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

Get double Business Extra Points on four new American Airlines flights from Miami.

Earn Double Business Extra Points from MIA

American Airlines Business Extra members will earn double points when booking a trip from Miami to four new nonstop destinations—Austin (AUS), Kansas City (MCI), Salt Lake City (SLC) or San Antonio (SAT)—from now through April 30, 2015. Use the promotion code MIA2X15 when booking.

Convert loyalty points to bonus Aeroplan miles.

Earn Up to 25,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles

Convert points from a selection of Aeroplan’s partner loyalty programs (such as Marriott Rewards, SPG, and Hilton HHonors), and you can earn up to 25,000 bonus Aeroplan Miles in addition to the miles you’d already receive. For example, if you convert points to 5,000 Aeroplan Miles, you’ll get 1,000 bonus miles. You can earn a maximum of 25,000 bonus miles by converting points to 100,000 Aeroplan miles. You must convert points by April 27, 2015 in order to receive the bonus miles.

AAdvantage Dining
The AAdvantage Dining program is offering up to 2,000 bonus miles when you join now.

Join AAdvantage Dining and Earn Up to 2,000 Bonus Miles

New members can join AAdvantage Dining for free and earn 1,000 American Airlines AAdvantage bonus miles on your first participating restaurant visit. You then have two chances to earn 500 bonus miles each time you spend $30 or more at participating spots during the first 30 days in the program, for a maximum of 2,000 AAdvantage miles.

Alaska Airlines
Alaska Airlines is offering double miles when you book the new Seattle-JFK route.

Snag Double Miles from Seattle to JFK on New Alaska Airlines Flight

Alaska Airlines is launching a daily nonstop flight from Seattle (SEA) to New York (JFK) starting September 16, 2015, and Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan members traveling on the new flight can score double miles for travel along that route through Oct. 28, 2015.

Hilton HHonors
Sign up now for the Hilton HHonors Surpass card and earn 80,000 Hilton HHonors bonus points.

Score 80,000 Hilton HHonors Points with Sign-Up Bonus

From now through May 5, 2015, Amex is offering a sign-up bonus of 80,000 points for the Hilton HHonors Surpass Card after spending $3,000 within the first three months. The annual fee of $75 isn’t waived for the first year, but I value the sign-up bonus at $400, and the card comes with complimentary Hilton HHonors Gold status, which can be worth almost double that amount.

Amtrak Train Days is stopping in 20 U.S. cities, starting in Chicago.

Take Part in Amtrak Train Days Celebration

Amtrak Train Days is kicking off with an official celebration at Chicago Union Station on May 9, 2015 with a VIP train, excursion train, hard hat tour of the station and other festivities. Amtrak Guest Rewards members will also have early access booking for two Chicago excursion trains. Can’t make it to Chi-town? The train tours will stop in 20 cities across the U.S. from May through October.

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.

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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
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Annual Fee
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