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Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed:
Hyatt Gold Passport 30% Bonus on Purchased Points: Now through September 15, 2014, you can earn up to a 30% bonus when you buy Hyatt Gold Passport points. Purchase between 5,000-19,000 points and you’ll earn a 10% bonus; purchase 20,000 to 39,000 and your bonus will be 20%; and purchase 40,000 to 55,000 points for a 30% bonus. This is a hardcoded bonus through points.com, so there is no need to register for the offer. Per my August Monthly Valuations, I value Hyatt Gold Passport points at 1.8 cent per point.
United and Uber Launch New Partnership: United announced this week that they’ve begun a new partnership with Uber, where United fliers can take advantage of Uber Car Services through the United app. You can access the new Uber feature via a button on the top left-hand corner of the app’s menu, and you’ll be shown a choice of all the car types available and a cost estimate for a ride to the airport. If you’re new to Uber, you’ll be able to earn 1,000 MileagePlus award miles when you complete your first Uber ride through the United app. If you’re not yet a user, Uber is now offering a free ride (up to $30) for new users (sign-up link). (h/t Milepoint)
Virgin America Expands at Dallas Love Field: Virgin America announced this week that they would be expanding service from their newest airport, Dallas Love Field. In addition to its existing three daily flights apiece to San Francisco (SFO), Washington Reagan National Airport (DCA), and Los Angeles (LAX), the airline will offer one more daily flight to each city as of April 29, 2015. On October 14, 2014, Virgin America will also begin servicing four daily flights to New York’s LaGuardia (LGA). Virgin’s first flight from Dallas Love Field will take off on October 13, 2014, the same date that the Wright Amendment, which currently limits flights to neighboring states, expires.
Park Hyatt New York Opens: The new Park Hyatt New York has just opened in Manhattan this week at 57th Street and 7th Avenue, inhabiting the first 25 floors of the 90-story One57 building and featuring 210 guestrooms, including 92 suites. Rates in September start at $1,025 per night, and as a Hyatt Gold Passport Category 7 property, free nights start at 30,000 points per night. However, be aware that it doesn’t appear that there’s much, if any, award availability at present.
National’s One Two Free Car Rental Promo Is Back: In case you missed our post earlier this week, National Car Rental’s “One Two Free” promotion has returned. This year’s promo invites Emerald Club members to earn Free Rental Days after two qualifying rentals or after earning 600 points, and will run through January 31, 2015. In order to to take advantage of this promotion, you’ll have to be enrolled in National’s Emerald Club loyalty program and opt in to receive emails from National. Once you register, Emerald Club points will be awarded for each paid rental of a midsize or larger vehicle for any period of two or more consecutive days. 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.