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Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week:
Chase Southwest 50,000 Point Sign-up Bonuses Ends Tuesday: The limited-time 50,000 point sign-up bonus for all four Southwest Visa cards will be ending this Tuesday, August 6, 2013. To get the 50,000 points you need to spend $2,000 in the first 3 months of opening your account and there is a $99 fee on the Premier cards (both personal and business) and $69 fee on the Plus cards (both personal and business). The Premier comes with 6,000 points every anniversary (~$108 in Wanna Get Away Fares) and the Plus gets 3,000 ($54). There are 2 main types of Southwest card: Premier and Plus and each has a personal and business version. Chase will allow you to get the sign-up bonus for each card and it is possible to get two cards in one day so with the $2,000 in minimum spend on two cards plus the 50,000 point bonuses, you’re looking at 104,000 points that help towards Companion Pass Qualification, for which you only need 110,000 points total.
Earn Bonus Delta SkyMiles with SkyMiles Shopping: Now through August 31, 2013, Delta is offering customers the chance to earn bonus SkyMiles through their SkyMiles Shopping portal. Here’s how it works: for every $150 you spend you’ll earn 500 bonus SkyMiles up to 5,000 bonus SkyMiles. These are in addition to the SkyMiles you would earn through their shopping portal as well as your credit card miles, so you are essentially triple dipping with this promotion. The purchases can be from different merchants so you can mix and match your spending to meet the spending the thresholds. Keep in mind; the bonus miles can take 8-10 weeks to post.
Up to 100% Bonus on Purchased US Airways Miles: As a recap from earlier this week, US Airways is currently offering a targeted bonus of up to 100% for buying or gifting miles up to 50,000 (so 100,000 with the bonus) now through August 31, 2013 (it was extended from the original deadline of July 31). Miles are normally sold for 3.5 cents each plus a 7.5% tax recovery charge. With this tiered bonus, you’ll receive a 50% bonus for buying 10,000-19,000 miles; a 75% bonus for buying 20,000-29,000 miles; or a 100% bonus for buying 30,000-50,000 miles. 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.
100% Bonus When Buying Avianca Taca LifeMiles: Now through August 30, 2013, Avianca/Taca is offering a 100% bonus on purchased miles. Purchases must be made in 1,000-mile increments with a maximum of 75,000 miles, at a cost of 1.5 cents per mile. Avianca is a member of Star Alliance and you can view their award chart here, but for instance, round-trip business class from North America to either Europe or Southern South America (Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia) is 100,000 miles (135,000 in first class). Another great value in the Avianca award chart is going from North America to South Africa (which includes pretty much everywhere in Sub-Saharan African including the Seychelles, Mauritius and South Africa itself) in business class for just 120,000 miles.
American Airlines Flights Camera Action 3 Promotion: American Airlines wants to know about your most professional-life changing flight. To enter the Flights. Camera. Action 3 sweepstakes, upload a short video about a trip that changed the course of your business and you could be one of 3 Grand Prize winners who will each win 30 roundtrip economy tickets within the continental US, Canada or Mexico. The video should be 30-60 seconds long and filmed on a video camera, phone or webcam. The first 400 businesses to upload a video will receive 300 Business Extra points, which is enough to redeem a One-Day Pass to an Admirals Club. The top videos from each of the three contest categories – Startup, Established and Nonprofit – will then be posted so that the public can vote on them. The competition runs from now through August 21, 2013, and the voting starts on September 6, 2013. You can view the complete terms and conditions here.
Earn Bonus Southwest Points with Rapid Rewards Shopping and Marriott Gift Cards: Now through August 28, 2013, Southwest is offering customers the chance to earn bonus points through their Rapid Rewards Shopping portal. Here’s how it works, if you spend $100, you’ll get 200 bonus points; spend $200, get 400 bonus points, or spend $400, and you’ll get 800 bonus points. These are in addition to the normal points you would earn through the shopping portal as well as your credit card points, so through this you can really earn a lot of points. The purchases can be from different merchants so you can mix and match your spending to meet the spending the thresholds. The bonus points may take up to 8-10 weeks to post after you complete the spending requirements. The airline is also holding a joint promo with Marriott where you can earn up to 12,000 bonus Rapid Rewards points when you buy Marriott Gift Cards. Marriott Gift Cards, purchased in $100 increments earn 1,200 Rapid Rewards points, $250 increments earn 3,000 Rapid Rewards points and $500 increments earn 6,000 Rapid Rewards points. A maximum of 12,000 points may be awarded during promotional period now through September 26, 2013.
Hotels.com Seeks Out Wildest Dreams in Dreamy Hotel Giveaway: This Hotels.com is giveaway is so simple, you could do it in your sleep. To enter the ‘Sleep. Dream. Win sweepstakes,’ just tell them details of a dream that you have had for the chance to be one of 10 people to win a stay of up to $250 per night at a hotel of your dreams (the prize is awarded as 20 Welcome Rewards credits and is subject to the Welcome Rewards Terms and Conditions). If they reenact your dream, you will be upgraded you to Welcome Rewards Gold status. To sign up, click here. The promotion is open from now through August 30, 2013.
Enter to Win Two Nights at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills: Fellow travel blogger Johnny Jet is offering readers the chance to win two nights at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills, as well as dinner for two, and two spa treatments. This price has a ARV of $1,600. To enter, click here, fill out the form and follow Johnny on Twitter and Facebook for additional entries. You can also follow the Four Seasons Beverly Hills (@FSLosAngeles) on Twitter and tweet about the contest for more chances to win. The contest runs from now through August 14th. With some great bonus categories and an annual fee that’s waived for the first year, the American Express Premier Rewards Gold Card has a lot going for it. If you don’t have PRG, now’s as good a time as any to add it to your wallet, as Amex added some great new benefits several months back.
With some great bonus categories and an annual fee that’s waived for the first year, the American Express Premier Rewards Gold Card has a lot going for it. If you don’t have PRG, now’s as good a time as any to add it to your wallet, as Amex added some great new benefits several months back.