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

Get bonus points for booking hotel stays on the Club Carlson App
Get bonus points for booking hotel stays on the Club Carlson App

Club Carlson Bonus Points For Bookings Via App: You can earn 3,000 bonus Gold Points for each stay booked through the Club Carlson mobile app. You must book AND stay via the app by November 14, 2014. The app is available for both IOS and Android. With the app, you can do the following:

  • Redeem Gold Points for stays at Club Carlson hotels
  • Find hotels near your current location or in any city
  • Book a stay, or view, change or cancel an upcoming stay
  • Explore the area with interactive maps
  • Access your Club Carlson card
Get 4X Dividend miles for National car rental, plus a 25% discount.
Get 4X Dividend miles for National car rental, plus a 25% discount.

Get 4X US Airways Miles and 25% Off National Car Rentals: You can get 25% off  and earn 4X US Airways Dividend Miles on National car rentals. This offer is valid when you reserve any size/class of vehicle at least 24 hours in advance. When reserving, use the Contract ID 5028628 and make sure to provide your Dividend Miles number. The discount applies to the base rate only, and is valid only at participating locations in the U.S. and Canada. The renter must meet standard age, driver and credit requirements, and this may not be combined with other discounts. Blackout dates may apply. Miles may not be earned on taxes, fuel, or other fees. Make sure to reserve and rent by December 31, 2014. 

Ryanair is offering a new fare class, Business Plus
Ryanair is offering a new fare class, Business Plus

Ryanair Launches Business Plus Fare: Low-cost carrier Ryanair has changed up it’s no frills, basic policy to include a Business Plus fare, which includes better seats, a baggage allowance and faster check in, boarding, and in some cases a fast track through security. Mind you, the better seats are not what would be considered first or business class elsewhere, but simply have a bit more leg room and are more conveniently located. The fare will also include a more flexible ticketing policy. Airports with fast track security include Dublin, Barcelona, Brussels Charleroi, East Midlands, Liverpool, London Stansted, Manchester and Milan Bergamo.

Get up to 30% off when purchasing Spirit miles
Get up to 30% off when purchasing Spirit miles

Get 30% Off Purchased Spirit Miles: You can get up to 30% off when purchasing Spirit Airline miles. The savings are tiered as follows:

  • Buy/Gift 3,000-6,000 miles, Save 10%
  • Buy/Gift 7,000-15,000 miles, Save 20%
  • Buy/Gift 16,000 miles or more, Save 30%

Spirit Airlines miles typically cost around $27 per 1,000 miles, so if you max out this promotion, you could get them for just under 1.9 cents per mile. FREE SPIRIT accounts less than 12 days old are not permitted to Buy or Gift miles. For Gift transactions, the recipient account must also be 12 days old. Purchased miles do not count towards FREE SPIRIT status upgrades. Miles must be purchased in increments of 1,000. Offer ends October 5, 2014. 

British Airways A380 First Class
British Airways will begin A380 service to San Francisco in April, 2015.

British Airways to begin A380 service between London and San Francisco: Starting in April, 2015, British Airways will begin service between London Heathrow and San Francisco International, with seats now available for purchase. The A380 will be used on flight BA286 from SFO-LHR five days a week (excluding Tuesdays and Wednesdays), and on flight BA287 from LHR-SFO daily. The A380 has two full passenger decks and can seat up to 469, with 14 First Class seats, 97 Business Class seats (44 on the main deck and 53 on the upper deck), and 55 Premium Economy seats.

American Airlines continues to grow their route network.
American Airlines continues to grow their route network.

American Airlines Launches New Routes: American Airlines has been adding several new routes since the merger with US Airways, and some of their newest ones are Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) to Hong Kong (HKG), and Shanghai, China (PVG); Phoenix (PHX) to Cleveland, OH (CLE); New York (JFK) to Campinas, Brazil (VCP); Philadelphia (PHL) to Edinburgh, Scotland (EDI); and Los Angeles (LAX) to Vancouver, BC (YVR). You can check out all the latest new routes that American is adding here

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