The newly launched Starwood Preferred Guest Programme (SPG) promises there will be no expiration or blackout dates for its Starpoints, and that it takes only an average of three hotel stays to earn a free weekend night.
Hotel points can be transferred to air miles, and redemptions can be made on-line under the scheme, which has more than 550 participating hotels in more than 60 countries, including Sheraton and Westin properties. The SPG replaces Sheraton Club International and Westin Premier.
Dubai specials Emirates Airline is offering special packages for the fourth Dubai Shopping Festival which starts on Thursday and runs until April 14. The emirate, which claims to offer the world's best brands at the lowest prices anywhere, expects two million visitors during the festival. Emirates has packages from $6,450 covering return economy-class ticket, three nights' accommodation, daily breakfast and airport transfers.
Meanwhile, Emirates has announced that from July 1 it will add another daily flight from Dubai to London Heathrow, upgrading to a thrice-daily service.
Extra flight United Airlines will expand its service to the US from Hong Kong, adding a seasonal daily flight to San Francisco that will operate from June 12 to September 8. It already has a daily flight to that city which operates year-round.
Two for one Virgin is celebrating its fifth anniversary of flying to Hong Kong by offering two tickets for the price of one to its Freeway frequent-flyer programme members. The ticket must be issued on or before this Saturday, March 20, and travel must be completed before June 21. The offer is good for full-fare Premium economy tickets, which market at $16,520, and economy class, which sells at around $8,000.
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