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Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week:
Virgin America Extending Elevate Status Match Offer: Virgin America has just extended their status match program now through June 30, 2013 for new applications. To take part in the status match, if you haven’t already, join Elevate, then email [email protected] with your Elevate number and either a copy or screenshot of your most recent mileage summary showing your name and current elite level, or a copy of your membership card that identifies your name and current elite level United Airlines, American Airlines or Southwest Airlines frequent flyer program. Applicants can expect their Elevate status to be updated within 7 to 14 days after submitting their application. Some Elevate elite perks include: priority check-in, security clearance and boarding, points-earning bonuses (25% for Silver, 100% for Gold), free checked bag allowances, and complimentary space-available upgrades to Main Cabin Select.
Starwood Earn Your Dreams Promotion: Starwood Preferred Guest members can earn double (on standard/superior rooms), triple (on deluxe/executive rooms) or up to 3,000 (on suites) bonus Starpoints at participating Westin hotels and resorts across Europe, Africa and the Middle East through their Earn Your Dreams offer. This offer is good for stays now through December 31, 2013. Some of the participating properties include: The Westin Paris – Vendome, The Westin Warsaw, The Westin Excelsior, Florence, and The Westin Palace, Madrid. The bonus points will be posted 4-6 weeks after your stay. To be eligible, book through the Earn Your Dreams page, or the hotel’s site directly using rate code SETPKGBA for double points, SETPKGBB for triple points or SETPKGBC for the 3,000-point suite bonus.
Win Airfare for two with Delta’s Picture This Contest: Delta is running a Facebook contest now through April 21, 2013 called Picture This. To enter this contest, head over to the contest tab on their Facebook page, where you can submit a skyline photo and fill out the entry form. The photo with the most votes will be the winner, so be sure to tell your friends to vote for your photo. The prize consists of 2 certificates for roundtrip economy class travel to any destination that Delta flies. This is a fun contest, and there are already a bunch of pictures up so if you want to win, I’d post your picture sooner than later, so you can start getting votes. The prize has an ARV of $2,400.
Earn 2,013 Bonus SkyMiles from Hilton: From April 1 – June 30, 2013, Delta SkyMiles members who stay with Hilton for two or more nights will earn 2,013 bonus miles per qualifying stay. To be eligible for this offer, you must be a member of Hilton HHonors, and select Delta Air Lines as your preferred double dip points and miles partner in your Hilton HHonors account. SkyMiles members can then earn 2,013 bonus miles per qualifying stay of two nights or more, for a maximum of 7 stays or 14,091 miles. Allow up to six weeks for the bonus miles to post. Be sure to register prior to your stay.
Air Canada Flight Sale to Asia and Australia: Air Canada is offering 15% off flights to Australia and Asia when booked by April 7, 2013. This is good for flights from Canada between April 22 and October 31, 2013. The routes include Canada – Sydney, Canada – Hong Kong, Canada – Tokyo, Canada – Seoul, Canada – Beijing, and Canada – Shanghai. To partake in this offer, just enter promotional code PACIFIC04 curing the booking process. This offer is available for new bookings only and excludes codeshare flights. To use this discount, the flights must be booked on the Air Canada site. The discount is available for both one-way and round trip itineraries, and the discounted price will be displayed when searching for flights.
American Admirals Clubs Raising Membership Fees: Effective May 1, 2013, American Airlines will begin raising their membership dues for elites by $25-$50. With the price increase, the new membership prices will range from $500 for a general member to $400 for an Executive Platinum. AAdvantage Platinum and Executive Platinum members will now pay $50 more than before, and AAdvantage Gold members will be charged an additional $25. To take advantage of the old pricing, you must join or renew by April 30th. As a reminder, the American Express Platinum Card provides Admirals Club access when flying American Airlines, and the Citi Executive AAdvantage World Mastercard also comes with Admirals Club membership as a cardholder benefit and has a $450 annual fee, so those are cards to consider if you are thinking about a lounge membership.
Earn up to 500 Bonus HawaiianMiles: Now through April 30, 2013, you can earn up to 500 bonus HawaiianMiles with the MileFinder MVP. Here’s how it works: install the MileFinder on your web browser, then every time you use it to search the web, you’ll earn bonus miles. After 100 Searches, you’ll earn 100 Bonus HawaiianMiles, after 250 searches, you’ll earn 250 Bonus HawaiianMiles, or after 500 searches you’ll earn 500 Bonus HawaiianMiles. These bonus miles are in addition to the 1 mile for every 3 valid searches normally earned.