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Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week:
Delta Announces Revenue Requirement for Elite Status: As a recap from earlier this week, starting in 2014, US-based Delta Medallion members will need to either spend $25,000 dollars a year on a Delta American Express credit card, or spend a certain amount of money in addition to accruing regular Medallion Qualifying Miles or Segments to qualify for elite status. For Silver Medallion, members must reach $2,500 in spending; Gold Medallions must reach $5,000; Platinum Medallions will need to spend $7,500; and Diamond Medallions will need to spend $12,500 per year on airfares to retain their status. “These changes are a result of considerable research that we’ve conducted including conversations with hundreds of customers, many of whom expressed a desire to see the Medallion program truly target our best customers,” said Jeff Robertson, vice president – SkyMiles. “Adding a revenue component to the SkyMiles Medallion program ensures that our most valued customers receive the best program benefits and a more exclusive experience.” Before I make a final judgement about this new set up, I’ll have to see how the SkyMiles redemptions will change since if the airline basically requires its elites to accrue miles via credit card spending and then in turn devalue those earned redeemable miles, I think this whole plan will backfire. Only time will tell.
United Airlines Launches New Baggage Delivery Service: United now offers baggage delivery by BagsVIP for flights departing from and arriving at select U.S. airports, meaning passengers can skip baggage claim all together and head to their actual destination faster. This service provides passengers with the convenient option of having their baggage delivered right to their home, hotel or office. Once you land, baggage will arrive within four hours after the flight’s arrival if your destination is located within 40 miles from the airport. If your destination is located between 41 and 100 miles from the airport, you’ll receive your baggage within six hours after the arrival of your flight. This baggage delivery service is available exclusively on flights operated by United and United Express and the charge is per reservation, for up to eight bags. Baggage delivery is available at Boston Logan International, Chicago O’Hare, Honolulu International, Houston Intercontinental, Los Angeles International and Orlando. The price for one bag is $29.95; two bags is 39.95; three-eight bags will run 49.95. These fees are in addition to any regular checked baggage fees United charges.
Bonus TrueBlue Points for Boston Flyers: Now through February 13, 2013, JetBlue fliers may earn 3,000 TrueBlue points when they register and book three flights between Boston and the following cities: New York City, NY (JFK or EWR), Buffalo, NY (BUF), Washington DC (DCA or IAD), Baltimore, MD (BWI), Chicago, IL (ORD), Charlotte, NC (CLT), Raleigh, NC (RDU), Pittsburg, PA (PIT), and Richmond, VA (RIC). Customers may also earn an additional 6,000 points when they take three more eligible flights to/from Boston, for a total of 9,000 points. To make it even easier to earn bonus miles, for this promotion, a roundtrip flight will count as two flights! Just register for this bonus offer and then book your eligible flights on jetblue.com with your TrueBlue number. Allow 4-6 weeks after the promotion period ends on 2/13/13 for points to be posted to your TrueBlue account. Hat Tip: Deals We Like
Earn Bonus Air Canada Miles with Partners: Now though April 14,2013, when Aeroplan members fly with Air Canada or any other Star Alliance member airline and earn miles with other Aeroplan Travel Partners, they will receive up to 2,500 bonus miles in addition to the normal miles earned through their partners. To be eligible, Air Canada Aeroplan members must register for this promotion. 1,000 bonus miles will be issued upon completion of one flight transaction and one eligible non-flight travel partner transaction, and an additional 1,500 bonus miles will be issued after completion of a 2nd eligible non-flight travel partner transaction, for a total of 2,500 bonus miles. Take a look at all the current partner bonuses Air Canada is currently offering with hotel and car rental partners.
Delta Extends Option to Buy MQM’s through January 31st: Delta extended their Buy MQM promotion through January 31, 2013. You may buy up to 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) that will post to your 2012 MQM balance and apply toward 2013 Medallion status (2012 qualification). These miles should post to your SkyMiles account within 24 hours. The prices for the MQMs are: 2,500 MQMs for $395; 5,000 MQMs for $595; 7,500 MQMs for $795; or 10,000 MQMs for $995. MQMs purchased through this Buy MQMs offer are non-refundable and the MQMs are not redeemable and only count towards Medallion status and Million Miler status. A much cheaper way to get MQMs is to get the Delta Reserve card which gives 10,000 MQMs with your first purchase, 15,000 MQMs after $30,000 in spend, and another 15,000 MQMs after $60,000 in spend.
5,000 Bonus Points with InterContinental Stays in Europe: When Priority Club member stay at one of the 22 InterContinental properties in Europe, they will receive 5,000 bonus points per stay for stays now through April 8, 2013. In order to participate in the offer, Priority Club members must book through the offer and provide their membership number at booking. Bonus points will post within 4 weeks after stay is complete. Eligible properties include InterContinental Vienna, InterContinental Prague, InterContinental Carlton Cannes, InterContinental Paris Le Grand, InterContinental Berchtesgaden Resort, InterContinental Berlin, InterContinental Dusseldorf, InterContinental Hamburg, Athenaeum InterContinental Athens, Intercontinental Budapest, InterContinental De La Ville Roma, InterContinental Almaty, InterContinental Malta, InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam, InterContinental Warsaw, InterContinental Porto-Palacio das Cardosas, InterContinental Bucharest, InterContinental Moscow Tverskaya, InterContinental Mar Menor Golf Resort & Spa, InterContinental Kiev, InterContinental London Park Lane and InterContinental London Westminster.