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Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week:
American Express 35% Transfer Bonus to Virgin Atlantic: In case you missed this, we posted earlier this week about this new American Express transfer bonus. As a recap, now through December 29, 2012, American Express cardmembers who transfer Amex Membership Rewards points to Virgin Atlantic Flying Club will receive a 35% bonus. The bonus is hard-coded into the transfer page, so you don’t have to register or do anything special, just transfer miles as you normally would. Since Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles transfer to Hilton at a 2:1 ratio, this is a great way to make even more of those Amex points, which transfer to Hilton HHonors directly at a ratio of 1 Amex point to 1.5 HHonors points. With this promo, however, 1 Amex point = 1.35 Virgin miles = 2.7 HHonors points, 80% more than transferring directly from Amex.
US Airways 100% Buy Miles Bonus Extended Until December 7: Originally supposed to end yesterday on November 30, the 100% Buy Miles bonus on US Airways miles has been extended a week until December 7, 2012. The best value you can get is about 1.88 cents per mile, which can still be expensive if you’re buying 100,000 miles, but if you are looking to put those miles to use on high-value premium redemptions like business class to Europe, Asia or the South Pacific, you could wind up saving thousands of dollars. For more ideas on how to maximize this promo and whether it’s worth it, check out this post.
Free Double Upgrade with Enterprise: Now through December 20, 2012, Enterprise is offering renters free double upgrades on their rental. This is valid on advance reservations made for an Economy through Intermediate size vehicle at standard daily or weekly rates at participating locations within North America. Participating locations are available by calling 1 800 rent-a-car. A 26-day maximum applies. Rental must begin on or after 11/26/2012 and end on or before 12/20/2012. The upgraded car class will not appear on your reservation, but will be applied free of charge upon arrival if a car is available in the next two higher classes. Offer cannot be combined with other coupons, offers or discounted rates.
2500 Bonus Best Western Points with Budget: Best Western Rewards members can now save up to 30% on rentals with Budget as well as earning 2,500 Best Western Rewards Points (1,000 base points per rental plus 1,500 bonus points). This is valid now through June 30, 2013, at participating Budget locations in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Asia, and through December 31, 2012, at participating Budget locations in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. To be eligible for this deal, use BCD #U187001 along with your Best Western Rewards member number to receive your discount and bonus points. (Hat Tip: Loyalty Lobby)
Hilton HHonors Announces the Winter Warm-up Sale With Savings Up to 20%: Hilton has launched a Winter Warm-up Sale now through March 10, 2013. Guests can save up to 20% on qualified stays of four nights or more from December 13, 2012 through March 17, 2013 at participating hotels and resorts in the Caribbean, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Central America, California, Florida and Arizona, including Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree, Embassy Suites, Hilton Garden Inn and Hampton Hotels. Additionally, children under 12 years of age traveling during the sale period will receive complimentary breakfast.
Earn Bonus Hilton Points with Gilt Groupe and American Wine Cellars: Hilton HHonors is offering up to 10,000 bonus points when you join American Cellars Wine Club. You’ll receive 4,000 bonus points after your first shipment and 6,000 after your second. Thereafter, you’ll also earn 13 Bonus Points per dollar spent on their wine selections. Wine starts at $6.99 each, shipping begins at one cent and they offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee, so you can order some wines that you might not be familiar with. Gilt, a members-only online shopping site that provides access to designer brands at up to 60% off, is also offering HHonors members 2,000 HHonors bonus points after you join and make your first purchase of $50 or more. Plus, each additional purchase will earn you 6 points per dollar spent during the first six months after you join.
Delta Announces 2013 BusinessElite Wine Selections: Attention wine connoisseurs: Delta announced the selection of wines to be served on board its BusinessElite cabin in 2013. The new selections were chosen by Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson to pair with Chef Michele Bernstein’s new menu and will be on board beginning in the spring. They include wines from Italy, Chile, Spain, France, California, Australia, Portugal and South Africa such as: Robert Mondavi Chardonnay, Champagne Jacquart Brut Mosaique, Estancia Meritage Red Merlot, Scarpetta Pinot Grigio, and Chateaux La Rame to name a few. You can also check out this video from Andrea Robinson about how which wines are chosen to be served on-board.
United Club Raising Membership Fees: Effective January 1, 2013, United Club annual membership rates will increase by $25 and membership-with-spouse rates will increase by up to $100. Additionally, the three-year membership options will be discontinued. Current three-year memberships will be honored through their existing membership period. With the price increases the new membership prices will range from $500 for a general member to $400 for a Premier 1K. If you are contemplating buying a United Club membership, consider purchasing a US Airways club membership instead as it is only $450 for general members and gives access to not only US Airways clubs but also all United Clubs, so you basically get more than double the lounges for less money. (Hat Tip-One Mile at a Time)
Hertz Rental Car Weekend Rates for Under $5: Hertz normally offers cheap weekend rentals starting at $14.99 per day on an economy or compact car when you pick-up from Thursday through Sunday at select participating airport or neighborhood locations using RQ code: XCT1. However, applying the coupon code 176396, you’ll save an additional $10 per day, up to $40 per rental, which brings the cost of each day to only $4.99. This deal is only valid through December 31, 2012. If you were thinking of a quick weekend getaway and need a car rental, this could be a great deal. (Hat Tip: View from the Wing) 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.
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.