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

Use points for concerts at SPG properties and win free points, stays & more
Use points for concerts at SPG properties and win free points, stays and more.

SPG Launches “Hear The Music” Concerts & Contests

Register for the “Hear The Music” promotion and you could win prizes like concert tickets, 50,000 Starpoints, or free trips. Earn one entry for every two nights booked through or the SPG app completed by May 22, 2015. Post photos on Twitter or Instagram from your favorite SPG Moments experience or SPG stay, and tag them #spglife for extra entries. Additionally, each time you book a stay using the SPG apps through April 17, 2015, you’ll be eligible to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card (U.S. members only). You can also use points to redeem for SPG concerts like Jamie Cullum at the St. Regis Mexico City or John Legend at the Sheraton Los Angeles, or for sporting events. 

Earn 20 Delta SkyMiles per $1 spent at
Earn 20 Delta SkyMiles per $1 spent at

Earn 20 Delta SkyMiles Per $1 Spent at Spring Purchases

You can earn 20 Delta SkyMiles per $1 spent on spring bouquets at Certain exceptions apply, and mile earnings are specified for each item. The offer expires on December 31, 2015.

Get triple points for Club Carlson stays
Get triple points for Club Carlson stays.

Targeted: Get Triple Points For Club Carlson Stays 

Club Carlson has just launched its “Triple Points Time”Promotion, where you can earn triple points on stays through June 28, 2015. Plus, you can get 1,000 bonus points for stays booked through Club Carlson’s mobile app through June 28, 2015. This promotion is valid on eligible stays; free night awards and Points + Cash bookings are excluded. Make sure to first register for the promotion. It seems to be targeted, but it couldn’t hurt to register even if you haven’t received an email about it.

Earn bonus miles for shopping on the AAdvantage portal
Earn bonus miles for shopping through the AAdvantage portal.

Reminder: Earn Up To 2,250 Bonus AA Miles Via Shopping Portals

Through April 29, 2015, you can earn up to 2,250 American Airlines miles by shopping through the AAdvantage eShopping portal:

  • Receive 250 bonus miles when you spend between $125-299
  • Receive 1,000 bonus miles when you spend between $300-$699
  • Receive 2,250 bonus miles when you spend $700 or more

You can only earn the bonus once during the promotional period; however, your spending will be cumulative between all your qualifying purchases, so you don’t need to earn the bonus all at once. Any bonus is in addition to the miles you earn for your spending through the portal. Bonus miles will post roughly 8-10 weeks after completing your purchase. Note that gift card purchases and certain products are ineligible for this promotion.

Save on Delta roundtrip fares between the U.S. to Australia
Save on Delta round-trip fares between the U.S. and Australia.

Save on Delta Flights to Australia

Delta is offering a sale on round-trip flights from the U.S. to Sydney, Australia. Fares run between $1,246-$1,710 round-trip depending on your departure city. Tickets must be purchased no later than April 22, 2015 for a travel period beginning between May 1-June 21, 2015, and all travel must be completed on or before December 21, 2015. There is also a minimum stay requirement of 10 days. Blackout dates may apply.

ANA is making changes to their award chart starting April 12.
ANA is making changes to their award chart starting April 12.

ANA Award Chart Changes Go Into Effect

We covered last year, that ANA would be making some changes to their award chart, and these changes will be going into effect on April, 12, 2015. For full details check out this post: ANA Award Chart Changes: Good News and Better Redemptions. As an overview ANA will be changing their award chart to a zone-based formula like the traditional ones used by US legacy carriers such as American Airlines.

Get a $50 Best Western gift card after two stays
Get a $50 Best Western gift card after two stays

Get a $50 Best Western Gift Card After Two Stays

You can get a $50 Best Western Travel Card (via email) when you stay two separate times between April 6 and May 25, 2015, at Best Western branded hotels. You must first register for the promotion here. The offer is valid for members with accounts based in the participating countries, and the stays can be at any Best Western property worldwide. Note that the gift card expires on September 7, 2015.

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