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Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed:

Reminder: Earn 125,000 Bonus AAdvantage Miles Traveling To Europe

Earn up to 125,000 miles to Europe on American.
Earn up to 125,000 miles to Europe on American.

American Airlines just launched a new promotion where AAdvantage members can earn up to 125,000 bonus AAdvantage miles when flying to Europe in business or first class. You’ll earn:

  • 20,000 bonus AAdvantage miles after your first roundtrip flight
  • 40,000 bonus AAdvantage miles after your second roundtrip flight
  • 65,000 bonus AAdvantage miles after your third roundtrip flight

In addition to American Airlines, you can earn these bonus miles by flying the following airlines:

  • US Airways
  • British Airways
  • Finnair
  • Iberia
  • OpenSkies

You must register for the promotion before you fly using the promotion code USF14. The offer is valid on flights to/from Europe until January 10, 2015. 

British Airways Launches 125,000 Bonus Avios Traveling to Europe

You can earn 125,000 bonus Avios for flying to and from Europe this fall
You can earn 125,000 bonus Avios for flying to and from Europe this fall.

British Airways just launched the same promotion as American, but with bonus Avios instead of AAdvantage miles. The bonus amounts are the same, as are the airlines you can fly to obtain the bonus:

  • 20,000 bonus Avios after your first roundtrip flight
  • 40,000 bonus Avios after your second roundtrip flight
  • 65,000 bonus Avios after your third roundtrip flight

You must be an Executive Club member to participate, and you can register here for the promotion. The offer is valid on flights to/from Europe until January 10, 2015. 

Earn 1,500 AAdvantage Miles With Purchase of Bose Headphones

Get 1,500 AAdvantage miles for a Bose Headphone purchase
Get 1,500 AAdvantage miles for a Bose Headphones purchase.

Purchase a pair of Bose QuietComfort 20i Acoustic Noise Cancelling headphones and earn 1,500 American Airlines AAdvantage miles. There is currently no expiration date for this promotion, but if you’re going to buy, do it soon to ensure you get the miles.

American Airlines Ends Partnership with El Al

American and El Al are ending their partnership
American and El Al are ending their partnership.

American Airlines just announced that they will be ending their partnership with El Al Airlines effective November 1, 2014. Right now you can earn/redeem American AAdvantage miles on El Al, and vice versa. However, award availability typically isn’t great and you can’t book first class. If you’re still hoping to book award flights on El Al, keep in mind that they remain a transfer partner of American Express Membership Rewards at a ratio of 20 Matmid Points  to 1,000 Membership Rewards Points. El Al’s remaining partners are AeroMexico, Qantas, and South African Airways.

Hilton HHonors Offers Double Delta SkyMiles +250 MQMs

Earn double Delta miles and MQMs with Hilton stays
Earn double Delta SkyMiles and MQMs with Hilton stays.

If you stay for two nights or longer at a Hilton property as an HHonors member, you can earn double Delta miles and 250 MQMs per stay. Make sure to register for the offer first and you select Delta as your chosen Double Dip partner. You must complete your stay between October 6, 2014-December 20, 2014. If you are looking to qualify for Delta Medallion status, this could be a way to get those last minute needed MQMs.

Reminder: 10% Bonus on SPG Transfers to British Airways Until October

Convert your Starpoints to Avios. Shutterstock.
Convert your Starpoints to Avios and get a 10% bonus. (Image courtesy of Shutterstock).

Starwood Preferred Guest is currently offering a 10% bonus for transfers to British Airways Avios on top of the 5,000 mile bonus they already offer for transfers of 20,000 Starpoints to any of their partners. You have until September 30, 2014 to get the extra 10% bonus. To transfer points and earn the bonus, log in to your SPG account and go to the British Airways transfer page. You can transfer as few as 1,500 points if you’re an SPG Gold member, or 2,500 points if you’re SPG Preferred, with a maximum of 79,999 Starpoints in a 24 hour period.

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More Things to Know
  • 50,000 bonus Avios after you spend $3,000 on purchases within the first 3 months of account opening.
  • Every calendar year you make $30,000 in purchases on your British Airways Visa card, you'll earn a Travel Together Ticket good for two years.
  • In addition to the bonus Avios, you will also get 3 Avios for every $1 spent on British Airways purchases and 1 Avios for every $1 spent on all other purchases.
  • Pay no foreign transaction fees when you travel abroad.
  • Chip Technology allows you to use your card for chip based purchases in Europe & beyond, while still giving you the ability to use your card as you do today at home.
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