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Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed:
Silvercar Extends $59 Per Day Rental Promotion
The rapidly expanding premium car rental company Silvercar is extending its $59 rental sale from now through February 28, 2015 in all of the cities where it currently operates. SilverCar exclusively rents Audi A4 vehicles equipped with navigation, SiriusXM satellite radio, a WiFi hot spot, Silvercar’s toll tracking system, and many other features. Additional information about Silvercar and their services can be found on the company website.
Earn Double Elevate Points for Virgin America Flights
You can earn double Elevate points when you book and fly on Virgin America by March 31, 2015. You must be enrolled in the Elevate program and fly one of Virgin America’s medium or long-haul routes, or to a seasonal destination. Eligible destinations in the Virgin America network include Palm Springs, Los Cabos, and Las Vegas.
Choice Privileges Offers New Reward Option
Earlier this week, Choice Hotels announced a new rewards feature that gives Choice Privileges members the option to redeem for award nights by combining cash and points. Aptly named Points Plus Cash, this feature is the first of several being rolled out by Choice Hotels this year. Many major hotel brands (including Marriott, Hyatt, and Starwood) offer similar features, so while this program isn’t revolutionary, it’s a good option to have.
American Airlines and JAL Offer Double AAdvantage Miles on Flights to Asia
American Airlines and fellow Oneworld member Japan Airlines are offering double AAdvantage miles to flights from the US and Canada to Tokyo, South Korea, and Hong Kong. This offer is valid in all classes of service from now until March 20, 2015 for flights primarily departing from American Airlines hubs.
American Express Offers $50 Statement Credit at Hilton Hotels
From now until April 5, 2015, targeted American Express cardholders can receive a $50 statement credit after spending $250+ at Hilton Hotels. This promotion excludes many brands in the Hilton portfolio, such as DoubleTree, Hilton Garden Inn, and others. To see if you’re eligible, sign in to your Amex account and look under Amex Offers For You, or connect through the various American Express social media outlets (including Facebook, Twitter, FourSquare, and TripAdvisor). You must add the offer to your card and use that registered card to pay. Check the terms and conditions under your Amex Offers for more details.
Korean Air Unveils New First and Business Class Seats
Korean Air is updating its business and first class product with new seats. Both the new business class Prestige Suites and Korean Air First Class Seat will be equipped with 180-degree lie-flat capability, plenty of personal space, in-flight entertainment, direct aisle access, and more. After its recent run of bad press, Korean Air could use a win. These new seats look intriguing, and I hope to try them out soon.