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Saturday Recap: Gogo Raises Inflight WiFi Prices, Earn Double Points On Amtrak, Get Triple AAdvantage Miles For Stays At Choice Hotels And More

by on March 15, 2014 · 5 comments

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Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from the week:

Gogo is raising their inflight WiFi prices.

Gogo is raising their inflight WiFi prices.

Gogo Inflight WiFi To Raise Prices: Gogo’s traveler pass prices are going up by $10 a month after April 6, 2014. Single-airline passes currently go for $39.95 a month, and those prices will increase to $49.95 a month after April 6th. Buy now if you want to lock in the lower price. Single airline passes are available for: AA/US Airways, Airtran, Alaska, Delta, Frontier and Virgin.

AA and Jet Blue are terminating their relationship.

AA and Jet Blue are terminating their relationship.

American Airlines and Jet Blue End Partnership: These two airlines have announced the end of their (limited) partnership. As of April 1, 2014, customers will no longer receive miles or points for eligible flights operated by the other airline. Both carriers have released a statement saying they will no longer accept new travel reservations on the other carrier.

Get double points with Amtrak this spring.

Get double points with Amtrak this spring.

Earn Double Points On Amtrak: Get double points on all routes on Amtrak between March 17 – May 17, 2014. You must register for the promotion, and make sure to enter your Amtrak Rewards number at the time of booking. If you aren’t already an Amtrak Guest Rewards member, you can join and automatically be registered for the double points promotion.

American will no longer offer Dynamic Awards to elite flyers.

American will no longer offer Dynamic Awards to elite flyers.

American Will No Longer Offer Dynamic Awards: Dynamic Awards were introduced in 2011 by American, available only to elite AAdvantage flyers. They allow elite flyers to book tickets for travel within the US using less miles than an AAnytime award. However, as of April 1, 2014 this option will no longer be available. Any awards booked before this date will be honored.

Main Cabin Extra seats won't be free anymore for bottom tier elite members.

Main Cabin Extra seats won’t be free anymore for low-tier elite members.

AAdvantage Gold Main Cabin Extra Seating Curtailed: Starting March 18, 2014, AAdvantage Gold, oneworld Ruby members, and Dividend Miles Silver Preferred members have two ways to access Main Cabin Extra seats: they can purchase Main Cabin Extra seats at 50% off, or have complimentary access if seats are still available 24 hours before departure. This is a departure from the current policy where they could reserve one of these seats for free at time of booking.

Status match options if you have the Air India SBI Visa.

Status match options if you have the Air India SBI Visa.

Status Match For Signature Air India Cardholders: One of the perks of the SBI Signature Air India Visa is that they offer a status match for other frequent flyer mile programs. The status match is applicable from Jet Airways, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, British Airways, Etihad, Qatar, Emirates, Cathay Pacific, Thai Airways and American Airlines. In order to get the status match, you have to be a cardholder, and you also must scan and email a copy of the other airline’s frequent flyer membership card and statement. Include your Air India Flying Returns number, frequent flyer number from the other program, the date you joined the other program and the name of the other airline in your email. Emails can be sent to: [email protected] Your status match should be complete within 15 working days of receiving the correct documents.

Emirates makes changes to their upgrade policy.

Emirates makes changes to their upgrade policy.

Emirates Skywards Changes Upgrade Policy From Economy Class to Business Class: Starting May 1, 2014, certain Skywards Saver Economy class tickets will no longer be eligible for an upgrade using miles. When you check your itinerary online, you can see this new message below. This is the only information they are providing at this time about the new policy.

Delta has expanded in Seattle, and as a result is dropping codeshare flights with Alaska.

Delta has expanded in Seattle, and as a result is dropping codeshare flights with Alaska.

Delta and Alaska Airlines Drop Codeshare Flights From Seattle: Delta has removed its DL codeshare code from several flights operating out of Seattle with Alaska Airlines, probably due to their large expansion of flights from Seattle. The following flights on the following dates will no longer be codeshared between Delta and Alaska: Effective June 5, 2014: flights from Seattle to Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose and Vancouver. Effective July 1, 2014: flights from Seattle to Anchorage. Effective December 20, 2014: flights from Seattle to Phoenix.

Earn triple AAdvantage miles on Choice hotel stays.

Earn triple AAdvantage miles on Choice hotel stays.

Choice Privileges Triple Miles American Airlines Promotion: Choice Privileges is offering a bonus for American Airlines AAdvantage members where they can earn triple miles on Choice hotel stays between March 15 – June 15, 2014 you will earn triple miles on your stay. Miles can be earned at Choice hotels throughout the  U.S., Canada, Europe (excluding Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden), Middle East, Mexico, Central America, Australasia (including Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Papua New Guinea and Fiji) or the Caribbean. You must enter your AAdvantage number at the time of hotel booking.

Buy United miles at 40% off.

Buy United miles at 40% off.

Targeted United Mileage Plus Offer To Buy Miles At 40% Off: United has a targeted offer for some MileagePlus who can purchase miles at 40% off until March 17, 2014 at 11:59 pm CT. Miles are available in increments of 1,000 up to a maximum of 100,000 miles, and in increments of 5,000 up to a maximum of 150,000 miles, and 10,000 is the minimum purchase if you want to get the discount. You can purchase up to 150,000 miles per account per calendar year.

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  • jim

    I’m going to miss AA’s Dynamic miles option. I used it many times to redeem for anywhere from 1,000-7,000 fewer miles than milesaver.

  • deniscolli

    This Status Match offer is just for Air India cardholders
    Foreign travellers have no access to this promo?

  • shay peleg

    Gogo wifi was already too expensive . Why would anyone buy it unless his company pays for it?

  • Justin

    Bri is there value in purchasing 150,000 MileagePlus miles at roughly 2.2 cpm? It seems high post-devaluation.

  • yw82go

    GoGo not go. The half dozen times I have tried to use it, it has been very slow or not worked at all. Agree it was already too expensive.

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