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Saturday Recap: Virgin America 40% Bonus on Purchased Points, Triple JetBlue points to Alaska, 40% off hotels in the US & Canada with Accor Hotels, Delta Adding TSA PreCheck Notification to Boarding Passes

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Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week:

Virgin 40 bonus

Earn a 40% Bonus on Purchased Virgin America Elevate Points.

Virgin America 40% Bonus on Purchased Points: Now through May 7, 2013, Virgin America is offering a bonus of up to 40% on purchased Elevate points. While not as generous as last October’s 50% bonus, this could still be something to consider if you’re a very few points short of a specific redemption. Here’s how it works: Buy 500 – 2,000 points to get a 20% bonus; Buy 2,500 – 5,000 points to get a 30% bonus; or Buy 5,500+ points to get a 40% bonus. You can buy or receive up to 20,000 Elevate points per calendar year. The thing to keep in mind is, Elevate points cost an astounding 5.2 cents each, and you can usually only get a value of about 2.3 cents out of them at most when redeeming, so I wouldn’t suggest doing this unless you’re very close to an award redemption. The Elevate program is a hybrid fixed value/ traditional frequent flyer programs – when you redeem on Virgin America you can use points for any flight, but when redeeming on partners there is an award chart and availability is limited.

Receive a $100 Statement Credit plus 25,000 Miles with the Alaska Airlines Visa: Alaska Airlines has a new offer for their Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Card. You’ll earn 25,000 bonus miles upon approval and a $100 statement credit after $1,000 in purchases within 90 days of your new credit card account open date. The card comes with a $99 Coach Companion Fare every year (plus taxes and fees). When it comes to spending, you can earn 3 miles for every qualifying dollar in purchases of Alaska Airlines tickets and one mile per dollar on everything else.  Hat Tip: One Mile at a Time

Earn triple JetBlue Points when you fly to Alaska from Seattle or Long Beach.

Earn triple JetBlue points when you fly to Alaska from Seattle or Long Beach.

Triple JetBlue points to Alaska from Seattle and Long Beach: JetBlue is running a promotion for TrueBlue members who are flying to Alaska. TruBlue members will earn triple TrueBlue points on JetBlue flights from Seattle or Long Beach to Anchorage, Alaska. First you must register for this offer, then book by October 15 for travel May 16 through October 15, 2013. This offer is valid for both one-way and roundtrip flights. There’s no limit to the number of times you can earn triple points during this period. Allow 4-6 weeks after the promotion period ends for points to be posted to your TrueBlue account.

Fairmont’s Everyone’s an Original Summer Offer: Fairmont is having a sale on their properties worldwide when you book for summer. They are offering up to 20% off their rooms (President’s Club members get an additional 5% off) or a third night free. To take advantage of this offer, you must book by April 30, 2013 for stays until September 30, 2013. There is a minimum advance purchase 7 days for city hotel and 14 days for a resort, and the first night is a non-refundable deposit. In addition, you’ll earn double airline miles for these stays when you credit to AAdvantage, Aeroplan, Asia Miles, PhoenixMiles, MileagePlus and Miles&More.

Stay at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn with

Save on a stay at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn this summer with the “Everyone’s an Original” promo.

Targeted Offer: 50% United Elite Miles Bonus: As a recap from earlier this week, United sent out a targeted offer to certain elite members for a 50% bonus on Premier Qualifying miles on United-operated flights from now through May 23, 2013. To qualify, register with the link provided specifically to you by United and purchase a roundtrip ticket in United Global First, United First, United BusinessFirst, United Business or United Economy (F, A, J, C, D, Z, P, Y, B, M, E, U, H, Q and V fare classes). Fare classes W, S, T, L, K, G and N are not eligible for this offer. Travel must be completed by May 23, 2013. As I noted, this offer is targeted, but there is actually a live registration page where you can try registering – it never hurts to try!

 

Up to 40% off hotels in the US & Canada with Accor Hotels.

Up to 40% off hotels in the US & Canada with Accor Hotels.

Up to 40% off hotels in the US & Canada with Accor Hotels: Accor hotels is running a promotion on their hotel rooms when you book now through April 25, 2013, for stay dates from July 1 – September 15, 2013. You can save 40% off on a 4 night stay with Novotel in the US & Canada, or 30% off on a 4 night stay with Sofitel in the US & Canada. Both of these rates do require a full deposit that is non-refundable. This promotion cannot be combined with any other offer, however Le Club Accorhotels members can accumulate points with this booking.

Delta Adding TSA PreCheck Notification to Boarding Passes: Earlier this week, Delta announced that will print an indicator on your boarding passes to give you some advance notice if you’ve been selected for TSA PreCheck or not. “TSA PRECHK” will appear immediately underneath the passenger name on printed boarding passes and for customers using mobile boarding passes the TSA PreCheck logo will appear at the top right corner above the barcode. The TSA PreCheck indicator will appear on boarding passes throughout your itinerary whether the airport has TSA PreCheck or not so be sure to verify that the airport is a participating location. The TSA still plans to incorporate random screening measures, meaning even if you are eligible, you may not get it every time, but it’s nice that Delta is adding this since right now it’s something of a crapshoot when you get in the PreCheck line. I hope the others such as American, United, and US Airways will follow suit.

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  • BobChi

    I’ve always been intrigued by the precheck idea, but if you never know for sure if you’ll get it, it seems it would be hard to plan ahead productively. I’m in Global Entry, which is wonderful for returning to the U.S., but the precheck idea seems of somewhat less value if it does make screening quicker sometimes, but doesn’t affect when you need to get to the airport, since you may not benefit from it and need to take into account the possibility of normal screening.

  • Chris

    Always give yourself enough time…but if you do get it, then just spend a little more time in the lounge having a drink or two ;)

  • Kai

    I wanna thank you Points Guy. Since finding your blog, i have actively started seeking some of your deal recommendations (AA 100k CC Deal, Fidelity Deal, utilizing the AAshopping mall to buy appliances for my new home…). In the last 9 months, i have racked up nearly 200,000 non flight miles. I am grateful for your blog and wanted to say THANKS a million.

    Kai

  • trimtab

    Dear Pointsguy,

    I’m a Delta Diamond Medallion who flies mostly out of LAX to larger hubs
    (ATL, MSP, DTW, BOS). For the past year and a half or so, I was TSA
    cleared, which allowed me to divert to a usually empty security line
    where I didn’t have to take my shoes or belt off or empty everything
    from my pockets. It made passing through security blessedly brief.

    This year however, all of my trips through security failed to generate
    those welcomed three beeps that indicated I was TSA cleared. When I
    asked one of the TSA officers why this was happening he looked at my
    boarding pass and said that it appeared the last letter of my middle
    name wasn’t being printed and that discrepancy was enough to make me
    fail the TSA cleared test. This was happening whether I printed the
    ticket myself or used a Delta kiosk or downloaded my boarding pass to my
    IPhone.

    I checked all my settings at Delta.com and my name was spelled
    correctly. When I called the diamond desk and explained the problem, I
    was told that since the beginning of this year, the TSA required all
    airlines to print a passenger’s full name on boarding documents, just as
    it appears on one’s passport or drivers license. Unfortunately,
    according to the agent, Delta’s system only allows them to input up to
    18 characters. After that the system starts cutting back on middle
    names. She said they’re working to change their system but there was no
    quick fix as far as being TSA cleared was concerned.

    My question is, has anyone else experienced this problem and is there a
    solution that I can pursue that will be faster than what Delta is doing.

    Thanks for any help that’s offered.

    Richard S.

  • trimtab

    Dear Pointsguy,

    I’m a Delta Diamond Medallion who flies mostly out of LAX to larger hubs
    (ATL, MSP, DTW, BOS). For the past year and a half or so, I was TSA
    cleared, which allowed me to divert to a usually empty security line
    where I didn’t have to take my shoes or belt off or empty everything
    from my pockets. It made passing through security blessedly brief.

    This year however, all of my trips through security failed to generate
    those welcomed three beeps that indicated I was TSA cleared. When I
    asked one of the TSA officers why this was happening he looked at my
    boarding pass and said that it appeared the last letter of my middle
    name wasn’t being printed and that discrepancy was enough to make me
    fail the TSA cleared test. This was happening whether I printed the
    ticket myself or used a Delta kiosk or downloaded my boarding pass to my
    IPhone.

    I checked all my settings at Delta.com and my name was spelled
    correctly. When I called the diamond desk and explained the problem, I
    was told that since the beginning of this year, the TSA required all
    airlines to print a passenger’s full name on boarding documents, just as
    it appears on one’s passport or drivers license. Unfortunately,
    according to the agent, Delta’s system only allows them to input up to
    18 characters. After that the system starts cutting back on middle
    names. She said they’re working to change their system but there was no
    quick fix as far as being TSA cleared was concerned.

    My question is, has anyone else experienced this problem and is there a
    solution that I can pursue that will be faster than what Delta is doing.

    Thanks for any help that’s offered.

    Richard S.

  • Liz K

    i got this a few time last year when I was a Gold with Delta. However, I’m not an US citizen (I’m working in the States under working visa). Not sure how this happened?

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