Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week:
Targeted 100% US Airways Buy Miles Bonus Ends July 31: As a recap from earlier this month, US Airways is currently offering a targeted bonus of 100% for buying or gifting miles up to 50,000 (so 100,000 with the bonus) through July 31, 2013. 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), which will cost $1,881.25, or nearly 1.9 cents per mile. Although buying miles can be costly and usually only makes sense with a specific redemption in mind, given the fact that US Airways will merge with American sometime in 2014 and the deal is expected to close by the end of the summer, this could be one of your last chances to get in on a 100% bonus on purchased miles.
Earn 1,000 bonus United miles with Waldorf Astoria and Conrad: United has teamed up with Hilton’s Waldorf Astoria and Conrad brands to offer guests some bonus miles when staying with them. Now through December 31, 2013, when you stay at a Waldorf Astoria or Conrad property you’ll earn 1,000 bonus United miles per night. The great thing is this offer may be combined with other discounts or promotions. Just be sure to select United MileagePlus as your preferred Double Dip Points and Miles partner in your HHonors profile to qualify for this offer. The bonus points will take about 6-8 weeks to post to your United account.
Enter To Win This Week’s Thursday Giveaway: This week’s Thursday Giveaway is for 2 Free Nights good at any Radisson or Radisson Blu in North America from now through December 31, 2014. You can enter my contest by tweeting me @ThePointsGuy with the hashtag #TPGFreeHotel and telling me which North American Radisson or Radisson Blu property or properties (hey, there are 2 certificates and you don’t have to use them at the same time) you would use the certificates at and why. Just be sure to tweet by 5pm ET on Sunday July 28th and the winner will be selected at random and announced on Monday. Note that you won’t earn Gold Points for nights redeemed with a voucher.
Earn Bonus Club Carlson Gold Points Abroad: Club Carlson is offering bonus points when staying with them abroad. They currently have two offers depending on your length of stay. With the first, you’ll receive 2,000 bonus Gold Points when you stay one night. The other offer is for 5,000 bonus Gold Points when staying two or more nights. These offers are both good for stays now through September 30, 2013, at their properties in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. These bonuses are only valid on paid stays so award stays and points and cash stays aren’t eligible.
Save an extra 10% Off NYC Hotels with Jetsetter: Jetsetter offers discounted hotel accommodations and other travel packages and now they are offering customers the chance to save an additional 10% off when they book their next New York City hotel accommodations by July 31st. To participate in this offer, head on over to Jetsetter. If you aren’t already a member, you can sign via my referral link, and then when making your reservation, be sure to enter code NYC10 at check out. Some of the hotels you can book through Jetsetter include the Le Parker Meridien New York, Hyatt 48 Lex, Gansevoort Park Avenue, 6 Columbus, and The Standard.
Fairmont’s Everyone’s an Original Summer Offer: Fairmont is having a sale on their properties worldwide when you book for summer. They are offering up to 20% off their rooms (President’s Club members get an additional 5% off) or a third night free. To take advantage of this offer, you must book by August 9, 2013 for stays until September 30, 2013. In addition, you’ll earn double airline miles for these stays when you credit to AAdvantage, Aeroplan, Asia Miles, PhoenixMiles, MileagePlus and Miles&More. Keep in mind though that a non-refundable deposit will be taken at time of reservation.
Enter to win 50,000 American AAdvantage miles: Now through August 21, 2013, American is offering a contest through AAdvantage Shopping where you can enter to win one of several prizes including the grand prize of 50,000 American AAdvantage miles plus a $1,000 shopping spree. Other prizes that will be awarded are 15 first prizes of 30,000 miles each. There is no purchase necessary so you might as well enter the contest. The winner would be responsible for taxes on the Grand Prize, which is valued at $1,995, and 15 first prizes valued at $597 each so just keep that in mind. Good luck!
Save 15% with Virgin America: Virgin America is running a promotion where you can receive a 15% off discount good on your next flight purchase. To participate in this offer, head over to this offer page where you can fill out your basic information and Virgin America will email you the discount code. The discount applies to both nonstop or connecting flights within the domestic U.S for Main Cabin tickets only. This is good for flights from September 16, 2013 through November 14, 2013 excluding Fridays and Sundays. So if you think you will have any upcoming travel on Virgin America, I would recommend signing up and having the discount code on hand.
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