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Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week:
Triple JetBlue True Blue Points For Rest of Year
For travel now through December 31, 2012, register to earn triple True Blue points on all JetBlue flights booked on JetBlue.com and completed by the end of the year. You usually earn 3 points per dollar spent on JetBlue flights (base fare only), or 6 per dollar when you book on JetBlue.com – so when you register for this offer, you get a total of 12 points per dollar, and there’s no limit to the number of flights this is valid for or points you can earn. The only restriction is that travel must be completed by 12/31/12 by 11:59pm ET and you must purchase flights through JetBlue.com.
25% Off Marriott Seasonal Awards
Marriott has released a list of Seasonal Awards at properties all over the world on varying dates depending on the hotel and the region that Marriott Rewards members can redeem points for at a 25% discount. So, for instance, instead of 7,500 points for a Category 1 hotel, you’d only need 5,625 points, and instead of 40,000 points for a Category 8 property, you only need to redeem 30,000 – not bad savings. These award levels are also valid on Cash + Points. You can find all the properties that will be offering Seasonal Awards on the landing page, as well as the dates for which these discount awards will be offered at each. There aren’t a huge amount of properties yet, but hopefully those numbers will increase over time. Many of the properties seem to be in resort and vacation destinations like Arizona, Palm Springs and Mexico, but there are some city properties in New York and Europe. For now, though, some of the more interesting ones include the Camelback Inn in Scottsdale from June 17-August 30, 2013 (that seems to be standard with the Arizona resorts listed), The Algonquin Hotel in New York from January 1-February 28, 2013, the JW Marriott Cancun from September 23-November 23, 2013, and the Berlin Marriott from January 1-March 1, 2013. While it’s probably easier to plan your stays for the coming winter season, if you tend to plan ahead (way ahead), you can score some good discount rates for the summer and next fall as well.
$20 Off Amex Purchases of $200 at Best Buy
Hopefully many of your are taking advantage of American Express’s Small Business Saturday today, but there are more savings to be had as well through Amex’s other promos like Link, Like, Love on Facebook, and when you sync your Amex card on Twitter and tweet #AmexBestBuyOffer to get $20 off purchase of $200 or more. You can only register once per card, and the $200 must be on a single purchase online or in the store by December 31. Registration is limited, so sync and Tweet today!
$50 Restaurant Gift Card with 3-Day Choice Hotels Stay
You can earn a $50 restaurant gift card for a three-night stay at Choice Hotels when you book by December 6 and complete your stay by January 15, 2013. There are around 300 participating properties in the following six areas: Atlanta, GA; Austin, TX; Charlotte, NC; Greenville, SC; Spartanburg, SC; and Pittsburgh, PA. You must fill out this rebate form and mail it in with a copy of your receipt after your stay by January 31, 2013. The restaurant gift card can be redeemed at Seasons 52, The Capital Grille, Long Horn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Olive Garden or Red Lobster. Hat tip: Loyalty Traveler.
Up to $50 with TripAlertz
TripAlertz, a discount flight and hotel package site, is offering a rebate of up to $50 off purchases and hotel reservations of $50 or more for Cyber Monday. Use the promo code 50THANKS at checkout. If you don’t take advantage of the sale on Cyber Monday, you can also take advantage of an ongoing discount through November 30, 2012, with the promo code 80OFFNOV2012, which will skim 8% off your total hotel reservation. Plus, if you have TripCash credits to use on the site, you can combine them and these offers to save even more money. The one downside is that TripAlertz has specific packages and pricing – so it’s not like using Travelocity or Orbitz to book the travel you want, you’re just sort of subject to whatever deals they’ve worked out for the moment, but still, if your searching for some vacation plans, can’t hurt to see what they have going on at the moment. Hat Tip: Just Another Points Traveler.
OpenSkies Becomes Oneworld Affiliate December 1
OpenSkies is a subsidiary of British Airways that flies just three three-class Boeing 757’s (66 3 x 3 economy seats; 28 leather 2 x 2 Premium Plus seats that recline to 130 degrees; and 20 Biz Bed seats modeled on BA’s Club World product) between New York JFK and Newark and Paris Orly. All passengers are offered personal iPads for entertainment on the flight, and premium passengers are allowed to use the BA lounge at JFK and Newark, while all passengers can use the Iberia VIP lounge at Orly. Starting December 1, this little niche airline will be a Oneworld affiliate, meaning flyers can earn mileage rewards and tier status points on Openskies flights, and redeem mileage rewards they earn on other Oneworld carriers on OpenSkies flights. The Newark-Orly route will be the first part of this partnership, followed by the JFK-Orly route in March. Just to give you more of a context, other Oneworld affiliate airlines include American Eagle, Cathay Pacific’s Dragonair, Iberia Express, JAL Express, LAN Peru and QantasLink, among others. As you might know, mileage earning can vary by airline and fare class, so stay tuned for updates on what kinds of fares will earn you what mileage on OpenSkies.
Xiamen Airlines Joins SkyTeam While this premium card has one of the highest annual fees on the market, it has several valuable perks that could make it worthwhile, depending on your travel patterns. These include a $200 annual airline rebate, lounge access, free Hilton Gold status and free Starwood Preferred Guest Gold status.
SkyTeam already has a strong Asia footprint with member airlines China Airlines, China Southern and China Eastern, not to mention Korean Air and Vietnam Airlines, and now it’s hold has grown further with the addition of Xiamen Airlines, China’s 6th largest carrier. The airline flies over 15 million passengers a year on 220 routes to over 50 cities including Taipei, Macau and Hong Kong, and has been around since 1984, headquartered in the industrial coast city of Xiamen. The airline also has plans to launch flights to Europe, North American and Australia by 2014 when it starts taking delivery of its Boeing 787’s. Effective immediately Xiamen passengers can earn and redeem miles on services operated by all SkyTeam member airlines.
While this premium card has one of the highest annual fees on the market, it has several valuable perks that could make it worthwhile, depending on your travel patterns. These include a $200 annual airline rebate, lounge access, free Hilton Gold status and free Starwood Preferred Guest Gold status.