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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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.