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

Earn bonus AAdvantage miles for dining out
Earn bonus AAdvantage miles for dining out.

Earn Bonus Miles for Joining AAdvantage Dining Program

You can earn up to 2,000 bonus miles for dining out with the AAdvantage Dining Program. To get your bonus miles, complete the following steps:

  • Join the AAdvantage Dining program and create a dining profile by March 31, 2015 (you must opt in to receive emails).
  • Within 30 days, dine at any participating location and spend $30 or more (including tax and tip).
  • Complete a review within 30 days of dining at the restaurant, bar, or club (earning you 1,000 bonus miles).
  • Repeat the second and third step up to two times (earning 500 miles each time) for a total of 2,000 AAdvantage bonus miles.
Get 10 free Gogo passes with your Amex Business Platinum card. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.
Get 10 free Gogo passes with your Amex Business Platinum card. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Reminder: Amex Business Platinum Holders Now Get Passes for Free Gogo Internet

Gogo and Amex have partnered to offer free Gogo in-flight WiFi passes during flights for The Business Platinum Card from American Express OPEN cardholders. These passes can be used to access internet on any Gogo-equipped flight segment, regardless of the length of the flight and whether it’s domestic or international. This benefit is now available, and each cardholder will get 10 passes annually. To activate the passes, you must:

  • Enter your Business Platinum Card number at gogoair.com/amex;
  • Follow the prompts to create or sign into your Gogo account;
  • When you fly on a Gogo-equipped flight, simply log in to Gogo and choose to use an American Express internet pass.
You can earn bonus miles and points for buying flowers today
You can still earn bonus miles and points for buying flowers and gifts today.

Reminder: Shop Via Portals for Valentine’s Day Gifts

Today is Valentine’s Day, and just in case you’re in the market for a last minute gift like flowers or jewelry, many portals offer deals where you can earn several points or miles per dollar that don’t expire until the end of today. FTD.com and Teleflora are some of the vendors that are offering big bonuses this Valentine’s Day, and check out this post for more.

Get a bonus on transferring hotel points to AAdvantage miles
Get a bonus for transferring hotel points to AAdvantage miles.

Get a 25% Bonus When You Convert Hotel Points to AAdvantage Miles

You can earn a 25% mileage bonus when you convert hotel points to American Airlines AAdvantage miles from now until March 15, 2015. The transfer ratios are pretty bad, but if you need AAdvantage miles quickly for an award ticket, or if you need some activity in your AAdvantage account to keep miles from expiring, this could help. Note that transferred and bonus miles do not count toward elite status. Participating hotel programs and transfer ratios can be found here.

Save 20% at participating IHG properties for their winter sale
Save 20% at participating properties with IHG’s winter sale

Save 20% with the IHG Winter to Remember Sale

IHG is running a winter sale offering 20% off at select properties in destinations across the US and Canada, like New York, Boston, Chicago and Toronto. Full payment is due at the time of booking and blackout dates may apply. Check the link for a list of participating properties.

Ex-Korean Air employee to be jailed after her nut rage. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.
Ex-Korean Air employee to be jailed after her nut rage. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Ex-Korean Air VP To Be Jailed for Going “Nuts” Over Nuts

Perhaps you recall the December incident at New York’s JFK Airport when Korean Air’s Vice President of in-flight services, Heather Cho, delayed a Korean Air flight in order to boot off the supervisor of a steward who improperly served Cho’s pre-flight macadamia nuts. This action, which caused the Seoul-bound Airbus 380’s 250 passengers to arrive at Incheon Airport (ICN) 11 minutes late, proved so unpopular in South Korea that Cho resigned from the airline. Witnesses testified during the trial that Cho actually hit a flight crew member with a service manual in anger. The judge determined Cho showed no remorse for her actions, and sentenced Cho to a one-year prison sentence, plus a steaming hot side of endless humiliation (served properly, of course).

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

With great travel benefits, 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.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Named Best Credit Card for Flexible Travel Redemption - Kiplinger's Personal Finance, July 2016
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Earn 5,000 bonus points after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel
  • No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards
Intro APR on Purchases
N/A
Regular APR
16.49% - 23.49% Variable
Annual Fee
Introductory Annual Fee of $0 the first year, then $95
Balance Transfer Fee
5.00%
Recommended Credit
Excellent Credit

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