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Here’s a roundup of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed:
Earn 5,000 Bonus Hyatt Gold Passport Points in Africa
If you’re planning a trip to Africa, Hyatt is offering 5,000 bonus points for a two-night stay at the Park Hyatt Zanzibar; the Hyatt Regency Dar es Salaam, The Kilimanjaro in Tanzania; and the Hyatt Regency Johannesburg in South Africa. The offer is available through September 30, 2015, and must be booked in advance using promo code GP155.
Earn a $50 Prepaid MasterCard for 3 or More Stays at Select SPG Hotels
SPG members can earn a $50 Prepaid MasterCard for booking three stays at any Four Points, Aloft or Element hotels. Stays must be completed between July 15, 2015 and November 30, 2015, and you must register online by November 30, 2015.
Get 750 Free United Miles for Joining MyPoints
If you’re not already a MyPoints member, you can register now and earn 750 free United miles just for signing up. During the first 30 days of your membership, you can receive an additional 1,000 miles when you shop and spend a total of $25 or more with any MyPoints partner, including eBay, Groupon and Walmart.
Snag Summer Savings and more at Hilton Caribbean Hotels and Resorts
This summer when you stay at participating Hilton Hotels and Resorts in the Caribbean, you can score a free fourth night, a $100 resort credit per room (per stay) and free stays for kids during the Stay Longer and Play Longer summer sale. The deal requires a minimum four-night stay, which must be booked by September 26, 2015 and completed by September 30, 2015. Use plan code RPPSL1 or P7L when booking the package. If you register here and stay with Hilton through August 31, 2015, you can also earn double Hilton HHonors points or double airline miles.
Earn 50,000 American Airlines Miles with the CitiBusiness AAdvantage Card
Citi has again launched an increased sign-up bonus of 50,000 miles for the CitiBusiness / AAdvantage Platinum Select World MasterCard after you spend $3,000 on the card within the first three months. The $95 annual fee is waived for the first year, and the card includes perks like a free checked bag on domestic American Airlines and US Airways flights for the cardholder and up to four companions on the same reservation, as well as an American Airlines companion certificate each year when you spend $30,000 or more. For more info, check out Richard Kerr’s post on Choosing the Best Card for American Airlines Flyers.
Earn Double Base Points on IHG Stays
The IHG Rewards Club Share Forever promotion is offering double base points for each night you stay at an IHG property from now through August 15, 2015. IHG properties typically award 5-10 base points per dollar spent, so this is a good chance to boost your rewards, especially if you’re working toward the new top-tier Spire elite status.
Score Double TrueBlue Points on Back to School Shopping
When you shop for back-to-school items at Staples and Drugstore.com, you can earn double True Blue points for purchases made via the ShopTrue portal through July 26, 2015.
Delta Steps up Amenities on New NBA Charter Flights
Over the past 15 years, Delta has flown 11 of 16 NBA teams during the playoffs on a fleet of chartered Airbus-319s featuring specially outfitted swiveling lounge chairs, Wi-Fi and personal entertainment systems. This year, these athletes are in for upgraded amenities as Delta switches out the aircraft for a larger Boeing B-757 model, adding more in-flight entertainment and leg room for the players.
New American Airlines Flight from Los Angeles to Sydney Bookable Tomorrow
Last month, American announced a new route to Sydney. The airline has announced that seats would be available for booking tomorrow, July 26. It’s not immediately clear how many award seats will be available, so keep a sharp eye out on Sunday and in the upcoming weeks as they open up award seats going forward. The flight will be operated on a Boeing 777-300ER, American’s flagship plane and the only one going forward that will offer economy class, business class and first class.
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.
- Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
- Named Best Credit Card for Flexible Travel Redemption - Kiplinger's Personal Finance, July 2016
- 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
- Earn 5,000 bonus points after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening
- No foreign transaction fees
- 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
- Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel
- No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards