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Saturday Recap: US Airways 100% Buy Miles Promotion, Airlines Keep Raising Their Fees, Marriott Rewards Summer Promotion, Cathay Pacific Business Class Sale

by on May 4, 2013 · 21 comments

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

Earn up to a 100% bonus on purchased US Airways miles.

Earn up to a 100% bonus on purchased US Airways miles.

US Airways 100% Buy Miles Promotion: As a recap from earlier this week, now through May 31, 2013, US Airways is offering up to a 100% bonus on purchased miles. There is a limit of 50,000 purchased miles (so 100,000 with the bonus). It is a tiered bonus, so you only get the full 100% bonus if you buy at least 30,000 miles. Here’s how it works: Buy/gift 5,000 – 9,999 miles, get a 25% bonus; buy/gift 10,000 – 19,999 miles, get a 50% bonus; buy/gift 20,000 – 29,999 miles, get a 75% bonus; or buy/gift 30,000 – 50,000 miles, get a 100% bonus. Miles are sold for 3.5 cents each plus a 7.5% tax recovery charge. You can only buy up to 50,000 miles at time (100,000 with the bonus) so 100,000 miles through the buy miles promotion costs $1,881.25, at a price of just under 1.9 cents per mile. Thanks to some great sweet spots in US Airways award chart, such as 90,000 miles for roundtrip business class to Asia or 110,000 miles for roundtrip business class to the South Pacific, buying miles through this promo could be a good deal.

Airlines Keep Raising Their Fees: This past week, American Airlines, United, US Airways and Delta all announced that they would be increasing their ticketing change/cancellation fees for travel within the U.S., between the U.S. and Canada, and between both the U.S. and Canada and Mexico, Puerto Rico & the Virgin Islands, the Caribbean and Central America to $200. Frontier also announced this week that it will begin charging $25-$100 per carry-on bag for those passengers who do not book their tickets on Frontier’s site. They also stated that they would be charging for $1.99 for coffee, tea, soda and juice on their flights. This week, Southwest Airlines announced that they would be implementing a no-show policy on flights booked after May 10, 2013, for travel beginning on or after September 13, 2013. Those passengers who do not cancel their ticket prior to the flight will not receive any refund and the rest of their itinerary will be canceled.

Marriott Rewards Unexpected Bonus

Earn Two Free Nights with Marriott this Summer.

Marriott Rewards (Targeted) Summer Promotion: Marriott announced a new promotion for this summer in which Marriott Rewards members can earn some free bonus nights. Here’s how it works: First, register by July 31, 2013, then stay twice at any participating hotel between May 15 and September 2, 2013. You’ll earn one free night after each second paid stay, up to two free nights, which can redeemed at any category 1-5 hotel worldwide. The free nights earned will then be valid for one year from when they are issued. Readers have noted that this promo might be targeted and that Marriott is sending out variations on this offer to members, so the terms you get might not be the same as this particular offer.

New Hilton HHonors Members Earn 1,000 Bonus Points: Hilton HHonors and Aeroflot have teamed up to offer travelers 1,000 bonus points just for signing up for Hilton HHonors. To be eligible, you must sign up through this site, which is in Russian, but there are many online translator tools such as Google Translate where you can easily translate the site into English, and select Aeroflot as your airline earning partner. In addition to the 1,000 points just for signing up, you can earn 1,000 bonus Aeroflot miles each after your first and second stay, and an additional 2,000 miles each for the third and fourth stay for a total possible bonus of 6,000 miles. Since you can always change your airline earning preference once you’ve registered, you might as well give this a shot if you don’t already have a Hilton HHonors account. The bonus points should post 4-6 weeks after signing up. Hat Tip: Frequent Flyer Bonuses

Save 20% of Cathay Pacific Business Class.

Save 20% off Cathay Pacific Business Class.

Cathay Pacific Business Class Sale: Now through May 31, 2013, Cathay Pacific Airways is offering 20% off their business class cabin for flights to Hong Kong for travel from June 1, 2013 to August 31, 2013. Business Class amenities include flat bed seats, personal 15.4-inch video screens, and a wide a selection of both Asian and Western food. The flights that are on sale are from San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York to Hong Kong for a discounted price of $4,863 roundtrip. There is a 30-day advance purchase requirement. As a reminder, Asia Miles is a transfer partner of American Express Membership Rewards, so another option is to redeem your Amex points. For comparison, a round-trip Los Angeles-Hong Kong award in business class would require 120,000 miles and roughly $300 in taxes and fees.

United plans to add 30 Embraer 175 aircraft to their fleet.

United plans to add 30 Embraer 175 aircraft to their fleet.

United to Add 30 New Embraer 175 Aircraft to United Express Fleet: United Airlines announced this week that they plan to add 30 Embraer 175 regional jets to their United Express fleet. These planes will begin entering their system in 2014 and 2015. ”At United, we are focused on modernizing our fleet, and we look forward to introducing the E175 to our United Express service. Compared to the 50-seat aircraft we are replacing, these aircraft provide a superior customer experience and are more fuel efficient,” said Jim Compton, United’s vice chairman and chief revenue officer. These new planes will offer 12 United First seats, 16 Economy Plus seats, and 48 economy seats. These planes will also consume 10% less fuel and emit less carbon dioxide than the 50-seat planes they will be replacing.

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  • MAK_pilot

    It tells me that the promotion is unavailable. I’m a platinum MR member. Any thoughts ?

  • MAK_pilot

    Sorry, I’m talking about the Marriott offer.

  • roger

    Question – so you stay 2 nights and get credit for 1 night – right?

    Do the 2 nights have to be paid for or can you use Marriott Rewards Points for those 2 nights? Thanks

  • Sharon

    I think the Marriott promotion is targeted. My husband got nothing and I got up to 3 nights at category 1-4.

  • Sharon

    Roger, you have to pay for both nights, you will receive a reward night after your 2nd stay. The reward night is valid for a year.

  • Daniel M

    My Marriott offer was for nights at category 1-4. Are you sure that it’s category 1-5?

  • Tim G

    Mine was different. Stay 20 nights from 3/15 to 9/2 and get 35,000 bonus points with an additional 10,000 for 25 nights. This won’t be a problem.

  • thepointsguy

    This particular offer appears to be targeted (I’ve amended the post), but the summer promo you get as a member might vary from the one above.

  • thepointsguy

    Per the T&C: Nights spent while redeeming an award are not eligible for credit and Marriott Vacation Club owner-occupied weeks are not eligible for credit.

  • Danny

    I’m a platinum Marriott member who essentially spends every single week in a Marriott.

    I got a similar promotion, except mine was not for free nights. It was ‘stay 25 nights, get 50K bonus points’ with the same time frame you listed (May 15-Sept 2). Fairly nice bonus imo.

  • Danny

    I’m a platinum Marriott member who essentially spends every single week in a Marriott.

    I got a similar promotion, except mine was not for free nights. It was ‘stay 25 nights, get 50K bonus points’ with the same time frame you listed (May 15-Sept 2). Fairly nice bonus imo.

  • Danny

    I’m a platinum Marriott member who essentially spends every single week in a Marriott.

    I got a similar promotion, except mine was not for free nights. It was ‘stay 25 nights, get 50K bonus points’ with the same time frame you listed (May 15-Sept 2). Fairly nice bonus imo.

  • mike

    On the United E175′s, they state a 10% savings in fuel, do you think that is a per seat savings, or that this 76 seat plane uses 10% less fuel than the 50 seat crjs or 145s. Also there is a big reason its 76 seats, but will be nice.

  • Loren

    My Marriott promotion was stay 15 nights between May 15 and Sept 2 and earn 25,000 points and 10,000 more after 20 nights (I’m Gold). I would have totally preferred the 2 free nights with the stays.

  • Loren

    My Marriott promotion was stay 15 nights between May 15 and Sept 2 and earn 25,000 points and 10,000 more after 20 nights (I’m Gold). I would have totally preferred the 2 free nights with the stays.

  • Loren

    My Marriott promotion was stay 15 nights between May 15 and Sept 2 and earn 25,000 points and 10,000 more after 20 nights (I’m Gold). I would have totally preferred the 2 free nights with the stays.

  • Loren

    My Marriott promotion was stay 15 nights between May 15 and Sept 2 and earn 25,000 points and 10,000 more after 20 nights (I’m Gold). I would have totally preferred the 2 free nights with the stays.

  • Loren

    My Marriott promotion was stay 15 nights between May 15 and Sept 2 and earn 25,000 points and 10,000 more after 20 nights (I’m Gold). I would have totally preferred the 2 free nights with the stays.

  • Loren

    My Marriott promotion was stay 15 nights between May 15 and Sept 2 and earn 25,000 points and 10,000 more after 20 nights (I’m Gold). I would have totally preferred the 2 free nights with the stays.

  • prabir

    Can a US Airways 90k mile award for US to Asia include a stop over in India? US-India is usually 120k miles.

  • Professor B

    Call rewards support and ask for the promo. You will get your choice

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