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Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed:
Earn Double Business Extra points with American Flying to Asia from the USA
American Airlines has partnered with Japan Airlines to offer double Business Extra points when you travel on American Airlines or codeshare (AA) flights operated by Japan Airlines from the USA to Asia. Make sure to use the promo code ASIA2014 when registering. You must travel between November 15, 2014-December 31, 2104 in order to obtain the double bonus points. Business Extra is the American Airlines version of the business frequent flyer program, which allows businesses to earn points on the itineraries their employees travel, while employees still earn miles and points as individuals.
Earn up to 25,000 Bonus Virgin America Elevate Points
You can earn triple points for First Class flights and double points for Main Cabin Select until December 19, 2014. You can then earn up to 25,000 bonus points based on your total qualifying points earned for Virgin America flights in all cabins during that time. These points will also count toward reaching or renewing Elevate Silver or Gold status.
The bonus amounts are as follows:
- Earn 2,500 qualifying points, receive 1,000 bonus points
- Earn 5,000 qualifying points, receive 2,500 bonus points
- Earn 10,000 qualifying points, receive 5,000 bonus points
- Earn 15,000 qualifying points, receive 10,000 bonus points
- Earn 20,000 qualifying points, receive 15,000 bonus points
- Earn 25,000 qualifying points, receive 25,000 bonus points
LANPASS Changes Accumulation Percentages for 2015
As of January 1, 2015, LANPASS will change accumulation percentages such that passengers earn less for flying in some fare groups. To see how many LANPASS KMS you’ll earn, move your mouse over the flight fare when you’re booking your flight. This will display all the benefits of the selected flight, including the LANPASS KMS accumulation percentage. For more info on the LANPASS program, read this post.
Earn Bonus Hilton HHonor Points For Car Rental Using Hilton HHonors Credit Card
If you rent a car with Alamo, Enterprise or National, you can earn two extra bonus points per dollar spent (for a total of five HHonors points per dollar spent) when you use your Hilton HHonors Amex to pay for the rental. You must call the car rental office and book by phone to ensure you receive the bonus. This offer is valid on rentals through April 30, 2015. The deal applies on any size vehicle, including SUV and van rentals. You must pre-pay for the rental in order to earn the bonus, and if you have any questions regarding the offer, you can call the number on the back of your Hilton Amex.
Up to 25% Discount for Purchased Starpoints
Starwood is running a tiered promotion where you can get up to 25% off when you purchase Starpoints. The discounts are as follows:
- Buy 500-9,500 Starpoints Save 10%
- Buy 10,000-14,500 Starpoints Save 15%
- Buy 15,000-19,500 Starpoints Save 20%
The promotion ends on December 31, 2014. Normally, Starpoints cost 3.5 cents apiece. You can purchase 20,000 Starpoints for $525, which comes out to 2.625 cents apiece. Keep in mind that you can purchase a maximum of 20,000 Starpoints per account per calendar year, and accounts have to be at least 14 days old in order to participate in this promotion.
Sign Up For Spirit’s Dining Program and Get 1,000 Bonus Points
You can get a 1,000 point bonus for signing up for Spirit’s dining program. You’ll receive the bonus after your first dine if you spend $30 or more on a single dine (including tax and tip) at a participating restaurant, bar or club within 30 days up signing up. You must sign up and create a dining profile (this includes registering a credit card and opting in to receive emails from Spirit Dining) by December 31, 2014.
Spirit miles expire quickly if you don’t have activity in your account, so this isn’t something I’d bother with unless you fly Spirit regularly. If that’s the case, you can still get in on Spirit’s Unleash the Hate promo, and get 8,000 miles just for ragging on them (or another airline that has earned your wrath). Otherwise, check out other dining programs that should be more worthwhile. 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.
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.