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Here’s a roundup of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed:
American AAdvantage Increasing Award Costs for Peak Travel Dates
American Airlines has decided to raise the number of miles needed for standard award tickets on four of the busiest days of the year. The exact dates haven’t been announced, but my guess would be holiday dates like the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and around Christmas. This increase will only apply to standard awards, so MileSAAver awards should be untouched. The change should take place in August 2015, so if you plan to use your AAdvantage miles to book awards on peak dates, do it soon to avoid the higher prices. (H/T: One Mile at a Time.)
Gogo Inflight Wi-Fi Coming to GOL Airlines
GOL’s entire fleet (approximately 140 planes) will be equipped with Gogo Wi-Fi by the middle of 2016. The planes will feature Gogo’s next generation satellite service (called 2Ku), plus Gogo’s wireless in-flight entertainment system Gogo Vision and Gogo TV. GOL will be the first Brazilian airline to offer broadband Internet access to its passengers.
Jet Airways Partners with Vietnam Airlines
Jet Airways has added its 25th partner, Vietnam Airlines. As of June 12, 2015, JetPrivilege members flying on qualifying Vietnam Airlines flights will earn JPMiles based on their destination and class of travel, and can also redeem JPMiles on Vietnam Airlines flights.
Turkish Airlines Adds New Service Between Atlanta (ATL) and Istanbul (IST)
Turkish Airlines is adding a nonstop Istanbul-Atlanta route on May 16, 2016. The airline recently launched nonstop flights between Istanbul and San Francisco in April, 2015, and announced plans for nonstop flights between Istanbul and Miami to begin in October 2015, so that’s three nonstop US routes that Turkish will be launching within a year. The Altanta-Istanbul flights will operate daily on a Boeing 777-300ER in a two-cabin configuration.
Hilton China Summer Sale — 25% Off
Hilton is having a summer sale for China stays (including mainland China, Macau and Hong Kong), with room rates discounted by up to 25%. You must book the room by August 14, 2015 for stays until December 31, 2015. This offer excludes the Conrad Macao; other blackout dates may apply, and vary by property. You must book at least two days in advance of arrival.
KrisFlyer Offers 10,000 Miles Each Day
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the country of Singapore, each day Singapore Airlines is giving away a chance to earn 10,000 miles to the 50th person who joins KrisFlyer each day. Naturally, this promotion is only open to those who are not already KrisFlyer members, and you must sign up by August 31, 2015. Here are instructions for how to enter:
- Join as a new member of KrisFlyer on krisflyer.com, and opt in to all KrisFlyer and Singapore Airlines news and promotions in the Communication Preferences section during your enrollment.
- If you’re the 50th person to join that day and you have opted in, you’ll receive an email to inform you that you’ve been selected.
- Fly on Singapore Airlines or SilkAir within three months from the date on the confirmation email and you will earn 10,000 bonus KrisFlyer miles.
Win a Windstar Tahiti Cruise
You can win a cruise for ten valued at $25,000 from Windstar Tahiti. The winner will receive five double-occupancy staterooms on a single seven-day Dreams of Tahiti sailing. The prize includes all onboard meals and drinks for the group, including alcoholic beverages as well as onboard entertainment. The contest is open to residents age 21 and older in the 50 United States, the District of Columbia and Canada (excluding Quebec). Enter by 11:59:59 pm PT on July 19, 2015.
Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express
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|N/A||15.74%-19.74% Variable||$0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.||0%||Excellent Credit|