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Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from the week:
Earn Double Miles Flying TAM: In celebration of TAM joining Oneworld, American Airlines is offering double miles for flying its new partner during the month of May. This offer is valid on TAM Airlines, including codeshare flights booked as an American Airlines flight and operated by TAM Airlines flown between May 1-31, 2014. You must register ahead of time here and use the promo code JJDBL.
Star Alliance Status Matching To TAM: If you are a Red or Black elite member on TAM, which is now a Oneworld member, Star Alliance would like to match your gold status on your choice of the frequent flyer programs of the following partner airlines: Air Canada, Air China, Air New Zealand, Copa, Ethiopian, Scandinavian, South African, TAP, Turkish, and United. Before you start the matching process, just make sure to join the frequent flyer mile program you would like your status to be matched on. Outright status matches are getting rarer these days without a challenge element to them, so if you do have TAM status, this is a great opportunity to keep your Star Alliance Gold benefits active with one of the airline’s former partners.
Aviance LifeMiles Selling Gold And Silver Status: Avianca LifeMiles Silver and Gold statuses are now available for purchase. You can obtain Silver status for $1,200 and Gold status for $2,200. Both are valid for 12-month period from the purchase date. LifeMiles Diamond status is not currently for sale. Taxes depend on country of residence, and your status will be updated 24 hours after purchase.
Buy Amtrak Reward Points and Receive A Bonus: You can receive a surprise 10-30% bonus when you purchase Amtrak Reward Points for yourself or as a gift for someone else. Members may buy or receive up to a total of 10,000 points in a calendar year (keep in mind Select Executive members have no annual limit for purchasing points). Purchased points do not count toward Select, Select Plus or Select Executive status. The transaction must be completed by 11:59 PM ET April 30, 2014 in order to receive the bonus.
Get Bonus Miles When Joining Air Berlin’s Topbonus Program: You can earn up to 1,500 bonus miles if you join topbonus: 1,000 miles simply by joining and 500 for selecting email as your preferred communication method. The bonus is valid if you sign up by April 27, 2014.
British Airways Increases Award Change And Cancellation Fees: Bad news – British Airways has increased their fees to change or cancel an Executive Club award tickets by $15. The price has gone from $40 to $55. The rule that Executive Club award tickets can’t be changed or cancelled within 24 hours of departure remains the same.
Earn AAdvantage Bonus Miles For Donating To USO: USO is an organization that supports the US troops and their families. For donations $25 and higher, AA will offer a 10-mile bonus per dollar donated to this organization as per their “Miles In Support Of All Who Serve Campaign.” The maximum miles you can earn is 60,000 in a 12 month period, and these miles do not count towards elite status. For charitable deduction purposes, each mile is valued at 2.75 cents per mile if fewer than 6,000 miles are awarded and 2.5 cents per mile if 6,000 or more miles are awarded. There is currently no expiration date on this promotion.
Hilton HHonors Offering Double Points Promotion: Earn HHonors points double points at participating Hilton properties if booked by November 1, 2014. Taxes are not included in this offer and the bonus points do not count towards elite status.
Win 100,000 AAdvantage miles: Today through April 30, 2014, enter American Airlines “Fly Like You’re Famous” sweepstakes for a chance to be one of ten winners of 100,000 AAdvantage miles. Entrants must go to this page and either sign up for an AAdvantage eShopping account or enter the login info for their existing account. Miles awarded in this promotion will not count toward elite status.
Free 500 MQM’s Targeted Delta Offer: Certain SkyMiles members – mostly business travelers it looks like – received an email from Delta with a chance to get 500 free Medallion Qualifying Miles. It may not work for you, but it’s work a try. You simply have to enter your SkyMiles number here and click submit. 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.