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Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week:
Join Hyatt in Supporting the Oklahoma Tornado Relief Efforts: Earlier this week, a massive tornado struck Oklahoma where thousands of lives and numerous communities have been devastated by this disaster. Hyatt is encouraging your support to help this cause by donating $50,000 to the American Red Cross for immediate support and long-term recovery for the affected communities. In addition, they will match the total donations from Hyatt guests through June 30, 2013, up to $25,000. Gold Passport members can help by donating their points in increments of 5,000 points. Each 5,000-point donation will equate to a $25 USD gift to the American Red Cross. To donate your points, you must call Hyatt Gold Passport Customer Service at 402-593-8615. You can also make a cash donation, which Hyatt will match (and which will be tax deductible, so that’s probably the way to go unless you’ve got a lot of points to burn and don’t want to spend the cash).
Bonus on British Airways Purchased Avios: As a recap from earlier this week,British Airways has announced that Executive Club members who purchase Avios now through June 13, 2013, will receive a bonus of up to 7,000 Avios. The amount of bonus Avios you receive will be based on the amount you purchase. Purchase 2,000 – 6,000 Avios and receive 100 bonus Avios; Purchase 7,000 – 12,000 Avios and receive 1,000 bonus Avios; Purchase 13,000 – 18,000 Avios and receive 2,000 bonus Avios; Purchase 19,000 – 23,000 Avios and receive 4,000 bonus Avios; or Purchase 24,000 Avios (your full annual allowance) and get 7,000 bonus Avios. The bonus is hard-coded into the britishairways.com “Purchase Avios” page, so you don’t have to enter a special code to be eligible for this offer.
Delta’s Terminal 4 at JFK is Now Open: Yesterday marked the opening of Delta’s new Terminal 4 at JFK, part of the $1.4 billion redevelopment program. The terminal’s new amenities include nine new and seven renovated international gates; improved and renovated check-in areas, including a dedicated Sky Priority check-in; a centralized security checkpoint with TSA PreCheck, new dining and retail offerings, a new 24,000-square-foot flagship Delta Sky Club with the first ever Sky Deck at Delta Sky Club outdoor terrace, an in-line baggage system to streamline and improve the baggage handling system and improved Customs and Border Protection, baggage claim and re-check facilities. Construction on phase 2 has already begun and will add 11 additional gates for Delta’s regional jet operation which is now being operated out of Terminal 2.
Triple Iberia Points with Marriott: Marriott and Iberia have teamed up to offer Iberia Plus triple points when staying with Marriott. You’ll earn triple Avios starting with your first stay, up to 30,000 bonus Avios, when staying at any of 3,700+ participating Marriott brand hotels, including over 70 AC Hotels in France, Spain, Portugal and Italy from June 1, 2013 through September 30, 2013. To be eligible, you must register prior to your first stay. The bonus points will take 4 to 6 weeks to be posted to your Iberia Plus account.
Bonus Starpoints and Elite Qualifying Nights on Group Bookings: Now through December 31, 2013, Starwood is giving SPG members the chance to earn bonus Starpoints plus elite-qualifying nights on group bookings. Here’s how it works: Preferred members earn one Starpoint for every $3 spent on group bookings, and Gold and Platinum members earn one Starpoint for every $2 spent on group bookings, including meeting spaces and room nights. In addition, you’ll earn one elite-night credit for every 10 group nights. This is in addition to the regular points and elite-qualifying nights that the guests attending the meeting or event will earn. I’ve written before about how Starwood allows SPG members to earn night and stay credits for multiple rooms at once but that is limited to up to three rooms. This new promotion however, is intended for larger group bookings with a minimum of 10 rooms booked.
Earn a $50 Gas Card after Two Stays with Choice Hotels: Choice Hotels has launched a summer promotion where Choice Privileges members can earn a $50 gift card for dining, shopping, or gas after two stays. Here’s how this offer works: First, register for this promotion before your trip, then you must stay twice at participating choice properties from now until August 21, 2013. You’ll then receive enough Choice Privileges points to redeem for a $50 gift card of your choice for a participating dining, shopping, or gas retailer. In addition, Choice Privileges Diamond and Platinum members who register and book will receive an additional 100 Choice Privileges bonus points.
2,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles With Best Western: Now through August 31, 2013, Best Western is offering Aeroplan members who earn miles on stays 2,000 miles per stay up to a total of 5 stays/10,000 miles. This bonus is only good for stays at properties in the US, Canada and the Caribbean and is 8X the normal amount of miles you’d usually earn (just 250 per stay). Register here. 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.