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Greetings from New York’s Finger Lakes wine region where I am currently snowed in. Today features great news for hotel points enthusiasts, people who like upgrading flights and hilarious news for people who hate entitled celebrities. Without further adieu, here are the most useful and amusing travel stories of the day…

Jason Derulo Is A Plonker…

Once relevant singer Jason Derulo is an American Airlines invite only Concierge Key member. He checked in late, past cut off time at Miami and was not allowed to check luggage as per standard procedure. His 8 person entourage boarded the plane, leaving one man behind to check luggage on a later flight. American apparently wanted $6k for the excess luggage to be checked, so Jason, after the plane had pushed back from the gate and was taxiing demanded to usurp the needs of 300 or so passengers and have the plane turn back to the gate so that he could go ballistic, for something that was his fault to begin with. He then claimed racism.

2,000 Bonus Points Per Night With Hilton…

Hilton is out with yet another juicy bonus, offering 2,000 bonus points per night in addition to their 10 points per dollar spent, 5 points per dollar for taking all Hilton points versus some airline miles as well and they even have a 500 point bonus for all bookings made via their pretty nifty mobile app. ViewFromTheWing has the best coverage and links, so head over there for all you need.

50% Off Emirates Upgrades To First Class…

For a very limited time (book by the 15th of February) Emirates are offering 50% off the traditional amount of miles needed to upgrade from Business to First Class. Unfortunately this is restricted to travel that takes place before March 31st, 2017, but if you happen to have something that matches up, it’s an amazing chance to upgrade an already swanky experience into something you won’t soon forget. Emirates First Class is NICE. Details here

Starwood Hot Escapes 35% Discounts…

Starwood launches “Hot Escapes”, which commonly feature 35-75% discounts on hotels all around the world for the next six weeks. It’s basically a great way to tempt people into near term bookings they might pass up on otherwise. There are some solid deals in many locations that are definitely worth a browse, so head over to the discount page here and see if anything makes sense for you. Enjoy!

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