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Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week:
Double Miles When Flying US Airways to Brazil: US Airways recently launched nonstop service between Charlotte and Sao Paulo, Brazil, and is offering all customers double miles when flying to Brazil this summer. To partake in the offer, you must register prior to travel. Once you register, you must then book and fly by July 31, 2013. Double miles will be awarded for US Airways operated flights to/from Sao Paulo (GRU) or Rio de Janeiro (GIG). Bonus miles should post one-two weeks after travel is complete, but do not count toward Preferred status.
30% Bonus On Shared American AAdvantage Miles: Now through July 31, 2013, American Airlines is offering up to 30% bonus when sharing miles. You’ll receive a 20% bonus when sharing 5,000-25,000 miles; a 25% bonus for sharing 26,000-40,000 miles or a 30% bonus if you share 41,000-50,000 miles. To share miles there is a fee of $20 per 1,000 shared miles for the first 5,000 miles, then $10 per 1,000 shared miles for anything on top of that. If you need to top off an account, this is one way to get some bonus miles, but I wouldn’t recommend sharing miles just to do it since those miles will be costing you over 3 cents each. There is a maximum of 100,000 shared miles per year.
Delta’s Tap The App Giveaway: Now through July 31, 2013, Delta is running a promotion where they are giving away hundreds of prizes through their iPad App. To be eligible, simply download the Fly Delta App for iPad, and you’ll automatically be entered each day you log in with your SkyMiles account during their Tap the App Giveaway. 25 lucky winners will get a 1 year WiFi membership; 100 winners will get a Gogo all-day pass; and 250 winners will receive a $50 iTunes gift card. Good luck and maybe some TPG readers can win some of these prizes!
Earn Up To Two Complimentary Nights With Ritz-Carlton: From July 1 – October 31, you can earn one complimentary night at a Tier 1-3 property for every two paid stays, limited to a maximum of 2 complimentary nights. If you are already a member of Ritz-Carlton Rewards you can register for this promotion here by simply entering your membership number. If you’re not yet a member, you can enroll by following this link and by doing so you will be automatically registered for this promotion. The free night certificates will be deposited into your account 3-5 business days after your second qualifying stay. They can only be used at Tier 1-3 hotels and will expire after one year. To qualify, your stay must consist of consecutive nights and only one room per hotel per stay will be counted.
Hyatt and MGM Resorts Las Vegas Begin Partnership In June: Earlier this week, Hyatt announced that starting on June 20, 2013, it will be entering a partnership with MGM Resorts, which have 12 resorts in Las Vegas with a total of 40,000 hotel rooms at properties like the MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and Bellagio. Hyatt Gold Passport members and those who are members of MGM’s M life program will be able to earn both Hyatt Gold Passport points and M life Tier Credits on eligible rates and spending for stays beginning on or after that date. Gold Passport members will be eligible to opt in to reciprocal tier status in MGM Resorts’ M life and enjoy elite benefits at participating properties. Depending on the matched tier level, members may receive special rates, upgrades, pre-sale access to concerts and events, members-only events and access to M life Moments exclusive experiences.
Earn Bonus Points with InterContinental: InterContinental has some special hotel offers for Ambassador members. They are offering 2,000 bonus points when staying at the Presidente Cancun Resort, 4,000 bonus points at the the InterContinental Century City property in Los Angeles, and 4,000 obonus points at the InterContinental London Park Lane if London is more your bag. While the email I received was vague whether these bonuses are just for Ambassador members, you can try to book these offers through the links above and if you see the offer appear on the rates page, you should be all set.
25% Bonus on Purchased Rapid Rewards Points: Now through July 16, 2013, Southwest is offering a 25% bonus on purchased Rapid Rewards Points. As an example, you can buy 10,000 points and will receive 2,500 bonus points or buy 60,000 points and receive 15,000 bonus points. Points can be purchased in 500-mile increments starting with 1,000 points. Normally, Southwest charged 2.75 cents per mile, but with this bonus it brings the cost down to 2.2 cents. However, since Southwest has a fixed redemption rate at 1.67 cents for their Wanna Get Away fares, it’s hardly worth it unless you just need a few extra miles to top off for an award.
50% Off Flight Upgrades on Cathay Pacific: Cathay Pacific is offering AsiaMiles members 50% off Business Class upgrade redemptions on Cathay Pacific and Dragonair routes when flying on their regional business class. This is for flights booked now through June 15, 2013 for travel from June 1, to August 31, 2013. To participate in this deal, you must complete and submit Cathay’s Airline Award Request form online and then someone from that department will contact you to process your upgrade request. This offer is only applicable to flights on the following routes: Hong Kong to/from Mainland China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Nepal, Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, UAE and Saudi Arabia; and Korea to/from Taiwan, Japan to/from Taiwan, India to/from Thailand, Singapore to/from Thailand, Pakistan to/from Thailand, and Sri Lanka to/from Singapore or Thailand. 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.