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Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week:
Sri Lankan Airlines To Join Oneworld Alliance In April 2014: Sri Lankan Airlines announced this week that they will become a member of the Oneworld Alliance in April 2o14. Sri Lankan already maintains a code-sharing partnership with another Oneworld member, Malaysia Airlines, and has also announced similar agreements with Royal Jordanian and S7 Airlines. Sri Lankan’s addition to the alliance will bring in new destinations to the network and open up Southern India. Members of Sri Lankan’s frequent flyer program FlySmiLes will be able to earn and redeem awards when flying on Oneworld carriers, and vice versa.
20% Amex Transfer Bonus to El Al: One of the lesser-discussed Amex airline transfer partners is El Al, and like with Virgin Atlantic (30%) and British Airways (20%), Amex is currently offering a 20% transfer bonus to El Al. Normally, 1,000 Amex points = 20 Matmid points, but with this promo, 1,000 Amex = 24 Matmid. You need 1,400, 3,000 or 5,000 Matmid for economy, business or first class respectively from New York to Tel Aviv, so you’d have to transfer 70,000, 150,000 or 250,000 Amex points normally, but with this promo, you’d need just 59,000, 125,000 or 209,000 points. That’s still a lot of points, but if this is a redemption you’ve been thinking about, now is the time to make the transfer while the bonus is available through November 30, 2013. Just note, fuel surcharges tend to be about $350, and business class does not have lie-flat seats.
Earn 100 Bonus Avios Per Day When You Rent A Car With Avis And Enter To Win 500,000 Avios: British Airways has partnered with Avis Car Rental so that if you book a car before November 30, 2013, you will receive 100 bonus Avios every day, for a maximum of 15 rental days. The bonus is in addition to the 1 Avios per $1 spent on Avis car rental and a minimum of 500 Avios per rental. You can also enter to win 500,000 Avios in a sweepstakes, now through 11.59 p.m. EST on November 30, 2013. Enter online here or when you make a booking, although no purchase is necessary.
Earn A Free Night Stay With Wyndham Rewards: Register with Wyndham Rewards and you can earn a free night after staying as little as 3 nights. Book now through January 14, 2014, and stay by February 3, 2014, to take advantage of the offer that allows you to earn 2,014 points for your second to sixth stays, which is enough for a free night in over 100 hotels across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. You can also spend the points on gift cards or airline miles, and get the benefits of a free drink and snack with every stay, free room upgrades and free early check-in and late check-out. For full terms and conditions, click here. Wyndham Hotels include Baymont Inn, Days Inn, Hawthorne Suites, Howard Johnson, Knights Inn, Microtel, Ramada, Super 8, Travelodge, Wingate, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Wyndham Garden, and Wyndham Grand Collection. You can also transfer them to partner airlines including American, US Air, Southwest or United, which currently has a 25% bonus for transferring hotel and car points into United miles.
Discover The Wines Of Oregon And Your Bottles Fly Home Free On Alaska Airlines: Oregon is rapidly becoming known for its wine regions, and Alaska Airlines is encouraging flyers to go check it out by offering complimentary tastings at select wineries when you present your Alaska Airlines boarding pass. For a full list of wineries participating, click here. Visit now through November 20, 2013, and any wine you purchase will be flown home for free as checked luggage when you fly in and out of participating Oregon airports, or Walla Walla, Washington. You can also enter to win win a return trip by taking a photo of yourself and emailing it with all your contact details to [email protected] before November 20. Your email will enter you into a drawing for two roundtrip tickets on Alaska Airlines and two night’s accommodations at a McMenamins property or the Ashland Springs Hotel.
Win 1,200 Free Points Playing Shangri-La’s Golden Circle Anniversary Celebration Game: Shangri-La’s Golden Circle loyalty program is celebrating its third anniversary by giving away 1,200 free points to anyone who signs up (if you are not already a member) and plays their online games. You will get 100 free points per week for six weeks and additional 100 points for depositing the prize code by using one of the Android or iOS mobile apps. Once you have finished playing you will accumulate points and then given a prize code that you can then enter via the Shangri-La Mobile App to get an additional 100 points. The 30th, 300th and 3,000th members to submit the code each week will be awarded a three-night stay in an Executive Suite at a Shangri-La of their choice. You can redeem points for room upgrades, spa vouchers, food and beverage vouchers and free nights. The game began on October 25, 2013 and runs for six weeks.
Virgin America’s Hot New “Safety Dance” Video: Virgin America caused a stir this week with their fun new safety video! The five-minute musical segment features 36 dancers along with former contestants of reality competitions So You Think You Can Dance and American Idol, and was directed by John M. Chu, the creator of Justin Bieber’s 3D concert film, Never Say Never. The Glee-inspired in-flight demonstration includes the performers singing, rapping, breakdancing and doing contortion – all while explaining the safety features of the aircraft. Virgin America also launched an Instagram competition, where you can submit your best dance moves now through 3 pm EST November 22, 2013, with the #VXSafetyDance. The winning submission with be added to the new safety video and they will get Roundtrip Main Cabin tickets for 2 on Virgin America. For full rules and regulations, click here.