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Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed:
Silvercar to Launch in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Silvercar — the car rental company that exclusively offers premium Audi A4 rentals — is launching in the Fort Lauderdale, FL area starting on May 15, 2015. Users can now reserve their Fort Lauderdale Silvercars via the app (available for iPhone and Android). To celebrate its arrival in Fort Lauderdale, Silvercar is offering a special deal: Users who book a Fort Lauderdale Silvercar reservation on May 15 (the official launch day) will receive 15% off their entire rental. Use the promo code FLL15 to redeem during checkout.
IHG Offering 50% off Award Nights at Select Beach Properties
Book by May 8 for stays through May 31, and get 50% off award nights at the following resorts:
- Holiday Inn Resort Acapulco, Mexico
- Holiday Inn Resort Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
- Holiday Inn Express Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
- Holiday Inn Express Los Cabos, Mexico
- Crowne Plaza Acapulco, Mexico
- InterContinental Cancun, Mexico
- Holiday Inn Resort Aruba, Aruba
- InterContinental Panama Playa Bonita Resort & Spa
The minimum eligible stay is one night.
Alaska Airlines Launches New Routes from Seattle
Beginning this fall, Alaska Airlines will launch nonstop service from Seattle to Charleston, South Carolina; Nashville, Tennesse; and Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina. Introductory one-way fares starting at $139 to Charleston and Nashville and $159 to Raleigh/Durham are on sale on the Alaska Airlines website. Tickets must be purchased by May 4, 2015 with travel completed by Nov. 18, 2015 for Nashville and Raleigh/Durham, and by Dec. 19 for Charleston. Keep in mind that seats are limited and may not be available on all flights or all days, especially at the introductory price.
Reminder: United Offers Bonus Miles for Nepal Donatations
Nepal needs your help after a devastating earthquake last weekend. United Airlines is working with the Red Cross and other charity organizations to provide aid to those affected by the earthquake. If you’re a member of United’s MileagePlus program, they’ll reward you with MileagePlus miles if you make a donation to Airlink, AmeriCares, The American Red Cross, or Operation USA through this link. You’ll receive 250 miles when you donate $50-$99, 500 miles when you donate $100-$249, or 1,000 miles when you donate $250 or more. United will award up to 5 million miles to members for contributions made before May 15, 2015, and will provide up to $50,000 total in matching donations to the partner organizations.
Earn Double Business Extra Points on New AA DFW-PEK Route
American Airlines will offer daily non-stop service between Dallas/Fort Worth International (DFW) and Beijing Capital International (PEK) starting on May 7, 2015, initially serviced by a Boeing 777-200 aircraft. Beginning June 2, 2015, this route will be serviced by American’s newest plane, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, featuring the airline’s signature Business Suite. To celebrate the launch of this new route, Business Extra members will receive double bonus points on any DFW to PEK flight through June. You must first register using promotion code DFWPEK15 and complete travel by June 30, 2015.
Gold Status + 10% Discount with Best Western Rewards for AARP
If you’re an AARP member, you can join Best Western Rewards for AARP and get instant gold status, plus 10% bonus points per stay and 10% off rates. Here are the official program benefits:
- Earn 10 points for every U.S. dollar spent on qualified hotel room rates.
- Receive a discount of 10% or more on room rates at Best Western hotels with the AARP member discount
- Participants of the Best Western Rewards for AARP Members program are automatically upgraded to Gold Elite status, so you’ll earn points faster
- As a Gold Elite member, receive 10% bonus points on each qualified stay
Enroll in American Airlines Platinum Challenge for FoundersCard Members:
As a reminder, for Founderscard members, May 3rd is the last day to enroll in the American Airlines Platinum challenge program. Founderscard offers a bunch of other elite status benefits and perks on Virgin America, Cathay Pacific, Virgin Atlantic, Hilton, JetBlue and Caesars Total Rewards. For full details, see our post this week about FoundersCard and how you can join for $395 with promotional code FCPOINTSVIP.
7,000 JetBlue Bonus Points for Joining TrueBlue
If you aren’t already a member of JetBlue’s loyalty program TrueBlue, you can sign up to earn bonus points. If you sign up and then book a trip and fly by June 18, 2015, you’ll earn 7,000 TrueBlue points. You must first register for the program here. There’s no telling how much longer these cards will be around and available for new applications because of the Marriott takeover, so now might just be the perfect time to apply. Apart from hotel redemptions, you can transfer Starpoints to over 30 airline partners, and now also transfer points from Starwood to Marriott Rewards at a 1:3 ratio, opening up even more redemption options.
There’s no telling how much longer these cards will be around and available for new applications because of the Marriott takeover, so now might just be the perfect time to apply. Apart from hotel redemptions, you can transfer Starpoints to over 30 airline partners, and now also transfer points from Starwood to Marriott Rewards at a 1:3 ratio, opening up even more redemption options.