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Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week:
National Travel Insurance Survey Results: As a recap from earlier this week, the results came in from the survey that I commissioned Princeton Survey Research Associates International to conduct, to find out whether or not people think it’s worth it to purchase travel insurance, and the results were very interesting. In all, only about half of the respondents said they had a pretty good idea of what travel insurance covers while 49% admitted to being unsure of what travel insurance covers. Only 21% of people purchase travel insurance (only 7% of them purchase it regularly) with an astounding 78% of people responding that they either never purchase travel insurance or take a trip where it is offered.
Earn Up To 10,000 AAdvantage Miles On Flights To China: American is offering AAdvantage members bonus miles when they fly between the US and China. This is valid on flights between Chicago (ORD) or Los Angeles (LAX) and Shanghai (PVG) and between Chicago (ORD) and Beijing (PEK). You’ll earn 10,000 bonus AAdvantage miles if flying in First Class, or 8,000 bonus AAdvantage miles if flying in Business Class. To qualify, you must first register using promo code CHN13. This bonus is valid for flights now through August 15, 2013. This offer is good for AAdvantage members who purchase and fly on a published First or Business Class fare on an American operated flight.
Save 13% When Booking With Hotels.com: Hotels.com is offering customers 13% off their next Hotels.com reservation by using coupon code SUMMER13. To be eligible, you must book your stay by July 4, 2013, for stays now through October 14, 2013. This offer is only valid on new bookings, however if you have a prior reservation and are still able to cancel then you might be able to rebook with this offer. These rates are not valid to earn credit in their Welcome Rewards program, but if you don’t book many hotels reservations through them and would rather save some cash this could be a good deal.
Best Western Launches Summer Promotion: Best Western is launching a summer promotion where members who stay three separate nights now through August 18, 2013, at a Best Western hotel will earn a free night voucher that can be used at any of Best Western’s 2,000+ hotels in the U.S., Canada or Caribbean. To participate in this offer, you must register prior to your first stay. The free night voucher must be redeemed on or before January 31, 2014. In addition, if you book your stay through Best Western’s mobile app, you can earn an additional 1,000 points per stay. This offer is good for stays through September 30, 2013.
Aeroplan Around the World Contest: Air Canada’s Aeroplan has launched a Facebook contest where you can earn some bonus miles and a chance to win 200,000 miles. To get started, head over to their Facebook page, where you must “like” the page first, and then you’ll be able to enter your Aeroplan number for your chance to win. You’ll earn 1,000 bonus miles when you make a qualify purchase with one of their partners such as a hotel or rental car reservation. Three grand prize winners will then be selected and will win 200,000 miles. The contest runs now through September 10, 2013.
Enter to win 25,000 American AAdvantage Miles: Now through July 24, 2013, American is offering AAdvantage members the chance to win 25,000 AAdvantage miles through their daydreaming contest. To be eligible, you must have an AAdvantage account, and you can enter the contest here. They are giving away 29 prizes of 25,000 miles with an ARV of $497.50. You can also check out their award map to see all the destinations you can go for 25,000 miles so if you win, you can have some places lined up. Good luck and it can’t hurt to enter since it only takes about 30 seconds!
TravelMagic 2013 Seminar in Brussels: I have been to many travel seminars in the states such as Frequent Traveler University and the Chicago Seminars, however for those wishing to head across the Atlantic, consider attending TravelMagic 2013, which will be hosted in Brussels, Belgium. While I won’t be speaking there, the speakers will include Bart Lapers, Ben Schlappig, Gabriel Leigh, Alexi Vereschaga, and Thijs Feryn. The event will be held on Saturday, September 21st at The Hotel Brussels. Tickets for the event are 99 EUR. You can view the full schedule 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.