resumed normal operations on Saturday.

Lufthansa scans Japan flights for radioactivity - Pulls A380

"This is a precautionary measure for us," a Lufthansa spokesman told news agency AFP.

At the Lufthansa hubs in Frankfurt and Munich all flights from Japan were checked by airport fire departments but no radioactivity has been detected so far.

A source at Frankfurt airport said that only Lufthansa had taken the measure.

Lufthansa has also pulled the A380 from the FRA-NRT route till further notice, they have also set up a revised timetable:

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Major Cruise Lines: Little Impact From Tsunami

As frequent travelers we all wonder about how others are being effected by events like today's Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan and thinking I could have been there, or I was there last week... I know many of us started to look at the flight status of our airline to see what went on during today's events. When I first turned on the TV around 8am in Germany I was shocked to see this tragic news. I must admit my first thought was, what about my cruise in Asia in about 40 days. I jumped online to ...

VIDEO: Delta Skyclub at Narita Airport during Earthquake.

Check out this crazy video inside the Delta Skyclub at NRT during the big Earthquake, the video was posted on CNN's iReport.

Reports are the everyone was ok in the lounge and were evacuated from the building. Lots of broke glass and as you can see in the video something fall from the ceiling.

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Commercial aircraft diverted from Narita to Yokota AirForce Base.

I had a friend heading to Japan today, and was on UNITED 837 from SFO to NRT, he was diverted to OKO - Yokota Air Force Base. He left me a voice with very little details, but he was on the ground on the US Air Force Base.

Here is the latest Info provided by 374th Airlift Wing Public Affairs office:
Several commercial aircraft have diverted to Yokota Air Base from Narita International Airport, after it closed in response to an earthquake that hit mainland Japan at 2:50 p.m. today.

"The 374th Airlift Wing is prepared and ready to assist during this time of crisis," said Col. Otto Feather, 374th Airlift Wing commander.

Here are more photos from the US AF in Yokota

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Over the past week there was some articles on how UNITED will launch a new look to it's web page.. Well, did it just happen? Did the UNITED web team update on the fly?

Here is the first update, the new logo way out of ratio:

About 10 min later this happened:

You will also notice the new UNITED Mileage Plus logo around the page.

New page title banners are also slowly showing up:

The sad thing is.. not much new, and if you are going to change your image on a web page, update it!! the old logo is still all over the place.. Do not update it part by part live and on the fly...  Really a poor way to launch your new look UNITED!

Also look for new AD's starting today with the new look for UNITED.

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Lufthansa dealing with IROPS

On Saturday, Lufthansa (LH) 104 from FRA to MUC had a mechanical, it was a problem with the breaking system. It was clear the flight would not be taking off on time as the tire was being removed at gate A1. It was a very cool view of the side of the A321, and I watched in amazement how Lufthansa technic was quick to deal with the problem. The gate agents who already got to know me as the printed my 4 boarding passes for the day (FRA-MUC/MUC-IAD/IAD-DEN/DEN-SEA), walked up to me and informed ...

The New UNITED will still have Economy Plus!

Well the news is here, Scott O’Leary Managing Director, Customer Solutions for UNITED airlines is reporting Economy Plus is here to stay!

UNITED will be retaining our Economy Plus seating on all current United aircraft and will be adding an Economy Plus seating section to the fleet of Continental aircraft starting in 2012. This will be a multi-year effort, and the specific timing won’t be provided till a later date and UNITED has a better sense of the ...

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UA/CO -European Cross-Fleeting starting soon..

Looks like some of the changes they hope we are going to like are coming soon. United and Continental will be starting some European Cross-Fleeting. In June 2011 the cross-fleeting on European operation will begin, where some CO routes replaced by UNITED aircraft and vice versa.

Here are the first routes to get upgrades and downgrades:

Newark – Brussels eff 29SEP11 UNITED 777 replace Continental 767-400ER
(Going from 2 ...

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Review of the Hilton Mainz - After its Renovations

Hilton has two hotels in Mainz Germany, and the Hilton Mainz on the banks of the Rhine River is just about done a Multi-Million Euro refurbishment. The other Hilton in the City “The Hilton Mainz City” was renovated about 5 years ago. The changes are very dramatic! Here is a before and after of the main lobby:

check out more photos below and here!

I had the pleasure of staying in a brand new Jr. Suite at the Hilton Mainz. I was pleasantly ...

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