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Saturday Recap: US Airways and Star Alliance Promotion, Double Southwest Points, New Andaz Properties, 500 Free United Miles

by on September 15, 2012 · 9 comments

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

US Airways offering up to 25,000 bonus miles: Now through December 15, 2012, travelers can earn up to 25,000 bonus Divedend miles (in addition to any regular flight miles) when flying US Airways and any other Star Alliance member carrier. The more Star Alliance partners you fly on, the more miles you can earn. If you travel on 3 partner carriers you will earn 2,500 bonus miles, 4 will yield 5,000 and 5 will earn you 15,000 bonus miles. However, if you can manager to fly on 6 or more Star Alliance carriers, you will earn 25,000 bonus miles. To be eligible for this, you must register for the promotion.

The terms and conditions state that flights must be taken from September 10, 2012 through December 15, 2012 to count. The mileage amount earned is cumulative; the maximum miles an individual can earn in this promotion is 25,000. The bonus miles awarded are not Preferred-qualifying miles, however flight miles earned on Star Alliance partners are Preferred-qualifying. Two more things to note: at least one US Airways flight must be flown September 10 – December 15, 2012 and each carrier is counted only once during the promotion period. Once bonus miles are earned, the miles will post 7-14 days after flight activity is completed, however flight miles earned on partner airlines can take longer. Only segments in an eligible mileage accrual class will be counted toward the promotion; award tickets will also not be counted. Members may only participate in the promotion with one Dividend Miles account. Retroactively requested miles will count toward the promotion if requested before June 15, 2013.

 

Southwest Double Points Offer: Southwest is offering double points on all new reservations made for travel through November 15, 2012. To be eligible, you must register for the promotion first.  This means for the cheapest Wanna Getaway Fares, travelers will now earn 12 points per dollar spent. If you are buying Business Select fares, you will earn 24 points per dollar and Anytime fares yield 20 points per dollar spent. Since this is only good for new flights booked, if you have one already booked, take a look at the price for the flights, and if it’s the same or less, you can cancel your old reservation and rebook since Southwest doesn’t charge any change fees, only the fare difference.

5,000 Bonus Marriott Rewards Points With Hertz: Now through December 31, 2012, when you rent a Hertz car and use the Marriott Discount Code CDP 154080, you’ll save 35% on your rental, and using the PC# 169680 you will have the chance to earn up to 5,000 Marriott Rewards points per rental. You will earn 2,o00 bonus points on rentals of 2-4 days, and 5,000 point on rentals of 5 days or more. It’s good at participating locations in the US, Canada, Europe, Mexico and Puerto Rico. You can find more details and get a rate quote here.

King guest room at the new Andaz Napa.

New Andaz Properties Now Accepting Reservations: The Andaz Napa is now open and accepting reservations. It is located in the heart of downtown Napa and is the first Andaz hotel in Northern California. The hotel has 141 guest rooms and suites featuring contemporary furnishings and hardwood floors.  Guests have access to the Exertec Health and Fitness Center. This is a Category 5 hotel, so free night redemptions require 18,000 Gold Passport points for standard rooms. Hyatt has also announced the opening of the Andaz Amsterdam which is currently accepting reservations starting November 23, 2012. This 122-room hotel is located in the lively Jordaan district. Rooms will feature all the modern amenities such as 42-inch plasma TV’s, iPod docking stations and wireless internet access. The hotel features the Urban Spa with sauna, steam and treatment rooms plus a fully equipped gym.

Qatar Easy Deal Awards: Qatar Airways announced their Easy Deal awards for October. To be eligible to take advantage of up to a 50% discount, you must first register for Easy Deals at least 24 hours prior to booking your award ticket by logging into your membership account then clicking on Manage Qmiles, and selecting Easy Deals for October 2012 from the “Register for an Offer” menu. Some examples of the discounts are Stockholm or Copenhagen to Doha for 19,000 miles each way in Business Class compared to the normal 37,500 miles each way. Here’s the list of all the discounted flights offered this month. They offer discounts on both coach and business class depending on the route. United ended their partnership with Qatar yesterday, so currently the only U.S. carrier that partners with them is U.S. Airways. Their other airline partners include GOL, Virgin Atlantic, bmi, Kingfisher, ANA, and Asiana Airlines.

500 Free United Miles: MyPoints is offering new members 500 free United Miles when you sign-up here. MyPoints is a shopping portal where you can you points by navigating to individual merchants’ sites by going through MyPoints first. When you make a purchase – depending on the store – you could earn up to 10 points per dollar spent, or one-off bonuses of hundreds of points when you make a purchase. You can also earn points by participating in certain offers they hold. Then you can redeem the points for gift cards or travel rewards through MyPoints. For this United offer, after 30 days of an active MyPoints membership, you will qualify for your 500 MileagePlus bonus award miles. There is only one bonus mile offer will be given per United MileagePlus account. The bonus award miles do not count towards Premier status. Miles accrued, awards issued and bonus offers are subject to the rules of the United MileagePlus Program. Allow 6-8 weeks for miles from partner transactions to post.

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  • http://twitter.com/sam_a1027 Samuel Adams

    Here is a link for 750 UA miles from MyPoints:

    https://www.mypoints.com/emp/u/ma/ump750.vm?campaign=9VLHUXadLCiDih_Oyznc

    Note: From my experience, it is unlikely you will get the miles without contacting customer service and asking for them 3 months down the road.

  • http://twitter.com/notsosmartNY KJ Wojciechowski

    The US promo is just weird. Why would they reward people from flying as many OTHER *A carriers as possible?

  • http://twitter.com/veeRob Rob Perelman

    I could use a bit of advice here per the US Airways promo.

    I am currently in Europe and am doing some jumping around on a few partners. Right now I have flights booked on Croatia Airlines, United, and Taca. One of my United flights is actually a Lufthansa flight, so I’m not sure if that would count as a separate carrier or not. If it does, then I could easily book a $50ish flight on US Airways when I get back to the US and hit 5 partners for 15,000 miles.

    We probably all agree that United miles are more valuable than US Airways miles, so the question is is it worth changing my mileage earning + spending extra money on a US Airways flight to get these 15,000 bonus miles? I can’t decide.

  • Karen B

    I used the 750 link and got the miles, no problem.

  • Asdf

    probably to remind people there is a US *A carrier other than united

  • arcticbull

    It doesn’t matter which airline is marketing the flight, what matters is which airline is operating the flight. Lufthansa will count as a separate partner. I used to adore US miles, but with the end of GS, I’m not sure what to feel about them anymore. Doing this will earn you enough miles for a domestic RT (probably 25K total right?) and you can snag the Barclays US Air for another 40K (now we’re at 65K). You’re still a bit short of the sweet spot (90K J-class RT Asia), but you can usually buy those for 0.018cpm during a 100% buy miles promo for $450.

    So, if you complete these activities, you can end up with a J-class RT Asia for $450+Taxes ;)

    If it doesn’t affect your status with United by preventing you from hitting the next tier, I’d say go for it. Diversification isn’t a bad thing, and if US Air is eaten by AA, you’ll have a whole bunch of oneworld miles to play with.

  • arcticbull

    There was a similar promo across *A for it’s birthday recently.

  • arcticbull

    You can’t US Airways miles for flights on QR or RJ. I’m not sure they’re really even partners :p On their award chart it says “Award redemption on Qatar Airways and Royal Jordanian is temporarily not available” — however, it’s been like that for years and years.

  • http://milevalue.com/ MileValue

    Yes, I think it would be more accurate to say that no US carrier partners with Qatar. I would bet against any possibility of a redemption with US Airways miles on Qatar in 2012 or 2013.

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