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Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week, as well as some great airline and hotel discounts.
15% Off Alitalia Sale This Weekend
Alitalia is running a weekend sale of 15% off airfares (including taxes and surcharges) on all destinations in the Alitalia network for travel in Classica (economy), Ottima and Magnifica (business) classes – but not Classica Plus, their premium economy product. The sale applies to tickets bought for travel anytime from September 1 – November 30, 2012. Travel must be completed by November 30. You must buy your tickets by noon Italian time on Monday, August 27. After you find the itinerary you want, enter the code WKND15US in the E-COUPON box and click the “Recalculate” button to get the updated price. The sale applies only to roundtrip travel between the original departure and final destination airports, but you can use the code on international, national and intercontinental itineraries. If you were thinking of getting in on a discount business class fare over Thanksgiving, this could be a good opportunity to get the price down even further.
For instance, after a quick search for a business class ticket around Thanksgiving using the +/- 3 Days search, I found business class tickets from New York JFK – Rome for as low as $2,025.10. With the extra 15% off, the ticket came to $1,721.34. Plus, that would net you 8,560 miles. Not a bad deal!
European American AAdvantage Members Can Earn Up To 180,000 Bonus Miles
American launched a rather specific promo recently where Europe-based members of AAdvantage can earn up to 180,000 bonus miles when they fly business or first class on American, British Airways or Iberia between Europe and the US or Canada between September 1 – December 16, 2012, when they register with the promo code: AASKY.
The bonus breaks down like this:
1 Roundtrip = 40,000 total bonus miles
2 Roundtrips = 42,000 bonus miles, total 82,000 miles
3 Roundtrips = 43,000 bonus miles, total 125,000 miles
4 Roundtrips = 55,000 bonus miles, total 180,000 miles
The offer is available to AAdvantage members with an address on file in the following countries: Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Faeroe Islands, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, Vatican City State.
Eligible fare classes include the following:
American Airlines: F, A, J, R, D or I
British Airways: F, A, J, R, C, D or I
Iberia: J, C, D, R or I
I’m not sure how many Europe-based flyers are AAdvantage members, but let’s say you were a member of British Airways’ Executive Club instead and usually rack up Avios flying business or first class between Europe and North America. With this promo, you could still fly British Airways and take advantage of any elite benefits or perks, but bank the trips to your AAdvantage account (you can create one here) just to score those bonus miles. This could be really lucrative for those business travelers who shuttle between Europe and the US or Canada, and if you have the travel coming up necessary to score these bonuses, it might be worth creating an AAdvantage account just to take advantage of this particular promo.
35% Off Club Carlson Hotels
Club Carlson, the loyalty program for Radisson, Radisson Blu, Country Inn & Suites, Park Inn and more is offering 35% discounts on stays of two or more nights from September 14 – November 24. Note: not all the participating hotels are offering the discounted rate throughout that period, many are only making it available for a few dates somewhere in there. Here are the lists of participating hotels and the specific dates each is available for booking at the discounted rate:
Many of the hotels are only allowing the discount on a select few dates (sometimes just one or two), so it might be hard to coordinate your travel to take advantage of it. As with Priority Club’s PointBreaks properties, though, it’s a good idea to look over the list and pay attention to which properties are participating when so in case your travel plans take you to one of these destinations, you can enjoy the discounted rate.
Hat tip: Loyalty Traveler.
Hertz Triple Points Promo
Hertz just launched a promo for triple points on rentals picked up between September 4-December 15, 2012. Register with your Hertz Gold Plus rewards number (if you’re not yet a member, you can sign up here). Per the T&C, Valid on paid rentals picked up beginning September 4, 2012, through December 15, 2012, at participating Hertz locations including the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico, U.S.V.I., United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Brazil, Australia and New Zealand only. The Hertz Gold Plus Rewards program awards members 1 point per qualifying U.S. dollar spent or its equivalent in the currency paid for car rented. Bonus points will not be awarded on rentals accruing other Frequent Travel Program Points – so you have to be earning Hertz Gold points for this. Bonus points will be added to member’s account up to 10 business days from the rental return and can be redeemed immediately. Only paid rentals will qualify for this promotion. Advance reservations required. It’s not the most lucrative offer, and you have to earn the bonus in the form of Hertz Gold points, but remember, you can transfer increments of 600 Hertz Gold points to miles on Air Canada, Alaska, American, Delta, Frontier, Hawaiian, JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit and US Airways, as well as into Priority Club and Marriott Rewards points and Amtrak Guest Rewards.
500 Free Priority Club Points for E-Newsletter Signup
As you know, shopping portals can be a great way to rack up lots of extra bonus points and miles, and Priority Club’s portal is no exception. Right now, however, they’re just giving away 500 free Priority Club points simply for signing up for their e-newsletter. Unlike a lot of similar bonuses, you don’t have to install a toolbar or anything like that, just sign up for the newsletter by September 15 and wait for the points to post. It looks like the offer is for UK members, but nowhere does it say it’s restricted to UK residents, so might as well try for it. When you click on the “Subscribe Now” link, it will take you to the Priority Club shopping page. Log in then click on “View My Shopping Account,” and you’ll either get a pop-up asking you if you want to subscribe for emails, or you can click on the “Communication” tab along the middle-top of the page and opt in for emails there. The points didn’t post immediately, so I’m going to keep an eye on my account to see if/when they do. Has anyone else had success scoring the bonus points for this promo?
Hat tip: Head for Points.
Up to 4,500 Free Avios With Accor Hotels Le Club
Between now and September 30, you can earn up to 4,500 bonus Avios for two-night stays at Accor Hotels (Novotel, Sofitel, Ibis, Pullman, Mercure, etc.). Normally, you can earn one point, or one Avios (if that’s your earning option), per euro you spend at Accor Hotels, but on top of that with this promo, you earn:
-1,000 Avios for your 1st stay
-1,500 Avios for your 2nd stay
-2,000 Avios for your 3rd stay
To get the bonus Avios, you must designate Avios as your reward option in your earning profile with Le Club. Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.
Hat tip: Loyalty Traveler.
Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.