Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week:
Starwood Preferred Guest Amex 30,000-Point Sign-Up Bonus: It’s that time of year again – the 30,000-point sign-up bonus offers on both the personal and business versions of the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express cards are back for a limited time through September 3, 2013. The normal bonus on these cards is just 25,000 points for the same minimum spending requirement of $5,000 in 6 months, so this is a 20% bonus. You’ll receive up to 5 Starpoints for every dollar of eligible spend charged directly with Starwood. There is a $65 annual fee that is waived for the first year. You can view my full review here of the card.
Enter To Win This Week’s Thursday Giveaway: This week’s Thursday Giveaway is for 20,000 British Airways Avios deposited into your account. That’s enough for a one-way economy award ticket on Aer Lingus from New York JFK, or almost enough for a roundtrip award ticket in economy from Boston to Dublin (which requires only 25,000 Avios!) thanks to BA’s distance-based awards. In order to win this prize, you need to follow me on Instagram (you can download through the Apple or Android stores) and keep a lookout for the photos I take with my “lucky charm” (to make it easier for you, I’ll hashtag eligible pictures with #tpgluckycharm). For every photo with my lucky charm that you “like,” you’ll be entered for a chance to win. The contest will go until 5pm ET Sunday, and then we’ll announce the winner on Monday.
Marriott Megabonus Promotion – Stay Twice Earn 1 Night Free: Marriott announced their next Megabonus promotion which will run from September 15, 2013-January 15, 2014, and awards one free night (up to two max) at a Category 1-5 property for every two stays, which you can redeem for up to a year after it’s issued. You can register for the promotion here. You can redeem your free nights at any of nearly 3,000 Category 1-5 properties and the free nights must be used within 1 year from date of issue. Some people will get different offers because, unlike a lot of the other chains, Marriott specializes offers for each member, so what you have in your Marriott.com account may vary depending on your past stays and your elite status.
Aerolineas Argentinas Resumes Buenos Aires to New York Service: SkyTeam partner Aerolineas Argentinas plans to resume daily nonstop Buenos Aires to New York service on December 15. The flight information is as follows: AR 1300, Buenos Aires (EZE) – New York (JFK) 23:59 – 09:04, and return AR 1301, New York (JFK) – Beunos Aires (EZE), 15:20 – 04:40. To check for award availability on these new flights, the place to look is on the Air France site, which will show partner availability. The great thing is you can then book these awards with your Delta SkyMiles. An economy award would be 60,000 SkyMiles plus $75 and a business class award would be 100,000 SkyMiles and around $75 in taxes and fees. Hat Tip – Rapid Travel Chai
Earn Up T0 50% Bonus on Purchased Alitalia Miles: Buy Alitalia miles from now through August 31, 2013 and you will receive up to 50% more miles. Bonus Miles will be credited to your account when the transaction is complete. For more details, click here. For example, buy 10,000 miles and receive 3,500 miles, or buy 40,000 miles (the most you can purchase per calendar year) and get 60,000 total with the full bonus. Here are the bonus increments:
- Buy 1,000 – 4,000 Miles = no bonus
- Buy 5,000 – 9,000 Miles = 25% bonus
- Buy 10,000– 29,000 Miles = 35% bonus
- Buy 30,000 – 39,000 Miles = 45% bonus
- Buy 40,000 Miles = 50% bonus
Earn 40,000 Alaska Miles with the Alaska Visa Card: Alaska Airlines is offering an increased sign-up bonus of up to 40,000 miles on the Alaska Airlines Visa card. Originally targeted for elite members, the link is a public link so anyone should be able to sign-up and receive the miles. You’ll earn 25,000 bonus miles upon approval and an additional 15,000 Bonus Miles after making at least $10,000 in purchases within the first 6 months. This card does have a $75 annual fee, but you do receive a $99 coach companion ticket each year. There is also a lesser offer of 30,000 bonus miles, which is not targeted for elite members.
Win A Dream Trip Around The World With Radisson Blu: Radisson Blu is offering to turn your travel dreams into reality with their Turn Your World Blu promotion. Enter to win up to 30 nights at not just one, but a customized collection of your favorite Radisson Blu hotels around the world, plus flight tickets for two. Click here to participate by choosing the six most important criteria when planning a dream trip. The promotion will run from now until August 15, 2013, and the approximate value of the trip is $6,000. Each Round the World Flight Award Ticket is also subject to the following restrictions: 1 Atlantic and 1 Pacific crossing; maximum of 10 flight segments and 9 connecting flights is allowed, and a maximum of 7 stopovers is allowed.
Earn Bonus AAdvantage Miles and a 25% discount When Buying AA miles: Now through August 15, American is offering customers the opportunity to earn bonus miles as well as receive a discount when purchasing AAdvantage miles. Here’s how it works, they are offering up to a 25% discount off the purchase price when you buy 60,000 miles or more. It’s a tiered bonus, which starts at a meager 5% bonus for purchases of 5,000-9,000 miles and works its way up. In addition, earn 2,000 bonus miles when you buy 20,000 or more miles. These bonuses and discounts are hard coded so there is no need to register for this offer. The purchased miles can take up to 72 hours to appear in your account.
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