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Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week:
Plan Your Dream Australian Adventure with American Airlines: American Airlines has teamed up with Qantas to give away an Australian Dream Vacation. To be eligible, you must first like them on Facebook. The sweepstakes is open now through June 24, 2013. The grand prize winner will receive two economy roundtrip airline tickets from North America to Sydney, Australia on Qantas, five nights of hotel accommodation through Accor, and a $1,000 gift card. You can view the official rules here.
50% Bonus on Purchased Priority Club Points: Now through June 23, 2013, Priority Club is offering a 50% bonus on purchased Priority Club points. You may purchase points in 1,000 increments. The prices are as follows: 1,000-10,000 points for $13.50 per 1,000 points; 11,000-25,000 points for $12.50 per 1,000 points; or 26,000-50,000 points for $11.50 per 1,000 points. Members may purchase a maximum of 50,000 points per calendar year and receive as a gift a maximum of 50,000 points per year. Allow 24-48 hours for points to appear in your account. This means that essentially you are purchasing each point for as low as .77 cents apiece – which can be a decent value if you know how to maximize Priority Club points. Priority Club runs PointBreaks hotels frequently that only cost 5,000 points a night. With this promo, that would mean free nights for only $38.50. However, remember that Priority Club will allow you to buy the extra points needed to get to an award redemption level for just 0.7 cents apiece (as opposed to the normal 1.15-1.35 cents up to a limit of 50,000 points that they normally sell these points for). Per Priority Club’s Terms and Conditions, you can redeem for a free night using your existing points and 5,000 points purchased for $40 (0.8 cents each) up to the total required points; or using your existing points and 10,000 points purchased for $70 (0.7 cents each) to total the required points for a redemption, so even if you don’t take advantage of this promo, you can still get Priority Club points inexpensively.
Triple Points and Double Elite Nights with Shangri-La: Shangri-La Golden Circle members can earn some bonus points when staying at any of their city locations from July 1 through September 30, 2013. Here’s how it works: you will earn triple Golden Circle award points when staying four or more nights, or double points when staying three nights or less. You will also earn double qualifying nights, which can help you re-qualify for elite faster. In addition, you will also receive 500 bonus Golden Circle award points after your first qualifying stay.
Amex 20% Transfer Bonus To HawaiianMiles Now Through June 27: As a recap from earlier this week, now through June 27, 2013, American Express Membership Rewards is offering a 20% bonus on transfers to HawaiianMiles. The bonus is hard coded into the transfer ratio, so 1,000 Amex points = 1,200 HawaiianMiles and they transfer instantly. Award seats on Hawaiian start at 20,00 miles each-way from Hawaii to the mainland for coach, and 40,000 miles each-way for first class. Intra-island awards start at just 7,500 HawaiianMiles, so with this bonus, that means you will only need to spend 6,250 Amex points for a quick hop over to a neighboring island. In addition, Hawaiian Airlines has some good partner redemption options. Check out this post for more info.
Save $50 on an Admirals Club Membership: Purchase a new annual Admirals Club membership online and save $50 on the initiation fee. Use the promo code NMSAVE6 online and then click the “recalculate” button to receive the discount. This discount offer is only available for a new annual Admirals Club membership purchased online and expires July 12, 2013. To receive it, you must log into your AAdvantage account and then you will have the option to purchase a membership and apply the promo code. Your membership rate and the final discount is based on your current elite status level in the AAdvantage program at time of purchase.
Receive Up To a $100 Rebate from Hotels.com: Now through December 31, 2013, when you make a reservation for travel through January 31, 2014, you can receive up to a $100 rebate back from Hotels.com. To be eligible, make sure you enter promo code REBATES13 at the time of check out when purchasing a hotel package. Here is how the rebate structure will work: Stay 3 nights and receive a $20 rebate, 5 nights gets you a $30 rebate, 8 nights earns a $50 Rebate, 10 nights qualifies for a $75 rebate, and 12 nights is the full $100 rebate. You then must print out this rebate form and fill out the information and mail it to: Rebate Department, 10190 Covington Cross Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89144. Your rebate will then be credited back to the credit card used within 6 weeks.
Free Tall Cold Beverage at Starbucks Through Tuesday: Now through June 18, 2013, Starbucks is offering Starbucks Rewards members a free tall cold drink of their choosing. While this offer was intended for those who received this email, it appears that anyone who prints and shows this coupon should be able to get one for free since it is just a generic redemption code that can be used multiple times, so it can’t hurt to try the next time you are at Starbucks even though this offer does appear to be targeted. This offer is only good at participating locations in the US and Canada.
Free Virgin Atlantic Silver Status: Virgin Atlantic is currently offering free Silver status when signing up for a new Flying Club account or registering for this offer here. To register, just enter your Virgin Atlantic Flying Club number in the box, and you should see the new status reflected almost instantly. If you don’t presently have an account, you can sign-up and you’ll receive the status once you join. Flying Club Silver perks include: Premium Check-In, 50% Bonus Miles, Priority Wait-list On Full Flights, Status Renewal Bonus, and a complimentary Regus Businessworld Gold Membership. However, with the new Delta and Virgin Atlantic partnership, you may be able to leverage this status when flying Delta at some point, so it can’t hurt to sign-up even if you have no plans to fly Virgin Atlantic anytime soon. There have been reports that this deal has ended, but it can’t hurt to try. Hat tip: View From The Wing 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.