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Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week:
Enter To Win This Week’s 100,000 Hyatt Points Thursday Giveaway: This week’s Thursday Giveaway is for 100,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points in honor of th Hyatt’s “Discover New Possibilities” fall promo. There are four methods to enter, and you can enter once per method for a total of four entries. In each one, you’ll tell me about a different kind of Hyatt experience. All your entries must be in by 5:00pm ET on Monday, September 23, and we will announce a winner on Thursday, September 26. There are four different methods in which you can enter. You can leave a comment stating your favorite hotel for business travel, tweet @thepointsguy telling me your all-time favorite Hyatt property and include the hashtag #TPG100KPayday, post a comment on my Facebook wall telling me what Hyatt is your favorite either for visiting friends and family, or share an Instagram image with me of your dream Hyatt destination. You can view all the rules in the original post and I’ll also be selecting 3 runner ups who will receive $100 Chase gift cards.
Receive Instant Silver Hilton HHonors Status: Hilton is running an offer for Accenture employees or anyone who signs up here. Hilton Silver Status, which normally requires 4 stays or 10 nights, provides complimentary health club access, dedicated HHonors reservation line, and a 15% earning bonus. This offer also includes a fast track to Hilton Gold after staying four times within 90 days. Hilton Gold, which normally requires 20 stays, 40 nights, or 75,000 base points, offers complimentary Wi-Fi access, complimentary breakfast, room upgrades, and a 25% earning bonus. While this offer is intended for Accenture employees, anyone who signs up should in theory be eligible, but just keep in mind that Hilton could take away the status.
Earn Bonus American AAdvantage Miles on Latin America Routes: American Airlines flies to over 50 destinations in Latin America and is continuing to expand their service. To celebrate, they are offering bonus miles on some of their new routes. They are offering double miles from now through February 28, 2014 when you fly between Miami and Curitiba (CWB) or Porto Alegre (POA). They are also offering bonus miles when flying between Los Angeles and Sao Paulo (GRU) from January 15, 2014, through April 15, 2014. On this route, you’ll earn 15,000 bonus miles for flying in first/business Class, 10,000 miles for flying in full fare economy, or 5,000 bonus miles in discounted economy. For both of these offers, be sure to register prior to your flight and you must be on a revenue ticket on an American Airlines marketed and operated flight
Free Uber Rides in Chicago This Weekend: Uber is a great app that allows you to summon private cars and taxis from your smartphone. This can come in handy when in cities where its difficult to hail a cab (ah, hem Paris), or when it’s raining and finding one on the street can be a challenge (NYC). Earlier this week, they posted on twitter that they would be giving away free rides this weekend in Chicago with promo code CHILOVESuberX. This deal will last through Sunday at 11:59pm and is valid for rides up to $20 for uberX rides only, so if you live or will be in the Chicago area this weekend let me know how your Uber experience is. If you haven’t signed up for Uber, you can do so here through my referral link.
Save 30% on Air New Zealand Award Bookings with ANA Miles: ANA is offering customers a 30% discount on award reservations when they redeem their miles for travel on Air New Zealand. This is valid for flights from now through December 19, 2013. After going through the booking process on the ANA site, select the option “Air New Zealand Mile Discount Campaign” to receive the discounted award pricing. As a reminder ANA is a 1:1 transfer partner of American Express Membership Rewards and offers distance based awards. You can also check out my Overview of ANA Award Taxes and Fees to see some sample award bookings on Air New Zealand using your ANA miles. For instance, instead of spending 60,000 miles for a coach award from Los Angeles to Auckland, through this promotion, it would only require 42,000 miles..
Earn Bonus Delta SkyMiles for Donating to United Way: United Way has teamed up with Delta to offer SkyMiles members the opportunities to earn bonus miles when donating to United Way. United Way is dedicated to promoting education, improving income and health and working to eradicate long-term homelessness. Through September 30, 2013, SkyMiles members will earn a one-time bonus of 1,000 miles for a donation of $50-124; 2,500 miles for a donation of $125-299; or 5,000 miles for a donation of $300 or more.
Earn Bonus Points with Best Western: Best Western is launching a promotion where members who book online for stays now through November 24th, 2013 can save 20% off their stay and will earn 1,000 bonus points per stay. To participate in this offer, you must register prior to your first stay. In addition, Best Western elite members will earn an additional 500 points per stay. There is no limit to the number of bonus points you can earn through this promotion.
Win Up Free Up To 5 Free Nights And Hyatt Gold Passport Points By Playing “The Chase” Game: Another current Hyatt promotion is “The Chase” game, where you can win a range of prizes up to 5 free nights at any Hyatt hotel. Eligible Hyatt Gold Passport members will receive a promotional email. Click the link and enter your number to be taken to the online game where you have to track down three virtual trunks around the world. This is a closed promotion and only open to Gold Passport members, and please note that the cash and points displayed onscreen during the game are fictitious. Prizes include a one night stay at a Hyatt property, 5,000 points, Diamond status or a Suite upgrade, through to the grand sweepstake prize of 5 free nights at any Hyatt hotel. The promotion runs from now through 11:59:59 p.m. CST on October 31, 2013. By confirming (or entering) your Hyatt Gold Passport membership number and opening a trunk, you will also automatically be registered in the Hyatt Gold Passport “New Possibilities” offer, which provides eligible Hyatt Gold Passport members the opportunity to earn bonus points on eligible stays completed by November 30, 2013.
Get Up To 200,000 Air Canada Aeroplan Miles With The “Amazing Race Canada” Promotion: Air Canada is launching an “Amazing Race Canada” promotion for up to 200,000 bonus miles. To enter you have to register from September 16, 2013, through to November 17, 2013, and book domestic and international flights on Air Canada, Air Canada Express, and Air Canada rouge from September 24, 2013, through to December 15, 2013. To register, click here. If you pre-register before September 24 you will earn 500 RaceWings, or 250 RaceWings on or after that date, and 200 more RaceWings for every take-off or landing on an Air Canada, Air Canada Express, and Air Canada rouge flight. You can also earn badges for taking certain challenges, tasks and activities in the game. A combination of RaceWings and badges add up to Aeroplan miles, varying up to 200,000 bonus miles. Click here for full terms and conditions.
Earn 3x TrueBlue Points For Flights To And From San Juan, Puerto Rico: The latest special offer from JetBlue will earn you 3x the TrueBlue points when flying to or from San Juan, Puerto Rico, if you register and book travel from now through January 31, 2014. However, there are holiday blackout dates and triple points are not valid for travel from December 19, 2013 to January 12, 2014. To book a flight or to join the TrueBlue loyalty program, click here. JetBlue flies to San Juan from a number of US cities including Chicago, Los Angeles, New York JFK, Boston, Orlando and Fort Lauderdale. Click on this interactive map to see all the routes.