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Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from the week:
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.
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.
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: 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.
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 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: AISBITierupgrade@sbicard.com. Your status match should be complete within 15 working days of receiving the correct documents.
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 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.
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.
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. With great transfer partners like United and Hyatt, 2x points on travel & dining and a 50,000 point sign up bonus, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great card for those looking to get into the points and miles game.