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Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from the week:
Take Three Trips On Amtrak’s Acela And Get One Free: If you take three qualifying roundtrips on the Acela train by March 14, 2014, you will earn one free roundtrip for travel July 1 – August 31, 2014. A minimum $90 spent per one-way segment is required for travel to qualify, and there is a limit of two qualifying one-way segments per day. Free trips are redeemable for Acela Business class travel (First class travel for Select Executive members) from July 1, 2014 through August 31, 2014 and are subject to Acela award travel time-of-day restrictions on weekdays. Beware: blackout dates are July 3 and 6, and August 29, 2014. A maximum of four free one-way trips may be earned in total. You must register for the promotion if you would like to participate.
Asiana To Begin Flying New A380 To Los Angeles This Summer: Asiana will be flying their new A380’s to Los Angeles beginning July 30, 2014. First, these planes will be used on short- and medium-haul routes to places like Tokyo Narita, Osaka, Hong Kong starting in June, followed by the long-haul route to Los Angeles in July. The new plane will contain a total of 495 seats – 12 first class, 66 business class, and 417 economy seats.
Get 5,000 Wyndham Reward Points For Stays: If you book your stay at participating Wyndham properties by May 14 for stays completed through May 21, you can earn 5,000 bonus Wyndham Reward points per stay. Member stays with check-out dates after May 21, 2014 will not receive the 5,000 bonus points. You must register first in order to take advantage of the offer.
Starwood Preferred Guest Partnership With Virgin Australia Velocity: With this new partnership, you can now direct deposit points earned from SPG stays into your Virgin Australia Velocity account at a ratio of 1 to 1. For every 20,000 Starpoints transferred within the same transaction, you’ll earn 5,000 bonus Velocity Points which will be automatically added to your transfer. Points will credited to your Velocity Frequent Flyer account within five business days of when your transaction is correctly submitted.
Targeted Offer – Get Silver Status & 5,000 Bonus Miles With Copa Airlines: Get bonus points and silver status on Copa Airlines by flying 6 segments. This offer is valid for tickets purchased and flown on Copa or Copa Colombia between February 1 and March 31, 2014. Although this offer is targeted mainly to those who have flown previously with Copa or live in South or Central America, it couldn’t hurt to try registering for it.
Qatar Launches Business Class Only Flight From Doha To London Heathrow: Starting on May 15, 2014, Qatar will begin flying its all-business-class A319’s daily between Doha and London Heathrow. They already operate 5 daily flights to Heathrow so this will be the 6th. The new service will be the first of its kind for Qatar, having all business class (a single aisle with a 2 x 2 seating configuration offering 40 seats). Qatar had originally planned to have their first 3 A380’s in April of 2014, however this was then postponed until June. Service on these planes should be launched by fall, with their first destination being Europe.
Earn Aegean Miles&Bonus on Olympic Air: As of February 1, 2014, Aegean Air Miles&Bonus members have the opportunity to earn Tier Miles on all Olympic Air-operated flights, now that Aegean Air has purchased the airline. As of February 11, 2014, redeeming miles is possible as well. However, this airline is not technically a member of Star Alliance, at least for now.
IHG Offers Spring Discounts: At 500 participating IHG hotels you can get up to 30% off on a Friday or Saturday night stay between March 1 and May 6. You must book before February 28th and at least 21 days in advance to receive the discount. The nice part is the Easter holiday dates are available within this promotion with no blackout dates!
New For-Pay Lounge Opens In Newark Airport’s Terminal B: For $35, you can enter Newark’s new pay-in “Arts & Lounge.” It’s currently also available to El Al premium class passengers. The title refers to the changing art exhibitions within the lounge, launching with Israeli art as per the El Al arrangement. The lounge can accommodate 90 guests, has free WiFi, newspapers and magazines (in both Hebrew and English), as well as food and drinks.
Official Central Park Tours Launching: Starting March 1, 2014, Central Park will begin different types of tours throughout the park. You can choose between a Welcome, Premier, or Custom tour around the park. The tours are led by the Central Park Conservatory, a group responsible for restoring and maintaining the iconic park. Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.
Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.