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Bonus AAdvantage Miles, New Rewards Program, SkyMall Returns

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

Get AAdvantage miles for Avis and Budget car rentals
Boost your AAdvantage account when you rent with Avis and Budget.

Earn AAdvantage Miles for Avis and Budget Car Rentals

AAdvantage members can earn at least 500 miles per qualifying rental with Avis and Budget. You can also earn an extra 250 miles per rental if you have a co-branded Citi AAdvantage or Barclaycard AAdvantage Aviator card.

Additionally, you can earn 500 bonus miles per day (up to 2,500 miles total) and save up to 35% with Avis or 30% with Budget if you rent before July 31, 2015. When reserving with Avis, use AWD # K817165 and coupon # MUAA094 with your AAdvantage number. For Budget, use BCD # U072411, coupon # MUAZ051 and your AAdvantage number.

Microsoft is rolling out its own rewards program.

Microsoft Launches New Rewards Program

Tech giant Microsoft introduced its new rewards program, Microsoft Earn. By enrolling a credit or debit card of your choice, you can earn rewards as high as 10% with a small list of retailers that includes Whole Foods and Starbucks, as well as an array of local restaurants. You can then spend your rewards at participating Microsoft stores. The program is currently operating only in select areas around Boston, Seattle and Arizona.

AAdvantage bonus miles for Club Carlson stays
Earn bonus AAdvantage miles for Club Carlson stays.

Earn AAdvantage Miles for Radisson Blu, Radisson and Park Plaza Stays

You can earn up to 2,000 bonus AAdvantage miles for Radisson, Radisson Blu and Park Plaza stays until July 31, 2015. Bonus miles are awarded as follows:

  • 500 bonus miles for one night stays
  • 1,000 bonus miles for two night stays
  • 2,000 bonus miles for three night stays or longer
You can now fly to Orlando on Southwest from Washington DCA. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.
You can now fly to Orlando on Southwest from Washington DCA. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Southwest Adds New Route Between Washington DCA and Orlando MCO

Southwest will begin operating a new nonstop route from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) to Orlando, Florida (MCO) beginning on November 1, 2015. Orlando will be Southwest’s third Florida destination from DCA. Fares are now available for purchase and start as low as $59 each way.

You may just have another opportunity to get the Travel Rest pillow, a TPG SkyMall favorite
You may have another opportunity to get the Travel Rest pillow, a TPG SkyMall favorite.

SkyMall Making a Comeback (Hopefully)

Perhaps you remember SkyMall, America’s favorite in-flight retail catalog for random merchandise one might buy and never use. The catalog filed for bankruptcy back in January, depriving citizens of essential items such as the bronze garden yeti and hot dog toaster. Many have fought back against the sad news, using the Twitter hashtag #BringBackSkyMall, and it seems their prayers may have been answered. C&A Marketing (a New Jersey-based distributor and retailer that specializes in brand revamps) has bought SkyMall for $1.9 million, and will hopefully restore its full glory. More news to come on this, but for now, you can happily begin using the #SkyMallReturns hashtag.

Gold and Platinum Etihad members can get free and discounted tickets to the Milan Expo
Gold and Platinum Etihad Guest members can get free and discounted tickets to the Milan Expo.

Etihad Gives Free Milan Expo Tickets to Gold and Platinum Members

Etihad is emailing Gold and Platinum members to offer a free ticket to the Milan Expo and a discount code for 25% off up to four additional tickets. The email gives you codes you can use to obtain the free and discounted tickets here. If you haven’t received the email but are a Gold or Platinum member and would like to take advantage of this perk, simply call Etihad to request your codes. Hat Tip: Running With Miles.

Take advantage of some great offers ending May 31, like getting the Founders Card with an exclusive TPG reader discount
Take advantage of some great offers ending May 31, like the exclusive TPG reader discount for FoundersCard.

Reminder — Last Chance to Get in on May Offers

There are several great offers ending May 31, 2015 that you may want to take advantage of:

More information on each offer can be found here.

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