Saturday Recap: 50,000 Marriott Points Reminder, Up To 48,000 Wyndham Rewards, 1,000 Free Avios, Flying Blue Promo Cities Announced

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Here’s a quick recap of the interesting points and miles news from the week.

Reminder: My 50,000 Marriott Points Giveaway Ends Tomorrow!
This is just a quick reminder that I’m giving away 50,000 Marriott Rewards points, but in order to get in on the contest, you have to play Marriott’s “What’s Your Travel Type” Facebook game where members can win one of six grand prizes tailored to their personal travel tastes and preferences and then leave a comment on my giveaway post. You have until Sunday August 19, 2012 at 6:00pm Eastern Time to enter and a winner will be picked at random and announced on Monday August 20th. Good luck!

You could earn up to 48,000 bonus Wyndham Rewards points for cheap stays at properties like the Hawthorn Suites Louisville.

Email Offer: Up to 48,000 Wyndham Rewards Points or 19,200 Airline Miles for Three Nights
Wyndham recently launched a new promotion for its Wyndham Rewards email subscribers to earn 16,000 bonus points for stays at one of 20 newly opened Hawthorn Suites (rates start at about $60) or Wyndham Hotels and Resorts (rates start at about $80) between August 6-October 6, 2012. You can earn the bonus up to three times for a total of 48,000 points.

To qualify for the bonus, your account must be active, you must click through the email you received (though if you didn’t receive it, you might be able to contact Wyndham and request it), and stay at any of the 20 participating properties (listed on the promo page) during the promotion period and complete your stays by October 9 – member stays with check-out dates after October 9 will not count, so be sure to vacate in time! Though you could use 16,000 Wyndham Rewards points for a free night at a Category 4 property, but remember, Wyndham Rewards has tons of airline partners, and points transfer at a 2.5:1 ratio, so 16,000 Wyndham points equals 6,400 miles on airlines like American, Delta and United, so three stays at about $60 each ($180 total) would net you 19,200 miles, the equivalent of buying them at 0.94 cents each – not a bad value. Especially considering Wyndham is the only major chain that will give you the points whether you check in in person or not (keep in mind, they’ll also charge you for the room), so you could score these bonuses with ghost reservations where you don’t actually stay, as long as you pay for the room.

Hat tip: Loyalty Traveler.

Get 1,000 miles instantly when you sign up for a new Diamond Club account with bmi.

1,000 Free Avios For Signing Up For bmi Diamond Club
Though bmi’s loyalty program, Diamond Club, is coming to an end soon, but you can still sign up for it, and when new members join and use the voucher code 1JA1KD they are automatically awarded 1,000 “destination miles.” Then when you scroll down your account page to the box titled “Transfer Miles” and click on it then click “Transfer Now,” it will redirect you to British Airways’ Executive Club login where you must enter your username/number and password, then click “Manage My Account” and then “Combine Avios.” Where you’ll have the choice of combining them from Iberia or bmi. Select bmi, choose 1,000 as your amount, check the box saying you’ve read the terms and agree, and voila, you’ve scored an extra 1,000 bmi points. That’s the equivalent of having spent $800 on a British Airways Visa.

The transfer from bmi miles to Avios is instant.

Hat tip: Head For Points.

September/October Flying Blue Promo Award Routes Announced
Flying Blue, the frequent flyer program of SkyTeam partners Air France and KLM, runs 50% off promo awards all year long, but changes the gateway city pairings every few months. That means you can fly roundtrip from certain North American cities to Europe and beyond for as low as 25,000 miles in coach and 50,000 miles in business class on Air France and KLM, each of which have different cities and cabins they discount. The program just announced its September-October cities, though you’ll have to wait until August 29 to start booking these fares.

Flying Blue announced its promo routes for September-October, but all of them from North America are for economy awards…disappointing!

Among the routes to/from North America will be New York JFK, Chicago and Toronto in economy on KLM to Europe Zones 1, 2 and 3 (which includes), and in Voyageur (economy) on Air France from Miami, Houston and Montreal. While I’m disappointed that the redemptions are all for economy class tickets and there don’t seem to be any business class redemptions on these routes, at least 25,000 miles roundtrip to Europe is something to think about. Just remember that taxes and surcharges on award tickets can be in the range of $200-500, so always be sure to check regular ticket prices before committing to an award booking. Flying Blue is also an instant 1:1 transfer partner of American Express Membership Rewards, so this promo could be a good value for using those Amex points. However, in the case of this round of Flying Blue promo awards, I’d say keep your Amex points and wait until the next round is announced since there’s nothing too exciting this time.

The Club at LAS, one of the new lounges added for Priority Pass members.

New Priority Pass Lounges
Priority Pass is a network of over 600 airport lounges worldwide that you can purchase membership in, or that you get for free with the American Express Platinum card (though guests will cost you $27 each). In addition to some independent lounges, Priority Pass also contracts with certain airline lounges, and its list of partner lounges is constantly growing – especially over this past summer. It made individual announcements in June, July and August about several new lounges that joined the network including the US Airways club at Washington Reagan-National Airport, the Air France VIP Lounge at Chicago O’Hare, and several others throughout Asia, Europe and South America for a total of over 20 new lounges. Las Vegas has some new choices as well since both locations of The Club at LAS have also been added. You can search Priority Pass’s entire directory here.

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  • Mizliz

    is your 50,000 Marriott point giveaway one entry per day, or one entry per person? Thanks!

  • Ben

    Bmi 1000 pt bonus a no go for me…….did not use caps when entering code…….any suggestions?………Ben

  • JRV

    Same issue here as Ben. No BMI points for me either. :(

  • GCG

    Followed directions above, Got the 1000 bmi points, transfered them to British Airline.

  • Bender

    Same as a couple others on the BMI front: I copied/pasted the code and no points auto post to my new account. Maybe they’ll show up in a day or so..

  • timharrington

    I signed up for BMI a few weeks ago and got the 1000 points instantly (didn’t use the promo code however). Transfered them to BA today with no problems.

  • Orlando

    try using a second email address…used both of my email addresses and got the bonus 2x

  • Tracy Soldan

    RE: the Wyndham 16k promo, I found the link for it in the “point balance, member offers and Summer Rewards” email that I received August 14. I suspect this is the email they reference as needing to “click through.” The link was titled “Free Night: Earn Yours” and flagged as “Inside Rewards.”

  • Byxbee

    Tried four times to combine bmi with BA but keep getting bumped off with a note in red: Your Session Has Timed Out. Any ideas?

  • Rrez1

    No go on bmi points.

  • RobM

    No go for BMI either. Got an “account” but no points nor Diamond # shows.

    Also, I don’t understand this line: “Select bmi, choose 1,000 as your amount, check the box saying you’ve read the terms and agree, and voila, you’ve scored an extra 1,000 bmi points.” Do you mean an extra 1000 AVIOS? Don’t you get 1,000 bmi points and you are transferring them to BA?

  • mif1961

    To get the transfer to work make sure you have your Date of Birth entered in the BA system. You can’t transfer if you are under 18 and if they don’t have your DOB they don’t know. If you are not geting the miles try again with a different e-mail address that doesn’t match the one in the BA system. One of the other blogs in the Boarding Area (but I don’t remember which) spelled all this out. Once I did all this I was able to get it to work even though I ran into both problems earlier.

  • oldmanpeabody

    BMI bonus worked fine but couldn’t get to the transfer screen, it just didn’t show up. Went in and added a date of birth to my BA account (had to add a bunch of other info too) and then tried it again and it worked fine. Strange, but worth it for 1k miles. Thanks TPG!

  • Michał Welc

    Hi. Worked for me – had 0 points in BA, signed up for BMI through the email, copied&pasted voucher code and navigating from BA site was able to move miles to avios.

  • Alohastephen

    no bmi points here

  • mif1961

    Make sure you use a different e-mail address than the one you have for your BA account. Just start again with a different e-mail and it should work. Or at least that is what worked the second time for me.

  • Dnwalker

    thanks I got my BMI transfer points!

  • Ram Kashyap

    Thanks for the BMI Transfer point.

  • RobM

    Did the “alternate” email address and it worked! But could not get the miles to transfer until I tried using Firefox as my browser. It didn’t like Safari……but thanks for the extra 1K!

  • RobM

    Had the same problem. Tried it with Firefox instead of Safari and it worked.

  • Stratos

    i used the same email for both accounts – i couldnt do it online, my browser kept acting up, but i called BA and they took care of it for me in a jiffy

  • Elyse Kelly

    Tried creating a bmi account twice, with two different email addresses and no bonus points posted to my account at all..

  • RkyMtHker

    Thank You for BMI Diamond Club miles transfer to BA post. The instructions were excellent.

  • Veerabaku

    no bonus points posted when I created a new account

  • Euro

    Didn’t work for the BMI bonus miles either, with 2 different email addresses. Something may have to do with selecting your country since if you select USA, then you’re redirected to the BA website…

  • Bettina

    The bmi didn’t work for me either

  • Malkounis

    PointsGuy, the BMI voucher code didn’t work for me either. What gives? Do you have any updated info on this? i tried a different email address and it took me to my initial account. Can you help?

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