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

The Buchanan
The Buchanan in Japantown is one of two Kimpton hotels left in San Francisco.

Seven Hotels Drop from the Kimpton Group in San Francisco    

San Francisco was home to nine Kimpton hotels, but after the recent IHG takeover, seven properties have dropped the brand: the Argonaut, The Palomar, Hotel Monaco (renamed The Marker Hotel after Destination Hotels and Resorts took over management), The Harbor Court, The Prescott, The Triton and The Tuscan Inn. The two San Francisco hotels left in Kimpton’s portfolio are The Buchanan in Japantown and the historic Sir Francis Drake in Union Square.

Hong Kong
Fly on a last-minute trip to Hong Kong and earn up to 25,000 Bonus Asia Miles with Cathay Pacific. (Photo courtesy of Mike Behnken via Flickr.)

Receive up to 25,000 Bonus Asia Miles with Cathay Pacific

If you register and fly round-trip on Cathay Pacific from North America to Hong Kong through August 31, 2015, you can earn 25,000 Bonus Asia Miles in first class and 20,000 Bonus Asia Miles in business class. New Asia Miles members will also receive a one-time bonus of 500 Asia Miles. For example, if you fly from New York City (JFK) to Hong Kong in first class, you’ll earn a total of 49,178 miles when you combine the 24,178 regular Asia miles with 25,000 bonus miles from the promotion. Cathay Pacific’s frequent flyer program is complicated and often involves heavy fuel surcharges, but there are ways to get good value out of Asia miles.

Enter Emirates’ competition to win 60,000 Skywards Miles.

Win 60,000 Emirates Skywards Miles

Cast your vote by August 8, 2015 naming your four favorites out of the 140 destinations in Emirates’ network for the chance to win 60,000 Skywards Miles during the Art of Travel competition. The winning destinations will be interpreted by artists and appear on next year’s membership cards.

Save nearly 60% on fees with Frontier’s new bundle package, The Works.

Frontier Bundles Add-Ons in Package Deal

Low-cost carrier Frontier Airlines is offering a bundled package dubbed The Works that includes many of its à la carte fees at a discount of almost 60%. Valid on one-way tickets for round-trip purchases made by August 31, 2015, The Works starts at $49 and includes priority boarding, one checked bag (which usually starts at $25), one carry-on (which starts at $30), seat selection with stretch and exit row options, the ability to refund your ticket and the option to switch tickets without paying a change fee (usually $99 per change).

Southwest Airlines
Southwest’s fare sale starts at $73 or 3,836 points one-way.

Score Savings on Southwest Flights

Southwest Airlines is offering a fare sale when you book by August 13, 2015. The promotion advertises fares starting at $73, but in reality you can find fares as low as $59 or 2,924 Rapid Rewards points one-way for travel August 25, 2015 through February 10, 2016. There appears to be plenty of availability at the discounted rates.

Chicago Seminars
There’s still time to book your ticket for October’s Chicago Seminars.

Tickets Still Available for Chicago Seminars 2015

If you haven’t purchased your ticket yet for the 2015 Chicago Seminars in Elk Grove, IL, you’re in luck — there are still some left! The event takes place Friday-Sunday, October 16-18 at the Holiday Inn Elk Grove Village near Chicago O’Hare. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased purchased online). The frequent flyer fest will feature informative sessions suited for both beginners and well-seasoned mileage enthusiasts. Plus, a few TPG staffers will be present to take in all the action.

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

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.

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More Things to Know
  • 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®
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  • 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
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