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Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week:
Registration Now Open for SPG and Delta Crossover Rewards: Crossover Rewards is now live, so be sure to enroll by heading to either the SPG Registration Page or Delta Registration page. As a recap, Crossover Rewards provide elite members of both loyalty programs reciprocal benefits. SPG Gold and Platinum members will receive bonus Starpoints on purchased Delta fares. As an SPG elite member, when you book a Delta-marketed and operated flight will receive one Starpoint for every one U.S. dollar. SPG Platinum members will receive priority check-in, priority boarding, and waived baggage fees. When Delta Medallions stay with Starwood, they’ll receive one SkyMile per $1 of eligible room revenue. Delta Platinum and Diamond Medallion members will receive elite check-in line access, free in-room high-speed internet access and late check-out.
American Adds New Routes Starting This Summer: American Airlines announced some new routes beginning this summer, beginning with a new non-stop from Miami to San Diego starting June 12, 2013, on one of the airline’s new Boeing 737-800 aircraft. American claims the move is meant to complement codeshare service with Oneworld partner Japan Airlines, which recently began a nonstop San Diego-Tokyo Narita service. American Eagle will be launching new flights to Mexico on June 12 as well. Service between Dallas/Fort Worth and two new destinations in Mexico – Ignacio Pesqueira Garcia International Airport in Hermosillo (HMO) and General Leobardo C. Ruiz International Airport in Zacatecas (ZCL) are pending government approval. These new flights will be operated using a 44-seat Embraer 140 aircraft.
Earn up to 20,000 bonus AAdvantage Miles On Flights to Dublin and Dusseldorf: American is offering AAdvantage members bonus miles when they fly between New York (JFK) and Dublin, Ireland, and between Chicago O’Hare and Dusseldorf, Germany. The Dublin bonus is valid for flights between June 12, 2013 through September 15, 2013. To qualify, you must first register using promo code AADUB. The Dusseldorf bonus is valid for flights between April 11, 2013 through July 15, 2013. To qualify, you must first register using promo code AADUS. For both, business class and economy class fares booked in Y, B or H will earn 20,000 bonus miles and all other economy class fares will earn 10,000 bonus miles, which are based on roundtrip travel. However, each eligible one-way trip flown will receive half the bonus miles. Hat Tip: One Mile at a Time
Save 20% on Hotel Stays with Orbitz: Now through March 5, 2013, Orbitz is offering customers 20% off select hotels for stays through June 30, 2013. To be eligible just enter the promo code SPRING20 at the time of booking. Orbitz allows customers to double dip on discounts so this is combinable with other special hotel offers such as free nights or room upgrades or spa credits. When searching for hotels, make sure the hotel is labeled as “Promo Code Eligible” to have the discount applied.
1,000 Free Club Carlson Points for Liking Them on Facebook: As a recap from earlier this week, Club Carlson is offering 1,000 bonus points for liking them on Facebook. Click here and then hit the “Like” button. Enter your Goldpoints number and email and you’ll get confirmation that the points will be deposited within 2-3 weeks. It takes 50,000 Carlson points to get a top tier Radisson Blu free night (conservatively valued at $300) so I value 1/50th of that at $6. Even if you don’t like Facebook or want Carlson to get your info, you can always create a dummy Facebook account that you use to get all of these free points/promos.
Southwest Begins Selling AirTran Flights Online: Southwest’s AiTtran integration took another step forward with the announcement that codeshare flights on AirTran have been added to Southwest.com in 39 markets. The flights can be booked for travel beginning March 10, 2013. Passengers taking advantage of this opportunity will receive the usual Southwest benefits including 2 checked bags and the ability to change their flights without fees – a couple of great perks that you wouldn’t have had through AirTran alone. All AirTran flights will be added to the site by April, with a total integration complete (AirTran will no longer exist) projected sometime in 2014.
25,000 AAdvantage Miles for New DirecTV Subscribers: Sign up for new DirecTV service between now and the end of April and receive 25,000 AAdvantage miles. A two year contract is required and folks must (at minimum) sign up for the cable provider’s “Entertainment” package, which starts at a promotional rate of $30 for the first year. This is for new DirecTV customers only.