Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week:
Earn 25,000 HHonors Points Towards A Hilton Stay When You Purchase Rosetta Stone: Have you always wanted to learn a language? Well now is the perfect time since Hilton has teamed up with Rosetta Stone so that when you purchase a Rosetta Stone course, as you can get 25,000 Hilton Honors Points towards a free night stay at a Hilton hotel. Rosetta comes as a CD-Rom set, or you can download it online. It costs $499 and comes in the following languages: Chinese (Mandarin) German, Spanish (Spain), Spanish (Latin America), English (American), English (British), Italian, Russian and French. The 25,000 points are enough for a Standard Room Reward night at participating Category 1-3 hotels and at select Category 4 hotels, and this offer runs now through January 10, 2014.
Earn 7,500 Bonus Points With A Two-Night Stay At The New Hyatt Times Square: Hyatt is moving into the heart of New York City with the opening of the Hyatt Times Square on December 3, 2013. Plus Hyatt Gold Passport Platinum and Diamond members can earn 7,500 bonus points with a stay of two nights or more starting now through January 31, 2014, if you book by December 31, 2013. The hotel is located between the 6th Avenue business district and the Broadway/7th Avenue theater district, and room rates start at $219 per night in December. There will soon be more sister properties in the New York area, with the Hyatt Place Flushing/LaGuardia opening early 2014 and the magnificent Park Hyatt New York opening in mid-2014.
Citi Thank You Points Bonus for HHonors Transfers: Citi Thank You points are transferable to HHonors points for premium cardholders, and while the transfer ratio from Citi Points to HHonors is 1:1.5, now until December 31st, 2013, there is a bonus running where you will get 5,000 extra points. The 5,000-point bonus applies to multiples of 10,000, so for every transfer of 10,000 points, you get an additional 5,000 Hilton points – bringing the transfer ratio to 1:2 if you maximize this promo. For instance, if you transfer 10,000 Citi Thank You points, you will then end up with 20,000 Hilton points, and if you transfer 20,000 you will get 40,000, etc. The bonus points do not post immediately, but within 30 days of the transfer.
Get 2,500 Bonus HHonors Points Per Stay When You Pay With Your Citi Hilton Visa Card: For stays between November 25th, 2013-February 28th 2014, get a 2,500 HHonors Point Bonus if you pay with your Citi Hilton HHonors Visa card (but not the Citi Hilton Reserve Card). Registration is required to qualify. For full terms and conditions, click here.
Get Double AAdvantage Miles To Asia: American Airlines is offering double miles for flying between the US to Asia on travel dates from December 1, 2013 through February 28, 2014. Flights operated by American and Japan Airlines code shares between Chicago O’Hare, Dallas-Ft. Worth and Los Angeles to Tokyo Narita; and between Dallas-Ft. Worth and Seoul ICN count. The offer applies only to AAdvantage members who purchase and fly on purchased, published First Class or Business Class fares booked in F, A, P, J, R, D or I; Economy Class fares booked in Y, B, H, K, M, L, V, S, N, or G on American Airlines operated flights; First Class or Business Class fares booked in F, A, J, C, D or I; Economy Class fares booked in Y, B, H, K, M, L, V, S, N, or G on Japan Airlines marketed flights. Flights operated by other codeshare partners are not eligible for this promotion. Bonus miles do not count toward elite status qualification or AAdvantage Million Miler status. Double miles will be calculated at 100% of the base miles earned. For more information and to register for the promotion, click here using the promo code JPKR1.
IHG Rewards Club 50% Bonus on Purchased Points: IHG is offering up to a 50% bonus on purchased points now through December 2, 2013, depending on how many points you purchase.
1,000-10,000 points cost $13.50 per 1,000
11,000-25,000 points cost $12.50 per 1,000
26,000-60,000 points cost $11.50 per 1,000
So if you were to purchase the max of 60,000 (the most you can buy per year), you’d end up with 90,000 points for a total of $690 – a cost of 0.77 cents per point. Not bad, but remember, there’s a workaround where you can actually purchase IHG points for just 0.7 points apiece any time you like (see item 7 in this post), so you might want to hold off taking advantage of this, and remember that these transactions are processed by Points.com, so they don’t count as hotel or travel spend.
Earn up to 1,000 Bonus Southwest rapid Rewards Points: When you shop through the Rapid Rewards online portal, you can earn up to 1,000 bonus points now through January 5, 2014. That’s worth about $17 towards Wanna Get Away fares. The more you shop, the more points you earn:
Spend $100 and get 250 bonus points.
Spend $200 and get 500 bonus points.
Spend $400 or more and get 1,000 bonus points
The spending is cumulative, so it doesn’t have to be in a single transaction, and you will get your points at the end of the promo period.
Plan Your Dream Trip on Frommer’s: The travel guidebook empire is now letting you turn your travel fantasies into reality by using their dream trip selector tool to plan your perfect vacation. Choose different themes such as beach, adventure, spa, golf, amusement park, family friendly, etc. Then select varying degrees of importance for things like culture, nightlife or luxury. Finally click “Find My Dream Trip” and Frommer’s will tailor make trips for you.
Jet Blue Award Rebate: When you book award travel on JetBlue by December 2 for travel between November 25, 2013 – January 31, 2014, JetBlue will refund you 2,013 True Blue points. You must register prior to booking. That’s the equivalent of about $20-25 in travel. Some JetBlue fares start as low as 5,000 points, so this could be up to a 40% rebate on your points.
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